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Kgalagadi leopard identification

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Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:39 am Unread post
We saw these two about 3k's N of Houmoed on Wed 20th June. When we came back to TR after spending some time at Nossob we were told by a few people that there had been a leopard on a kill in a tree right next to the road the whole of the previous day but that it had gone by the time we arrived that Tuesday afternoon. Needless to say we were rather dissapointed but hey, its the Kalahari and we know that timing is everything ... :wall:

We decided to do the Leeudril 4x4 trail after our morning drive on Wednesday ( I drove it and it was BRILLIANT ) and we headed north towards Auchterlonie for tea - needless to say we never got there ... Elf spotted a few spots in a tree ... we stopped ..... and she came down and we spent about 45 min with her all to ourselves before the next car arrived ...

Cagn ...

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and while we were watching her I suddenly looked up and there about 50m away in the road in front of us was ...

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Cagn's mother - the Auchterlonie female :dance: We only managed to get a few shots before she wandered off across the riverbed. Sorry about the side of the car in the shot - too many photographers in the same car !!!

We originally thought she was smaller than Cagn but in retrospect Cagn might have just looked bigger seeing as she was about 5 metres away from us and her mom wasn't . The light was pretty bad at times - we had 3 days of rain and this was one of them ....

Fabulous fabulous ... ( oh yes, and on the morning drive we had 3 cheetahs and after the leopards, 2 different lion sightings - 1 + 7 ) LOVE THE KGALAGADI :dance:
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Sat Jul 07, 2012 2:19 pm Unread post
@Scouter - Super sighting and pix of Cagn and her mom! :dance: Very few people get to have a leopard for company for 45 minutes! :mrgreen: Thanx for posting! :thumbs_up:


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Sat Jul 07, 2012 9:44 pm Unread post
thanks Scouter, thanks :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:37 am Unread post
From: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012.
Under Travel Tales

On 5 May we had this sighting a few hundred meters from Batulama waterhole. She ( Miera ) was resting in the shade at 2:45 pm and I did not expect her to get up. We were told of Cheetahs further on and we drove on.

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The next few days we were in Nossob. From 12 May we were in Cabin number 1 at Urikaruus. On our first night at 7:05 I was standing at the fire and saw something was drinking water at the water hole. I could not belief my eyes, it was a Leopard. I did not expect it so early, but got this photo as proof.

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The Leopard only took one or two sips of water and walked off to the dunes on the other side of the river. Well she at least had the adrenaline flowing and the meat and wine tasted so much better.

The next morning I went on a drive on my own. I decided to go towards Rooibrak, hoping for the Leopard we saw a week ago at Batulama. Our next door neighbour in number 2 left earlier and he also went south. I was watching his tracks in the road and just were he reversed a car came from the opposite direction and told me my neighbour told him he saw a Leopard.

I soon spotted her on the other side of the river. It was Tsamma.

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She walked from tree to tree and climbed in almost every big one.

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Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:11 am Unread post
Then she moved to our side but gave as a hard time to get a clear picture.

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The cars got more and it became difficult to get close to her. Then she crossed the road and
disappeared over the dune.

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I stayed with her from 8:10 till 10:15.

To be continued.


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Sun Jul 08, 2012 11:37 am Unread post
STUNNING Willie - you really were lucky :dance: - thanks for sharing with us !!


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@WillieV - You were lucky with leopards! :dance: Great to see Miera, then Barolong at the Urikaruus waterhole, and then that spectacular sighting and pix of Tsamma! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:07 pm Unread post
Need a new page for photos of Barolong at Urikaruus.


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 1:17 pm Unread post
:popcorn: :popcorn: Bump.


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 2:27 pm Unread post
@WillieV - a new page may take a while! :wall: :hmz: An alternative is to select your best 2 or 3 pix and post, then supply a link to the rest of your TR 'Barolong' post.


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:55 pm Unread post
Wanderw :thumbs_up: that is a very good idea.... because very difficult to open now


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 6:00 pm Unread post
There is some help in this post on this subject mites


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:15 pm Unread post
Thanks enrico


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:19 pm Unread post
wanderw

The TR is under Travel Tales.

Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012.


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Thu Jul 12, 2012 7:21 pm Unread post
great pics :clap: :clap: :clap:

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