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Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by AndreB » Sat Apr 11, 2009 11:39 pm

We sat ourselves down for an early Christmas breakfast at Timbavati along the S39, Leah and I.
Was just about to take a spoonful of fruit salad when Leah whispered that I really, really should take a peek over my shoulder.
Be reminded that we had spent a while watching a pride of lions at their kill not that far away...and if one is whispered at LIKE THAT one is expecting ...kitty?
And there she stood, pleading, at my shoulder.
The expression in her eyes enough to melt any resolve.
All I could utter was a resolute :"If I feed you,the ranger will shoot you!"
She shrugged and minced off to be fed by the folks at the next table.
Leah was quick to point out the other beggars at this beautiful spot: Crested Barbets, Cape turtledoves, Grey loeries, Grey as well as Yellowbilled hornbills by the droves, to mention a few.

Has anyone else had this experience? Should I have shared my fruit? It was Christmas after all. :(
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Re: The Busbuck ewe and other beggars at Timbavati(Picnic spot)

Unread post by Maargat G » Mon Apr 13, 2009 1:03 pm

Been there last week. The whole family were there but not once did they come to the tables. They were feeding in the grasses around the site even though there were lions in the river bed a few hundred meters away!
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Re: The Busbuck ewe and other beggars at Timbavati(Picnic spot)

Unread post by Birdie » Wed Apr 15, 2009 8:25 am

Over the years I have managed to get some really beautiful photos of those buck. One year we found them snoozing under a bush at the edge of the picnic site and ended with some lovely natural looking photos :cam:

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Re: The Busbuck ewe and other beggars at Timbavati(Picnic spot)

Unread post by bert » Wed Apr 15, 2009 10:02 am

My personal opinion
We are not allowed to feed the bushbucks at Timbavati or Letaba.
But they are used to it and already a few generations grew up with
feeding (or stealing) .
They are a little bit tame.
Same for the birds at the picnic spots and in camps.
2 yrs ago saw 2 bushbuck at Timbavati "stealing" from a table.
Imo its a catch 22 situation.

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Re: The Busbuck ewe and other beggars at Timbavati(Picnic spot)

Unread post by TheunsH » Wed Apr 15, 2009 5:00 pm

Bush Baptist wrote:A leopard ran across the picnic site & took a bushbuck. There is one less beggar there AB. Welcome to the forum.


Must have been an awesome sighting! :big_eyes:

André, we have also seen those bush-bucks at Timbavati on a few occasions.

Two years ago, while we there, one of the bush-bucks bit a young child on her head when she wasn't willing to share her apple with the bush-buck. The child was screaming and crying like mad but fortunately didn't suffer any injuries!

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Re: The Busbuck ewe and other beggars at Timbavati(Picnic spot)

Unread post by Elsa » Thu Apr 16, 2009 1:12 pm

We have been to Timabavati 3 times in total now and to date have never seen the Bushbuck or had any begging birds monkeys etc.
I did ask the attendant if the buck still visited and he said it did but had not arrived yet on that particlar day, nor on the other day either. :?

Did wonder if perhaps the spotted one had come visiting again. :hmz: :wink:
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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by ndloti » Sat May 02, 2009 11:57 am

No sign of them on 22 March when I was there for around 30 minutes .
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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by maiper » Mon Jun 22, 2009 4:28 pm

Hi,

We were at the Timbavati picnic on the 18th of May (2009) and this is what we saw :dance:

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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by AndreB » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:10 am

Yep,the ewe on the right is the beggar-in-chief!!! I recognise the look in her eye! Thanks maiper for your post and pic. :D
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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jun 23, 2009 6:37 am

Their cuteness does tend to be their own downfall. I an sure that they have western arteries, clogged up with the deposits we so lovingly bestow. If a Leopard does not get them, a heart attack will.

I do love the little blighters.. both at at Timbavati and Letaba. Yup, there is that "feed me" look in the eyes that pulls at the heart strings.
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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by ndloti » Tue Jun 23, 2009 7:51 am

Now just think if they had horns and nudged people as described , how "uncute" they would become .
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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by Nico » Wed Jun 24, 2009 6:41 pm

How many BLIND visitors do you have in KrugerPark?

Feeding the Bushbuck at Timbavati. :naughty:

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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by ndloti » Thu Jun 25, 2009 9:47 am

AndreB , in a perfect society this would be possible , I suspect the bushbuck will be shot one afternoon after visitors go back to their cages .

I would support authorities if they recorded the shooting and posted it on the forum to wake the foolish , ignorant & idiotic people who feed them to the consequences of their actions .

And I do believe culling of habituated animals , primates in particular , does take place on a regular basis .
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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by wingman » Thu Jun 25, 2009 8:03 pm

Unfortunately these bushbuck have become a problem at the picnic site
When we were there in September they head butted anyone who didn't give them food and raided the tables to get food.
I can understand the problem the little girl had we had the same problem and my kids are 13yrs old but they were still shoved and head butted especially if they had bread in their hands.
I think an electric fence is going to have to be the solution as these animals learn from generation to generation taught by their peers.
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Re: Bushbuck at Timbavati Picnic spot

Unread post by oddesy » Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:24 am

I agree this is a major problem, and we do seem to have many blind visitors dont we :hmz:

I think if people stop feeding the animals it will go a long way to preventing the problem
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