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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Richprins » Tue Aug 03, 2010 7:34 pm

Hello, own!

The Windmills started to be built at a frantic pace in the 60's, so presumably the balance will take another 30-40 years to return to "normal"? :?

Other factors could also play a part, obviously, by that time, so I wouldn't hold my breath.

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by o-dog » Thu Aug 05, 2010 12:06 am

anne-marie wrote:around Punda :hmz: Roan... but Sable.. no


In the early 90's we saw a herd of 14 Sables close to Xitangeni north of Babalala and mid-90's we saw a Sable Bull come to drink near Dzundzwini just south of the tar road turn off to Punda Maria. There were others in the background that were too nevous to come and drink.

Its seems as if Sable are now locally extinct in this part of the park from what people say on this thread. That would be sad. Also seen them at Eendrag just south of Shingwedzi sometime in the mid 90's.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by SamoesaWoestyn » Fri Aug 06, 2010 5:53 pm

During our visit to KNP in July 2010, we were blessed with great Sable sightings!

This beautiful bull was waiting for us on the S36 near the S125 turnoff.

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These two were standing in the distance on the S145 near Talamati camp

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Whilst me and my brother were patrolling the gravel roads (S36 & S140) in the search for Sable, my parents got these guys at the Orpen Rocks – a herd of ±20!! Couldnt believe their luck!

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by onewithnature » Fri Aug 06, 2010 6:04 pm

You captured my favourite antelope, SW! :clap: :clap: :clap: Gorgeous specimens!
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Richprins » Thu Aug 12, 2010 7:18 pm

Some nice ones at and near Jones' Dam on Sunday...(S-36)

This old bull seemed to have injured itself in the foreleg struggling in the mud, so is probably no longer with us... :(

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The rest of the herd was heading northward for better water:

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A nice selection of other bulls, young bulls, females and year-old or older calves...no babies yet!

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About 20, a good sign in this prime sable area!

Will put up videos!

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by cptphotographer » Wed Sep 01, 2010 2:34 pm

Jones' Dam in July:

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Richprins » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:15 pm

Ok, Here's that picture of the Roan-Sable crossbreed in an article from CUSTOS I promised about 3 years ago! (Better late than never... )

"Roble" on the left, normal Sable on the right!

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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by o-dog » Thu Sep 09, 2010 1:32 pm

Richprins :thumbs_up:

Any idea if the Roble would have been able to reproduce??

Interestingly in a Natal Parks I saw a Male Kudu dislplaying to female Nyala. There was definite interest from both parites, no idea if they attempted to mate though.
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Vlakvarkvrou » Tue Sep 14, 2010 8:01 pm

Found on the H4-1 on 6 July 2010


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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by o-dog » Mon Sep 20, 2010 10:57 am

Dr Rina Grant – Ecologist SANParks: 'They prefer long grass. They like to feed reasonably high on very good quality grass. There is a possibility that climatic change played a role and that the quality of grass is just not good enough anymore. These animals are very fussy about what they eat.'

Thanx for the article Toko. It really gets me worried to hear things like this. I do think, although possible, blaming Climate Change is quite a big statement considering all the other possible factors such as overgrazing and water abstraction outside the park (resulting in lowering of water table) easily leading to grassland communities being negatively impacted on. :|
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Re: Antelope: Sable

Unread post by Richprins » Mon Sep 20, 2010 7:23 pm

Well, they are abundant in other areas of Southern Africa, so I don't think global warming yet! :D

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Sable with collar

Unread post by Bat » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:30 am

We saw a herd of Sable on the H1-2 to Tshokwane on Saturday 25th September and notice that the one below has a collar. Would be interested to find out why they are tracking them?

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Re: Sable with collar

Unread post by oddesy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 8:44 am

Hi bat :)

Its most likely tracking the sable to acquire data on its ecology , range use, foraging ecology etc. I cant tell from the pic if the collor has a switch on the nase which would be pressed if the animal puts its head down, if it does then its most definately a foraging ecology study.
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Re: Sable with collar

Unread post by TINY » Thu Sep 30, 2010 10:01 am

Hi Bat and Odesey.

Here are some pics of the same herd of Sable Anthelope, counted 32 in total.
Some close up pics of the one with the collor. Maybe this might help you make your decicion on the collor.

Enjoy the pics.
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Re: Sable with collar

Unread post by oddesy » Thu Sep 30, 2010 1:42 pm

:shock: that is a massive herd! Great pics tiny :thumbs_up: :clap:
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