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Baffers Kruger Mating Lions & Other Sightings : Jan '07

Unread post by Mafuta B » Sun Jan 07, 2007 6:38 pm

Hi guys... So i went down to Kruger from the 5th of January to the 8th. Stayed at Skukuza and had a very quiet time sightings wise untill the Sunday. On our way from Skukuza to Lower Sabie we found a pair of Mating Lions...

We spent an hour there and got some awesome shots but unfortunately just after we arrived a tourbus arrived and that upset the lioness a bit and the poor male had to be content with just staring at her like a teenage boy looking at a Jenifer Lopez poster...

The pics of the Lions are posted here.

To see the full picture just click on it...

Ohh btw I couldnt get in any other way so thanks to my wife (Nicole) for the great shots from the pasenger seat...

I am working on the other sightings for the weekend and will add them a bit later as soon as I went thrue the pictures...

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Unread post by Mafuta B » Sun Jan 07, 2007 10:28 pm

I have to be honest... It was the first time ever that I saw people parking neatly on both sides of the road and leave a decent gap for folks to get by and they stayed away (+- 10 meters) from the happy couple.

They seemed OK untill the tourbus arrived and it was a bit big so the female gave a good growl and then the poor male had to pay the price... Abstenance!!! Of course as tourbus happened to have ONLY three passangers in it...

It was a good sighting though... Made the whole weekend special.
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Unread post by adw » Mon Jan 08, 2007 1:45 pm

hi Baffers, when i was in the KNP in Nov 06 also fortunate to see mating lions off the the S100 road. They were not shy at all and continued their courtship even when a tourist bakkie arrived. regards

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Unread post by Mafuta B » Wed Jan 10, 2007 2:50 pm

Ok Guys.. Sorry for the little delay but here come the rest of the report.

We came in at the Pabemi gate and we saw a lot of animals. Nothing spectacular but here are some of the better shots I managed to take:

On the Pabemi Road some dungbeatles in a battle for the prize.

They were having a good old fight and even looked like they might be biting one another...

Once we booked into our Safari Tent at Skukuza I managed to grab this photo of a butterfly right by our tent. I am not able to name the species and I dont have a book either so if anyone is a butterfly pahatic then feel free to give me the name so I can add it to the photo.

Of course in all our travels there was the ussual Impala.
This one was obliging enough to take a good pose for the photo :)

The road from Pabemi to Skukuza also yielded a nice Klipspringer sighting

Oops.. Lunchbreak finshed... I will add the rest of the pictures a bit later today.... Enjoy these so long together with the Lion Pictures that I allready posted earlier in this Topic.
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Unread post by Freda » Wed Jan 10, 2007 6:23 pm

I am no butterfly expert, just going by the pics in my book, and it looks like a scarlet tip (colotis danae) :)

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Unread post by DinkyBird » Thu Jan 11, 2007 8:35 pm

Thank you Baffers 8) I don't often see dung beetles in Kruger :? Lovely pics!!
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Unread post by Mafuta B » Fri Jan 12, 2007 8:55 pm

I find mostly i see them when i drive... when the wifey drives i tend not to look in the road...

I guess there is so many twigs and dung heaps in the road that when you are looking mostly out the side window you don't pay to much attention...

Also to be honest at the time I saw these it was so quiet for so long I spotted the movement ina flash :D
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Unread post by Mafuta B » Fri Jan 12, 2007 9:13 pm

DinkyBird
Excuse me if this is a dumb question - but are they 'seasonal'?
Glad you have so much faith in your wife's driving


Well... I have no idea... I havn't even kept track of the photo's I have taken over the years...(Seasons and so on).

I trust the wifeys driving yes.. Simply because she refuses to go withing 50 meters of any elephant :)

Needless to say I drive 98% of the time... :twisted:
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