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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Nov 28, 2013 5:07 pm

@lion queen - Thanks for posting! :gflower:
27th October going up the hill - this is the Auchterlonie female! :thumbs_up: Wow! Lovely sighting but crazy people!
28th October - I believe this is the Auchterlonie female again, but to be absolutely certain on this sighting, could you please send the original pix thru to AstroMatt.
Also, when you have time, could you please fill in the sightings form in the link at the end of my post. Thanx! :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Nov 28, 2013 6:58 pm

Wow...you take a few days to sort out a new car and loads of sightings appear :) Thanks Wanderw for keeping on top of the ids. :thumbs_up:

Katja and Katanga...thanks for posting your sightings are reporting them too me. Great to have them on record.
Tshidi is looking really well which is great news.

Lion Queen - wow, i've heard so much about this kill at Auchterlonie, its finally great to see a photo of what went on. I've seen people do similar things at other picnic spots...i don't think they understand the consequences really!

Your second sighting on the 28th is definitely the Auchterlonie Female (Thanks Wanderw :thumbs_up: )

Thanks also for filling in the sighting report, good to have all the details and so many photos. :thumbs_up:
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Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Nov 28, 2013 7:07 pm

I also wanted to let everyone know that the project now has a new car...i shall no longer be in the park in my little red polo :(
But we do now have a big green Toyota Prado...complete with leopard project decals :)

Please look out for us and come and have a chat...about anything :D
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Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wildcatzoo » Mon Dec 02, 2013 6:05 pm

Fpr the record that is myself and my husband in the picture, but it was the other two cars that were out walking around first so we thought the leopard had left the area. I have several photos taken from the hill, and one on foot, will eventually post all in a trip report - just back 2 days ago as we did 3 weeks in Kruger after KTP.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Dec 03, 2013 3:54 pm

@wildcatzoo - Thank you for the explanation. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wildcatzoo » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:24 pm

Here is the only picture showing her face (definitely the Auchterlonie female, from the guide):

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wildcatzoo » Fri Dec 06, 2013 11:29 pm

The only other leopard we saw in KTP was on October 30 just north of Kij Kij. We came across 8 or so stopped cars, and saw two lionesses under a tree. Then I noticed the big lenses all pointed up into a different tree, so we repositioned and saw:

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I believe this is a young male, but can't find him in the guide. The next day we spoke with a guy from a Mercedes van that was at the sighting, he hung out for 5 hours until the cat came down safely after the lionesses left.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Dec 07, 2013 8:38 pm

@wildcatzoo - Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:

Your leopard at KijKij - :hmz: looks like a new leopard, BUT - we have another pic of a leopard reported at KijKij earlier in October - a pic of the leopard in a tree, and showing only the left hind leg and part of the body. So your leopard could possibly be this other leopard(L67). Did you perhaps get a shot of the leopard's left side(or part thereof)? Why do you think this leopard is male?

If possible, could you please fill in the Sightings Report in the link at the end of my post. Many thanks! :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:52 am

For people going to the park:

There seems to have been quite a bit of leopard activity recently, especially along the Auob.
Sightings reported near Auchterlonie, Kamqua, Urikaruus, 13th Borehole and 14th Borehole. Leopards seen - Auchterlonie female, Warona, Dakotah, Tshidi, Barolong and Tsamma. Along the Nossob riverbed, things seem quieter, but this can change. On the Nossob side, a young leopard has been seen near KijKij.

Wishing all of you Good Spotting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Peregrine Falcon » Fri Dec 20, 2013 10:25 pm

Here is one of the 2 leopards we saw in KTP. This one at Keiliekrankie waterhole on 4th November at 19.17

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We also saw this one on 5th November at 07.23 just past Rooibrak waterhole. He had a springbok (looked partially eaten so not just killed) and dragged it up the dune for around 300-400mtrs until he stashed it in a large bush. he then came outside and lay in the shade panting. Later he went back inside the bush for a while presumably eating. We had been the only car to see this so far but now others joined us. He came out again and lay licking his paws.

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We understand from other posts that this is probably Tshidi. We did fill in the forms on the forum when we got home and sent Astromat an email with the details.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:18 am

Hi DASSIEDELIGHT & Peregrine Falcon

Your leopard seen at Kielie Krankie - this is the Auchterlonie Female! She seems to love the Kielie/Auchterlonie area and is a great mom. :D

Your leopard with a springbok and lying down at Rooibrak - this is Tshidi! Lovely to follow the life of this young male leopard. :thumbs_up:

Many thanks for posting on this thread and sending the sightings info to AstroMatt! :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Touareg » Sat Dec 21, 2013 8:52 am

We had a great KTP trip from 8 tp 16 December seeing Leopard every day. We saw 3 Leopards in total, Miera, Tsamma and N!xau. Here are images of Tsamma and N!xau. Miera was under a bush next to the road with a Springbok kill, but I only got a few head shots to do the id.

We saw Tsamma crossing the road between 13th and 14th, walk up to a dead Springbok lying in the river bed and drag is under a large bush. Therafter she crossed the road again, climbed a tree and enjoyed another Springbok for breakfast.

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Kgalagadi - Dec '13_01095 by cooper5022, on Flickr

Camera Nikon D4
Exposure 0.002 sec (1/640)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 850 mm
ISO Speed 1250
Exposure Bias -1 EV
Flash No Flash

Here is N!xau just 3km South of the Grootkolk turnoff.

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Kgalagadi - Dec '13_03893 by cooper5022, on Flickr

Camera Nikon D4
Exposure 0.008 sec (1/125)
Aperture f/9.0
Focal Length 600 mm
ISO Speed 1250

Another shot of Tsamma after she visited Urikaruus waterhole on the morning of 16 December at 04:40 am. She walked under under 2 and up to the camp attendants unit, smelled the stairs and walked under the unit and up the hill behind the unit.

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Kgalagadi - Dec '13_04936 by cooper5022, on Flickr

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Exposure 0.001 sec (1/2000)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 850 mm
ISO Speed 1250
Exposure Bias -2/3 EV
Flash On, Return detected
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Dec 21, 2013 1:08 pm

Hi Touareg!
Wow! Leopard every day! You sure were lucky and had a great trip! :dance: :thumbs_up: Thanks for posting these beautiful pix!

Lovely sighting of Tsamma with the springbok! Seems like she is becoming an efficient huntress.

Great sighting of N!xau ! Nice to know that he is fine. I think the last recorded sighting that AstroMatt has of him, he seemed to have been in a fight and was looking a bit worse for wear.

Your leopard at Urikaruus - This is not Tsamma but Tshidi, the young male.

If you can, please fill in the sightings form in the link at the end of my post - this info would really help the project! Many thanks! :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Dec 22, 2013 4:32 pm

Wow! Some great sightings have appeared whilst i've been in the park...great info for the project. Thanks Wanderw for checking the id's :)

We've had an amazing few weeks. In total we had 6 leopard sightings of which 3 were really special. I can't post pics yet but here are the details.

7/12/13 2kms south urikaruus we saw dakotah under a bush on the calcrite, lots of people had the sighting. He came down just before gate close.

10/12/13 18km south grootkolk. Tebogo feeding on a springbok next to the road. He stalked a hyena and then ran away when chased. This lead us to mum far away in a tree. Later that day they were together in the river. A second untouched kill was in a near tree.

11/12/13 same location as above. We found N!xau on the road side looking full and second stashed kill almost all gone. He went quickly over the road and vanished. We left and returned an hour later and bumped into Safran walking in the road. She went to kill in tree and fed. A bit later N!xau suddenly appeared and Safran ran off. He then fed. Unfortunately bots army guys got out of their cars and sacred him off. We returned at 4 to find Tebogo walking towards the kill. He fed for a while and then drank from the river...and i mean river!

Pretty much the only car at both these day long sightings :)

12/12/13 12km south grootkolk. N!xau with a finished off wildebeast in the river bed. Couldn't stay long due to move.
I then saw pics of him making a second wilde kill 2 days later! He's a big tough guy.

19/12/13 Warona up a tree at munro hiding from a big male lion.

20/12/13 slightly north of munro we found Warona lying nice and relaxed on a large weaver nest. She was very interested in what they were doing. She then came down and tormented a tortoise before stalking a ground squirrel and missing the kill by inches. She's looking great and is very entertaining :)

So that is all of them. We heard of sightings of Miera and Tsamma, but didn't find them.
Pics and video to follow later...watch this space ;)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Evel » Thu Dec 26, 2013 8:36 pm

Touareg wrote:Another shot of Tsamma after she visited Urikaruus waterhole on the morning of 16 December at 04:40 am. She walked under under 2 and up to the camp attendants unit, smelled the stairs and walked under the unit and up the hill behind the unit.

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Kgalagadi - Dec '13_04936 by cooper5022, on Flickr

Camera Nikon D4
Exposure 0.001 sec (1/2000)
Aperture f/5.6
Focal Length 850 mm
ISO Speed 1250
Exposure Bias -2/3 EV
Flash On, Return detected


Thanks for the photo Touareg, we missed the leopard on the 16th Dec as we were showering in no 1 and 2 at the same time between 4:40 and 4:50am… shows you need somebody on spotting duty at all times :D


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