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Re: Leopard

Unread postby ekoppen » Wed Jun 13, 2012 1:19 am

Had a nice visit with a Leopard and her cub. Had young Impala kill. Road H1-3 and junction of S125. November 2011

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby shaheen » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:47 am

Eventualy came right with posting pics...
This is my favourite sighting of leopard.
We were watching lions further up the road at the bridge when i noticed a car at the intersection for a few minutes, decided to see what it was all about.
Well guess what.... we were with the leopard for about 20 minutes, only 3 cars, before it jumped off and crossed the road into the bush.......
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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Stoffel » Wed Jun 13, 2012 5:19 pm

Unfortunately I do not have photos of my best 3 leopard sightings - although 2 is on video.

June 1981 We travelled down the (now) S114 from Skukuza (then still known as the H3 as the present H3 tar road via Afsaal was not built yet). Between the two S23 junctions we came upon a leopard lying on top of a termite mound - we were the only car then as the other two vehicles moved off when we arrived. What the people in the other cars did not know (and us too) was that the leopard was waiting for mommy warthog and her youngsters to make their appearance from an aardvark hole in the termite mound. Mommy and the first youngster escaped, but the second one appearing from the hole was not as lucky and the leopard got hold of it by the throat. I was still using a 8 mm movie camera those days. A few years later I had it put onto video - unfortunately very poor quality.

June 1989 We were on our way on the H1-4 to Olifants. Between Ngotso Dam and the S39/S89 crossing my wife (who was driving) noticed a movement amongst some reeds next to the Ngotso Creek. She was not sure, but said it looked like a leopard disappearing into the tuft of reeds. We could not see the water level in the creek, but knew there was water as the ground around the area was moist. On the other side of the creek a few impala rams were standing. It looked as if they planned to come down to the water (next to the reed tuft) to drink. A few cars stopped in the meantime - everybody asking what we are looking at. Telling them that my wife thinks that she has seen a leopard, they would idle a minute or two and then leave again. The impalas never came down to the water. But after a few minutes mommy warthog and two of her youngsters appeared from nowhere - walking actively in the direction of the water. Mommy suddenly stopped - then turned around and led her youngster away - disappearing from our eye-sight. A minute later she decided that she is too thirsty and came back to the water. Just as all three of them bend down to start drinking, the tuft of reeds exploded as the leopard dived towards the youngster standing nearest to him. Mommy took off in the direction from where they came and the other youngster ran in our direction and crossed the road in front of our car. As the leopard came to its feet again, with the youngster held by the right shoulder, mommy decided that she's not gonna let het child being taken as easy prey. She turned around and stormed the unsuspecting leopard and hit him with everything in her power in the side. He let go of the youngster and both of them (the youngster bleeding a lot) also crossed the road in front of us. The leopard sat there for a while to recover and then slowly walked off. That scene was not photographed nor taken on video.

May 2006 Coming back from N'wanetsi to Satara on the S100 we saw a (what appeared to be a young) leopard on some rocks next to the water. I took a nice video and the next moment my wife said he is going to catch the terrapin in the water. As my video camera is still one of the old sort - only having a black and white view finder - I did not notice the terrapin at first. It was only as it tried to get out of the water onto the rocks (not aware of the leopard) that I saw the terapin for the first time. The leopard was lying flat - typically cat-like - waiting for the terrapin to get out of the water totally. Then it raised it hind and the terrapin immediately recognised the danger and just fell back into the water. The leopard walked off and went to lie down in the shade of a bush where we could not see it any further.

And in all three cases we were the only car watching the action.
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby granjan » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:22 pm

I was so lucky with leopard sightings on my last trip in April -5 separate sightings with at most two other cars.
This was the best by far.
I turned in to Magamba, only to find no water and no game. I turned around and on the way back -I'd passed only two minutes before- this met my eyes.
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I pulled across the road expecting that he would go straight into the bush but instead he got up and strolled towards me.
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He came within a few feet of the car and stood looking straight at me. I was so mesmerised that it didn't even occur to me to wind up the window though he was less than 5 ft away!
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Then he casually walked behind the car and disappeared into the bush.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby ekoppen » Wed Jun 13, 2012 11:26 pm

Leopard catches Vulture
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Leopard returning with catch
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Leopard falls off limb
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Yes, the Vulture hit the ground first got up and flew away. The Leopard was fine too.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby ekoppen » Thu Jun 14, 2012 4:11 pm

James of the Jungle wrote:Fantastic sighting ekoppen, thanks for sharing. I guess even leopards slip up from time to time. Fantastic photo's :thumbs_up:


Wife took the pics...I lost him in my video viewfinder so thank goodness she caught him in stills....Thanks,
Ed

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby Jan van Wyk » Fri Jun 15, 2012 6:49 pm

Wow great images :clap: :clap:

This young Leopard was feeling the heat on the tar road near Paul Kruger Gate

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby ekoppen » Wed Jun 20, 2012 11:31 am

Here's a short video clip followup of my earlier "top 3 leopard sightings" posted earlier in this thread.

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Orpen Nov 1, 2
Punda Maria Nov 4, 5
Oliphants Nov 6, 7, 8
Satara Nov 9, 10, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25
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Re: Leopard

Unread postby RIAAN H » Wed Jun 20, 2012 2:10 pm

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leopard at causeway!

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby Crested Val » Wed Jun 20, 2012 4:01 pm

Our most interesting leopard sighting was towards the end of November 2011 on the H14 quite near the Tzendze River crossing.

It was not the best viewing opportunity, because the grass was high....................but it was eating a porcupine!!

We were just sad that the first porcupine that we ever saw in the wild was a dead one!! :whistle:

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Thu Jun 21, 2012 10:15 am

Nice photo Crested Val. Its a risky business hunting porcupine, it can go so wrong. I remember seeing a lioness with a face full of quills up in Shingwedzi. She was lucky not to have lost an eye.

Thanks for sharing

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Leopard Walk

Unread postby ekoppen » Tue Jun 26, 2012 4:52 pm

We had a nice visit and walk with this Leopard Tom and his lady friend

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Skukuza Oct 28, 29,30,31
Orpen Nov 1, 2
Punda Maria Nov 4, 5
Oliphants Nov 6, 7, 8
Satara Nov 9, 10, 11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25
Lower Sabi Nov 26, 27,28,29
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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby MPL » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:06 am

My wife and I are very lucky when it comes to leopards. They keep walking in front of us. :lol: It was difficult to choose but here are my 3 cats. Technically it is 5. lol.

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Re: My top 3 leopard sightings in Kruger

Unread postby MPL » Wed Jun 27, 2012 10:58 am

Hi James. Thank you. We were very lucky.

The first one was on the H1-2 towards Thsokwane just after the Maroelaloop turnoff.
The second was on the H7 towards Orpen. 7km before Orpen.
The third is on the H1-3 towards Satara just after the baobab tree.

Most of the other Leopards were seen near Lower Sabie, The mystical Balule Leopard at Olifants while sitting on our stoep, H1-1 a few. S1 3 on 1 trip.

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Re: Leopard

Unread postby James of the Jungle » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:13 pm

Amazing photos :thumbs_up:

Check out my top 3 leopard sightings in KNP, share some of your leopard stories :D

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