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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:47 pm

Here is a photo of Barolong and her two beautiful cubs, taken on 26th October, 4kms south of Urikaruus.
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More to come - just struggling with posting photos :wall:. It's been a long time!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:55 pm

So here are a few sightings to report.
The first is a sighting that Enrico had on 26th October 2kms north of the upper dune road intersection. He has allowed me to post his photos for him.
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This cub is the same as one of the cubs posted by lion queen on the 2nd October (page 42). They are Barolongs current litter (mentioned by Wanderw earlier). So as i write this jacliz has provided the family portrait....what a pic :mrgreen: :mrgreen: These two sightings were at the same location.

So my own sighting was on the 11th November at Montrose, at about 7am.
We came across Miera lying in a tree at the side of the road. She proceeded to come down and cross in front of us heading up the calcrite ridge. She then reappeared at the water hole only to be chased up a tree by a couple of huge lions (the recently collared boys!). After a 30min wait she decide to come down and make a dash for it again crossing in front of us!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:58 pm

One of the cubs
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Both of them greeting each other before going off to meet Mum :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Lionspoon » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:03 pm

Do I really need to see that, jacliz? :tongue:

Gosh, what gorgeous photos!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:25 pm

wow jacliz :mrgreen:
superb sighting, superb photos :clap: :clap:

AstroMatt, the photos you posted for Enrico seems to be the same family... one on the South, the other on the North = same place :lol:

beautiful pictures and sighting both of you :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:34 pm

They are the same anne-marie. Between Urikaruus and the upper dune road.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:37 pm

Thanks for posting those pics jacliz, they certainly should be seen by everyone. :clap: :clap:

You are right Anne-marie, they are the same family. When Enrico saw the cub he could only see one of them. When Jacliz returned to the place Enrico saw the cub there were 3 leopards!! Just goes to show that you have to be patient. As i also mentioned they were spotted at pretty much the same spot by Lion Queen on the 27th September 2012. It would be nice if some one has a sighting before that so we could narrow the age down :pray:
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http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:54 pm

Yes AstroMatt, when Enrico told us there was a leopard in a tree we dashed off at full speed! As we got there the leopard jumped down and we thought we were too late, but it lay on the ground under the tree. After a while we saw a tail hanging from the tree - TWO leopards :big_eyes: We watched them for a total of about three and a half hours. The second cub came down at 6:00 and they walked towards us. By then all the other cars had left. Realising they were only babies and that mum must be around somewhere, we followed them for a couple of hundred metres and there she was, on the top of the dune! If we had seen nothing else for the rest of the holiday (but we did :wink: )we still would have come home happy!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:07 pm

:dance: the patience always pay :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:49 pm

Wow....superb sighting jacliz!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: ...and great patience :clap: :clap:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:56 pm

Wow wow wow

Stunning images and sightings :clap: :clap: :clap:

Hope we will spot the on our December trip :dance:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:08 am

@jacliz - Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up: That sighting was awesome and I am sure there are a lot of very :mrgreen: forumites that have read this thread. :wink:

@enrico - Thanx for allowing AstroMatt to post your pix. Great sighting :dance: , and thank you for sharing your info with other forumites. :gflower:

@AstroMatt - Great sighting of Miera! You do seem to have a connection to her! :wink: Interesting that she was still close when there were lions around. When we got to Montrose and saw the lions(albeit a few days previously) I thought that our chances of seeing a leopard had gone out the window! :roll:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:20 am

Oh my goodness.............Jacliz I'm so very please with your stunning sighting!!!! :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
I was so sad when they never came out from behind that ridge.........now I at least know who we saw!!! Thanx Enrico for sharing yours..........just beautiful!!!

We'll be back at Urikarus 13 December and I'll scan that area day and night!!! ............ :big_eyes: :pray:
Just have to convince Eric it's for research purposes!!! :tongue:

Oh and then my all time favorite Miera!!! Wow what a nice sighting AstroMatt........... :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:02 am

lion queen wrote: Just have to convince Eric it's for research purposes!!! :tongue:
ask Eric to come with you :lol:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Nov 15, 2012 9:47 am

anne-marie wrote:
lion queen wrote: Just have to convince Eric it's for research purposes!!! :tongue:
ask Eric to come with you :lol:


Brilliant idea!!!! :thumbs_up:
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