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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Koppycat » Thu Jan 02, 2014 9:04 am

Oh, and we also had a tip off! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jan 02, 2014 11:08 am

Lovely sighting of Dakotah AstroMatt! :dance:
Patience pays off! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jan 02, 2014 8:59 pm

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great sighting!!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Jan 03, 2014 10:25 pm

@Koppycat....thanks for letting us know about the leopard :thumbs_up: it really made our day particularly as it was so close to our camp. Thanks also for taking our key back....Eric tried to trick us into believing that you never dropped it off :big_eyes:

So the next sighting we had was in the Grootkolk area. Again we were fortunate enough to have a tip off on the night of the 9th December. Andries informed me that the guests who had just checked into Unit 1 had seen a leopard feeding on a kill some where south of the camp. When I went over to ask them about it they told me that it was exactly 20kms South of Grootkolk but that they hadn't managed to get a photo, even through the leopard was only a few metres from the road. The kill was stashed under a fallen down tree. Whoever this was a big thank you :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

So the following morning we quickly made our way down and and to our amazement we found Tebogo lying just off the road next to a fallen down tree cleaning his paws at just after 6am. We couldn't see him well at first as the driedoring was very high but we could see the kill and enough of him for an ID.

Pretty soon he decided to get up and go for a little wander. He was very relaxed and looked well fed.
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We then noticed that far on the other side of the river there was a spotted hyena coming down the bank with a leg in his mouth. :? It had rained a lot the past few days and there was a lot of water in the river. He came down to drink and bath a bit.
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To our utter amazement Tebogo decided that he was quite interested in the hyena and started to stalk him. He walked directly at him and started to crouch down low! :hmz:
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Eventually the hyena caught wind of him and charged. Tebogo quickly darted away in the direction of a big tree. What he was up to I don't know...I guess young cats are just curious! :roll:
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The hyena then made a be line directly back along the route Tebogo had taken and we through he was going to steal the kill :( But for some reason he ignored it and wandered back across the river and up the bank towards where he'd come from. It was whilst watching him that we suddenly realised that there was a second leopard hanging out in a tree! :big_eyes: By this time it was 7am and we had another car at the sighting.
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I've only just realised this tonight that for the second time in my life I've taken a photo of a leopard and not realised it! :redface: If you didn't notice it then in the picture of the hyena with the leg in his mouth you can see a leopard hanging out! :slap:

We were able to identify the second leopard as Safran (even at this far distance). She was not happy with the hyena sniffing around. I've also just noticed tonight that there was a springbok head in the tree! So there were two kills.
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Tebogo then decided that he hadn't seen enough of hyenas so he decided to go and say a second hello :wall: He walked directly up the bank towards the hyena and mum. You can see all three in this picture.
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Unsurprisingly the hyena charged again and Tebogo dashed off. He was lucky to make it into a small near by tree before the hyena arrived. The hyena sat under this tree for quite a while. In all the commotion Safran managed to slip out of the tree and disappeared somewhere. The hyena eventually wandered off and Tebogo came down and rested under the tree.
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By now it was 8am and we had to leave in order to nip down to Lijersdraai for a loo stop. However, this was not the end of this sighting...more to follow when I've sorted the afternoon pictures. :tongue:
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http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
You can also download a free copy of the identification guides for KTP and Augrabies.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Sat Jan 04, 2014 12:55 am

wow Safran :dance: ... in a tree with Hyenas around and another Leopard also anoyed by Hyena...
and then :popcorn:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Jan 04, 2014 1:44 am

An amazing sighting! :dance: What luck to see Tebogo,Safran and hyena interaction! Very :mrgreen:
:popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sat Jan 04, 2014 5:45 pm

I've just been going back through the posts that I missed whilst I was away and would like to thank everyone for submitting them directly to me as well. It really does make the record keeping easier.
@Wanderw thanks for keeping on top of all the identifications...as usual they are 100% correct. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

wildcatzoo wrote: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.


This sighting was reported to me in person when I gave my talk at cape union mart in November. I can confirm that it is indeed a new leopard and has been named Urinanib after the white dune that was behind him. The photos that were given to me clearly show that he is male and the teeth suggest he is still quite young. There aren't many leopards that are regularly seen along the Kij KIj stretch so lets hope he sticks around and makes a few appearances.
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You can also download a free copy of the identification guides for KTP and Augrabies.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Rookie » Sat Jan 04, 2014 11:17 pm

Hi AstroMatt
We have just returned and had 2 leopard sightings. One on 25/12 - what a Christmas pressie. We saw her (I think) twice on the same day (morning and afternoon) between Houmoed and Monro. I thought it may be the Auchtolonie Female, but not very good at spot matching! :)
Then saw the other one at the Nossob waterhole at 20:30 at night on 29/12.

I have some photos of them both which I will resize and post for you probably tomorrow.
KTP - 27/12 - 3/1/16

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sun Jan 05, 2014 1:18 pm

Hi Rookie! :D
Seems like you had a great trip! :thumbs_up:
When you are ready... :popcorn:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Koru » Sun Jan 05, 2014 2:13 pm

Thought I'd jump in with a couple of photos you might enjoy before Rookie posts what I am sure will be show stoppers!! :popcorn:

AstroMatt on the patrol for leopards in the midafternoon heat ... (note lucky leopard charm)

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...rewarded by a chilling predator stare from Dakotah!

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Just goes to show you can get a lucky sighting at any time of day ... although in fairness we already knew he was there (see AstroMatt's posts above) :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by RichardJ » Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:26 pm

Great encounters AstroMatt and Koru :clap: :dance: :clap: :dance: :clap:

:hmz: seems you need to go back and review all previous pics 8) how many more leopards missed?

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Sun Jan 05, 2014 4:37 pm

Wow what a busy early morning AstroMatt!!! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Great great sighting and so interesting to see the interaction between the leopards and the hyenA!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Rookie » Sun Jan 05, 2014 6:37 pm

Photos of 2 leopard sightings.

Near Monro waterhole
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Nossob waterhole
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KTP - 27/12 - 3/1/16

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Jan 05, 2014 7:41 pm

@RichardJ...I dread to think how many I've missed :?

@Rookie....thanks for posting these great photos. :thumbs_up:
You are correct that your Christmas day sighting is of the Auchterlonie Female :thumbs_up: Were all these from the same sighting on that day ie morning or afternoon? If they were do you have a photo from the other one to check that it was the same leopard you saw each time...you never know ;)

Your sighting at Nossob is of Langklaas. :thumbs_up: It's great to know that she is still using that waterhole. If her mating earlier in the year was successful then she would be about a 20days or so from giving birth....watch this space :popcorn:
Kgalagadi Leopard Project
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

Please use the online form or download the spreadsheet to report leopard sightings.
You can also download a free copy of the identification guides for KTP and Augrabies.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sun Jan 05, 2014 8:15 pm

@Rookie - Superb sightings of the Auchterlonie female and Langklaas! :dance: :mrgreen:
Thanx for posting! :gflower:
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