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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:32 pm

@ Wanderw...thanks for posting them on behalf of rjm...he had a great trip by the looks of things. To see the same leopard in almost exactly the same location a year later...what are the odds??

So to follow-up the previous days play fighting we returned to the scene early the next day to see what had happened over night.

To our amazement the previously whole springbok carcass had been devoured and little more than the head and neck and a few dangly legs were left.

Lying by the side of the road with a full belly was N!xau the dominant local male! He didn't like being disturbed early in the morning and quickly crossed the road in front of us and disappeared over the ridge. We tried to locate him by trying different views but had no luck.
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We drove back up the road towards Kannaguss to see if Safran and Tebogo were else where due to N!xau's presence. After a coffee break we decided to check the kill location again. To our amazement as soon as we turned up we spotted Safran slowly wandering down the road.
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The portrait I showed yesterday was also taken from this sighting.
We waited patiently for her to come to us and she didn't disappoint. After walking through the dreidoring she crossed the road and headed straight for the kill.
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She wasted no time in jumping up the tree.
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After getting comfortable on a high branch she tucked into breakfast...cheek and nose I think!
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After feeding for a while Safran suddenly became a bit nervous. She then leapt down the tree and dashed away. This was when we noticed the big N!xau running after her.
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He obviously hadn't gone far during the morning and could either see, smell or hear her eating. After a short attempt to follow her he gave up and headed for the tree. Check out the staining on his teeth....he is also about 7+ years old.
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N!xau tucking into breakfast. Unlike Safran he had to settle for the lower branches. Eventually he climbed down and sat under the tree guarding the kill.
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Unfortunately his rest, and our sighting was disturbed when the Botswana Army rocked up and proceeded to get out of, and climb all over the cars for a better view. He didn't like this one bit and dashed across the road and away.
I did report this to the Section Ranger at Nossob but apparently they are a law unto themselves...not good.
Photo by Koru
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We retuned to the kill later in the afternoon at 16:30. As if he was waiting for our return Tebogo suddenly appeared on the bank almost exactly where Safran had come from earlier in the day.
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He gave us this wonderful view crossing the road a few metres away.
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Unlike the others he was quite cautious. He smelt all around the tree before he climbed in and proceeded to finish off what was left! Like N!xau he was too heavy for the higher branches.
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After filling his belly he wandered down to the river....and yes I mean river. To me this photo looks more like something you might see in the Okavango Delta rather than the dry Kgalagadi.
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We looked up and down the road but couldn't find Safran. Eventually time ticked away and we had to leave Tebogo lying in the shade of a tree by the river.

Three leopards feeding off the same kill on the same day....kalahari magic :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Fri Jan 10, 2014 12:57 pm

Warona - 12 November 2013 19H02

3.5 Km south of Auchterlonie

We were driving back to Kieliekrankie after spending some time at a lion kill south of Kamfersboom.

We saw a Springbok wo did not like what he saw and or smelled!! We could at first not see what he obviously saw!!

Then we spotted the leopard high in a tree next to the road.

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She was not comfy up there and then turned round to have a good look at us!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

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Moments later she jumped down

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We got one final look before she disappeared over the ridge

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Fri Jan 10, 2014 2:33 pm

Warona - 13 November 2013 9H27

3.8 km south of Auchterlonie

When we got to this sighting there was already a few (3 or 4) cars.

She was in the shade of a small Thorn tree and very interested in the cheetah on the other side of the road.

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After a while she decided the shade was getting to small for her and she moved on to a nearby bush.

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Not very long after this an elderly gentleman decided he needed a better view and sat in the window of his car with his binoculars ( she was not even 3 meters from the road!!)!! She got up and ran up the dune!!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:30 pm

@Lion Queen...thanks for posting (and reporting) your sighting of Warona....she really is a lovely little lady. Real shame about the elderly guy spoiling it :evil:

So here is the final instalment of our leopard sightings in the northern part of the park.

It was our last morning at Grootkolk and we decided to head north to try and find Rosa or Bontle. After having no success (we did find a cheetah so not really no success ;) ) we headed back to camp to pack up and leave.

On our drive down to Nossob about 5kms further north from where we'd had all the other sightings we came across N!xau lying under a tree with a wildebeest carcass lying in the river! The time was about 09:45
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After speaking to our neighbours who had headed south early in the morning we learnt that there had been hyenas feeding during the early hours. But they had left and N!xau had appeared.
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We believe that it was N!xau who made this kill due to an actual sighting of him making another wildebeest kill the following day! This next kill was at the location where Touareg photographed him....when we found this out we wished we'd stayed an extra night :mrgreen:

We couldn't stay long as we had to make it to Urikaruus. But i believe he sat under this tree for most of the day.

So ended our incredible stay at Grootkolk....we'll definitely be heading back :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sat Jan 18, 2014 4:40 pm

@Lion Queen....we certainly will :)

After this sighting of N!xau we headed to Urikaruus where we bumped into a few people who informed us that Tsamma had been seen north of camp. Unfortunately we didn't find her or any other leopards for the next few days.

We then left the park for a quick visit down to Augrabies and to pick my little brother (Chris) and a colleague (Kelley) up. We then spent a few nights in Augrabies searching for the leopards there to no avail before heading back to the park. For both of them this would be their first visit to KTP :pray:

On the second day (19/12/2013) we hit the jackpot when we found a lion under a tree a few 100m north of Munro at about 11:30. We came across a bit of a traffic jam that we thought was because of the flat lion lying under a tree, but something didn't add up as most people weren't looking that way...peering up into the next tree we spotted what the traffic jam was really for. A lovely leopard lying quite uncomfortably on a few thin branches.
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After a bit of repositioning we managed to find a little window through the branches. A quick check in the guide and our dreams came true. It was Warona! the tiny cub we found last year!
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Warona really didn't look too happy and was constantly fidgeting. Unfortunately we had to head back to TR to pack up...but we would be driving past again on our way to Mata Mata :D
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After a quick turn around we again arrived back at the traffic jam. Neither the lion, or Warona, had moved more than a few feet.
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She glanced down to us a few times with a distinctly unimpressed look on her face.
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The situation clearly wasn't going to change and we needed to leave, but we left Warona being looked over by enough photographers that someone would certainly capture any daring escape.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Jan 24, 2014 12:06 pm

So to finish off our sighting from December 2013.
20/12/2013
After leaving Warona in the company of lions the previous day I was delighted when on our way to Twee Rivieren, Koru (driving) exclaimed, very calmly, like she was discussing what was for dinner, that there was a leopard lying on a sociable weavers nest! :big_eyes: Apparently she had seen her from miles away!
So our little lady had survived the encounter and was now looking a whole lot more comfortable.
This was a few 100m north of Munro at 15:00.
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She seems extremely content with her choice of nests and we decided that we would wait this out...However long it would take.
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The constant chattering of the birds and their aerial passes was obviously disturbing her sleep.
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The sociable weavers were quite funny. Every now and then they would realise that there was a large predator on their nest and start alarm calling. Then they would forget!
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Definitely pondering her stomach :D
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After deciding the birds were a no go something on the ground caught her attention.
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After racing down the tree she quickly glanced at us as if to check we were still there.
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Then she decided to retrieve her victim who was trying to make a... slow get away!
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Big 5 and little 5 :)
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Looking very proud with her catch!
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If you can't eat it...play with it.
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She kept flicking the leopard tortoise around for about 30mins! During this time she climbed back up to the weavers nest and gave it a good bash with her paw.
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However, she quickly got distracted with the tortoise only to return a few seconds later to play with it. Just like all kittens she tried rolling on her back and using the back legs....fail!
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During all this play, she popped back up the tree to bash the weavers nest a few times. Unfortunately quite a few cars had arrived and so we didn't move. Right decision when she returned again to play with the tortoise. Notice the very very white teeth.
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17:42
After quite a bit of wandering around under the tree she suddenly heard something and wandered out the back.
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After quite a few minutes however she returned and looked around.
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Then she went into full stalk mode!
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She suddenly ran right behind our car and stopped just behind us....peering over the sand bank. Then we realised that she was stalking a ground squirrel. She was about 3-4m away in plain sight but the squirrel hadn't got a clue!
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One lucky squirrel! Unfortunately a 300m lens and the wrong side of the car was too much for this action.
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Not satisfied with her failed hunt she tried flushing the squirrel out.
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Unfortunately that squirrel was holding tight.
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She then picked up a yellow mongoose on the other side of the road. A quick dash and stalk through was seen from miles away.
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18:40
By now it was getting late and we had to leave to make gate closing. A hungry Warona was left lying in the shade.
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This was our final leopard sighting in December and a really special one for us having seen her last year as a tiny cub. She certainly seems to be spending some time away from mum and is trying to hunt more. Hopefully she will hang around and keep entertaining us all for a while :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by groenlandy » Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:07 pm

Hi,
I finally managed to work through our images from our Oct/Noc 2013 trip, and wanted to post this sighting of a leopard about 10km south of Achterlonie.
I've not yet tried to identify her (suspect so, she was quite small?).
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We followed her walking along the ridge for nearly an hour, lazily stalking a herd of springbok, and only got this one close-up when we she crossed the road going up to the viewpoint
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Jan 29, 2014 9:51 pm

Hi groenlandy! Lovely sighting of the young leopardess AstroMatt posted above - Warona! :dance: :thumbs_up:
If you could, please fill in the sightings form that you will find in the link at the end of my post. Many thanks for posting. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Sat Feb 15, 2014 2:43 pm

A small update on the leopard sightings:

Barolong has been seen at Urikaruus camp recently - drinking from the camp waterhole at night. Before that, the last time she was seen was in November last year. Great to know she is still around.

Miera - was seen near Urikaruus in early February.

Langklaas - if the mating with Motsumi at Kaspersdraai was successful last year, there might soon be cubs around. Langklaas was last seen south of Nossob.

To all heading up to KTP soon - Wishing you good spotting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Sat Feb 15, 2014 9:10 pm

Thanks Wanderw for posting those updates i'd been meaning to do it :gflower:
I was also sent a sighting today of N!xau a few kms south of Kannaguass on the 06/02/2014 at 8am. So keep yours eyes open for him around Grootkolk.

@Groenlandy....thanks for posting the report here :thumbs_up: If you can submit a full report on the website that would be great.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by OomDaan » Sun Feb 16, 2014 3:32 pm

We saw this lady at Polenstwa

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and she ran away........

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Feb 17, 2014 7:59 am

Hi OomDaan!
Lovely sighting of Lotlatlana! When did you see her?
If you have time, could you please fill out the sightings form for the Leopard Project - you will find it in the link at the end of my post.
Many thanks for posting! :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Feb 26, 2014 11:37 pm

A couple of quick sighting updates.

OomDaan's sighting of Lotlalana was on the 30/09/2013.

I've had a recent report of a young male leopard who's been seen between Rooiputs and Leeuwdril. He is a new leopard for the project. The sightings were on the 22nd and 23rd February 2014, both later in the afternoon.

Auchterlonie Female was also seen at Houmoed on the 21st February at 18:00. She was seen on her own.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Mar 18, 2014 11:09 pm

Sightings have been very spares recently what with the long grass. :(

I had a report of Warona and her mum the Auchterlonie Female at KielieKrankie on the 10th March. Unfortunately I've not seen the photos yet but they were identified using the guide by Willem the camp attendant.

Hoping that we get some more sightings as we move towards April :pray:
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