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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by SHELEPH » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:08 am

Gr8 KTP and LEOPARD sighting.
Thank you for sharing! :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:29 am

Oh my goodness!! I'm stunned!! Stunning stunning stunning!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by gatita » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:59 am

what a fantastic sighting :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by GavinW » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:48 am

Note to self:
Shows you that patience is rewarded when looking for leopards in the KTP
Great pics AstroMatt
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by enrico » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:59 am

WOW. :big_eyes:
I am speechless. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Great sightings.Looking forward to more.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Bushbuddies » Tue Jan 07, 2014 9:43 am

What an absolutely amazingly beautiful sighting and series of photos - so glad you are sharing it with us! :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Evel » Tue Jan 07, 2014 3:47 pm

Awesome sighting Astromatt, we heard all about your sightings when speaking to Franco at Grootkolk, we were there the 16-18th December. We spotted what I think is Tebogo or Safran on the morning of the 18th December walking in the riverbed south of Kanagauus being harassed by two jackals. Can you confirm this?

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:01 pm

Evel... I can't see your pictures :cry: :cry: :cry:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:10 pm

Evel,

Not sure if this is the case, but some people delete the photo in the hosting site once they've posted on the Forum. You can't do this or even move it from one folder to another on the hosting site.

If it is something else, please ask if you need any help. I know Tinypic did give some technical problems at a stage.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:30 pm

@Evel...I'm glad Franco was passing the info along. The camp attendants are so important to the project and they really know these leopards. I really want to try and get them some basic cameras and binoculars to document what they see as currently they have nothing. If any one has any that you'd like to donate then please PM me, or email the project.

Thanks everyone for your kind words. We really were lots for words during this sighting...and it was made all the more special because we were the only ones there for the whole of it.

So to conclude the story.
After the fight in the river they both took a breather for a few minutes. Here you can really see how Tebogo on the left is now bigger than mum!
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She's done really well to raise such a great young boy...lets hope he stays clear of the bigger boys for a while.
Safran decided to wander away but Tebogo clearly wasn't finished...Round 4!
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Safran (who finishes on the left) clearly wasn't happy with Tebogo's play fighting style and gave him a good telling off!
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It was at this point that I remembered that my camera would do take movies...I switched to movie (seemed like it took an age) and hoped they would play again. We were delighted when they put on one more performance for us.

In many ways this is our favourite of their play fights as you can clearly see Safran trying to calm Tebogo down half way through....and just like any young cat he takes no for an answer. It is also clear how much love there is between them.

After this we didn't think it could get any better for the rest of the trip.
With the light reaching that magical time they decided to wander over towards us and try and squeeze some more springbok into their stomachs.
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Tebogo only fed briefly whilst Safran hid herself away under the tree eating. He then cam even close and used the car as a bit of shade whilst he cleaned himself.
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Eventually like all kids he decided he was full and worn out and decided a nap was best!


Two hours had flown by and time had run out on us and we had to leave :( ....but there was still an untouched kill in the tree by the road so we made a plan to come back the following morning. :wink:
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 Evel » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:33 pm

Hi Guys

Sorry my mistake :?
I have re posted them :D

Astromatt once again, great pics and a awesome sighting for you to have witnessed!!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Tue Jan 07, 2014 7:54 pm

AstroMatt I'm :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

So heart warming and stunning sighting!! Thank you so much for sharing!!!

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Evel, no problem, glad it was easily sorted......... :thumbs_up:

Love the tree pose!! :dance: :dance: :dance:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:30 pm

wow marvelous :dance: :clap:
thank you :k
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by inado » Tue Jan 07, 2014 8:58 pm

WOW!!! What a awesome sighting. :thumbs_up:
Thank you AstroMatt :clap: :gflower: :clap: :gflower: :clap:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Jan 07, 2014 11:23 pm

yours too Evel are nice... but not so easy to ID :wink:
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