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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 14, 2016 1:06 pm

Well I'm back from a great trip to the Kgalagadi. We heard about lots of sightings and narrowly missed a few but the icing on the cake for us was the sighting of Barolong and her cubs at the Urikaruus camp waterhole.

2016-07-09 at 07:20 - Barolong and Two Young Cubs
We missed the cubs drinking but had a great view of Barolong taking a cold winters drink.
She then walked to the tree directly behind the waterhole and called her two small cubs out from the grass.
They then bounded away up the river bank and out of sight. This happened at 7:30am right whilst we were preparing to leave camp.

We would estimate that the cubs are somewhere between 2-3 months old. One looks like a female but we didn't get a conclusive shot of the other.
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I think the cub on the right is female from this photo.
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@WillieV - Thanks for posting your sighting of Masego :thumbs_up:
@Sigmund - Thanks for these lovely pictures....i only wish i had 7 sightings to report! :big_eyes:
@Wandrew, Lion Queen, thanks for providing the ID's all correct as usual :thumbs_up:
@Koru - Thanks for posting the sighting for me :gflower:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jul 14, 2016 2:02 pm

Well all I can say is again WOW WOW WOW and now I'm even a darker shade of green!!!!

What an amazing sighting!!!! Your photos are stunning!!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by hilda » Thu Jul 14, 2016 4:13 pm

So glad you saw Barolong and her cubs first hand at the Urikaruus waterhole AstroMatt! What a wonderful sighting! Your pictures are great! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 5:15 pm

AstroMatt wrote:@Sigmund - Thanks for these lovely pictures....i only wish i had 7 sightings to report! :big_eyes:


Well...7 sightings is probably a once in a lifetime experience for KTP but on the other hand.....I've never ever seen a leopard cub in the wild.

I'd happily exchange 2 of my sightings for one of yours 8)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 6:52 pm

@AstroMatt - a video clip of our third leopard sighting.
I've posted on Facebook but place it here as well for those without FB accounts.

Unfortunately a bad quality, zoomed to the max video so I doubt if an ID will be possible.

Spotted on 29 July just south of Kannaguass at 11h18.
Approximately 30 minutes before our sighting of Safran to the south.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jul 14, 2016 7:54 pm

@AstroMatt - awesome sighting and pix! You know how green I am! :wink:

@Sigmund - thanks for posting the video. Think it was just too far for positive Id, but i do think you saw a female leopard, possibly Rosa. I am sure AstroMatt will reply soon. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 8:53 pm

wanderw wrote:@Sigmund - thanks for posting the video.


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 14, 2016 9:21 pm

Thanks for putting the video up. Sadly a positive ID is impossible, but I would say that it certainly isn't N!xau due to the tail shape. The leopard does look like it has had a good meal too.

Size is a tough to judge but the neck doesn't look quite right for the other males in the area.
So if I was pushed I would probably say it is Rosa as she is the next most likely candidate.

Thanks for all the comments on the sighting. It really was a lucky one!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:28 pm

Please don't hesitate to tell me if I'm overdoing it :redface:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:34 pm

I dare say that is impossible on this thread :thumbs_up:
Lovely video.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by lion queen » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:45 pm

I agree, never ever will we feel its over doing it!!!

Lovely video and thank you for sharing!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:52 pm

@Sigmund - every leo pic and video is appreciated on this thread. :thumbs_up: Lovely AF video! Thank you!

@AstroMatt -In Sigmund's first video, I thought that the neck and head looked too light/delicate for a male, so female and as you say, likely candidate is Rosa. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by hilda » Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:06 am

Awesome videos Sigmund! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by gannet » Fri Jul 15, 2016 12:03 pm

Sigmund and AstroMatt -- your videos and pics are simply awesome :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Sigmund » Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:54 pm

For everyone making an effort to comment, Thanks :thumbs_up:

Safran, spotted at Lijersdraai on 29 June 2016 at 11h50

Once again a rather shaky video. :redface:
She caught us completely by surprise when we turned a bend in the road and there she was....

I try to not make my vehicle dictate the direction of movement of any animal so once she started moving towards us, I tried to reverse back as far as possible to give her right of way......reversing and simultaneously trying to video coupled with adrenaline does not make for very steady videos unfortunately :?


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