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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Aug 24, 2009 5:58 pm

Cynatra wrote:
Tilandi wrote:Image

hi all, note the "branding" 4 45 :)


Hi all

We asked veterinary services regarding this mark.

Though they are not entirely sure, this is probably a buffalo that was involved in the buffalo breeding project near Satara.

Near Satara there is a huge enclosure in which disease free buffalo are kept and bread. The aim is to ensure the survival of the diverse buffalo genes found in Kruger, despite the threat posed by bovine tuberculosis. We all know that BTB is wide spread in the buffalo population of KNP. Disease free buffalo are bread and exported to other reserves, as a safe guard.

According to veterinary services this buffalo was probably released after being part of the program. Most probably because tests showed that it had TB or Brucella.

There is a small possibility that it escaped the program on its own accord, but this is not probable.

Thanks to veterinary services for the speedy reply! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Danie » Mon Oct 12, 2009 1:40 pm

On the Nossob waterhole questions asked earlier, see answer provided by Dupel Erasmus (Tourism Manager, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park):


The old waterhole had to be replaced due to structural damage, as the wildebeest prefer to stand in the water when they drink and hence the puddles and via this behaviour causes damage to the periphery of the structure. There are however other waterholes close to Nossob that provide the perfect drinking environment for the blue wildebeest The waterhole is in exactly the same spot but with better water management capacity.


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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Danie » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:03 pm

We have a bit more bandwidth available at Orpen and I have increased the quality of the picture from Orpen a bit at 15:45 SAST. It will use a bit more bandwidth on your side from now on to download.

We have had requests to increase the quality of the images and at this stage we can do it at Orpen as there is a bit more bandwidith available.

For our viewers with slower connections we do apologise as the image from Orpen might refresh a bit slower but we have to move to the next level of bandwidth as it becomes available. I know that we have a lot of virtual visitors from South Africa with lower bandwidth for whom this will be slower but it will make some of our virtual visitors happier as bandwidth is not a problem for them.

The settings on the other two webcams (Nossob and Satara) have remained as is as we don't have more bandwidth available from the webcam site :(

Please give us feedback if you can 'see' an improvement in quality as I have brought down the JPEG compression on the images from the Orpen webcam.
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Unread postby MATTHYS » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:18 pm

Thank you, Danie :D

Comparing these 2 pics :
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The quality does seem better :thumbs_up:
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Danie » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:25 pm

Thanks MATTHYS!

We should also wait for full sunlight as that impacts on the size of the file as well. In full sunlight, the file size will go up and might cause much slower refresh times with our viewers with slower connections.

We'll keep an eye on it!
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Danie » Wed Nov 18, 2009 4:26 pm

Kamadejo wrote:Thanks for zooming Danie, the quality seems to be better :thumbs_up:


Thanks for the feedback Kamadejo!
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sat Nov 28, 2009 2:27 pm

Jungle Junkie wrote:Where can we see the cam sighting of the year?

thanks

Here it is, Jungle Junkie :
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Aussie Ranger » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:11 am

Mike1916 wrote:Thanks to all the cammers :thumbs_up:
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thanks all. :clap:
i have been watching the cams for almost a year or more. and that was my first lion sighting.
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Lionspoon » Mon Dec 07, 2009 9:31 am

Hi AR! This one posted by Imberbed comes to my mind spontaneously:

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You do the counting yourself. :lol:
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Tilandi » Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:16 am

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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Danie » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:48 pm

Hope you could see the "blue moon" on Satara and Orpen webcams tonight! Nossob was overcast - so no moon tonight visible there!

"Once in a Blue Moon" on two webcams... :)
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Danie » Thu Dec 31, 2009 7:56 pm

We will not be able to see the partial lunar eclipse on webcams tonight :(

The webcams' outdoor housing prevents the cam from look 'upwards' and it is also outside the webcams' tilt reach!

The eclipse started at 19:15 SAST and the middel of the eclipse will be around 21:23 SAST - it will then be above the webcams - out of its tilt reach! Sorry!

Thanks Grannyb = Same to you too!
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Lionspoon » Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:43 pm

The ellie caught by Barbara obvioulsy didn't like the current tree decoration and rearranged it:
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Before:
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Caught by Sylvia C.

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He seems to have flattened something at the back as well. It looks so empty there now. :hmz:
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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Sylvia.C » Sun Feb 07, 2010 6:28 am

I have a question for the experts. :hmz:

What is the source of salt for the herbivores in Kruger? Rocks? For the elephants, too?

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Re: Cam chit chat

Unread postby Imberbe » Mon Feb 08, 2010 2:28 pm

Most herbivores battle to get enough minerals in their diet, as plants are often low on some of the minerals animals need. The type and amount of available minerals in plants are also influenced by where they grow, and what is available to them in the ground.

It is true that in some places animals enter caves to reach the necessary minerals, but the availability of minerals in those caves are incidental to that specific area. The source of minerals is the natural occurring minerals in the earth itself, and in the vast majority of cases this is not found in caves, but spread all over the ecosystem. You will often see that animals will dig in to river banks, termite mounds, or even flat areas. They key is the natural minerals contained in that soil. The eating of earth is called geophagy.

There are other sources of minerals as well. You will often see animals such as giraffe gnawing on bones, or tortoises eating hyena dung. This is sources of calcium they are exploiting. Butterflies can often be seen sitting on dung, or where another animal urinated. Again, they are using resources other animals have collected.

The experts in this is the predators ... they just catch the animals which provide them with a nice balanced mineral containing meal.
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