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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:00 pm

:dance: :dance: maybe Tsamma 8) 8)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Aug 28, 2012 10:12 pm

@anne-marie - Spot On! :wink:

@Jo - lovely pic of Tsamma! :dance: What a beautiful leopard. Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:09 pm

Ok....sorry for the long wait....but to continue.....

Will come back to the previous sighting....seemed not to have loaded the rest of the pics... :doh: :doh: :doh:

We had decided to spend the day in camp at Urikaruus on 3/8/2012....we were relaxing on the verandah, reading our books at about 10h40, when some movement to the right of the waterhole caught my eye....

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She wandered up to the waterhole...

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And then she proceeded to enjoy a long drink....

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She then got a little nervous...and with a last look, she jumped up and disappeared over the back ridge!!!

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Needless to say, we didn't move from the verandah for the rest of the day!!

More to come...

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Sep 11, 2012 12:23 pm

Gorgeous sighting and pix of Tsamma! :clap: :clap: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: No wonder you stayed put on the verandah! Thanx so much for posting Jo! :gflower:

And there's more? :popcorn:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Sun Sep 23, 2012 6:29 pm

Tanks for all the comments....and once again sorry for the wait :redface:

Back to the 2/8/12...with the first pic of Tsamma....after she had finished drinking, she headed past unit 4, crossed the road, and sat down near a bush....staring intently up the slope. She sat there for a good 5 min.....we started to wonder if she had gone into a trance.... :wiz:

And then she pounced.....and took off after a bat-eared fox!!! :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:
Unfortunately my video skills did not match my excitment :redface: :redface: ....but on the video below you can sort of see their tails streaking past....if you use your imagination....and replay it a few times!! We were all standing on the elevated walk way that connects the units....and our next door neighbours and my mom were able to confirm, with binocs, that she did indeed catch the bat-eared fox and then carried it in to the shrubs at the top of the slope.....this I did not catch on the video....it was too quick and I was looking in the wrong place!!!!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Mon Sep 24, 2012 7:49 am

- :thumbs_up: wanderw and leanawel

Another glimpse into Tsamma's life....this goes with the above pics of her when she came down to drink in the middle of the morning....


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:01 am

We had another visit from a different leopard during our stay at Urikaruus...she was bigger than Tsamma and only came at night (as far as we know!!)

Her first visit while we were there was on our first night there....and true to form, the video camera was new, I hadn't used it yet :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: ....and by the time I had it on and knew which buttons to push....she was gone!!!

She was at the water hole and then walked between units 2 and 3, through the car park and then under the camp managers unit, up the hill and gone. This was at about 8pm.

She did visit us again.....2am on 4/8/12......we were woken up by a bat-eared fox going bananas....and after the previous days interaction between Tsamma and bat-eared fox.....we jumped out of bed.....and there she was at the water hole.....the other leopard! Now to find the video.......get it on...... :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: ....focus.......leopard gone!! She had walked through under the walk way again......so out back we went......Now for the page to turn....

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Mon Sep 24, 2012 8:03 am

Hopefully this does it and the page turns......if anyone can help with the ID, it would be great!!!


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Mon Sep 24, 2012 10:00 am

@Jo - you were certainly blessed with spots! :thumbs_up: Thanx for sharing! :dance:
This is Tsamma again - her right hind leg and body spots match. So she seems to have made Urikaruus her base for now, or at least for the days you were there in August. :mrgreen:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Scouter » Wed Sep 26, 2012 11:35 am

Here's another Cagn photo for you AstroMatt :D

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Scouter » Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:18 pm

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Saw her twice ...on Monday 27th Aug and again on Monday 3rd Sept - both times just before I went off to do my KiP stint - first time around 9.30 and the second was about 10 or just after ... first Mon was at the tree at the "new" turnoff to Rooiputs ... 2nd time was about 200m south of Leeuwdrill ....

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She is amazing - gorgeous and so relaxed around cars and people, thankfully - I had her dissapear in front of the Landy where she was sniffing something yummy on the bullbar , next thing I know I look out my window and she is literally 20 cm away from me, staring straight into my eyes - thats when I realised the window was wide open and I need to start the car to close it - and at that second Stefan decides to climb over my head to see the leopard :big_eyes: - exciting times .....
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:20 pm

Thanks for the info and the extra photos. I think she is going to turn (already is :) ) into a star.
Do by any chance have any pics from the first sighting on the 27th...or was it the same sighting that Jannie reported in the 'recent animals thread'?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Scouter » Fri Sep 28, 2012 10:46 am

Sorry AstroMatt - internet been down for days .... will check my photos and see ... I think KG's post was from
the 3rd .... if its the ones with Stefan in the back of the Landy ..?
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Fri Sep 28, 2012 11:40 am

No worries, it would be good if you do have some.
KGs post was this one
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I have the ones of Stefan as well....really cool shots :)
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