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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:49 am

@AFRICAT - lovely sighting of Safran! :mrgreen: She is looking in purrfect condition! :dance: :thumbs_up: Thank you for posting.

We have just returned from the park. Some snippets of information:
Ljiersdraai - a leopard and young cub has been seen at Ljiersdraai waterhole(late Oct/early Nov). :hmz: Perhaps Safran.
Polentswa - a leopard is around and managed to catch a cheetah, carcass hung in a tree.(early Nov)
Kwang - carcass of jackal hung in a tree - 31st Oct/1st Nov).
Cagn - was seen near Leeudril late October.
The Rooiputs female has been seen at Samevloeiing(late Oct).
Miera has been seen at Montrose(early Nov).
Barolong has been seen at Kamqua - with 2 oldish cubs(late Oct).
Tsamma - we saw her at Urikaruus early(12.20am) on the 7th, in lovely condition, then a herd of Eland arrived and she hightailed it out of there. :wall:
We also saw a few spots :roll: near 14th borehole - a leopard's head at the top of a calcrete ridge for a few seconds. So fast - no pix! :redface:

Hoping that some forumite has a few pix to post. :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Jo » Tue Nov 13, 2012 8:47 am

Hi wanderw

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: ...a lot of spots about!!

A bit late but we saw this leopard on the lower dune road on 5 August 2012, which we think is a female, about 3km east of the access road to Kielikrankie at 09h45.....

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Anyone able to ID the leopard from these pics - unfortunately, only got these views :hmz: :hmz: :hmz:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:12 am

I saw, this one at Lijersdraai, 22.9, waiting for a Hyena leave the present carcass
:hmz: Could be Safran (I hope) but marked a plant with her head...
my question : female mark territory ?

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both sides, a bit lightened for ID :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:14 am

then, on the 25.9, I think Miera going to the rocks... sleeping :wink:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:20 am

still Miera (I think), 29.9, around Montrose (like this one of 25.9... sorry :redface: )
catched a Squirrel :shock:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:25 am

same place (a little bit more South) 30.9, Miera ??? with several Hyenas, with her kill... maybe stole by Hyena
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Nov 13, 2012 3:57 pm

Thanks for all the sightings that have been posted recently. Its great to see that the leopards are coming out of the wood work again.
@Gavin, still can't match your second leopard to any of the currently known ones....so start thinking of a suitable name :)

@AFRICAT - great sighitng of Safran, thanks for posting...more about your sighting later :wink:

@Wanderw - having just got back from the park myself and after meeting various forumites (Arks, Katya, Enrico) i'd heard of some of these sightings but not all, thanks for the info, after all every bit helps.

@Jo - Really pleased so say that you have the second sighting of Nkwe! Will be in contact as i don't have very good pics of him :wink: yet.

@Anne-Marie, your wish came true, you did see Safran at Lijersdraai :dance: , i also can't help thinking that she looks really pregnant in your pics and not in AFRICATS!...also given Wanderws info it seems highly likely that the mum and cub is Safran and a new addition :D :thumbs_up: Hopefully someone will get some pics of the cub :pray:
Your sightings of Miera are all correct, i also happened to see her recently at Montrose on the 11th November, will post some pics of her dashing up a tree away from some lions.

Thanks everyone of the sightings, if i could also ask that they are sent to me using my spreadsheet it would really making the recond keeping a lot easier. Thanks
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Tue Nov 13, 2012 6:37 pm

@Jo and anne-marie - Thanx for posting! :gflower:

@Jo - Super to see Nkwe again. :thumbs_up: Will be interesting to plot his range, so hoping for more sightings of him.

@anne-marie - Lovely sighting of Safran. I agree with AstroMatt - she does look very pregnant. Great that you saw her again! :dance: Also, you were lucky with all the sightings of Miera - again a very interesting sighting with the hyena and kill. :mrgreen:

@AstroMatt - Welcome back and thanx for the info. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:47 pm

Here is a photo of Barolong and her two beautiful cubs, taken on 26th October, 4kms south of Urikaruus.
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More to come - just struggling with posting photos :wall:. It's been a long time!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:55 pm

So here are a few sightings to report.
The first is a sighting that Enrico had on 26th October 2kms north of the upper dune road intersection. He has allowed me to post his photos for him.
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This cub is the same as one of the cubs posted by lion queen on the 2nd October (page 42). They are Barolongs current litter (mentioned by Wanderw earlier). So as i write this jacliz has provided the family portrait....what a pic :mrgreen: :mrgreen: These two sightings were at the same location.

So my own sighting was on the 11th November at Montrose, at about 7am.
We came across Miera lying in a tree at the side of the road. She proceeded to come down and cross in front of us heading up the calcrite ridge. She then reappeared at the water hole only to be chased up a tree by a couple of huge lions (the recently collared boys!). After a 30min wait she decide to come down and make a dash for it again crossing in front of us!
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:58 pm

One of the cubs
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Both of them greeting each other before going off to meet Mum :D
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by anne-marie » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:25 pm

wow jacliz :mrgreen:
superb sighting, superb photos :clap: :clap:

AstroMatt, the photos you posted for Enrico seems to be the same family... one on the South, the other on the North = same place :lol:

beautiful pictures and sighting both of you :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:34 pm

They are the same anne-marie. Between Urikaruus and the upper dune road.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:37 pm

Thanks for posting those pics jacliz, they certainly should be seen by everyone. :clap: :clap:

You are right Anne-marie, they are the same family. When Enrico saw the cub he could only see one of them. When Jacliz returned to the place Enrico saw the cub there were 3 leopards!! Just goes to show that you have to be patient. As i also mentioned they were spotted at pretty much the same spot by Lion Queen on the 27th September 2012. It would be nice if some one has a sighting before that so we could narrow the age down :pray:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by jacliz » Wed Nov 14, 2012 6:54 pm

Yes AstroMatt, when Enrico told us there was a leopard in a tree we dashed off at full speed! As we got there the leopard jumped down and we thought we were too late, but it lay on the ground under the tree. After a while we saw a tail hanging from the tree - TWO leopards :big_eyes: We watched them for a total of about three and a half hours. The second cub came down at 6:00 and they walked towards us. By then all the other cars had left. Realising they were only babies and that mum must be around somewhere, we followed them for a couple of hundred metres and there she was, on the top of the dune! If we had seen nothing else for the rest of the holiday (but we did :wink: )we still would have come home happy!
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