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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by enrico » Thu Jul 18, 2013 3:20 pm

Hi Astromatt.
Sent you a pm with email address. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by MattAxel » Tue Jul 23, 2013 10:52 am

I saw who I've ID's as Tshidi and Seleka last week just south of Urikaruus. I got lots of shots, and I'll upload them as soon as I'm done processing (which could take a while!)

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by MattAxel » Tue Jul 23, 2013 8:35 pm

Okay so I skipped a few hundred pics while processing so that I could get to the Leopard pics :)
Here they are! The first 2 shots are of the one I think is Seleka and the next two I think is of Tshidi.
Do you agree with my IDs? AstroMatt if you want I can email you the full size photos, and GPS co-ords and time of sighting and stuff.
They were together, but unfortunately they were never close enough to get them both in the same frame.


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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Tue Jul 23, 2013 9:24 pm

Lovely photos Matt :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
You have the ids of Tshidi and Seleka correct but i think you might have mixed up a few photos. The first and last are Seleka and the middle two are Tshidi.

If you could fill in a report on my website that would be great. It's very easy and only takes a minute.
Thanks for the offer of the high res pics, i will gladly take you up on it :) If you drop me a email then we can figure out the easiest way.
The one picture i'm really lacking for these guys is the left hand side (full shot) of Tshidi...which you have here :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Jul 24, 2013 8:19 am

@MattAxel - Lovely sighting of two gorgeous young leopards! :dance: They are approx 1 and quarter years old now.
Thank you for posting! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by MattAxel » Wed Jul 24, 2013 11:17 am

Thanks everyone!

The pics must have got mixed up while uploading them from photobucket Matt.
I'll fill in the form and send you the high res pictures later, when I'm at my computer.

Yes that morning was amazing. Had a male Lion drinking at Dertiende Boorgat, then these Leopards just past Urikaruus, then Cheetah just past the Kamqua picnic site, then another male Lion close to Montrose. Then on the way back up to Mata Mata the cheetah was still hanging around in the same place with a few Spotted Hyaenas also around.

Besides that day the cats were quite scarce, besides for Cheetah, which I had a few times along the Nossob river as well... Oh and Caracal, which I was lucky enough to see twice!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jul 25, 2013 7:29 am

Yeah ,we were extremely lucky on our trip, primarily in the Auob. The trip was capped with aardwolf at Augrabies :-)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by Josh of the Bushveld » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:18 am

Sneak preview of first leopard sighting (pics weren't great because the light was low. I tried to choose the sharpest shots. I'm a bit disappointed with how they came out :( ). The sighting was at Houmoed around 17h40.

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:23 am

The low light must have been hard but the first image is super, he has a real regal look to him. :thumbs_up:
You saw Nkwe...he has now firmly moved in as the dominant male in the South. This isn't good Rooibrak, i suspect that he has been kicked out and his days of roaming the rivers might well be over.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:47 am

Sabi is an excellent place to see leopards...but i think the sighting in KTP easily match it :wink:
@ Josh - could you fill in a report for both your sightings, and send me a few pics. I know your second one was the same as MattAxel's but if you could also do a report and send a couple of pics that would be great. It's useful to know that i have reports from all the cars at the sighting.

@MattAxel - thanks for the report and the high res pics. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Thu Jul 25, 2013 9:49 am

Super sighting of Nkwe! Thank you for posting Josh! :D

@AstroMatt - Rooibrak might surprise you yet! :wink: He has bounced back once before, but yes, he must be getting on in years now.
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by MattAxel » Fri Jul 26, 2013 10:23 am

Josh of the Bushveld wrote:
MattAxel wrote:It just seemed more special to see one in the Kgalagadi for some reason!

You mean two ;)

For us, one of the really nice things about sightings in KTP were the (relatively) unobstructed views we got.


Yes, 2! my mistake :)

I think it's a combination of the unobstructed views, the fact that there were't 20 other cars at the sighting, and the fact that Leopards are more scarce in the KTP than the Kruger that made it more special!

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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by AstroMatt » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:24 am

Morning all from a rainy UK...past 4 days have been wonderful though.
So i've had a few interesting sightings sent to me recently. I'll try and get the pics posted here but for the moment i'll just update you.

Last year in November Amur was spotted mating with Dakotah around Auchterlonie. She was again seen with him in December so i'm not sure this was a successful mating.

More exciting news is that Miera was also sighted mating with Dakotah in June 2013. If this was a success then the cubs will be born around mid September and may be out of the den around the end of October or start of November. The mating happened between Gemsbokplein and Batulama so keep your eyes out in that area.

That's all for now...fingers crossed we get some excellent news in a few months :)
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Wed Aug 14, 2013 11:47 am

@AstroMatt - Beat me to it! :tongue: Great news re Miera and Dakotah! :dance:

I have been hearing about some leo sightings north of Urikaruus - anyone out there who knows more about these sightings, or can post a pic or two? :pray: Any other sightings? :hmz:
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Re: Kgalagadi leopard identification

Unread post by wanderw » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:09 am

Just an update on sightings north of Urikaruus:

Seleka was seen at 13th borehole at the end of July.
Tsamma was seen at 14th borehole early August.

Sightings further north? Hopefully some forumite will be lucky and see a 'rare' leopard in this area. :pray:
Good luck to anyone visiting the park soon! :thumbs_up:
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