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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #30 on: November 27, 2009, 12:26:26 AM »
I tuned in late again for the Friday morning (CAT) drive.

We saw sweet baby impala. Pieter said it was likely about 48 hours old.  Mums really push them to stand up right after delivering them. They need to learn how to stand / walk / run in short order. They are easy prey as we saw in the past two weeks for a young leopard and any other 'cats'.  The one on the right in both photo is the one Pieter was referring to.





A reference about the impala    http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/impala

Then a fantastic sighting and time with the Nkuhuma Pride  They have fought valiantly to remain alive.  This link goes to Wildearth's Social area and data base on the various lions seen in the area: http://wildearth.ning.com/page/lion-database  

The fourth link down will give you a comprehensive story (and videos) about the Nkuhuma pride.   Pieter counted 10 or 11 at this sighting. Females (5 or 6 ) and the rest their young males.











Then time to say goodbye
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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #31 on: November 27, 2009, 09:15:50 AM »
Ann: great pics. Love the tiny impala, so cute next to mom.

And the lions, Awwww   I love each one, but the last one seems alluring somehow. :)
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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2009, 08:40:11 PM »
A terrific thunder and lightening storm in the Djuma area has knocked the power out - so no morning drive for Monday CAT.

On the Sunday (CAT) afternoon drive there was a visit from a female leopard called Saseka.   Karula, our favourite female leopard, is the mother of Saseka and her twin sister Tingana. They were born in Feb. 2007.  

So, the twin boys we have seen lately (Mixo and Induna) are the girl's brothers.    We last saw Saseka on Oct. 9th.   And Tingana was last seen on Sept. 14th.

The girls were named by the WE guides. Then Karula took them away from Djuma area for a little over a year. Where they were seen elsewhere the guides there named them 'Thandi' (Saseka) and 'Shadow' (Tingana).
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« Reply #33 on: November 29, 2009, 09:21:50 PM »
Thanks for the explanation of the girls names. I saw some pictures of Thandi and wondered.
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« Reply #34 on: November 30, 2009, 03:39:14 AM »
Well, there finally was a very short drive. A  lot of static and echo.

In the hotspots Karen had emailed and mentioned that lions were heard roaring last eve at Medolosi. She also asked if anyone had ID'd the male leopard who was seen our favourite female leopard, Karula. It was Yambilu-Jordaan.

They saw some Greater Kudu; one of whom was lying down in the shad and 'chewing the cud'. Watch closely and you will she her bring it up and re-swallow it.

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« Reply #35 on: November 30, 2009, 03:52:50 AM »
Two snaps from hotspots:

9:10 am CAT Sky near end of drive and Gowrie Dam a few minutes later at end of drive:





Then at 12:13 am I was still watching live cam at Gowrie Waterhole.   There were two adult Egyptian Geese.  Followed by a view of an adult and I think three youngsters.  There should be 4 goslings.





I hung in there and yes  :ecsmile ~ all four goslings with their parents. I made hotspots from a segment.

Three s'caps from last segment:
Wing stretch


Adults


Mum, Dad and four goslings.  :nod2 ~ the adult who had been resting in the water is on the far left.


All's well that ends well  :ecsmile

* July 2011, Hotspots no longer available.
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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #36 on: November 30, 2009, 08:48:17 AM »
A terrific thunder and lightening storm in the Djuma area has knocked the power out - so no morning drive for Monday CAT.

On the Sunday (CAT) afternoon drive there was a visit from a female leopard called Saseka.   Karula, our favourite female leopard, is the mother of Saseka and her twin sister Tingana. They were born in Feb. 2007.  

So, the twin boys we have seen lately (Mixo and Induna) are the girl's brothers.    We last saw Saseka on Oct. 9th.   And Tingana was last seen on Sept. 14th.

The girls were named by the WE guides. Then Karula took them away from Djuma area for a little over a year. Where they were seen elsewhere the guides there named them 'Thandi' (Saseka) and 'Shadow' (Tingana).
Thanks for the update BBE. How do they know they were twins?  Does this mean all animals born in litters are twins, triplets etc.?

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« Reply #37 on: November 30, 2009, 04:25:28 PM »
passerine, good question.  I have heard Rexon, Pieter and Patrick refer to them as 'twins'. I have looked at several 'leopard' references and while most say the litter is usually two cubs, none have said a word about twins.  If I am on the drive Tues. morning drive this evening I will send in an email asking for clarification.

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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #38 on: November 30, 2009, 09:59:36 PM »
No drive so far for Dec. 1 morning (CAT) as raining.  There was also a disruption in the feed for several hours the afternoon of Nov. 30th (CAT).  A poster from Germany on Wildearth.tv Social area ('Ning') had posted there had been a leopard who they thought was Tingana.  But no recording posting to confirm.  The major way to distinguish Tingana and Saseka = Tingana has a notch in the tip of her right ear.

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How do they know they were twins?  Does this mean all animals born in litters are twins, triplets etc.?
I discussed this with a friend and we both say the answer this case is 'Yes'.  I looked up the definition of 'twin' (as a noun) in three on-line dictionaries. The definitions are all similar.

Compact Oxford English Dictionary of Current English
http://www.askoxford.com/dictionaries/compact_oed/?view=uk
noun
noun 1 one of two children or animals born at the same birth. 2 something containing or consisting of two matching or corresponding parts.

Merriam-Webster Dictionary: http://www.merriam-webster.com/
noun
1 (a) : either of two offspring produced at a birth (b) plural capitalized : gemini
2 : one of two persons or things closely related to or resembling each other

Cambridge Dictionary on-Line http://dictionary.cambridge.org/
noun
either of two children born to the same mother on the same occasion
one of two very similar things

Also several references on leopards all say 2 - 3 (on average 2) cubs per litter (to me means twins).
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Re: Wild Earth's Safari Drives
« Reply #39 on: December 01, 2009, 02:24:58 PM »
A short slide with some of my screencaps from today's evening drive.  We saw Karula and her sons as well as a huge bull elephant.

Buffleshoek Dam which is quite a large dam, is almost 100% full of water. So there has certainly been a lot of rain.  And the Muwatti river nearby was running across the road. Not enough to cause trouble for the vehicle.

Karula, Induna and Mixo
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« Reply #40 on: December 02, 2009, 11:17:45 PM »
I was in need of some 'BBE' time. Karula and Induna provided that. Here is a slideshow of some of the s'caps I managed.

Dec.3 ~ Time with Karula (mostly) Thurs. Morning CAT

5:35 am Thurs. (CAT)


Black-bellied Bustard (Korhaan)


Another leopard appeared and was (for a short spell) stalking an Impala.  The leopard was thought to be Mufafayane. He could well be Karula's father. He apparently was seen mating with Karula's mother (Safari) on several occasions. So he could be the grandfather of Karula's girls.

The Hunter


The Hunted


Likely 'Mufafayane'

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« Reply #41 on: December 03, 2009, 12:29:49 AM »
BBE, thanks for posting the information and screen shots of the AM game drive at WildEarth.tv on Dec. 3.  I missed most of it but arrived in time to see the male leopard.  He sure is a good looking one!  If it was Karula's father, that was a special sighting!   :eclove

I especially enjoyed staying with him as he was in a hunting posture.  That's one of the best things about the WE Djuma presenters.  They are enthusiastic and patient and we end up seeing and learning a lot.

Watching the beautiful yellow male Weaver birds making nests was very interesting on the PM drive on Dec. 2, also.
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« Reply #42 on: December 05, 2009, 12:30:17 AM »
Friday morning CAT

WE and we had the most awesome time with the female leopard Karula.  She has no fear of the jiga and I swear she deliberately 'poses' for the camera.  

Before we saw her, we had a quick glimpse of Mixo (one of her sons)

Note Feb. 2011 I had several 'Hotspots' posted for this drive, however the hotspots are no longer.

We saw, Karula, Dagga Boys (Cape Buffalo), a Black-bellied Bustard (Korhaan) and Karula again.
 


With much gratitude to the Graham Wallington and the WE crew.

Awesome sighting  :wave  :sleep
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« Reply #43 on: December 05, 2009, 01:39:53 AM »
Saturday Morning Drive (CAT)   there were a few sound issues to start with; and on patch with a bad signal area.

We saw many impalas at the start. I loved this view of a Mother and her 'lamb'



I did not get any good photos of the two kudus (one of the many antelope sp.), a quick glimpse of an elephant and two giraffe.  Africa is home to 72 antelope species. http://www.on-the-matrix.com/africa/large_antelope.asp

The main event was about 3 - 400 Cape Buffalo who came to Twin Dams for water. The dam is full almost to the brim.  Rexon thought two or three of them may have been eating the sand in the dam (no photo for there)





This one was licking the skeletal remains of a buffalo killed in the past few days by one of the Mapogo Lions.  They lick the bones for their calcium content









A male and Female Steenbok (yet another of the antelope sp)



And as Rexon signed off we saw a Junior Kindergarten and a Teacher  :eclol

 

References

Buffalo - http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/buffalo

http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_african_buffalo.html

Impala - http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/impala
http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_impala.html

Kudu - http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/kudu
http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_kudu.html

Leopard - http://www.awf.org/content/wildlife/detail/leopard

http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_leopard.html

Steenbok - http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_steenbok.html
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« Reply #44 on: December 05, 2009, 02:25:16 AM »
BBE, thank you for the link to "On the Matrix."  I looked at several of the pages there and one of the best was the "Tips for Photographers" in Africa, although many of the tips apply to most places we might take pictures.   :ecsmile  http://www.on-the-matrix.com/africa/info_photo.asp

For our friends on the forum, if you haven't watched the WildEarth.tv Djuma game drives/safaris, be sure to do it.  You'll be very happy that you did.

The nursery of Impala lambs on the drive (Dec. 5) was such a compelling picture.  The lambs are "told" to stay down by their mothers and aunties and most of them do it.  They gather together in a large group where they rest in the grass...there is safety in numbers.
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