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@@TonyQ

 

Thankk you so much!

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magsterone

African Wild Cat in Chobe 06/2016 Fighting a Puff Adder.

 

 

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TonyQ

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What an amazing sighting!

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Kitsafari

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Bush dog

Etosha, July 2011

 

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Lebala, October 2009

 

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Bush dog

Kwara, October 2009

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Antee

This is the worlds most endangered cat, the Iberian Lynx.

Rising from almost extinct in 2002 with fewer than 100 individuals and only 25 breeding females, to 404 individuals in 2015 due to hard conservation work.

You have a fairly good chance of seeing them in December - January in Andujar NP, Spain. Which I did.

This is a 6 year old Male in his prime time. I watched him for 45 minutes before the dark made it impossible.

 

Long distance, bad light and high ISO makes this not very good but with telescope I had a really good looking at him searching for Rabbits.

 

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Geoff

Serval mother and one of her three kittens.


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Caracal

Beautiful @@Geoff - where and when was that special sighting?

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Geoff

Hi @@Caracal , The Mara Oct' 2016. I'm just getting around to processing images from my trip. So far I've done 94 of 10,000+ shots.

Here's another. The image with the cat at the top of the leap wasn't sharp.

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Caracal

Wow! - and lots more posts for us to look forward to. No doubt you're recalling great memories with the processing.

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Peter Connan

Stunning series Geoff!

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travelingteachr
Maasai Mara, December 2017

Serval Cat, Maasai Mara 2016

 

All shots from our 5 sightings:

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pault

@Geoff Whoah... I missed this. Outstanding. How's the processing going? Up to 5% yet? Really looking forward to seeing more ... and dare we hope for a few words? It had been a while hadn't it?*

 

 

 

 

 

 

*And if you just post a link to something I missed I will be mightily embarrassed for a moment and then get over it.

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pault

@travelingteachrz Should that be timetravelingtechrz? :P Was that 5 sightings of one or 5 unique sightings? Pretty amazing anyway.

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optig

I just saw a serval for only the second time in a place where one would least expect to see one-Nairobi national park. I was quite surprised.

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Geoff

@Geoff Whoah... I missed this. Outstanding. How's the processing going?

 

@@pault I'm so busy at home. I've now processed 136 images, 1.36%. Another serval kitten for you...

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pault

meeow!

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wenchy

Caracal, green Namibia

 

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Caracal

@@wenchy Wow! When was that sighting?

 

I'm still waiting to see one - maybe one day!

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optig

@@wenchy You got an amazing photo. A caracal is high on my list of dream animals to see.

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ajm057

Serval Cat taken just after sunset

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Soukous

so many wonderful images here I feel a bit embarrassed posting my only recent Serval sighting.

A fleeting glimpse on our way back to camp in Khwai Concession, Okavango Delta.

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africaaddict

After 36 years of travelling to Sth/East Africa, achieving any sort of quality image of a Caracal (apart from long distance blurry streaks biggrin3.gif) has always been very high on my list and one reason why I chose to visit Namiri Plains, an area up until 3.5 years ago solely devoted to cheetah research and off limits to the public.
If you are prepared to put in the hours there is a "possibility" to sight this highly skittish cat here.
So on my first afternoon and before I had unpacked, we heard via a transfer guide who witnessed a "small yellow cat" (even he wasn't sure exactly what it was redface3.gif) single handedly bringing down an adult Thompsons Gazelle Whoa!.png, WOW!!
Dropping everything, I raced off to the location some 20 mins away, fortunately positioned close to the road, we were fortunate that she was still on the kill and due to her protective nature, she wasn't going to relinquish her prize for anyone!
We garnered her confidence with a polepole approach and being on an incline switched off the engine and gradually closed the distance by ever so slowly rolling our vehicle closer, by the end of the shoot we were within 10 feet of her, just amazing how trusting she was of us, I'd never seen anything like it and my guide Partena's best ever Caracal encounter by a country mile.
To see a Caracal is special enough, but one that was on a kill and such a spectacular prize at that was pure freakish luck and timing. As told to us, "she was hiding in a thicket and pounced on the Thommie that never knew what hit it", such an accomplished and skilled feat! As dusk grew closer she left the kill, we then approached and confirmed that it was indeed hers by the claw marks on it's back and bite marks around her throat, backing away allowed a solo Hyena in to snatch the prize and could see that the gazelle was pregnant evidenced by a advanced fetus. What an afternoon, and to think that this was just the first of 4 Caracal sightings during my 2 weeks here.
Approaching 2.00pm, light was far from optimal, and with the kill tucked away in heavy grass/cover it was challenging to get a clear view. I do like her beautiful and almost turquoise eyes look of contempt here.biggrin3.gif

 

 

Wild caracal, 36 years in the making.

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
1/1250s
f/7
ISO640@ 240mm.

 

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In total contrast to the image above, here she grants  me a cheerful cheeky grin.

 

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
1/1250s
f/7
ISO750@ 240mm.

 

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We're @ 6.00pm now and she has moved off her prize.

 

Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
1/1250s
f/5.6
ISO1800@ 280mm.

 

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Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
1/1000s
f/5.6
ISO2800@ 280mm.

 

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Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
1/1000s
f/5.6
ISO2200@ 280mm.

 

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Nikon D850
Nikkor 70-200 f/2.8E FL VR + 1.4tc
1/1000s
f/5.6
ISO2500@ 280mm.

 

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Cheers

Marc

 

 

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TonyQ

A wonderful sighting and beautiful photos. Worth the wait I think @africaaddict

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