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Show us your servals, caracals and other small cats...

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Following on from the discussion in the Mukambi Lodge - Wildlife Sightings, Interesting sightings in the Kafue National Park topic, in which safari goers had not photographed a caracal, (being a 'poor excuse for a Lion'), here is your opportunity to share your images of the small cats on Safari.

 

Don't forget to provide a few technical details as well.

 

Matt

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Here are a couple of images from our 2005 safari in Tanzania. We saw a serval hunting in daylight in the Ngorongoro Crater. Taken with a Canon 20D and a crappy 75-300mm lens, it was a bit too far away.

 

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You can see the characteristic pounce of the serval on its prey.

 

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I've only ever seen caracals in sanctuaries, though others have seen them on the farm in Namibia which I went to last year. I must go back and have another look :huh:

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Thanks John for getting the ball rolling. You had good eyesight. I would have probably missed that in the Crater...

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Kwando Lebala 2007

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Posted (edited)

not exactly "photographs" but maybe video footage is allowed as well

 

 

 

this one has a whole bunch of night active animals, not all of them small cats but you'll see a serval and some genets

 

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Absolutely Ice and thankyou: embedded them in. Matt

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Absolutely Ice and thankyou: embedded them in. Matt

 

 

Matt, I've asked this before: how exactly do I embed videos in this forum? I'd like to save you the work...

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You pay my next safari in exchange for divulging the secret...

 

But seriously surround just the end reference with Youtube tags, [...] and [/...] tags. With the upgrade to software, coming soon, (I know sorry I've been promising it for ages) there will be a dedicated tag button like there is now for images.

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Nice serval, WD... Thanks.

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These were taken in the Ngorongoro Crater in June 2008, as we descended the Sopa access road. I am hoping for the caracal and African Wildcat photos from Kgalagadi this July!

 

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Nice photos and videos so far. I have a few of captive servals - dont count. but this is the best I could do with a wild one.

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Here are few images from my kitty , Ngorongoro crater

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Here are few images from my kitty , Ngorongoro crater

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Here are few images from my kitty , Ndutu area

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Here are few images from my kitty , Ndutu area

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Some beautiful additions to the serval thread. Some lovely poses Harshad and I love the light on the last serval. Perhaps I should dig some out as well although nothing startling in my portfolio.

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Serval kittens playtime.

Nikon D3s & 500 f/4VR Masai Mara Oct 2010.

 

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Tucked away in their den.

 

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Mum on the prowl

 

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Night hunting on a saltpan, Sth Luangwa Sept 2007.

Nikon D2Xs & 300f/2.8VR

 

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African Wild Cat at dusk.

Xakanaxa, Botswana Sept 2009.

Nikon D3 & 500VR

 

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Cheers

Marc

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Fantastic pictures! Amazing serval interaction shot. Also, the African wild cat picture in (fading) daylight is a bit of a rarity. Thanks for posting.

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Off the hook! well done Africaadict.

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Wow, top drawer - how long were you at the sighting for?

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Thanks Paolo & DikDik

 

Wow, top drawer - how long were you at the sighting for?

 

Matt

We spent around an hour with the kittens in nice late afternoon light, we were the second on the sighting and by the end

it was like Red Indians around a covered wagon, with many dozens of long lenses firing away in succession every time this pair made a move! Nothing in the mara (especially) @ migration time remains secret for long. <_<

Regarding the den site image, after this shot, we went back after a few days to check on the pair to find that a vehicle had got far too close by driving right over the den completely collapsing it. :rolleyes: Fortunately the kittens were not in at the time.

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Not the best of shots but caracal in Kafue 2009.

 

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I don´t know, if a Large-spotted Genet counts to cats:

 

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Wild dogger, don't just leave us hanging, what's the story behind this shot? Cheers, Matt

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Photo was taken close to Mfuwe Lodge in South Luangwa NP.

Nocturnal animals at SLNP seem to be very used to spot lights.

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