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Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Sightings at Kanana have been exceptional of late, with predators featuring regularly on most of our trips. A pride of eight lions - three male, five female - have been making their way in and out of the area around Pom Pom, and crossing the river at the pontoon where the water is extremely deep. Two of the females have collars on, courtesy of a local research team, and we are sure they will be gaining some valuable information from the pride's activity.
When the lions are out of sight, a number of leopards brave the area. We have spotted at least three different leopards and believe them to be a mother and her two male offspring; however, they are always seen alone and remain solitary. We have not recorded any kills of recent although we have seen tracks through the camp most nights, possibly in search of baboons.
Other notable sightings around the islands include the elusive Pel's Fishing Owl, and the much sought-after Sitatunga, plus our usual contingent of hippos, crocodiles and so on. A particularly entertaining sighting last week occurred courtesy of a fish eagle and a vervet monkey: the fish eagle was defending its nest from the vervet which was hoping for a tasty meal. Suffice to say, the fish eagle won.
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