We were fortunate enough to visit one of our favourite places in the world for 7 nights in September, a place called Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game and Wilderness reserve... Limpopo-Lipadi is located in the Tuli-block in South Eastern Botswana. See www.limpopo-lipadi.org
Starting with our favourite mammal...the leopard! As those who know us are aware, we initiated a leopard identification project on the reserve. As this area is "raw", we decided it would be amazing to get to know individual leopards and the territories they roam, as well as trying to establish the population size. We do this by collecting photographs and data from shareholders and guests visiting the reserve. On the southern part of the reserve we already identified 16 individuals!
|"Sia" approaching Mogorosi waterhole|
One late afternoon we stopped at Mogorosi waterhole. Scanning through our binoc's, we noticed a leopard approaching! She was quite skittish, and only came down to have a drink after sunset. After investigating the photos, we came to the conclusion that this is "Sia" (meaning running away in Setswana). She is a female which were last seen in 2010, drinking at Mbuzi waterhole. So nice to see that she is still doing well!
|"Sia" drinking after sunset|
We had 4 leopard sightings in total, with one new unidentified female seen +-3km south of Mogorosi.
This brings our total leopard sightings for 2013 to 11..!!
|Brown hyena approaching Mogorosi|
|Brown Hyena after the bath|
On a birding front:
|Southern White-faced Owl|
Highlights were the beautiful Southern White-faced Owl, Ground Hornbill, a magnificent Martial Eagle, Saddlebilled stork, and the 2 pairs of Wahlberg's Eagles returning to their nests! Anton sat in Mbuzi waterhole's hide for a whole day, and witnessed a juvenile Gabar Goshawk catching a Red-billed Quelea!
|Juvenile Gabar Goshawk|
We had a great week at LL and can't wait for our next visit!
Anton and Renate Kruger