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Nikon D50
Lens: Sigma 70-300mmDG
Focal Length: 300mm
1/400 sec – F/5.6
THE CARACAL – Felis caracal
Location Captured: Groenland Game Lodge/Reserve, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
DESCRIPTION:
Shoulder height: 40cm MASS: 16kg GESTATION: 75 days, up to two kittens.
Like the serval the caracal is mainly nocturnal and solitary. It is shy, lying up during the day. If cornered it will savagely defend itself and spit loudly, otherwise it is silent. It will sometimes purr softly. This animal occurs widely but sparsely in most of Southern Africa; it is rare in populated areas.
DIET: Carnivorous. Rats and mice make up the usual diet, but small mammals, such as dassies, monkeys and game birds are also eaten. This species is more powerful than the serval, taking larger prey up to the size of a young kudu. Also known to take full-grown sheep and goats. The prey is usually knocked down with a sideways slap; the serval uses a downward slap. It has been known to jump into the air to seize a low-flying bird.

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Comments

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 5 years ago

    Nice find! We were lucky enough to see one in Balule on a kill, snuck up on some Guinea Fowls and pounced, was amazing!

  • Wow! That is a one in a million one! They are not the easiest of cats to find! Thanks Steve, take care !

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Steve Bullock
    Steve Bullockalmost 5 years ago

    Yeah our guide mentioned he had seen 4 in 10 years!

  • emmy2
    emmy2almost 5 years ago

    fantastic Capture.!!!!!

  • Thank you my dear friend,take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • KMorral
    KMorralalmost 5 years ago

    Glorious- love the angle. He looks so peaceful

  • thank you so much long time friend, I appreciate your kind comments dearly, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Heps
    Hepsalmost 5 years ago

  • Debbie Schiff
    Debbie Schiffalmost 5 years ago

    Wow….. this is a great find Maggie!!! Stunning composition!

  • Thank you so much Debs, thats very kind, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Tambala
    Tambalaalmost 5 years ago

    Superb shot! When camping in Kariba, Zimbabwe, one of these was sillhouetted against the tent in the moonlight! I didn’t sleep much that night!

  • Thank you Tina, don’t blame you! i would be the same, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • JoBaby13
    JoBaby13almost 5 years ago

    A fantastic shot of a rare beauty Margaret! ya gotta love those ears =))

  • Thank you so much for your very kind comment and I am hunbly honored for the feature, take care xx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • IrishEyes0
    IrishEyes0almost 5 years ago

    ~ * ~ Resembles the bobcats of our mountains in Pennsylvania … but a tad larger! – Awesome capture … rather, photo … Great picture dear one! – Love, Light and Mir, Mare ~ * ~

  • Thank you so much for your very kind comments, take care xxx

    – Magaret Meintjes

  • Barb Miller
    Barb Millerover 4 years ago

    Wonderful photograph. Look at the long tufts on the ears. “I close my eyes to rest.” Barb

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