African wild cat on the H10

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary, Fl. U.S.A.)

Sherry and I were heading up the H10 first thing in the morning the second vehicle heading that way. I noticed the vehicle ahead of us narrowly miss the cat shown in the photos. Not sure if he saw it or just didn't care. We spent about 15 minutes photographing the animal before it finally disappeared into the bush. In that time a half a dozen cars passsed, but none appeared interested. I guess he wasn't big enough. This was the first time we had ever had a chance to photograph this species in daylight. We have seen one other and got some fair photos after dark in Sabi.

Possably everyone that just drove past thought it a house cat?

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Feb 09, 2012
Give me an AWC over a lion anyday!
by: Adrian

Lions + Kruger = big traffic jam but with the small guys it will be just them and us! Lovely pics!

Feb 08, 2012
The little guys
by: Jenny

Bob, it's photographs of the little guys like the African Wild Cat that are getting recognition in the photo competitions these days. I never knew what the big fuss was about sleeping lions anyway. Good on you for posting these lovely pictures.

Feb 07, 2012
Wow - Fantastic sightings and pics!!
by: Mario

We have spent over 365 days in the Kruger and have not photographed an African wild cat there so very well done Bob!

As for the people just driving by that's nothing new - if it's not a lion then there is minimal excitement. People would rather sit for hours watching lions sleeping in the shade under a tree, 100 meters away, than get these types of photographs.

One year at Moringa waterhole in Halali camp we were photographing an African wild cat stalking and catching sand grouse and a woman behind us commented "what's the big deal, it's just a cat!"

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