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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Jock » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:20 am

We found this lovely elephant on the S28 in May. I have looked on Aat's fantastic web site but could not find anything that looked like him, but I might just be having a bad moment so am calling for help. He has a very distinctive left ear.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Wed Aug 21, 2013 8:59 pm

Hey Aat and Tusker Mites

These photos are not the best and a bit far off, could this be KALEKA? Taken on the Tropic of Capricon, East of Tihongonyeni, 14 March 2013.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby 100ponder » Sun Aug 25, 2013 6:55 pm

Hi Super Mongoose,

Quite some tusker you found ! :)

I had a look and don't think it is Kaleka.

The tusks seem shorter than Kaleka and the LH tusk seem tighter curled.

Also, I saw Kaleka 7 weeks after you and looking at the 20 plus photos we took of him the swelling on 2 skin folds just below the tusk lip line in absent on your elephant and the "pimple" below the left eye of your elephant is absent from all Kaleka photos I could find.

Gerrie.

PS :- The Shingwedzi area has become very quiet - any-one been up there recently ?

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sun Sep 01, 2013 10:12 pm

Jock,
Very interesting ! You could not find this tusker on my website but he is there. I can imagine you could not find him because of the big notch in his left ear. I was looking at your pictures and a little voice in me was saying, "I recognize him". I checked your pictures in detail (right ear, trunk details and left ear and his tusks)
You have seen NHLOWA with a "new look". I think Nhlowa got this big notch in his left ear more recently.
If you or others like to see proof of this I can make a picture with the details, otherwise you have to believe me by my very blue eyes... :wink: :wink:
Can I use your pics to update his page ? Please send these pics to me using this email address
tuskers@zeelandnet.nl (include name for copyright)


[quote="Jock"]We found this lovely elephant on the S28 in May. I have looked on Aat's fantastic web site but could not find anything that looked like him, but I might just be having a bad moment so am calling for help. He has a very distinctive left ear.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Sep 07, 2013 4:59 pm

Jock and others who are interested in ID'ing a Tusker.
As said I could ID NHLOWA on Jock's pictures , even he has a new notch in his left ear.

How?
well I show you the way I did this using Jock's pictures and pictures I have of Nhlowa with (almost) same view / position

Let's look at the left ear first:
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Here you can see the very small hole in the ear and the lenght and shape of the tusks.

Then we have a look at the upper part of the trunk. (this is also like a fingerprint) you don't find same marks on different trunks.
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The red area's showes the global view, the blue marked area's the details

Then last ID picture, the impression of the right side , specially the right ear
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I marked 3 area's on the ear to show larger and very detailed area's / spots

Hope you agree there is no doubt this is Nhlowa with a new notch in the left ear. By walking through dense bush and/or fights with other bulls and/or rubbing their head/ears on trees new notches or existing ones can devellop.

Nice work to ID , isn't it ? :tongue: :tongue:

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby salamanda » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:56 pm

That ID lesson is very interesting Aat - please do another one next time one comes uo if you have the time! many thanks for that.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Sat Sep 07, 2013 6:01 pm

PS :- The Shingwedzi area has become very quiet - any-one been up there recently ?[/quote]


Hi Aat , I am in Shing --- arrived today from Punda .

Have not yet sorted out completely , but maybe a foretaste to come for me in the coming days , herewith a very nice tusker seen near Klopperfontein three days ago . He only has one huge left tusk . Sorry about quality , but will still sort out .

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Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Sat Sep 07, 2013 10:19 pm

Hi my friend,
You're in Shing.... :mrgreen: :mrgreen: wish I was there !
You're not allowed to leave Kruger without at least 5 tuskers :whistle: :whistle:
Just tried to Id the one near Klopperfontein and I think (not sure ) it is Shashanga. Based on the one tusk (left) but I think I also can see bigger notch at the bottom of the left ear... maybe you can have a look at the larger format you have on your laptop

Hi Aat , I am in Shing --- arrived today from Punda .

Have not yet sorted out completely , but maybe a foretaste to come for me in the coming days , herewith a very nice tusker seen near Klopperfontein three days ago . He only has one huge left tusk . Sorry about quality , but will still sort out .

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby okie » Sun Sep 08, 2013 1:59 pm

Hi Aat . Missing you here too :cry:
I also thought of Shashanga , but his tusk seems to be less curved than Shashanga's . Anyway , this was posted in a hurry , and will still sort out amongst others , all taken at long distance with a long long lens ( about 450 - 500 zoom ) .

Also think I saw Machachule today , very long distance , and slightly obscured by bush in Shingwedzi river bed , so could not take a pic . If it was indeed him , then hopefully will see him again before we leave here next Wednesday :)
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Jock » Mon Sep 09, 2013 3:35 pm

Thanks so much Aat, that is fantastic. Of course I will send the pictures to you. Will put them together tonight and send them on.
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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Aat » Tue Sep 10, 2013 10:52 pm

Jock,
Thanks for sending !! I will update the tusker site coming weekend.

Jock wrote:Thanks so much Aat, that is fantastic. Of course I will send the pictures to you. Will put them together tonight and send them on.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby BTSK » Fri Sep 13, 2013 11:35 pm

Aat
Just reading your ID presentation about nhlowa. Very very well done and what a nice lesson. :clap: :clap: :clap:
I think many of us appreciate all this kind of work you do for THANKS !

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Big Tuskers - new tusker NSEMANI

Unread postby Aat » Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:34 pm

Hi all,
Thanks to Heksie and Samatha I could again add a new tusker to the site

Name: NSEMANI , area is Satara
link to his page:
http://www.tuskersofafrica.com/tuskersnp/nsemani.htm


Thanks to others for the nice comments about the ID "presentation" on previous page.

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Mon Sep 16, 2013 9:28 am

100ponder wrote:Hi Super Mongoose,

Quite some tusker you found ! :)

I had a look and don't think it is Kaleka.

The tusks seem shorter than Kaleka and the LH tusk seem tighter curled.

Also, I saw Kaleka 7 weeks after you and looking at the 20 plus photos we took of him the swelling on 2 skin folds just below the tusk lip line in absent on your elephant and the "pimple" below the left eye of your elephant is absent from all Kaleka photos I could find.

Gerrie.

PS :- The Shingwedzi area has become very quiet - any-one been up there recently ?


Thanx 100Ponder!

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Re: Big Tuskers

Unread postby Mant » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:02 am

Hi,

I'm just enquiring if anyone knows who this is, we saw him near Satara in 2010? I'm not sure if he is a tusker.

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