Tons of wildlife seen 2pm - 6pm Botswana time!!!

I have the day off work, and couldn't help but spend a large part pf the day glued to the cam. *g*

I cannot belive the variety of species I've seen today!!!

Here's a list:

2:10 impala
2:24 herd of zebra
2:36 3 eland and a herd of impala
2:49 warthog and more impala
3:02 gray heron
3:10 Fatty
3:24 huge bird with red head (probably heron)
3:28 impala
3:29 Fatty with heron about a foot away! *g* Heron was completely unconcerned about Fatty who was sunning.
3:43 heron
3:45 herd of 5 zebras including young, sharing the pond with a warthog family of 4
3:57 impala walked by
4:07 heron
4:20 impala
4:23 heron, 2 impalas
4:30 3 teeny somethings (birds, reptiles?)
4:33 heron
4:43 heron and whole troop of baboons with kill. (Decapitated baboon?)
Very fascinating behavior. I didn't see them kill the animal, but they seem to be canibalizing their own. Kill looks like baboon as far as I can tell.
4:53 heron and other waterfoul. (Goose?)
5:28 heron, vulture or eagle? Waterfoul (goose?)
5:30 baboon
5:35 baboon playing in water
5:42 ostrich in distance
5:43 vultures? herons
5:49 impala, ostriches
5:57 small herd of impala

It's been a busy day on the pond! *g*

Did anyone see, or does anyone know for sure what killed the carcass that the baboons were on, and if it was, indeed, an other baboon? Thanks!!!

How to post in this community

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Fatty and the dust storm

After days of watching the Pete's pond cam, I finally saw Fatty, early this morning my time (about 3:30 a.m.), which translates to about 12:30 p.m. Pete's Pond time.

He just made a brief appearance on the beach, as far as I could tell.

I saw the dust storm at about that time as well. It came rolling over the horizon, even obscuring bushes in the mid distance.

I usually see elephants in the pond during the heat of the day, but I'm assuming that the dust storm drove them away.

I have seen the elephants tonight, about 3/4 - 1/2 hour ago. (at about 9:15 pm Pete's Pond time.)

So far elephants are the only thing I've been able to make out clearly on the night cam, although there are quick flickers of what might be birds or animal eyes. (Possibly jackals?)

Well, back to the pond! I'm hooked!!!!

Posting images from the web cam

If you have screen captures from the WildCam, there are two ways to get them posted in this community:
If you have a server space of your own or if you have access to the LiveJournal's photo service, you can upload an image and post it here. Check this FAQ for more info:

If you have no idea what the heck I'm talking about but you have a web cam image you'd like to see posted, you can email the image to me at - and I will post it for you. Please include any info you have regarding what was happening when the animal(s) appeared and what time you captured it from the cam. Of course, I'll credit the photo to the sender.

Good night! It's way past my bedtime.

Posting animal sightings

Please feel free to post your WildCam sightings in this community.

Put the name of the animal you saw - or think you saw - in the subject line of the post. That way, we'll be able to track the best sighting times for certain animals over time. It will be easy to find the Elephant, hyena, lion etc. entries in the community archive.

Be sure to note what time (Botswana time - as indicated on the cam web page) so we know when the critter appeared.

If you are new to LiveJournal, please scroll down and read the first post, or click on "User Info" in the column to the right. I've included info on how to get started.

Wildlife Conservation in Botswana, Zimbabwe & South Africa

In order to better educate ourselves on the the wildlife, geography, and conservation efforts in Southern Africa, I've compiled a few links to more info. This isn't heavy academic stuff but it does help provide a broader picture an a bit more insight into what we see at Pete's Pond. These links relate specifically to the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park regaion - home of Pete's Pond.

Mashatu Game Reserve (This one is more tourist related, but the Pond is in Mashatu, so I had to include it)
Lots of nice info, including details on the Central Limpopo Valley Elephant Research Project

More info on Mashatu

African Conservation Foundation - an impressive list of conservation and research efforts

Cheetah conservation

South African National Parks

article on conservation areas that transcend borders

African Bird Club

Elephant conservation


Welcome to the Pete's Pond community!

Pond watchers are welcome to post their observations, ask questions, express opinions, and simply marvel at what goes on at the Pond.

You do not have to be a LiveJournal member to read or to post a comment, but I strongly suggest you register because it will make the experience more personal and rewarding. You must register in order to post an actual blog entry in the community. It takes two minutes to join and there is no fee and you won't get any spam emails. You don't even have to maintain a LiveJournal.

LiveJournal is very user-friendly. Read the home page for general in and check the FAQ (click here) for answers to all your questions.

My name is Elizabeth and I am established this community because I love the Pond and as a longtime LiveJournal user, I feel this site offers the perfect environment for the folks who enjoy the WildCam.

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I will be fine-tuning the community over the next day or so. Your input is welcome and encouraged.