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Deville's KNP trip : Oct 2006

Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Oct 07, 2006 7:04 am

Deville & SO have arrived at Kruger:
Deville, 5:53am wrote:At Malelane gate, only one on duty and 200 to enter.


...looking for the Duke Pack
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:42 am

Well they have had a good start...

Deville wrote:Ellie, w/rhino, buff & lots of raptors at 8:00.


2 to go for the Big 5.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Oct 07, 2006 10:58 am

And another sms:

Deville wrote:Just spotted lion. Meeting the Pack at LS.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Oct 07, 2006 11:20 am

Deville wrote:Same LIT as the pack saw.


:dance:

What a morning in the south of Kruger!!
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sat Oct 07, 2006 6:51 pm

Deville wrote:Met up with all on the Duke team, had a couple of beers etc. Had an excellent day.


:hmz: Wonder what the etc was....
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 08, 2006 10:45 am

Just had a call from Deville....

They are having a wonderful time - seen the Big 5 again this morn!!! On their way to Lake Panice from Lower Sabie.

He has taken loads of pics and will post them and a report when he is back.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Sun Oct 08, 2006 3:16 pm

bert wrote:Everybody sees the big 5 in a day :? :mrgreen:

Got news for you bert....

at 12:13

Seen Big 5 twice.
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Unread postby Deville » Mon Oct 09, 2006 11:22 am

Thanks DB for posting my sms messages it is highly appreciated. :angel:

@ Gwen, yes I do have photos and still need to convert the 357 raw images to jpg.
As a start, this was our first sighting. :lol: :lol:

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Frican Hawk Eagle that caught a Francolin.
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Unread postby Deville » Tue Oct 10, 2006 11:35 am

Ok here goes! Unfortunately not the best report writer but the photos will tell most. :redface:

Arrived at Malelane at 5:25 to find one person on duty to help visitors to get on their way. I must admit she tried very hard to get everybody on their way as quickly as possible and we eventually left at 6:15. :evil:

First sighting was this African Hawk Eagle that had already caught its breakfast (Francolin) and we where only on our first cup of coffee. :lol:

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We turned of the H3 and took the S110 to Steilberg, our first breeding herd of ellies but no photos. My SO is petrified of them and they were on both sides of the road. I must accept the fact that I will never get an award winning photos of elephant when she is in the car. :evil: (SO own words) :evil: We did see general game on this route.

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Up to Afsaal on the H3 we saw our first White Rhino but also gave us no photo opportunity. We did see this raptor (need ID please) and Tawny Eagle feeding its chic. :D

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Turned of on the S112 and took the S21 to the N4-7 (H4-1). On this section we where entertained by a Redcrested Korhaan looking for a partner and this (imm.) Gabar Goshawk? (Need help with this one as well)

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We then turned of on the N4-7 towards LS and saw our first Buffalo in the riverbed and a couple of km further a pride of Lion, unfortunately on the other side of the Sabie River.

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Spoke to WTM to have a mini meet at LS and he informed us of the LIT just past LS. :thumbs_up:
We met them on the road just past Sunset dam, we on our way to the LIT and them on their way to the Lions. There was a massive traffic jam at the LIT sighting. :dance:
Sleeping Beauty at its best!!! :cam:

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We then returned to LS and met up with the Duke team.
To be continued
:D :D
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Unread postby Deville » Wed Oct 11, 2006 3:30 pm

We met up with the Duke team at LS for our mini meet. :lol:
We had met Bucky at Croc Bridge with Nico & Yvonne and Raymond Travers, Media Relations an old Nelspruiter before this meet.
It was nice meeting the other Musketeers and to be able to put some more faces to the names. :thumbs_up:
A couple of beers and update on sighting later we headed of to Byamiti. :D
(I did however introduce WTM to a new brand of beer.) :twisted:

By now it was very hot and we took the shortest route to camp.
At the Bume river low water bridge we found this Blue Waxbill and Glossy Starling cooling off in a puddle. :D

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Crossing the bridge over the Byamiti river we found these Ellies in the riverbed and were at a save enough distance from the car to take photos. :twisted: :twisted:

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At Byamiti a knew face in Jerry that helped us book in, what a pleasant guy. :thumbs_up:
We found these Ellies in the river bed in front of our hut.

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We left camp for short afternoon drive to the lookout point for sundowners. On our way back we were blocked in by two herds of breeding Ellies, gave them some space and made the camp 5min. after close. :shock:
Our neighbours took the 4 km stretch of road and got home half an hour after close. Also ran into trouble with the big fellows. Scops & Fierynecked nightjar started the night serenade for us. :lol: :lol:

Our amazing day two to follow!!!!
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Unread postby Deville » Thu Oct 12, 2006 10:29 am

peterpiper wrote:
The first eagle is ,I believe a pale Wahlberg Eagle and the secong big brown job :) is probably a juvenile Dark Chanting Goshawk. Experts please step in ......... now!


Thanks PP, got confirmation of the first one but posted the second under bird topics. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Deville » Thu Oct 12, 2006 12:51 pm

Sunday 8-10-06 (Will split this day in 3 posts)

This was our early visitor outside our hut.

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Left camp towards Croc Bridge on the S25.
First raptor for the day Tawny Eagle.

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This Grey Lourie was having an early morning drink.

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My SO then spotted these to Male Lion about 2 km from the turnoff to Hippo pools. :D :D

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Saw this breeding pair of Cape Vultures and these flowers. (Please ID them for me, thanks)

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Had a quick stop at Croc Bridge, back on the road to the S28 to see if we would have any luck finding Duke. Found the resident White Rhino on route.

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On the S28 we saw some more White Rhino, lots of Ellies and general game, (Zebra, Giraffe, Kudu, Blue Wildebeest, Steenbok, Warthog, etc.)

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Went to Duke waterhole but no Duke. At the S130 t-junction I turned south and after about 4 km decided to turn back, it was very dense and we did not see much. Apparently Duke was on this road at that time just a couple of km on. :evil: (Win some, lose some). :evil:
Back on the H4-2 we saw our first Buffalo on the other side of the Sabie River. About 5 km from LS we found yet another traffic jam. LIT and took us about half an hour to through this mess. That was our first Big 5 for the day. :dance:

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Next instalment from LS to Lake Panic

Got to do some work now.
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Unread postby peterpiper » Thu Oct 12, 2006 2:02 pm

Just putting in a quick one here,

The vultures are White Backed vultures for 2 reasons. Firstly the Cape vulture has a pale eye and secondly it breeds on cliffs and not in trees, so most of these guys when seen in Kruger are White backed. Hope you don't mind me butting in but I'm enjoying the report thoroughly and love the ID' ing bits :)
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Unread postby Deville » Fri Oct 13, 2006 1:21 pm

At LS I had to phone DB to tell her what amazing morning we had. :twisted: (Sorry DB) :twisted:
At Sunset dam we found this Ellie taking a mud bath.

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Had to rest a little.

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And then did the dust thing.

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This Lesser Masked Weaver was very inquisitive

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These Redbilled Oxpeckers always make a good photo if you can get them to sit still. :pray:

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A couple of km from Nkuhlu we spotted this LOG. Being on the N4-7 meant that within a couple of seconds we had a traffic jam again. :evil: This guy crossed the road between the cars, marked his territory and proceeded to the river, 1 min in all and he was gone. :dance:

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Not much further we saw the two lionesses once again on the other side of the Sabie river.

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On route we saw lots more Ellies and Buffalo between the reeds in the Sabie river and this meant we had seen the Big 5 Twice in one morning. :twisted: (11:34 to be exact) :twisted:
In Skukuza Village on our way to an old friend, Kotie de beers grave, (she was the lady killed by the Leopard five years ago) :( , these two Piggies’s where taking there after siesta.

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At Lake Panic:

Whitebreasted Cormorant

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Mother Bushbuck and small male having lunch.

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This Black Crake found something interesting to nibble on in the mud.

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This Monitor Lizard sneaked past the Greenbacked Heron. :arrow:

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And WTM’S Goliath Heron was still building nest. :wink:

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Lots of other birds were recorded, but no new ticks. :)

Part three to follow.
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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Thu Oct 19, 2006 8:23 am

Deville wrote:Saw this breeding pair of Cape Vultures and these flowers. (Please ID them for me, thanks)

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Deville,

Great reports and photos!
Glad you had such a great time 8)

:redface: sorry working my way slooowly through some trip reports...
The flowers in your photos is Pancratium tenuifolium
Stunning pic of them :thumbs_up:
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