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Surprise trip to Skukuza - Easter 2007

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Surprise trip to Skukuza - Easter 2007

Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Fri Apr 13, 2007 10:12 pm

We were planning a quiet Easter at home. My brother in law calls saying he has bookings for Skukuza and we must join him, so here we are.

I'm going to keep words to a minimum this time and just share some of the better sightings with you.

First sighting just before Afsaal

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Scops owl at Afsaal still doing fine

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Male lion outside Nkulu

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The same male now joined by his buddy

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Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Sun Apr 15, 2007 8:32 am

Early next morning on the Marula Loop (S83)

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some close ups

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what big teeth you have........

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Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Tue Apr 17, 2007 9:38 pm

Transport dam - 7th April 2007

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Transport dam - 8th April 2007

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Biyamiti Weir

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Sundowner at De Laporte Waterhole

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Unread postby Duke Ellieton » Fri Apr 20, 2007 8:40 pm

Thank you Jonty1 and Gunner. My trip was anything but boring.
For the record I had very good sightings of two kudu bulls fighting and also two impala rams. A secretary bird with feet slashing away in the grass at what I assume must have been a snake. Many raptors including a gymnogene which was raiding the nest of another bird. “Mama” bird was making a lot of noise but to no avail – a wonderful sight. I have only video footage of this and therefore cannot post photos.

We also saw an impala with a big lump on its neck and wondered what it was but it looked happy enough going on with its business. A LIT which was exciting but far for photography. Many elephant and buffs and an ellie that brought down a tree right in front of us – again only video footage.

The idea is to visit the park, enjoy whatever you get to see, have a quality and for some people even a spiritual experience, chill out for a few days and feel rejuvenated.

Oh, and by the way, on our way out we saw this lazy, pot bellied lion at Renosterkoppies dam.

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