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 Post subject: Trip Report
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2007 11:12 pm 
Anyway, day 3:

Picked up some reinforcements and returned to Pafuri via Kloppies.

A nice surprise at Klopperfontein fountain above the dam.

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This tsessebe apparently off to rejoin a herd of 10 that had just left.

On the way to Crooks' Corner:

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This ram had serious genital problems, with a constantly swollen and jerking appendage! Wonder what the condition is!

Further down the river the same gang of Ellie bulls as yesterday were playing in the water, literally for hours. They were just like humans, some getting out eventually and dust-bathing, but then rushing back in to play again!

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Notice a bigger croc in the background. Eventually they were stepping all over and around it, and it swam away!

(Very nice to be safely on the high embankment close to them while feeling safe!)

During all the action, spotted the smaller things in life!

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Will put it on "ID needed".


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 Post subject: Pafuri Part 2
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 7:37 pm 
Thanks, restio!

p@m, I think most mammals are susceptible to the skin disease "mange", normally resulting from poor condition! :(

As a male, I am more worried about the other problem! :?

Anyway, back to the ellies. After a while, we heard a very strange and unusual "trumpeting", and this guy showed himself:

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And so forth: (obviously he had caught his trunk in a snare .) :?

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Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 29, 2007 8:34 pm 
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Your pics are lovely! :clap: Do you think the rangers will take action or will they just leave nature to run it's course? Surely the poor elephant is doomed if he can't drink :(

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 Post subject: Trip report
Unread postPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2007 7:25 pm 
Thanks, SC, don't worry too much, annemarie!

He was eating and drinking fine!

Look at the "water level" on his legs! 8)

Remember, the trunk is not essential to survive in the lushness of Pafuri! :|

Here is one of him eating:

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He seemed in very good condition. That part of trunk will drop off, eventually, pending the "putrification" process, and he should survive for many years given his location!

Alternatively, this could be a very fresh wound, and time will tell! :shock:

I support the previous theory, because one of the bulls in the same group had a healed snare wound around one hind foot.

(Bit of snaring going on around Zimbabwe/Mozambique/RSA corner, methinks!)

One of the others "stealing" the food from another's mouth!

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Then a special goodbye from Pafuri, seeing this day-old lamb. Notice the umbilical cord still there! :D

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And my personal favourite:

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I agree, Elsa.
I sometimes wonder about the "non interference with nature" policy when it comes to suffering as a result of human destuctiveness. :cry:

RP, I love your little baby. I am amazed that the little facial markings are already so clear and beautiful.

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 Post subject: Trip report
Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 7:51 pm 
Thanks, MM!

Managed to extricate another nyala pic!

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More ellie pics under "Elephant"

End of Pafuri!


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 Post subject: Trip report
Unread postPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2007 8:53 pm 
An interesting sight at Punda on the last night!

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Meanwhile, there were a couple of greater bushbabies cavorting all long the rails in front of the bungalow all night!

Too late for pics, though! :redface:

Off to Shingwedzi the next day...


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 Post subject: Trip report
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2007 6:36 pm 
Ok, on to Shingwedzi from Punda, having developed an acute sense of respect for warm neat Irish Whiskey... :(

Not expecting much. But how wrong it would prove to be! :shock:

Uneventful until THESE about 6km North of Vlakteplaas Ranger's Post on the tar road!

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Hadn't seen roan antelope for almost a decade in the Park! :x

The photo is poor, but at least it is proof!

What is even more important is that there are two 2-3 year old calves AND two yearlings who have made it through the dry season! :shock:

The total herd was difficult to judge but was from 7-10!

Nedless to say, very satisfying indeed! Probably my favourite rare animal to see in Kruger! Also a first for my colleagues!Celebrations begin!

Lo and behold, about 5km further south: :shock:

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This roan bull was not shy at all! (Still irritatingly far away! :roll: )

Celebrations into overdrive!

(Yet more to come!)


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 Post subject: Trip report
Unread postPosted: Wed Nov 07, 2007 7:02 pm 
A quick stop at Babalala picnic spot, one of my favourites!

The water tower was overflowing, creating a lovely "bird bath"!

Some students also had a "shower", as it was hot and dry!

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Quite a bit of activity at Boyela windmill a little further south:

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A healthy herd of ten plus tsessebe, accompanied by this fellow!

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The fascinating thing was that this male Liechtenstein's Hartebeest was chasing a female tsessebe around, with obvious intentions! :shock:

I wonder what the result would be called if they indeed interbred? :)

A "Tsessebeest", or a "Hartebe"? 8)

What a morning for rare antelope!!!

Really one of my best trips ever!


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 Post subject: Trip Report
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 18, 2007 9:06 pm 
Ok, the last installment.

My favourite pastime: Waterhole watching! 8)

Redrocks Windmill...

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Then these... Check the baby!

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End of report!


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