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Jay's SMS reports - Dec 2007

Unread postby gwendolen » Sun Dec 16, 2007 9:34 pm

Jay & family arrived in their bush house today.

Although I told her my cell phone was incapable of accepting LIT reports, she managed to send this with in hours of being in KNP. LIT ... and rhino and buffs

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Unread postby gwendolen » Mon Dec 17, 2007 1:00 pm

morning report:

Tiniest baby piggies ever seen. Nephew says 1 piece of bacon size.

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Unread postby gwendolen » Tue Dec 18, 2007 3:34 pm

Teensy twin ellies and a herd of about 40! Rainy but lekka cool :)



I asked what bacon size the teeny ellies were, but still waiting for an answer

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Unread postby gwendolen » Wed Dec 19, 2007 6:45 pm

Leopard and tiny hyena cub and nyala, buffs, ellies and the usual suspects. Also logging bird sightings.

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Unread postby gwendolen » Thu Dec 20, 2007 6:28 pm

Lion ears and nose @ Skukuza 4 way stop. Another tiny hyena playing with older sibling, soo cute. More nyala. Lots of birds and mommy piggie with 4 teensy bacons.

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Unread postby gwendolen » Sat Dec 22, 2007 4:44 pm

Last night:

Listening 2 bushbabies and frogs and watching fireflies


This morning:

Off to Lake Panic, no rain, partly cloudy, lekka weather

This afternoon:

Tell Deefstes and José they are also mentioned in the Kruger Times

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Unread postby gwendolen » Wed Dec 26, 2007 8:03 pm

Just received:

Saw mommy and 5 bacons today and klipspringer. Beautiful martial eagle and the hyena near Kruger Gate has 3 youngsters. Watched them playing, very naughty and very cute. Just lion's ears again but 2 big ellies. :dance:

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Unread postby Jay » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:13 pm

yup am afraid to say there are only lion ears and if you are very lucky, some noses, in KNP at the moment, have no idea what has happened to the rest of the lion/s :? ...had to be a record where temperatures where concerned: sooooo cool 8)

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Unread postby Jay » Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:33 pm

:lol: think they may just have been hidden in the extremely long green grass, park is wonderfully lush at the moment!

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Unread postby Spotted Cat » Fri Dec 28, 2007 9:14 pm

I've never been to Kruger at this time of year, and would love to experience the greener Park - what's it like in March? Is it still rainy season or is it 'cricket weather' ?
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Unread postby Jay » Sun Jan 13, 2008 6:11 pm

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better late than never (the report that is :wink: )

We spotted this herd more than once on drives along the H4-1( Skukuza to Lower Sabie) road. I think these two little ones were twins, they stuck together even though there were more tiny little ellies in the herd. They were incredibly cute! They clambered between the adults legs, crept under adult tummies and I swear I even saw one hop! :lol:

The weather for the 10 days we were up there was very rainy and unbelievably cool for that time of year, so most of my pix are somewhat dark...because it was somewhat dark :lol:

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One of the "twin" pair was waving its little trunk all over the show, obviously thoroughly captivated by all the lovely bush smells after the rain.
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Unread postby Jay » Sat Jan 19, 2008 8:43 pm

And here are some pix of BGS's hyena i.e. the hyena just outside of Skukuza which inhabit the stormwater drain :wink:

The very littlie one was a real terror but its older siblings took its continuous pestering with amazing good will; even when it kept nipping at their hamstrings (and effectively downing them I might add). I think the little tyke may grow up to be a Great Hunter :lol: it did show some affection too and lovingly licked a siblings ear.

These hyena were to be found every day at the drain, but each day played out a different scenario and we never tired of them.

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Unread postby katydownunder » Sat Jan 19, 2008 11:07 pm

:slap: I missed that you started your trip report.

Wonderful pics of the Hyenas 8)
The two are just too cute.
How can some possibly think that they are ugly.?! :?

More to come???!!!
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Unread postby Jay » Sat Jan 26, 2008 9:18 pm

The Sabie River was FULL, it was amazing to see that amount of water gushing over the rocks and to be honest one was very aware of the power of that rushing river!!!
A Hamerkop was standing on the rocks, minding its own busines when a croc which looked for all the world as if it had drowned suddenly moved and let the current swoop it off the rocks. The bird came to attention and kept a beady eye on the huge creature...who disappeared under water....
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I Goliath Heron stood serenely in the quieter waters, its mind on the next meal. I never get over the size of these magnificently beautiful birds.

It is here that I have a confession :redface: and seeing as I am not a mod any loner I can tell this story :lol:
We headed off on this journey, I am not mentioning the road JUST in case :lol: anway we get to a no-entry sign, but it has been moved aside and the logs neatly moved out of the way. We ponder the meaning of all this, but it is a legitimate road, a main one in fact. We wait a little longer and then a car gently passes us without hesitating and we think, oh cool, it is open then.....and off we go...we get to a causeway that is under water but you can see the edges of the road...and we sail confidently over...and then get to the other end of the road only to find it was closed :shock: :shock: The moral of this story: if there is a no-entry sign on a main road and the sign is moved over etc etc, it is actually closed :| Obviously someone had moved everything aside...and so neatly too :?
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