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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:36 pm 
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And then 2 Gabar Goshawks (id assisted by @Rusty Justy)
they looked different!! :D

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 9:45 pm 
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Two BBJs taking it easy...

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Black-shouldered Kite did a 'jig' for us,,,well trained and posed as long as we wanted him to

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WE arrived at our 'HB sight', Kousant WH and parked under the tree.

After a while a BBJ came out of the bush from the left with what looked like a 'leg of lamb'.

He then came baxk or another came along sniffing and trotting around

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After watching this going on we decided to drive on to see where they kept going/coming from....

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2009 10:01 pm 
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Just around the corner, with windmill in sight a vehicle was parked :big_eyes:

We pulled up next to them looking all around.

And as I asked, saw Him. They said that he was alone , his 'gemsbok kill' was just behind the tree on the side of the road. BBJs had tried to steal some food but he chased them off.

He was about 5 meters from the road, but there was only a channel of about 1 meter wide where you could see him clearly.

So we pulled in behind them and could just see him.

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He got up briefly and plopped back down again.

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The BBJs crept closer but were not brave enough to grab a bite. They kept hovering at a distance.

While waiting for some movement a mouse kept us entertained

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stripping the leaves

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Eventually the other vehicle left and we moved into prime position

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he lifted his head, dropped it, looked our way...as they normally do...

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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He rolled over and faced the other way and seemed to be waking up

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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A lot of yawning...it seemed as though he was finally waking up

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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3 Hours and 100 pics later, he finally got up, facing away took 2 steps and down...

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It was time to head back.....

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Kwang WH did not have much on offer and as we approached the kill, we saw that the vultures were roosting on a tree way to the left....

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With all the vultures in the tree we thought that the kill sight would have been deserted...but....

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As mentioned before we did not see a fraction of this amount of vultures last year, and there are so many nests...a population explosion coming?

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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And so the sun set on an interesting day

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Pulling up to the chalet, 9B, another vehicle pulled up from the other side. Parents with son and daughter,
15 & 17 ish

We looked at each other :huh: , they had a key with a camel thorn pod with 9B on it and I showed them ours with a wooden key ring and told them that we had occupied it the previous night.

Thus the 'womans intuition' that SO had in the morning.

We went down to reception to find out what was going on.

We were now supposed to be in 5...
and they had 9B and C.

I told the receptionist that before leaving for Bitterpan I had checked our return accommodation and we were booked in to 9B for both nights!!!

I apologized to our foreign tourist for the @#$%^&, I had 2 reservation numbers and so someone did not recognize that there was one client number booked for 2 consecutive days.

Back at the chalet they introduced themselves as Dutch living in Switzerland. They had come from MM that morning.

Did you have any interesting sights on the way?
Yes, that had seen quite a few animals.

Any predators?
Yes a couple of lion sightings, but a bit far off :mrgreen:

Thats nice.

And south of Marie se Draai a leopard was in the road :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Thats great!

and then a caracal in the road but it soon walked away in the bush :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

WoW

oh, yes there was also a cheetah with 2 cubs on the MM side :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Reallly!!

It had a collar.

Only 2 cubs :big_eyes: :( :big_eyes: .....it should have had 4 cubs :(
are you sure only 2....yes

More apologies, they said they would probably split the children....
More apologies..

Marketed the forum a bit.

SO suggested that perhaps we should just move....but this was to be only our second repeat night in a unit....had already packed and unpacked that morning...

Concerned about 2 cubs we went to bed....

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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DAY 8: 16 JULY 2009

It was to be a long days travel. Decided to go down to the lower dune road and then up to KTC.

Our last visit to Marie se draai did not deliver. We are yet to see a predator there. :( don't know why it is so special to others :tongue:

Once again lots of vulture sightings.

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Came across these two BBJs

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Looked more like a silver back

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Scenic shot of Dikbaardskolk Picnic spot, a welcome stop.

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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A short distance from Jan se draai WH a herd of kudu on the opposite bank...a couple of nice big males. They certainly are far south now.

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There was fresh lion spoor, we back tracked them for some way. Every 100m or so there were fresh spray patches on the road embankment.... but alas all we saw was......and no I did not put my fingure in it to feel how warm it was :tongue:


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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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If the gemsbok were a lion I would have said that it is well fed 8)

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As the river goes south it seems to get drier all around rather desolate

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I was sitting thinking that there is absolutely nothing around not even a jackal.....came around a corner and there it was sitting on the bank...

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A secretary bird quite close by for a change

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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We then hit the lower dune road.

First up a steenbok

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When SO stopped for a nice group pic we were almost rear ended. :evil:

She was getting quite upset with the speeding as a number of vehicle had come flying past.

So she tried to act speed cop.

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Saved by the dust

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