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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Scenic view from the look out over WH

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Always on show and heard on the dune roads

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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And finally the dune road came to an end and we were back along the river.

Bath time.

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There were lots of birds flying around. Not sure what this was 'top middle'

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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The lanner falcons kept us entertained. The birds would fly in close to the WH, start scattering and the falcons would swoop in.....

They then glided along the 'cliff' and swooped back....one could spend hours watching this interaction


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Well trained...

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Locking horns

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Acting like a chameleon

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As we were about to enter the 13de loop a kind visitor told us that there were 3 lionesses on the dune at 14de loop.

so we hurried there...

We had just about given up hope when... up at the top we saw one .... and a head

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Third head just appears left

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We were alone for a while, another vehicle stopped from the front a distance from us.

When they left a young girl told us that there were 4 lionesses.

We said no, 3. There's one on the other side...

pulled up to where they were and eventually, yes there was another leg in the air, and eventually we could confirm the 4. :D

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Moving on after a long stay with them...doing nothing....at the end on the loop..

BEFs

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And a bit further another 2

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Continuing on past Craig Lockhardt WH and closer to Sitzas WH, I shouted STOP......

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Caracal...

It turned its head, no jackal...

Turned again, YES....

Turned again, nooo...

YES :dance: :dance: :dance:

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She unfortunately did not stay long and walked into the grass looked back and was gone over a slight rise....

Oh well, another tick off our wish list, WOW :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Video of our 2 minutes with caracal...apologies for the bouncing


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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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DAY 9: 17 JULY 2009

We went up to MM to do some shopping and on the way

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Going back down southward,
as the road comes down from the dune into the Sitzas valley a couple of cars stopped....

Anything interesting?

Cheetah with 3 cubs..

Is she collared...yes.... GREAT Skinneys mom :dance: :dance: but only 3 cubs :( thats all we saw....

Well 3 is better than 2 :)

And there she was, crested the dune, stopped looked around, and then over the top, heading north.

I reckoned that perhaps we should go back to the dune road as there is elevation and you can see the back of the dune, no sign of cubs yet..

Went back and parked off about half way down the slope of the dune road.

Binocs out, scanning... :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

SO said there's the cubs.....

That tree in the middle front, yes, bushing to the left behind, yes 20m to the left another bunch of bushes, YES got them...

They stayed still for a while and could not count...

A number of vehicles enquired what we were watching and they all got their binocs out etc, we knew they were there but where was mom?

Finally a vehicle pulls up,seeing the Yellow Ribbon. Hi KevinT and family.

Mommy came into view, walking around (the dot is a cub :lol: ) as you can see a fair distance away

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The cubs were allowed to play and went sprinting off to the marker tree climbed etc and then made there way back. Still could not count. :evil:

Then mom went to the top of the dune

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and the bush was a bit thinner...

Cubs followed...

a clear gap in the bushes.....

We counted to ourselves....

one :dance:

two :dance: :dance:

three, :dance: :dance: :dance:

four :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Video of the second sighting...a little far off


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Down to Craig Lockhardt WH.

A lot of activity.

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These two testing their strength

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Then under the tree we heard a woodpecker doing his thing, looked around and then spotted him. Mybs' id was a goldentailed, but looking at my books I think a cardinal?

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He then came to his hole and continued building his home.

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Tried to get an action shot of this CBS, hopping around

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Hope this Gb doesn't get a fright when it sees its reflection in water.

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A view of our hut for the night KTC no 1

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Just in case you haven't seen No 1........

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The extra space makes it great....comfortable.....

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This crow disturbed our peace squawking and coming close to see if there was anything to steal...

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 Post subject: Re: "We will be Back" to KTP
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Time for an afternoon/evening drive.

With the few roads to choose from, why are we confronted by the choice (on leave after all, not a time to make difficult decisions), river loop or dune road?

Decided to go down via dune road and up on the river loops.

This must have been our first sighting on the dune roads, not sure who got a bigger fright me of BEFs, they were right next to the road, behind bushes, scattered away then came back

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feeding young

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KB was in the road, as the sun was setting on another day to remember.

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DAY 10: 18 JULY 2009

The new day came shining through

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First up is it a tree..... no our first giraffe on day 10!!

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Early morning rising

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Looking for sun - tawny eagle

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