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 Post subject: Re: The Paradise... where English is not "under controle"...
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4. Urikaruus suite

and I went back, again, to the hyenas, and only some adults were visible.
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I found again some meerkats and even babies Springbok.
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A Secretary bird carrying a straw, perhaps to build a nest, and has disappeared into the dunes, and two other eating what resembles at a snake and a mouse.
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I met a fairly large herd of Red Hartebeest trying to drink… no water... or so little
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A Yellow Mongoose awaited me
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and lot of birds, almost all new for me :dance:
I do the fire and try to prepare the diner…. but the leopard comes, then some Gnous and once more I was late….

I heard the hyenas at night.

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and some birds for this chapter

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imm. Jackal Buzzard

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Rock Kestrel

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Long-billed Crombec

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Bee-eater trying to dig a nest

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Yellow Canary

:D all news for me :dance:

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anne-marie wrote:
4. Urikaruus suite

and I went back, again, to the hyenas, and only some adults were visible.
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This is an amazing shot taken from a low angle, Anne Marie - beautiful!

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A Slender Mongoose awaited me
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Your mongoose is actually a Yellow Mongoose :wink: Slender Mongoose has a black tip on it's tail. :-)

Enjoying your TR!

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And this one is your Slender Mongoose I believe :)

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5. Nossob

I left with regret Urikaruus to go to Nossob by the large cross, in the route I saw a large herd of Red Hartebeest
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and 2 Steenbok in the sun
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A Morevet, I watched the newly open flowers
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and I saw a yellow ribbon: Jo, she also left towards Nossob.
I then sought, but did not review.

The next day I decided to leave for the south to Gunang. Very soon I saw a strange shape on the side of the road and decided to stop. Wow ! a Cape cobra, trying to eat another snake (which one ? Mystery, I am not a good one in reptiles).

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the prey

A lot of cars tried to see what I was looking ... that the cobra had left his meal and left in the tall grass.

There was still plenty more baby springbok
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à suivre...

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5. Nossob... suite

The next day, I spent most of my time at Mary the Gat. Three cheetahs move slowly through the grass in front of me. Then they decide to cross the road and the 5 or 6 cars present left. Each goes his way and I decided to stay! Super good decision. The three cheetahs emerge from the dunes and go back along the Nossob River. They make stops, lie, loll, roll on the ground, take their time ... Almost 2 hours later, something will finally happen, the youngs are left behind and the mother starts ...
I was ready, finally almost ready. What a start, and then a cloud of dust and all was done ! good for me, nothing to see :redface:

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the target

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this one ?

The young arrived at the scene, completed work in the tall grass
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I left very satisfied with the action. I returned a little bit later to the scene of the "crime", the 3 cheetahs were lying down, digesting their meal, but too far for good photos!

I went to Nossob Hide, but very quiet, look for the woodpecker
unsuccessfully :?

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Once again I had to re-pack for my next step.

à suivre ...

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and some birds for this chapter 5

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Cape Glossy Starling

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Lanner Falcon

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Rock Kestrel

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White-backed Vulture

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Swallow-tailled Bee-eater

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6. Grootkolk

Ready to go to Grootkolk my favorite camp, for 4 "relaxing" nights. The last time I met Gert. He was the only one who take time to speak with me and this time I have found him in Nossob. What a nice coincidence.
Along the way, I saw an owl
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Giant Eagle Olw

an Agama
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and gently arrive at the destination. I unpack my luggage, store in the cupboard for 4 days and take a nap.
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I do not know how much time has elapsed, the guard Erick, knocks on the door and said, rather, I understand, barely awake: fire is ready!
What fire, what are you talking about? it's still daylight, so why make a fire?


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1 minute later, I realized ... Fire was at our door, "MAYBE WE MUST GO", and so I pack again my bags, put everything back in the car, so be ready and I went to see what the matter, what a disaster, everything was burning, as matches, bushes, grass, nests in the trees, nests underground .... There remained a hope, the flame barrier ... it worked, the fire was stopped, the camp was safe. It was terrible to see all this damages and late in night, it was still burning behind the cabins and I need time to go to bed. To be relaxing ... missed it!

à suivre ...

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6. Grootkolk, suite

The next day I decided to go to Union End, I was tired of emotions of the day before
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En route I found a melon
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who seemed ready for Halloween, but who wanted to celebrate Halloween in the Kgalagadi? the question remained unanswered, however 2 days later the melon had disappeared.

I spent the rest of the afternoon to rest and watch birds.

The next day, more fit, I decided to go to the south. First I saw Bat Eared Fox, also a first for me
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and shortly after the road to Polentswa a magnificent leopard was lounging in the shafts
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The pipe was given to me by a super nice couple, who lived in Polentswa. We stayed long to see what he would do and I ended up leaving to go to Grootkolk. At 10 km, it smelled like smoke and there were strange lights. The fire, once again, on the left side of the road (Grootkolk side of course) with flames several metres high.
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Through the fire, I can pass, but through the flames! " Two-step, three moves" I retreated and eventually turn back to full speed. I found again the leopard who had changed tree, accompanied by the couple. I do not know what to do....

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6. Grootkolk, suite
The pipe was given to me by a super nice couple, who lived in Polentswa.


Just one tiny thing, you may have got the wrong bit of English above, A "pipe" is something you smoke, not sure what you may have been "smoking" in that "pipe", but hope you did not start that fire ! :D

Sitting on the edge of my seat reading this Anne-Marie, and anxious for the next chapter!

I would have been very scared around that fire I must admit :shock:

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Just one tiny thing, you may have got the wrong bit of English above, A "pipe" is something you smoke, not sure what you may have been "smoking" in that "pipe", but hope you did not start that fire ! :D
:slap:
thanks Suej, in French we use "pipe" (tuyau) for a good information.
and if is it not good "a leaky pipe" :wink:

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6. Grootkolk - suite

30 minutes later I tried again to return "home". This time the flames had disappeared, but what a disaster, all the left side of the road was dark and steaming, for about ten km. What emotion within hours. Fortunately I was supported by this wonderful couple, whom I thank, if one day he reads this story, and another couple who left towards Nossob and alerted the guards by radio of my problems. Also a big thanks.

Before de sunset
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I saw a Four-striped-Grass Mouse
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Eastern Rock Elephant Shrew
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maybe loose…..

nice tracks
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visitors at the water hole
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some thirsty
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The last day I returned to Union End, passing twice at Kanaguas, noting all the exits, if the fire resumed. I was ready to enter in an area without grass or bushes if something happens.

A Union End I found some meerkats
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and at Kanaguas a herd of Red Hartebeest
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and Wildebeest,
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chasing each other,
and a jackal who was also thirsty
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It was very difficult to share the little water there was and many fights are declared.

And once again I prepare my luggage.

à suivre ...

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some birds for this chapter 6
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Tawny Eagle
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Marico Flycatcher
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Double-banded Sandgrouse

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and the new windows
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Again I am very good at knowing what the bird is not...but not very good at knowing what it is. :roll:
So it is not an Ant-eating Chat because they are pretty much a dark brown colour with white shoulder patches. The bird in question is possibly a Marico Flycatcher or a Familiar Chat..but not sure. I am better at Id'ing birds in the field than from photos. :hmz:
If the bird flicked it's wings upon landing then it is most probably a Familiar Chat. I will have a closer look later Anne-marie.

But again super pictures anne -marie

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So it is not an Ant-eating Chat because they are pretty much a dark brown colour with white shoulder patches. The bird in question is possibly a Marico Flycatcher or a Familiar Chat..but not sure. I am better at Id'ing birds in the field than from photos. :hmz:


Think I would agree on the Marico Fly-Catcher :hmz: :hmz:

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