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 Post subject: Re: It’s time again..... KDU and Francolin in KTP November 2009
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Early in the morning we had a visitor to the waterhole.
A Hyena was coming from the dunes and slowly made her way to the hoel to have a sip before returning home.

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That morning we took our time and watched the waterhole, waiting for some more action.
It always is a hard decision, whether to leave early in the morning or to stay in camp for a while and wait what might visit the waterhole :hmz:
Three Lanner Falcons were attacking the birds at the waterhole and then finally one of them caught a Dove.

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(Francolin took that photo as I was chatting to our neighbours at that moment :lol:…)

All this were the reasons why we started quite late for our morning drive.
The Hyenas were out to play once again. :wink:

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This time we were decided to only drive up to the 14th Borehole,as it was already quite hot again .
Shortly before we reached the turnoff to the camp on our way back we spotted a lovely Tawny Eagle in a low bush right beside the road.

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Then we passed the camp entrance road and headed south towards Rooibrak waterhole, close to that we came across this lovely Springbok herd.

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But now we returned back to Urikaruus, our plan was to make the most of our last day there......
It is such a wonderful camp (definitely one of our faves) and so we sat on our balcony reading, watching the waterhole and observing the Squirrels that were looking for some shade underneath the cabin in the afternoon heat.

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Later we were driving the direction to the boreholes for the last time during this year...
And really felt sad about that… :(

Along the way we met this little fellow.

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And a little later a PCG in lovely evening light.

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No question we just had to stop at the den and spend some time with "our " Hyenas…

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Later we said goodbye to them and returned back to the camp, a bit heavy hearted as this was our last night there before returning back to Twee Rivieren for our last couple of nights…. :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: It’s time again..... KDU and Francolin in KTP November 2009
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Today we were on the final leg of our trip.
Leaving Urikaruus for Twee Rivieren…..
I think I don’t have to mention that we did not hurry to leave that wonderful place. :|
Enjoying another brekkie on that gorgeous balcony with a view to the waterhole and watching the Mongoose begging for food at each and every single hut. Just too wonderful....

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Nevertheless it was inevitable that we had to leave…..

First sighting of the morning was another of those tiny Pearl-Spotted Owls.
Aren't they the cutest ?!

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Pearl Spotted Owl

South of Kamqua we met another of the numerous Ostrich families of our trip.

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Near Gemsbokplein we spotted a Crimson-breasted Shrike enjoying a nice Agama for lunch.

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And our next sighting on the way down south, was an Ostrich taking a dust bath.

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Later we found a lazy bunch of Lions. Unfortunately a bit far away from the road.
It was another hot day and as usual there was not much action to be expected.
So we soon left the sighting.

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Coming closer to Houmoed Waterhole we remembered our lovely Lion with cub sighting we had during one our trips…
And then we spotted a small Lion pride in the shade of the trees.
They were, of course, having a nap :lol:

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But as they were (of course :lol: ) not moving at all, we decided to drive on to Twee Rivieren and return back again later that afternoon.

Returning back to Twee Rivieren meant that these were our last couple of days in the park,yet it was good to be back again.
It is so nice to see some familiar faces and to hear the words: “ Welcome back !” and “ Long time no see.” :D
Now we moved into our home for the last couple of days and enjoyed the amenities of a bungalow with air-condition…. 8)

Later we set off again into the Mata Mata direction.
And no question the Lions were still there. But there was a little bit of movement in the group.

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Well, in fact only a little bit of movement…. :lol:

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Some of the Lions had some kind of skin desease :( , but apart from that seamed to be in good shape.

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Well we waited and waited and waited….

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At first a highly alert Jackal was coming for a drink at the waterhole.

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And finally one of the young males was kind enough to come down to the waterhole….

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And then the whole show was over :lol:

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That evening we enjoyed a lovely dinner at the restaurant and sat outside our bungalow for quite a while just listening to the silence. 8)

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 Post subject: Re: It’s time again..... KDU and Francolin in KTP November 2009
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No other choice than going towards the Mata Mata direction in the morning.
Hopefully the road (at least parts of it ) to the Nossob direction will be open again during our next trip….. :roll:

We had not reached the t-junction when we discovered a Cape Fox den close to the road. :dance:
Twee Rivieren is always good for nice sightings….

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Cape Foxes

We made our way over the dunes towards the Aoub Riverbed.

And found some birdies along the way.

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And a Steenbok in high grass.

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Coming closer to Houmoed Waterhole, we found some Meerkats yet again. This year we were blessed with Meerkat sightings. 8)

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Later we found a pair of Dikkops under a tree. And to us it looked as if they were breeding....

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We always check the caves in the ridge very well. We already found some interesting things up there and indeed. This time FRancolin discovered a Spotted Eagle Owl.

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Then he was suddenly there…
A Honey Badger :dance: , high on our wishlist.
But Geez he was soooo very fast.
This is the only pic I was able to take before he ran up the dunes again. :redface:

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It was great to observe.
He and a PCG were “hunting together”.
The HB was digging and the PCG was watching very closely. Then the HB dug up a Snake and the bird snatched it from him. But it was hard to fly for him. And he dropped the Snake again (you can maybe see it in the bottom left of the pic, the thing that looks like a giant worm… :lol: ) and the HB was happy again, running away with his prey.

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What an exciting sighting.

Now we returned back to Twee Rivieren, for our usual noon siesta.

Of course we observed the wildlife in the camp as well.
And so we spotted one of the Mongooses roaming the camp.

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We left again for yet another afternoon drive later that day.

Our first sighting was this cute little Mouse….

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And then we found our Dikkops again. And indeed we had been right about them breeding, we discovered some eggs.

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At Monro Waterhole a Giant Eagle Owl was sitting on the ground trying to ignore us completely…. :lol:

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Giant Eagle Owl

Time to return back to camp once again.
Just as we were driving up the street back to the dunes road we discovered a couple of Spotted Eagle Owls very well camouflaged in one of the trees.

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And luckily we sighted one of the adult Cape Foxes again.

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Tonight while we were having a braai another little visitor came to join us for dinner.

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Wow what another exciting Kalahari day we had…. :D

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 Post subject: Re: It’s time again..... KDU and Francolin in KTP November 2009
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Shortly after we had left Twee Rivieren we met the Cape Foxes again. :dance:


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Our second stop was Sammevloeiing, as usual.
By the time we arrived a huge Springbok herd has already started to leave the waterhole.
Then all of a sudden they began to run and jump.

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What a fun to watch ! 8)

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Then again over the dunes into the Aoub riverbed.
Of course we checked the tree where we spotted the Owls the evening before and indeed they were still there.

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And again we met "our" Meerkats….

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Meerkat

At Houmoed Waterhole a lone Oryx was having a drink.

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We were surprised when we arrived at Monro waterhole that we spotted one of the Houmoed Lions we had met the other day. He seemed to have had a good meal the nose was still a bit bloody and the belly full. :hmz:

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We were happy to spot a Pygmy Falcon.
We saw quite a lot of them but most of the times in no good positions for a photo :roll:

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And a little later one of my favourite colourful Kalahari Agamas.

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Another.... ??

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These were our sightings for the morning.

In the afternoon we met a Korhaan in the dunes.

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And a little later a rare sighting for us, usually we only see these little white ones….

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We were happy to see the Eagle Owl again.
But she was still trying to ignore us…. :lol:

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So far we were still without a Leopard sighting on this years trip.
We were looking so hard but without success….
That evening we drove till halfway between Monro and Kamfersboom and
decided to turn around to drive back home, then we discovered her. 8)

In a tree right beside the road, we were chuffed and simply could not believe our luck. Even more as we discovered, that it was the Leopard lady we already saw in the years before ( easy to recognize by of the cuts in her ear).
We were so much hoping to see her again…. :thumbs_up:

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Thank God she then got down the tree and left…
Thank God, as it was way past the time we needed to return back to camp relaxed :lol:

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She walked up the dune and lied down right on top of it, now it was really time to leave…
It was already 6.47 pm .... :big_eyes:

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So we drove to the southern direction.
At Houmoed we saw that there were still several cars, oh no….
Please no Lions, we are not going to stop for Lions. :whistle:
But we slowed down and looked around at what the others might have sighted. In that moment a Cheetah was coming around the water container of the waterhole….
Ok, stop! :lol:

She walked around and lied down.

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Now we really had to hurry.
We kept our fingers crossed that we had not more sightings on the way back home.
Finally we entered the gate at 7.28 pm… :rolleyes:

That evening we had yet another visitor outside our bungalow.

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Even if I am in danger to repeat myself :twisted:
What a day ! 8) 8)

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 Post subject: Re: It’s time again..... KDU and Francolin in KTP November 2009
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This was the last full day of this trip. :(
Once again in the morning we made our way over the dunes.

This was one of the rare occasions when a male Korhaan stopped log enough for a pic,:lol:

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We checked the waterholes,and found nothing….
Just after we had passed Monro we spotted two Bat-Eared Foxes in the riverbed.
They were excited to say the least. :lol:
They were calling hysterically and so we searched the area for some larger predators, without success.
Nevertheless it was a great sighting of the Bat-Eared Foxes….

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Bat-Eared Foxes

Of course we sighted "our" Meerkats yet again…

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Meerkats

After spotting Ludwig’s Bustards this year for the first time, we kept seeing them again and again and again… 8)

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And of course I could not resist, another of my favourite Agamas.

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We wanted to have a small breakfast at Auchterlonie.
Just as we reached the waterhole, we discovered that a Springbok has been killed during the night.
No sign of a Predator around and already the Springboks and Oryx were back again for a drink.

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We had a nice brekkie at Auchterlonie with some guests.

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But we did not feel too comfortable, as we always had the dead Springbok in mind, and were asking ourselves, if maybe the Predator was still around… :|

We stopped again at the carcass on the way back.
This time two Jackals were having their share.

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Jackals and Springbok

A little further south we found these two PCG’s in a tree.
We kept our eyes open for a Honeybadger, but there was none..

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And even further on a Meerkat Sentinel in an obvious comfy postion :lol:

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At Houmoed we stopped (as always....) at the lookout point north of the waterhole.
Isn’t this Double-banded Courser very well camouflaged?!

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We stopped again at Samevloeiing on the way back to camp.
As I said before, I am always surprised to spot Waterbirds in an environment like the Kalahari.

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Time for the afternoon siesta.
Again we were very happy to have an air-condition….

Later that afternoon we started again for our last afternoon drive.
And yes there were the Meerkats again.

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Later we found him, a Capped Wheatear.

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And a Crow, that tried to open one of the Cocoons of the Kalahari Silk Moth.

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And just shortly before we reached Houmoed a farewell meeting with the Meerkats.

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At Houmoed itself we stopped for a Jackal and some Sandgrouses.

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On the way back to camp, we stopped at the t-junction to the Nossob direction.
And the Kalahari showed us once more her beauty, with one of those wonderful moody sunset landscapes. 8)

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What an end to our last day in the park.
Tomorrow we will only be able to drive for a few hours before returning back to Upington and the outer world…..:(

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 Post subject: Re: It’s time again..... KDU and Francolin in KTP November 2009
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These were definitely our last couple of hours in the park…. :cry:
We packed everything and left early for a last drive, as we wanted to make the most of it before leaving …

First stop Samevloeiing.
Nothing at the waterhole, a lot of little critters in the dunes that are adjoining the parking space.

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Isn’t this little one just too cute ?! :D

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And a Whistling Rat.

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Later in the dunes we came across an Oryx teenage group.

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And a beautiful Shrike.

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As I said before, after spotting a Ludwig’s for the very first time we now sighted them on and on again…..This time even three of them in one spot…. :lol:

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Ludwig's Bustard

Then at Monro we sighted the Lions again. They were lazy and the road was a bit busy, so I just too one pic of a young male, before heading towards Auchterlonie. They would be surely still be there when we will be driving back to Twee Rivieren. :wink:

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A short toilet break at Auchterlonie, observing some Squirrels and then we were on the road again.

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Reaching the main road again we had a look for the dead Springbok, but today it was gone completely, as if it never happened…. :shock:

Of course the Lions were still there when we reached Monro.

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One of the females seemed to have had a close encounter with a Procupine. :roll:

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A little further south we found this PCG on a quite small lookout.

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This Steenbok was our last sighting before we reached Twee Rivieren again.

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At Twee Rivieren reception we said farewell to quite a few familiar faces…..
There is no need to tell you that we were very, very sad. :cry: :cry:

No need to tell you as well, that we will be back again…. :whistle:

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