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Northern Kruger sightings in October 2005

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Oct 04, 2005 6:59 pm

The night sounds are really special here. Loud frog chorus, visiting ellies that make me nervous, plovers and Egyptian geese shouting etc. When were sat in the bird hide at 2am we heard the Scops that had been calling all night, be answered by another Scops far away.

I wish I could capture the sounds here now - really loud and special.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:07 pm

Night from Kruger - I best help SO with supper. The sky is ablaze with stars. Oh these frogs croaking away here make me laugh. They are jolly rythmical!

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Unread postby arks » Tue Oct 04, 2005 7:14 pm

Sounds like you're having a most eventful time ... sorry about the flat battery and other mishaps, but :mrgreen: :mrgreen: for your wild dogs. Who says nothing good comes of a mishap :D Are your monkey invaders those oh so otherwise cute vervets?? Hope you continue with the great sightings and without any further mishaps

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Unread postby Loams » Wed Oct 05, 2005 12:27 pm

Sight Report:

At Shingwedzi. on the way here saw few animals. Zebra, Ellies, impies, tsessebe and one traffic cop that just fined someone R 500.00 for doing 73km/h. Extremely hot. Serious water shortage here. On emergency supply
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:37 pm

Good evening from a very windy Shingwedzi! The wind is howling at the moment and I live on the coast so you can know it is some wind for me to comment and as there has been no rain for goodness knows how long here the camp is a dust bowl. Everything is covered in dust and sand. Sand is just swirling around us. Needless to say we are sitting in a flapping tent at present . It has been so hot today. It is really dry here with only 3 months water supply left for the camp.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:40 pm

On the 7 Oct at 7pm the camp is having a prayer meeting to pray for rain. Please keep the time in mind and add your prayers.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Oct 05, 2005 6:57 pm

Arks - yes the invaders were vervets which I did not think cute yesterday!

Bert - yip still soaking in Windoek and anything else wet and cold!

Jacov - agree flat bat resulted in a fantastic sighting. But now you tell me to keep the food in the car... ;)
Tied our cooler which is now running on electricity up with rope.

Saraf and Salva and Jose - had a chat to the wdogs for you....hope they listen!

Katy and Laine - not much today but lots of ellies along the river here. Just being here is so great.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Oct 05, 2005 8:00 pm

We took a drive along the river this afternoon - saw lots of ellies, giraffe, waterbuck and waterbirds. Hardly any water in the river, the dam' s virtually dry. Downstream of the dam is some water. Will take some pics for you guys.

The only sounds in camp tonight is that of the wind and flapping tents. Our brave neighbour started a braai but soon packed it in. The camp is in darkness with everybody in their tents. At least it is a cool wind from the east and no way any mozzie is going to be able to survive this wind.

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Thu Oct 06, 2005 6:38 am

katydownunder wrote:Yes I really hope the wilddogs will stay there until we get to Kruger...


Very unlikely as WD travel up to 50km in a day. Unless they den there closeby. There were sightings of them at Pafuri in June when we were there and the next day they were sighted near Babalala picnic spot.

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Unread postby Jakkalsbessie » Thu Oct 06, 2005 10:11 am

Message just in from DB:

Hi forum from a dusty DB! Still very windy here but much cooler. Completely overcast but no sign of rain.
No animal sightings to report. Very dry around here.
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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:32 pm

wildtuinman wrote:CGF and NT? :lol:

Nope....but very happy with the birding at Pafuri and Punda. You got to see them first!

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:40 pm

Hi Gwen and Loams!

Good evening from Shingwedzi, still windy but not too bad and we were able to enjoy the evening outside and made braaied toasted sarmies. It is still overcast so no stars tonight. The camp is very quiet and so is the bushveld. The friendly man in reception assured me that this wind is unusual.

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Unread postby DinkyBird » Thu Oct 06, 2005 8:46 pm

We drove the road along the river to Kanniedood dam a couple of times today. Lots of ellies along the way and many waterbirds around the few pools of water that are left. Still a really pretty drive despite the drought. And I searched the trees Laine, but no leopard.....yet :)

Also took a drive to Red Rocks and saw more ellies, zeberas, impies, giraffe and laughed at the antics of the baboons we stopped to watch along the way.

Just had a chat to a lady in the washup area who is camping with her husband in a caravan. They entered the Park mid August and are leaving 2 Jan 2006!!!!!

GPRS a bit wonky here....

The wind is gusting again. Time to snuggle in my tent - night all from a cool Kruger, but no rain yet. We are moving to Letaba tomorrow.

Don't forget the prayers for rain tomorrow at 7pm.

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Unread postby Jaco V » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:13 am

Sorry for posting this only now: (Got it just after 08:00)

DB wrote:Good Morning! Just to let the forum know that there is a fine misty rain falling at Shing. Not rain to break a drought but still damp. Have a great day
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Unread postby francoisd » Fri Oct 07, 2005 10:45 am

These fine mist rain will not fill dams but it can work wonders on the vegetation especially burnt areas.
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