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KNP - 30 Oct '05

Unread postby Meinfam » Sun Oct 30, 2005 8:13 pm

Caught this guy today ( 30 Oct '05 ) near Skukuza, going mad in a small mud bath.
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Unread postby Meinfam » Sun Oct 30, 2005 8:32 pm

DinkyBird asks
Wow! What else did you see?


Went in at 06h00 and out at 14h00, for Louise to get use to her new Minolta 7D.
The leopard short for the big 5. We noticed less impies on the roads. Saw a few big elephant families. Lots of hippo at Sunsetdam. Lots of preagnant zebras near Malalane.
5 Lion near Bijamiti.
This one came in for a soft landing
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In total took 263 photo's and hope to post a link to the best of them within the next day.

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Unread postby Meinfam » Mon Oct 31, 2005 10:34 am

Also from that day.

Can somebody please identity this reptile correctly.
What is the opening on the neck ? a ear ?
Taken at low water bridge at T-junction S113 & S23
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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:14 pm

The reptile you asked for is a water monitor. Wow never saw a hole like that on the side of the head, never saw one so close up as a matter of a fact. Might be an ear, but is big isn't it? I also thought that there was some sort of a flap for closing it when it was in the water. Interesting...
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Unread postby Meinfam » Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:30 pm

Here it is in closed position - as I normally to see them.
an ear ?? I don't know

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Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon Oct 31, 2005 12:33 pm

From the second photo you have provided it does indeed look like his ear in an opened position. A great detailed seiries of photographs indeed and probably worthwhile for the veldfokus program on 50-50.
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Unread postby bert » Mon Oct 31, 2005 1:37 pm

MeinÆ’am wrote:Here it is in closed position - as I normally to see them.
an ear ?? I don't know

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A ear indeed.
I believe it works the same than with frogs
A membrane which can be closed when underwater.
Similair to a eyelid when underwater

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Unread postby Meinfam » Mon Oct 31, 2005 5:38 pm

Here are the images of the day
http://www.pbase.com/louisemeintjes/dimage

and of that mad ellie
http://www.pbase.com/louisemeintjes/mud

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Unread postby Meinfam » Sun Nov 06, 2005 4:25 pm

Just came back from the park.
Rain this morning 06h00 near skukuza
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Unread postby PhilQ » Thu Nov 10, 2005 8:58 pm

Arno & Louise Meintjes asked what the reptile was they had seen and received a reply that it is a water (or Nile) monitor, the Varanus niloticus. That is correct. However, it is always fun to know more about the animals you have seen. You can find a lot of useful and interesting information on water monitors on http://mampam.50megs.com/monitors/niloticus.html - including a picture which shows the big opening behind the eye. Recommended reading!
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Unread postby Meinfam » Thu Nov 24, 2005 10:32 pm

All the images of the ellie in the mud is now on Louise's Photos as MY MUD-POOL


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