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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
Unread postPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2011 2:21 pm 
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Nossob Hide!

One morning, around 1am, we heard the jackals howling, so off we went to the hide. We were just in time to see a lioness and big male lion drink. The lioness disappeared quickly but the big male tried to make himself comfortable on the other side of the riverbed. He also made himself heard. :dance: It is quite awesome sitting alone in a pitch black hide and hearing those roars that seem to vibrate around you. Another surprise for us - it was raining and the lions still came to the waterhole!( :hmz: perhaps that’s why he was roaring so much, he didn’t really want to get wet :wink: )

As I told you in the last instalment, we also had a visit from 2 lionesses one rainy afternoon.

While we were waiting for the duo to arrive at the hide.....

An Abdim’s stork sitting in the ‘hide’ tree.

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There was also a pair of Marabou storks hanging around. First time we have seen them in KTP! One of them.

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And another Great Spotted Cuckoo. :dance:

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And we got to see him drink at Nossob waterhole! :thumbs_up:

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The duo arrived. The limping lioness was more at ease than her friend, and came to the water closest to the hide.

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A close up of her leg.

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To be continued...

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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We so wished for the sun to make an appearance while we were taking these pix but, it was not to be.

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The limping lady was very thirsty and drank at the other pool as well. Not that gracefully though!

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And the Nossob barn owl! One night someone shone a light on the old tree behind the waterhole, and Mark managed to get this pic.

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We loved our stay at Nossob. :thumbs_up: There is always something to see in camp, so much so that we normally leave Nossob sleep deprived. :roll:

On to TR! On Marie’s, a goodbye ‘half reflection’ from these harties in the morning light.

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And then we hit the road!

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But what a pretty road it was ! From Nossob to Dikbaardskolk there was an abundance of yellow flowers(I think Devil’s Thorn) everywhere.

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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I am sure we saw the same lioness in May 2009 - see her right back paw as well. we also had heard that it was from a puffadder bite :D

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Keep the pics coming wanderw - they are great :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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Down to TR!

A beautiful butterfly at Dikbaardskolk.

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And we had to remind ourselves that this was the dune road.

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The dune road is always great for the birds. The faithful PCG

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And a posing Greater Kestrel

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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Thanx Micetta and Katja! :thumbs_up: The Kestrel was looking around quite a lot - :hmz: perhaps hoping for a late breakfast!


We decided to get a Botswana permit and travel on the Rooiputs road one morning. Although we found some fresh lion tracks on the way to Kij Kij, and back( :wall: looked like the guy had hidden away from us when we passed him), we did not spot any cats, but enjoyed the drive none the less.

At the start...

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A resting Cape fox!

And this guy was obviously peeved with us for disturbing his early morning rest on top of a weaver’s nest.

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Finally :dance: a wattled starling out in the open.

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And some variety to our old buddy the Cape Cobra :wink: - a blotchy one sunning himself.

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And :roll: a delinquent Springbok again!

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Mom came to the rescue in time! :dance:

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Just outside the TR fence we came across another Springbok who had just given birth. Of course we stayed around until the little guy got onto his feet.

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Mom was very encouraging!! :dance:

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There was a communal sigh of relief when he finally managed to balance on those spindly legs. :thumbs_up:

(OK :redface: - End of springbok overload! - I just can't resist the newborns :roll: )

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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Lovely photos of " lovely stuff " Wanderw.....looking forward to that next bit.... :)

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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Other sightings around TR!
Do not underestimate Twee Rivieren, I think you have a great chance of seeing the smaller creatures around this camp. As for the big cats? Sometimes :roll: it absolutely sizzles!

A frozen Cape Fox in the midday sun!

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A Verraux’s Eagle Owl babe

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And near Skiddy Corner(near Leeudril) :dance: a White breasted Jackal Buzzard!

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There was a normal(rusty chest) Jackal Buzzard(probably the mate) sitting in a tree nearby .

Two babes who were too hot to worry about us.

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A tortoise enjoying the water.

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And near the turnoff to Rooiputs, a very distant and shy AWC.(Pix cropped a lot)

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At Leeudril waterhole we found this Black chested Prinia - a new tick for us! :thumbs_up:

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I have to include this wildie pic - a lush lake scene- taken at Samevloeiing.

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It was coming to the end of the trip and I just had to take a pic of these springbok in the golden afternoon light. (The ‘golden afternoons’ on this trip were few and far between :roll: )

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To be continued with the final instalment.

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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@Katja - Thanx! :D I hope you do visit KTP one day. It is a beautiful park, but I am biased! :wink:

Twee Rivieren Camp
We have always enjoyed our stay at this camp, the biggest KTP camp. It is on the border of the park, but this does not stop interesting visitors popping in. Early one morning while drinking our coffee on the verandah, we spotted an AWC slinking past our chalet. Our cameras were still in the chalet! :wall:

We also had a Scimitar bill flitting from tree to tree. Very busy birds - :redface: these were the best pix I managed to get.

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And our neighbours - a Yellow Mongoose family! :dance:

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I’m watching you!

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The one young mongoose was just so sweet!

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Well, that brings us to the end of our trip. My last pic of reflections, with a wildie whooping it up in the background.

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Till next time...

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 Post subject: Re: KTP Whooping Reflections!
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Forgot to say, we saw the injured Nossob Lioness in 2008, shortly after she had sustained the bite and one day she was lying all alone under a bush, pretty much all day and not moving. At that stage nobody thought she would make it and that she had only survived so far as the pride then had cubs, so they were not moving too fast.

Nice to know she has in fact survived !

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