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 Post subject: Madach's Sightings : KNP Dec 2005
Unread postPosted: Sun Nov 20, 2005 7:22 pm 
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Arnoud and Marijke have arrived safely. They enjoyed a braai with their SA friends in Roodepoort today and will be leaving for KNP early tomorrow morning. He promised to try his best with updated sightings, but there might not be any reception where they're going.


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They are currently driving Mahonie loop, full reception. On his Dutch number that is.
Seen so far: Nyala, plenty kudu, bushbuck and ellies.
He is amazed at how dry it is. Overcast weather, but he says it won't rain.

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Madach had some cellreception yesterday evening, so I have an update:
The surroundings are shockingly beautifull. They have the free run north of the river Luvuvhu, from Crook's corner all the way west. Sundowners are usually at the Luvuvhu bridge at Pafuri.
This week they will do a sleepout in the Limpopo, as well as a whole days birding with Frank.
Not seen a Pel's, but they missed it by 30 minutes. (He is going to see one or more of them.) Other sightings include Eland, buffs and ellies, but no cats yet.

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Small update:
Crested eagle, Crested Guinnee Fowl (twice), Trumpeter Hornbill and rhino during daywalks.
Oh, next message: Crested Guinnee Fowl 30 minutes ago.
Last night there was about 10mm of rain.

The birding with Frank will be on Monday.

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Update:
Narina Trogon (but no photo's), lions with three cubs (cool photo's), three rhino's, a great many buffs and ellies.
Currently raining and 33 degrees.

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bert wrote:
Lucky sod. The elusive narina trogon

Not so elusive, but the trouble is this:
Sasol third edition, page 252 wrote:
Although brightly colored, this furtive species is difficult to see as it normally sits with its back to the observer, well camouflaged by its leafy, green surroundings.

Now have a look at the color of the back of the bird... The little blighter.
So you just have to go there before the rains, and see if it still manages then...

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Update from Madach:

Luvuvhu and Limpopo Rivers have water. Did birding at Pafuri - 60 species! :shock: Frank's on two week's leave unfortunately. Did a nightdrive last night through the fevertree forest. Sightings - Thick tailed bushbaby, civets, martial eagle and lots of ellies. Says hi to everyone on the forum. 8)


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News from Madach: Park had heavy rainfall round Shingwedzi. All dirt roads closed, game scarce. Elande & Tsessebe at the Punda Powerlines.


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Update:
Oribi may actually be a large steenbok after studying the photo's and video, but a large one. (Told him to post a few photo's.)
Has seen lions and the dappled one. Plenty water in Kruger.

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DuQues wrote:
How often are Oribi seen? I cannot remember anyone posting a sighting?


I saw what I think might be oribi in 1984. They also might be reedbuck, the pix aren't close enough (only a 125mm telephoto in those days :D ) for me to be certain, but my best guess had always been oribi. I saw them in the north, I think between Punda and Shingwedzi.


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Just received an sms from Madach, nothing really to report, except maybe this:
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Weer Crested Guinnea Fowl gezien :)

I won't translate that so certain people will not read that. :lol:

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WTM? Where are you at the moment? Not in the neighbourhood of the Makuleke concession I think? Work to do....
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We are standing beside the road with two broken down landrovers. One with a flat, and the other one has a problem with the cooling...

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Hmmm, he is a bit bored from the looks of it, received a few more messages. Which are a complaint in a way.

@FT: Do not read!

He is complaining about Fevertrees. One had fallen over a road so they have sawn it to pieces, and moved the pieces.
:clap: Volunteer work!

But. Fevertree is far heavier than say Lalapalm, far harder than said palm, and when you put a saw to them it smells of vomit.
Nice work little bro! Keep it up (down)!

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Well, their ECO-Training is finished. Did not get the results, but I think they both passed. They are on their way to Sirheni now.
Just one little sighting passed on to me, three Honeybadgers.
I asked if it was a family, but have not got an answer yet.

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Just received a message from DQ:

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Some sightings from M:
Plenty buff's and ellies, mating lions and lioness with cubs.

The 3 HB's were a family.

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