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DavenJan's Sightings : KNP 28 Dec to 02 Jan 2006

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DavenJan's Sightings : KNP 28 Dec to 02 Jan 2006

Unread postby DavenJan » Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:02 pm

We spent 5 night at Pretoriouskop 28th – 2nd Jan. arrived via Malelane to hot weather. Rain started that afternoon and lasted most of the night. First time we have been unable to cook supper! 29th and 30th mostly overcast with odd shower. Brightened up New Years eve and New Years day.

The bush around P’kop is lovely and green and lush again, not like September. Grass not as long as last year.

We had some great sightings – I won the spotting contest with Jan, lions 2 – rhinos 16.
I have loaded some photos on flickr (see below) so just a few highlights,

Ground Hornbill flying into tree with dead snake (only video).
Lots of lovely Kudu, Water Buck and babies everywhere. ( Impala, Wildebeest, Buffalo, Warthog, Hyena, Zebra)
Great birds, many posing near to road.
Single wild dog on S3
Hyena looking lost on S3
Fork tailed Drongo dive bombing a confused Juvenile Gabar Goshawk.
Leopard in tree during sundowner drive.
Tsessebe at Mestel dam
Starting the new year with a pack of wild dogs
Being in the Kruger.

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Anyone confirm this bird please?

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For more pictures go to my Flickr site

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Unread postby DavenJan » Fri Jan 06, 2006 3:49 pm

We were very lucky this trip, we also saw the pack two days earlier, but being mid afternoon they were lazing around in the bush.
Jan was ecstatic about the leopard sighting. She spotted it, there was no-one else around and within a minute or so it jumped down and disappeared.

We saw the tsessebe at the dam on our way from P'kop to the Phabeni Gate on the last morning.
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This was rhino 15 and 16, cute!
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Unread postby lam » Fri Jan 06, 2006 5:28 pm

I think the bird is a Tawny Eagle, but it might be a good idea to post it on the bird forum.
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Unread postby craigsa » Fri Jan 06, 2006 6:44 pm

Thanks for the report, had some really good sightings.
Guys I have to say thats a Wahlbergs Eagle, looking at its tail!
Craig
Planning next KNP trip!


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