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 Post subject: Re: Touareg's March '12 KTP Extreme highs and lows
Unread postPosted: Mon May 21, 2012 6:44 pm 
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We were 1st to collect our permit and had th honor to unlock the main gate to the park. Yes please!!! :D I know small things and all that..lol. Ok so we head up to Leeudril first to find a Leopard or the Cheetah family. We found a pair of Secretary Birds.

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And this Hartebeest in beautiful light.

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It was very quiet so we turned around at Leeudril and made our way back to Samevloeing. A small herd of Gemsbok were around and I tried to make the most of what photographic opportunities they presented seeing that we still had good light.

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On the dune road it was stop and go, stop and go as we shot the birdies :D This Scaley-feathered Finch played along nicely.

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We dropped down into the riverbed and stopped for one of many Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters.

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It was still reasonably quiet but a family of Suricate provided plenty of fun.......tbc as soon as the page turns again. :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Touareg's March '12 KTP Extreme highs and lows
Unread postPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 10:18 pm 
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Bonus pic to help move the thread along :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Touareg's March '12 KTP Extreme highs and lows
Unread postPosted: Thu May 24, 2012 9:18 pm 
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Thanks for the teamwork in getting the page turned. As I said previously, we stopped right next to a Suricate lookout. He didn't even look our way. It wasn't long before the whole family came above ground and started to forage for roots and grubs.

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This little guy was so small and was frightened by every small movement of the flowers and plants. It was really funny to observe the behavior of the clan.

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This was the relief lookout, who opted for a higher vantage point.

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We eventually moved off, but had to make a quick stop for another first for me in the KTP. I think it is an Acasia Pied Barbet. I only managed to get one frame before it flew off.

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We checked in at Urikaruus, had lunch and headed north again. The afternoon was quiet with the following sightings.

Slender Mongoose in Dalkeith Loop.

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One of two young kudus near the Dalkeith waterhole.

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We headed back to Urikaruus......tbc

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 Post subject: Re: Touareg's March '12 KTP Extreme highs and lows
Unread postPosted: Sun May 27, 2012 8:02 pm 
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We had spent our last night in the KTP in Urikaruus, packed our bags, said our goodbyes and headed North for a final look at what KTP wants to show us. We stopped for a few birdies like the STBE.

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This Marico Flycatcher.

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In Veertiende loop we came upon no less than 18 Black backed Jackals on and around a Gemsbok kill. WOW!. They were in perfect morning light and the we were all alone :D

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There were also 2 Tawney Eagles scavenging for scraps and provided great photographic opportunities.

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Back the jackals...as the carcas shrunk, every now and then tempers would flare and fights would break out.

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KTP was saying goodbye in style...tbc.

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