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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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A few birds of the Aoub river.

Capped Wheateater
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African Pipit ?
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White Browed Sparrow
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Marico Flycatcher
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Ant-eating Chat
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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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More Auob river birds.

Namaqua Dove
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Red-headed Finch
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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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On 5 May we had this sighting a few hundred meters from Batulama waterhole. She ( Miera ) was resting in the shade at 2:45 pm and I did not expect her to get up. We were told of Cheetahs further on and we drove on.

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The next few days we were in Nossob. From 12 May we were in Cabin number 1 at Urikaruus.

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On our first night at 7:05 I was standing at the fire and saw something was drinking water at the water hole. I could not belief my eyes, it was a Leopard. I did not expect it so early, but got this photo as proof. It was Barolong.

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The Leopard only took one or two sips of water and walked off to the dunes on the other side of the river. Well she at least had the adrenaline flowing and the meat and wine tasted so much better.

The next morning I went on a drive on my own. I decided to go towards Rooibrak, hoping for the Leopard we saw a week ago at Batulama. Our next door neighbour in number 2 left earlier and he also went south. I was watching his tracks in the road and just were he reversed a car came from the opposite direction and told me my neighbour told him he saw a Leopard.

I soon spotted her at 9:15 on the other side of the river. It was Tsamma.

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She walked from tree to tree and climbed in almost every big one.

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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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Then she moved to our side but gave as a hard time to get a clear picture.

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The cars got more and it became difficult to get close to her. Then she crossed the road and disappeared over the dune.

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I stayed with her from 8:10 till 10:15.

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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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After the sighting of Tsamma I went back to Urikaruus for lunch. We then went south to Auchterlonie and back.

It was about 3:20 and for some reason I decided to first go in to Urikaruus camp before we continue to 13 de boorgat. I had a quick look at my photo’s of Tsamma. The Crows were very noisy and made me look up.

Unbelievable, there were three Crows flying and escorting a LEOPARD down the dune opposite our cabin. I shouted at Jacques, who was on the boardwalk, and he informed the other quests who were at home.

She was not amused by her escort and walked from tree to tree before she came in the open at 3:30. It was again Barolong. She was still escorted by the Crows.

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She spent some time at the water and at 3:35 she left. She left between cabin 3 and 4 and went up the hill towards the main road.

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What more can one ask for on one day at Urikaruus.

That night we saw Spotted Hyaena, Caracal, Cape Fox and Springhare at the water hole

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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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Thanks Pumbaa.

Not a good pic, but proof.


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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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More birds from the Auob.

White backed Vulture
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Red - necked Falcons.
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Juvenile Martial Eagle
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Greater Kestrel.
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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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Now it is time for the Cheetah lovers.

They were close to Leeudril. EDIT - The Cheetah not the lovers.

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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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Caracal as seen in 2010 near Melkvlei.

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Last year we were unlucky.

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 Post subject: Re: Fourth time "lucky" in Kgalagadi - May 2012
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A few birds from the Auob river.

Pale Chanting Goshawk. On guard.
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Pearl-spotted Owlet.
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Capped Wheatear.
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Northern Black Korhaan
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Pigmy Falcon
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White-faced Scops-owl
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Marico Flycatcher
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Ant-eating Chat
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Secretary Bird
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Capped Wheatear
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Secretary Bird
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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
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Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
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Pearl-spotted Owlet at Kamqua.

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anne-marie and Pumbaa here are some pics from 2011 taken at Kamqua.

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South of Auchterlonie.

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To be continued.

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