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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 28, 2012 2:12 pm 
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The going is good at the moment.
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Did see another Sandgrouse, but this one was in no mood to pose for me.
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And another animal on the road that is guranteed to cause a traffic jam
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Thanks Hilda. :thumbs_up:

And a really magnificent Kudu, I happen to think that these horns must be the longest I have seen.
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OK time to move on towards Lower Sabie.
Another bird which I love seeing, listening to and photographing-if they allow it.
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Sunset Dam had the usual suspects.
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Heksie, you've got me :( . Still no kitties. And you'r goinbg again to KNP. I thought I was a bad addict :lol:

And a few other suspects too!
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Deep probe
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Alert at the sound of "click"
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Here's that crazy impala I mentioned earlier
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Alarmed
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and then goes and does it again.
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Unlike the Zebra's who do things well away from crocodiles
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Or like others of its species (plus Warthogs) who also drink far away from the menace.
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A few more from Sunset dam
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A quick visit to LS-for once the bird bath was sparce-maybe too many visitors today.
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This Lappet faced vulture was preparing for the breeding season.

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On my way to Mlondozi Dam, the S29 and S122 in search of Cheetah. And Lions. Neither of which
I found. :cry:


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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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Tried postinlast night, but Photobucket has issues :whistle:
There were Lions, Leopards adn Cheetah on the road to Mlondozi Dam- I just did'nt get to see them :doh:
Molondozi Dam is one of those wonderful gems of teh Kruger, teh kind of place that tucks deep into your love of kruger, and brings out a wonderful appreciation of that place. I love going there, but I also don't like crowds. Well today it was crowdy, not to mention the wonderfulsmell of bacon, sausages, eggs and tomatoes filling the air. Discipline- I am not here for breakfast but for seeing animals. And with that determination-Mlondozi delivers time and again. Lets count how many differents species I saw. I'll start with my good friend-Flamingo- recently migrated from Sunset Dam :dance: :dance:
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I was told that the resident Fish Eagle was not too happy to have this bird here and was "persecuting" the poor Famingo. I saw non of it but the fish eagle did fly off in the direction of the Flamingo, when it took to the skies a few minutes later.
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And the fish Eagle that followed
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Here Elephants, Zebra and Grey Herons
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A Saddle Billed Stork
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That took of also shortly afterwards
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Sun-kissed wings
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Egyptian Goose on the wall
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I makje that 7 already


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Still counting
Two Monitor Lizards on the wall as well
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An adorable pod of Baby Hippo's
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With the parents somewhere grazing as the Flamingo flies past.
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That takes my count to ten- Watch it-Baby Hippo's are considered a separate species here-by virtue of their cuteness :thumbs_up:


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And still counting
Then there were the Waterbuck-plentiful
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That takes my tally to twelve. (and after my incident at Nkulu Picnic spot, I'm not even counting monkeys and Baboons anymore)


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The count is still going up for Mlondozi.
For Heksie - Mocking Chat on top of the toilets.
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Blue Waxbills were there, but did'nt allow me to even come close.
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And one of the Firefinches
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And my old friend
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That takes the tally up to 16-all in one place. :dance: :dance:


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Off onto Muntshe Loop-hoping for Cheetah. Nothing much on this road (for once) usually very productive. Not even an Elephant this time. Maybe the heat! And I drove even slower than usual.
But you'll always find THAT bird there.
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Some Zebra
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With a cute youngster too
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A lark or two
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A couple on honeymoon
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Only once I reached the junction of Muntshe Loop and the H10, did I see an elephant. I was so happy :dance: , and that for a guy that is scared of elephants. Just love the shot-quintessential Kruger
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he had a problem though-itching behind the ears. (made me think of a new "curse"- May you have an itch like an elephant and with no trees around. In my youth we had a joking curse-may the fleas of a 1000 camels infest the hairs of your armpits-Yeagh. This one would be along those lines) Fortunately, there was a tree, a big one too, and he was headed straight for that,
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And the other side
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He also seem to have a headache, for which trees are the best remedy.
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Of to Lower Sabie again, and then make my way to Pretoriuskop where I was to spend the night. Still NO LIONS-I'm getting desperate! Along the way I saw this beautiful Brown Snake Eagle
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A few more from around LS, and then onto one of the highlights of the trip.
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This croc said "good morning Noel". I don't beleive in friendly crocs, no matter what the impies say!
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The sun was taking its toll
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My what beautiful cheeks you have.
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That did you say about my cheeks? Watch it pal
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Lots of animals in the Sabie River
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And -I like!
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It is now 13:45 and I'm making my way back to Skuks. Still NO LIONS. I'm getting desperate. LO AND BEHOLD-
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The most beautiful lion in all the universe :tongue: Well, it felt like it. At last. If you were anywhere near the vacinity of my car, you would have heard the loudest Hallelujah you've ever heard. This must be the Lower Sabie Pride, which I have met before. Today they were on a stroll for my complete and utter satisfaction. :dance: :dance: The clicking went beserk :thumbs_up:

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He just oozed power
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Handsome features this fellow has
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And typical male, he had a fragile ego, and promptly marked off his territory under threat from a rival with a yellow ribbon.
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