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 Post subject: Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes
Unread postPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2013 3:47 pm 
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And lots of these on the fence!

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 Post subject: Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes
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This was the nearest we came to a "leopard" on this trip!

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 Post subject: Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes
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Trrrp-trrrr, MM, Barry and Hilda! :thumbs_up: Glad you are still enjoying the report! :D

Warthogs are one of my favourite animals but we are always struggling to find them in the north. This was our only sighting - also on the Tropic of Capricorn Loop.

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On most visits to Thihongoyeni there were a couple of ostriches around

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This one was prancing around trying to impress a lady

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 Post subject: Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes
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When it got spooked

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Hi there Sheenaugh-Lee! :thumbs_up:

A bit of ostrich information - although they cannot fly, they are fleet strong runners. They can sprint up to 70km per hour and run over distance at 50km per hour! Their wings may be used as "rudders" to help them change direction when running. An ostrich's powerful long legs can cover 3 to 5 meters in a single stride! :shock:
Their legs are also formidable weapons - ostrich kicks can kill a human or a potential predator. Each two-toed foot has a long sharp claw.

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 Post subject: Re: A Tale of Two Waterholes
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I tend to agree with you S-L! :thumbs_up:

After the sighting of the hundreds of White Storks at the waterhole there were always some around but never again in such numbers. These gave me opportunity to practice my BIF shots!

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Thanks, Pikkie! :thumbs_up:

And one on the ground with muddy feet!

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As I have mentioned before - Thihongoyeni attracted an amazing amount of elephant bulls during the time we were there. Some of them were huge! :shock: Image


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On one occasion there was also a collared elephant

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Hi there Hilda! :thumbs_up:

Does anybody know if this is a named tusker?

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Hi there Cape of Storms and Super Mongoose :thumbs_up: I am equally enjoying both of your trip reports! :D

We did see a named tusker at Thihongoyeni :dance: - according to Aat's "Tuskers of Africa" this is Marhumbini.

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