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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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wow wow WOW :dance: what a magnificent episode :clap:
first... the moon and scenaries :clap: :clap: :clap:
then Gymnogene :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Buff/Croc story :lol: :dance:
Hooded Vulture :clap:
and at last Cheetah :mrgreen: :clap: :clap: :clap:

we want more like that :popcorn:

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Love the moon set - Really impressive pictures :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

The whole day long you had great sightings, Elsa, with the usual suspects a couple of great birdies and on top a cheetah :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Ready for more :popcorn:


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To end your day with a Cheetah sighting in an unexpected area is more than worthwhile Elsa and family! :clap: :clap:

Your pictures of the moon are really breathtaking! Lots of awesome bird and mammal sightings through another fantastic day in Kruger! :dance: :dance:

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What a great day you had Elsa! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Fantastic sightings :clap: :clap:

Moon is beautiful 8)
Great birdie pics :clap:
Awesome roadblock Image
And a scary croc :naughty:
Very lucky cheetah sighting as well :dance:

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A day filled with wonderful sightings. Just love the Moon setting - something you don't get to see all that often.

Such a lovely ending to such a magical day.


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Elsa such awesome moon pics :clap: :clap:
Love all the pics, more soon please :dance:
Thanks for sharing :gflower:

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It certainly was an excellent first day although disappointing not to meet up with DB. Oh well, we will just have to try again next time.

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Stunning moon and dawn pictures Elsa!! :cam: :clap: :clap: :clap:

Great sightings and roadblocks throughout the day!

Really can't wait for your next instalment! :popcorn:

Glad your knee is well enough for you to spend some time doing your trip report!


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Elsa,

That moon is breath taking ...pic are very special. :clap: :clap: ..*sigh* view is just perfect. :mrgreen:

Thanks for sharing..more please :popcorn:

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Fantastic pictures :clap:

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Glad to be here. I'm in board for this trip report. Yippee.


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Just read your TR. Beautiful photos!
Great sightings of animals and birds.
We are almost on our way to Kruger. Can't wait!!!
:D :D :D :D

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Amazing Moon photos - nothing like a full moon in Kruger!

Love the Cheetah!!

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The pictures are great. Lovely memories.


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Thanks so much for the kind comments Cape of Storms, Janeli, Martial, vinkie, Trrrrp, jenet, Jock, Carol, Tawny, Jeannie, Hilda, Pumbaa, anne-marie, philip, & Scotty Image
Nice to see you joining in Scotty! :D

Right, think its about time this trip got moving again!

May 26th

After the drive up and then the full day in the park the day before we decided to relax at the lodge today and let the animals and birds come to us plus the car fanatics wanted to watch the F1 GP in the afternoon. :wink:
and I see Jock has written down - Waterbuck, Baboon, Ellies, hippo, Hornbill and ...

So I will share a few pics of the day.

Early morning with the mist hanging low over the Croc River, heralding another lovely day.

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A tree full of birds in front of our unit.

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A family of Egyptian Geese

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And a close up of one who came visiting!

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Another visitor of a different kind!

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Think this is one of the juvenile Weavers?

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Old Dagga boy sleeping his days away on the sandbank.

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Same bird tree but as the sun is going down.

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Looking into the park.

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and the same tree in the dark with a bit of flash!

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May 27th Monday

Now there was no holding us back and we were at the gate bright and early with a few minutes to spare before opening time, and quickly through the check in procedure.

All the usual animals were present and correct on the plains above CB.

We decided to try the S28 today and see what it produced, one of our favourite roads.

We hadn't gone very far when we spotted a little Pearl-spotted Owlet
Difficult conditions for pics as the light was still not great.

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We drove slowly so as not to miss anything and saw a nice variety of game and birds.

Then I had one of those "What was that, is it what my brain is telling me or not moments"
so I asked Klystron to stop and reverse back to the spot which was just as well as lying a little way off the road was the 2 Cheetah brothers often seen on this road.
and you can see how I might have almost missed them! :wink:

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We were so enthralled and sat with them for well over half an hour willing them to get up and move over and give us a closer view but no, they seemed determined to lie there keeping a close watch on their surroundings.
A few cars came and went but unfortunately Scotty who was in his car ahead of us had missed them and as there was no cell signal we couldn't alert them to it. :(

We eventually moved on as we knew they would be waiting for us at Sunset dam, our designated meting up place.

Magpie Shrike

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Some grubby Zebra

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Bateleur Eagle

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and this cute little Slender Mongoose who was sunning itself atop this tree stump and was not perturbed about anything or any one! 8)

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Back on the H4-2

we came across a pale Brown Snake Eagle altho the jury is still out on whether this is the correct ID.

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and a Lappet-faced Vulture

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After our stop off at the dam and a chat with Scotty who was patiently waiting for us we carried on up the H4-1 seeing a nice Ellie herd who crossed the road in front of us.

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and on the S79 loop

a Buffalo boy who gave us the eye suspiciously!

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A stop off at Nkhulu Picnic site for a little snack and we were just in time to witness a "robbery" that had taken place in the shop with the little thief running for its life clutching a bag of peanuts and raisins it has taken right off the shelf deep inside the shop!!
He immediately tore them open scattering the contents all over the place and was frantically trying to stuff as many as he could into his mouth before the irate shop keeper put him to flight. :tongue:

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Just a little way up from there we were told we had just missed a Lioness and cubs crossing the road! :slap:
Some you win, some you lose and its all about the timing!

Crossing the high level green bridge H12 there was a herd of Ellies browsing happily in the middle island.

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Just over the bridge we saw a Nyala Male and females always nice to see.

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Along the S30 Salitjie Road which was newly opened and still lots of evidence of the floods some months before.

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We stopped back in at Lower Sabie and met up with JEG (forumite) a friend of Jock's who does guiding into the park and who told us that there was a Lion just about 1 km north of LS.
so we decided seeing as we hadn't seen any for that day and had a bit of time to spare we may as well go and have a look.
Not a great sighting as she had got herself well and truly hidden in the reeds down by the river so it was just fleeting glimpses of an ear and a tail and if one was very lucky, a head!
Then suddenly the call went out, a Leopard had appeared on the opposite side of the river and was walking upstream.
Wow! at one point we could actually see the Lion and Leopard in the 1 sighting which doesn't happen all that often!
Afraid no pics as it just wasn't clear enough at any 1 point where we could have got a half decent pic so one for the memory banks!
Then just as we thought it couldn't get more exciting Klystron got a call from Ngwenya to say there was Lion there and also a Leopard had been sighted right in front of our unit! :slap:
We knew as it was going to take us a good 2 hours to get back there was no point in hurrying so we continued on downwards at our normal speed, plus we had to go and do some shopping in Komatipoort in any case on the way back.
The temp at this stage was 34C not bad for almost mid winter!

Then almost in the same place as we had seen it in the morning was the same pale Snake Eagle!

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We decided to stop off at the Gezantfombi Damand see what was there.

Grey Heron fishing in more than knee deep green water!

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Another car was parked next to us and seemed to be found very attractive by some little Tree Squirrels who were clambering all over it and clearly begging for food.
As far as we saw the people weren't feeding them!

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Even right up on the wheels!

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and not to be outdone the Red-billed Hornbills

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We also saw quite a few Rhino in various locations along the way during the day. :thumbs_up:

And then it was time to exit and off to the shops and of course by the time we got back the Leopard and Lions had disappeared but luckily Scotty and fam who had come back earlier had got a glimpse of the Leopard. :thumbs_up:

To be continued!

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