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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Elsa wrote:

2nd June
Talk about rock lions!

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Saw the same lions on the 1st of June on the same rocks :D

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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WoW Elsa :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

First of all stunning bird pictures in your previous instalment :clap: :clap: :clap:

That day must have been more than awesome although I am still about to find that Gezantfombi ladies :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: In February there was still water flowing over the dam :tongue:

Great ground hornbill sighting and your giraffe pictures are fantastic - I find it always fascinating to watch a single one trotting along the road but to see nine of them bust have been thrilling :P

Hopefully the "monkey" holders got finally what they needed :wall: :wall: :wall:


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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Oumie wrote:
Elsa wrote:

2nd June
Talk about rock lions!

Saw the same lions on the 1st of June on the same rocks :D

Well in that case I am going to amend it to "Talk about Lazy Rock Lions!" :tongue:

Thanks again for all the very appreciated and wonderful comments! :thumbs_up:

As we stayed at the lodge for the day these were the only pics I have

Big Herd of Buffalo coming down to the river

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and the sunset of the day, not quite as spectacular as we had seen before but pretty none the less!

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4th June

We were at the gate bright and early at 5.55am and a lot of other people had the same idea it seemed as there was a long queue waiting for the gates to swing open, unusual for this time of year and not something we are used to.

but we are eventually processed and through the boom gates we go!

Creeping slowly up the H4-2 as the light was still not great, Jock suddenly says, Look there's a Porcupine and there it was scurrying along down a well worn little pathway.
Before we could even think of getting cameras up and ready it had shot in under a bush where we are sure it had its hidden burrow.
We did look there every time we passed after that but no more luck!
but a lovely fleeting sighting of an animal not often seen, by us anyway!

A pic of the bush seen in the early morning gloom!

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Then on what we call Fish Eagle Tree sat the resident and by the looks of it not fully awake yet and ready for visitors!

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Streeeetch!

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Yaaaawn!

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Ok, now I may look more or less presentable!

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Then we see our "usual" Brown Snake Eagle who doesn't seem to move around a lot!

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then just to prove us wrong!

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We decide to take a drive over the Lower Sabie causeway

A Hippo returning from a night "out"

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and a lovely little Pied Kingfisher hoping for some breakfast!

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This Lesser Striped Swallow was also trying its luck from the bridge!

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The fast flowing Sabie river!

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Sitting in our customary spot at the Sunset Dam while we have coffee and a few biscuits we watch the
various animals and birds going about their activities.

Whitecrowned Plover

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Egyptian Goose

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and the pretty little Threebanded Plover

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Not forgetting the stars of the show, the Hippos

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Then it was onwards up the H4-1 and I scan the bushes carefully, suddenly the sight of a Leopard about to cross the road meets my view! 8)
STOP!
we have no time to reverse back as it wastes no time in emerging and crossing the road and Jock only has a moment to quickly grab this pic shooting backwards.

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So a fleeting sighting, we go backwards, sit for a while, hoping it will return but he has gone!

Then this little Steenbok seems to be saying "Is it safe to come out now?"

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Making our way up the H1-2 at one of the rivers we cross there is a large Crocodile with mouth agape!

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and also a bit further on some Baboons playing in the sand.

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and a stately Kudu crosses the road.

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Leeupan

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We have a nice lunch at Tshokwane and watch as the resident monkeys make easy work of relieving various visitors of their lunches! :roll:

This one of the culprits!

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and some of the feathered little "beggers"

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Run little Zebra keep safe!

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and one of the jewels of the bushveld Lilac Breasted Roller

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and a sweet little Slender Mongoose who was clearly on the lookout!

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Coming down the H10 we see a nice sighting of Redcrested Korhaan

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and its bigger cousin the Kori Bustard

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Crossing the Sabie River again this time we find a Goliath Heron fishing.

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On our homeward trip we took the S130 and then S137 and at the Duke Waterhole there were some Lions but quite far in and really only good for seeing the flick of an ear in the long grass with the binos so no pic I'm afraid.

On the S28 a car is stopped and they tell us there is a Cheetah hunting some impala!
We look and scan and suddenly there it is, now behind a tree, appears again briefly then gone again and so it went on, playing hide and seek with us, we reversed up the road and kept on getting fleeting and tantalizing glances!
again sorry, no pic, just wasn't an opportunity and eventually the Impala got wind of it and took off snorting loudly!
By this time, the clock was shouting loudly and the gate calling so we had to make our way out the park after a very nice interesting and fairly successful day with the Big 5 having been ticked off, altho not always the quality viewing one would like
but hey that's how it goes! and that's what makes us come back time and time again.

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Wow Elsa! What a lovely day you had! We have never seen a porcupine in the Park! You were so lucky, even if once cannot take a picture, just to see it is fantastic! :clap: :clap:

Jock must have been shaking with anxiety, to take that picture of the Leopard before it disappeared! :D

Awesome bird sightings, and that is one majestic Kudu! :dance: :dance:

How exciting to watch a Cheetah hunting an Impala, but of course, as usual, in the long grass and thick bushes! :wall:

Thanks for sharing another wonderful day with us! :gflower:

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Elsa,

Another drive that delivered the most amazing sightings. :clap: :clap: :clap:

All the birdies are just stunning...Gorgeous :cam: of the Fish Eagle. :thumbs_up:

How special to see a porcupine..and Leopard.:mrgreen:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Another great addition to your tale. Love the leopard!!!

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What an amazing day you had.

Have seen the fombi pride before but never on the wall posing like actress'

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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Once again what an awesome day out of which Mr. Leopard although short but close must have been one of the highlights :clap: :clap: :clap:

Love your fish eagle sequence , the lesser striped swallow, the baboons and simply everything else :thumbs_up:

Thanks so much Elsa :popcorn:


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 Post subject: Re: Fun and family in Kruger - May/June 2013
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Thankyou - enjoying your report and pictures. We were also in the Park during May/June and am sure we must have passed each other at some time. We were NOT the people with the monkey, that is awful, it needs to be out in the wild with his own not cooped up in a car!

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Elsa, just love the variety of all the birdies you had sighted. The pics are just beautiful.

The leopard - always an amazing sighting to capture. :dance:

The sunsets, they all remain just exquisite in Kruger, especially when one enjoys it with 'bush music'. :D

Lovely TR with lovely detail. :thumbs_up:

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Elsa, loved your :cam: Lucky sighting of the spotted one :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: and had to chuckle at the little baboons :lol: :lol: :lol: always so entertaining.

and then the beautiful, delicate little lesser striped swallow. :clap: :clap: :clap:

lovely, lovely, lovely. :thumbs_up:

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I have to give the camera all the credit for that leopard picture, it was the ultimate point and shoot. Such a pity we could not capture the porcupine, lions and cheetah but that is the wonders of Kruger. That was my first ever porcupine in Kruger so was delighted with it and will have to be the highlight for the day.

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Hey Elsa!

Great sightings and BIRDS BIRDS everywhere! Great pics of the Fish Eagle! and a quick Leppie!

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Porcupine - wow - I can only hope to have that luck the next time we're there. Will be wishing for it.

The Slender mongoose is gorgeous - standing up to attention - totally adorable.

Some lovely sightings of the bird variety too.


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My sincere thanks to all for the lovely comments and coming along on the trip! :clap:

5th June

While getting ready to go into the park we had a feathered visitor and a new tick for Jock and myself.

Sombre Bulbul think we heard the call first which alerted us to its presence.

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So, after the distraction, it was in at about 8.30, with the weather clear on 17C.

We decided to drive on the S25 and take a detour down the S27 to Hippo Pools
When nearly at the bottom there was a bit of activity around as a young male Lion had been seen.
We scanned around and eventually found him but he was not making it easy!
for us or for the local Impala who were on high alert with nerves on edge!

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Sneaking through the undergrowth!

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then one last look before he was gone!

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Had a quick chat to Daniel and then turned around and made our way back up the road.

There were plenty of Warthogs around and were quite happy to have escaped the Lion and to pose for pics!

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Then we came across a small breeding herd of Ellies and they entertained us for a while.

Stop Mom, I need a drink!

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Brekkie time for the little one!

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A Zebra & Wildebeest were happy to share a little waterhole close by.

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and with Jock around you are always going to get your fair share of her favourite animals! :tongue:

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Some more ellies and it looks as if this one is one of those shredding machines by the size of the sticks going into its mouth. :wink:

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This Southern Whitecrowned Shrike was after something in the grass, not sure if it was successful!

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We just could not resist this pretty Impala Lily wish mine would flower like that!

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and a Tortoise which one doesn't often get to see too many of at this time of year.
altho he wasn't showing much of himself other than his house!

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That looks extremely tasty!

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Eventually making our way over to the S28 and a nice tusker.

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and..................another zebbie family!

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Then back at Ngwenya we were entertained by first a Buffalo who had come visiting right in front

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and the resident pod of Hippos slumbering the day away!

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and this one couldn't decide whether he wanted to be in or out the water.
decisions decisions!

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and then great excitement as a Lion came calling!

Far off so not the greatest pics but nice to see it all the same!

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joined by a jumbo!

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and that was the end of another stunning day in paradise but plenty more excitement to come so don't go too far away!

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