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WillieV's Less animals, few great sightings - KTP, May '13

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:02 pm

Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sightings.

This was our fifth visit to the Park and this time luck only was not enough. One had to hunt and work hard for sightings.

We stayed for 14 nights and except for one morning we always left camp first when the gates open and almost every evening came back just before the gate closed.

Some people told us they were in the park for a week and still with no Lion sightings. We had a new record of 31 lion sightings.
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Some were far on the dunes.
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The first afternoon we took the Leeudril road and we were surprised to see so many cars, just past Samevloeiing, and that for only one cheetah lying next to the road. I only took one pic for the record and drove on. (We only later realised how hard to find the cats were.)
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May be we must blame the Eland. They were the ones that new a drought was on its way and they travelled south, damaged and emptied many water holes, ate a lot of grass and trampled the veld. Now they have left, only some carcasses stayed behind.
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:21 pm

With no grass and seed there are almost no mice and small birds. We only counted 3 striped mice.
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With no food there are no snakes, we only saw one Whip Snake, and almost no Secretary birds.
We spotted only three in two weeks.
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This was the only Black-chested Snake -eagle.

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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Mon Jun 10, 2013 6:48 pm

Welcome Cape of Storms and Carol g.
Stay with me and see what happened when we stayed longer.
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Wed Jun 12, 2013 7:50 pm

Even Lanner Falcons were hard to find with the lack of small birds. According to other visitors we were lucky to see a few.
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We were also lucky to see as many as 30 Flamingoes at Moravet . The first two visits there were only two, one Lesser and one Greater Flamingo.
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Let us work through my photos, day by day.
The first afternoon, after we left the Cheetah, we had the following sightings on the Leeudril road.

Blue Wildebeest.
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A big Tortoise.
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A Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill, of which we later had groups of up to twenty in the upper Auob river.
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A few Gemsbok.
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The last sighting on day one was this Martial Eagle at the old Rooiputs turnoff. It was late and the light not good.
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 7:50 am

On day two we again took the Leeudril road and the two Martial Eagles were still close to the tree with the nest, enjoying the early morning sun.

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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 8:00 am

Close to Kij Kij this female, our first Lion for 2013, crossed the road and walked towards the high dune.

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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:18 am

A second one appeared on the dune, but it seemed that they were going to disappear behind the dune so we moved on to stay in front.

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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:20 am

We also had our first Red Hartebeest sighting. This year the Red Hartebeest were all over the place, especially north of Nossob were many.

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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:23 am

We went as far as Dikbaardskolk, but did not see much on that road, except for a stretching Southern Pale Chanting Goshawk and the normal game, Gemsbok, Springbok etc. Fortunately the road surface was not too bad.

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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:26 am

At Dikbaardskolk were two Black- backed Jackal looking for food.

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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:27 am

Then we took the upper dune road where in some places they had veld fires and animals were not to be seen.

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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:30 am

At Moravet however we had our first sighting of Flamingoes in the Park.
A Lesser Flamingo.
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Greater Flamingo.
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August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 10:32 am

And (Pied) Avocet.

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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Fri Jun 14, 2013 12:01 pm

Thanks anne-marie.

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Re: Kgalagadi May 2013. Less animals, but a few great sighti

Unread postby WillieV » Sun Jun 16, 2013 9:15 am

From Moravet to the Mata Mata road was not much to see and we went to Kamqua for lunch.
August 2014 short trip to Kgalagadi.

Kgalagadi May 2014 with Lion vs Leopard and the "Love Birds"
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