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 Post subject: Tobieo's Double trouble .... KNP, Aug. '13
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:51 pm 
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We recently visited Kruger with our children from the UK and their twin daughters (aged 9). We stayed in Pretoriuskop camp and although the sightings around camp were very slow, the children enjoyed the pool (and oupa Lake Panic)

Although the title refers to double trouble the girls were no trouble at all and we all really enjoyed the time together in one of our favorite places.

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We were glad to arrive at the camp after taking the scenic road from Pretoria via Malelane, stopping at Berg en Dal for a snack.

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Always a welcome sight

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The reception committee in camp

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Everyone was ready and sharpening the eyesight for the big sightings.

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The end of an exciting first day with everyone going to bed after a nice South African braai (not the usual UK barbecue on gas)
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tbc :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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The sun was setting on another nice Kruger day
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Tomorrow we will go to Skukuza for breakfast and then LAKE PANIC :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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First daylight saw me waiting at the gate (unfortunately only third). When the gates opened I made my way towards Skukuza with final destination the Transport dam. Sightings were very quiet with only some elephant and then same buffalo far off.

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Arriving at Transport dam I found a Hamerkop and Squacco Heron (I think please confirm) - afrikaans Gewone Ralreier foraging in the shallow water amongst the plants. At one stage the two picked up a bit of a "misunderstanding"

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The Heron started really hunting but I never saw it actually catching anything

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A Yellow-billed Hornbill landed close to the car of other visitors begging to be fed, they ignored it but I could not let the moment for a photo to pass unused

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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Thank you again to Oupa and Ouma for an unforgettable holiday and trip to KNP. We thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to our next visit!

:D :D :D :D


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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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ver_oorsee wrote:
Thank you again to Oupa and Ouma for an unforgettable holiday and trip to KNP. We thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to our next visit!

:D :D :D :D


Next year.. :tongue: :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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Dupacc wrote:
Tobieo, your photos are just magnificent :D :D :D : what camera/lens do you use?


Dupacc a Nikon D4 and D800 with 600mm or 70-200mm lens with 1.4x converter

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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After the Hamerkop and Squacco heron settled their territorial misunderstanding

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this heavy weight arrived and the two very quickly settled down.
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I really need some help with the ID here. It is a Stork but which one? The Woolly-necked, no wings are not black :hmz: Please help…

On the way back saw the first of the Rollers have started arriving (European roller)
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and the Lilac-breasted
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with some of my old friends around
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on the way back to camp these lovely impala posed for me
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tbc

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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We arrived back in camp and the girls enjoyed playing in the pool while I tried to get the Sugar birds to sit still for a photo
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some interesting seeds

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A Crested barbet

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tomorrow off to Lake Panic

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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It was with great anticipation that we all departed for Skukuza for a nice breakfast on the deck followed by a visit to Lake Panic. As it is a very popular spot in Kruger it is mostly very crowded. Luck was with me as when we arrived my favorite spot in the furthest corner of the hide was open. From here you can shoot both in a eastern and southern direction.

We were lucky as there was plenty of activity during the time spent there (I stayed the whole day but the rest of the family went back to enjoy the pool - no such luxury in the UK)

Firstly the African Darter managed to spear some breakfast

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He played with it before eventually swallowing it (with some effort as it was a fairly big meal)

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The swallows relaxed in the early morning sun

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While the Grey Heron did a fly by before landing on the nest
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Old sharpy and his friends were also swimming past

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and later decided to also enjoy the sun (al la Colgate style)
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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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After the African Darter enjoyed his lovely breakfast the Pied Kingfishers arrived with their "snacks" (compared to the size of the Darter's catch :D )

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After they have killed the fish and removed most of the scales by beating it against the branch, it would very quickly and efficiently be swallowed. They then clean the beak a few times against the branch, defecate and then dive into the water for a bath. I tried to anticipate where they would end up (in the water) to catch that magical moment. It is rather difficult and all I could get was one leaving the water (and many blurry shots or total misses :wall: )

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It was now around midday and all of a sudden we heard some elephant approaching through the bush. The first lot moved from west to east (or left to right for the ladies :twisted: ) and without any hesitation crossed the water right in front of us. They were very aware of the presence of the crocodiles and really rushed across.

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The hippo were not too impressed and made a quick run for the safety of the water (after a rude awakening), scattering ox-peckers in all directions

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A little later this small breeding herd arrived and had a drink right in front of us.

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tbc

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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During the day we had some other interesting visitors at the hide. Firstly the little cute bushbuck

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While the Grey Heron were ever present and doing their best to either provide shade for the chicks, feed themselves or just take a break from being responsible parents :naughty:

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All this while being watched by the crocs

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tbc

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 Post subject: Re: Double trouble at Lake Panic and other places
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Finally (yes unfortunately the bus has reached it's destination) the last visitors to Lake Panic

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On the way back to camp I decided to follow the dirt roads. I have been looking for leopard on these koppies in Kruger for ages. Approaching another koppie I notice a Jetta parked and slowly approached. The kind lady waved me closer and then I saw it. Far of but at least visible. My leopard on the rock, not a good photo but all I have :redface:

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Until next time :cry:

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