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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Just stunning is all I can say and hopefully we will meet in April 2014 :clap: :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Magnificent pictures of the King, Kesheshe :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Move over Brad Pitt, you have met your match.

Now that is handsome. 8) Great pics. :thumbs_up:

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Who could wish for anything more...Stunning!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: What a great poser he turned out to be. :dance: Giving you so many great photo opportunities. 8) :clap: :clap:

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Each episode just keeps getting better and better. Fantastic pictures, lovely sightings and very well captured.


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Just caught up with your TR Kesheshe. Stunning photos especially the series of photos of the lion. Wow he posed beautifully for you.


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Day 10 - 12th October - Continued

I took a mini break over the last few weeks so have not posted. Now it is 2014 guess it is time to continue with the trip report.

After the lion we continued to head south.

Kori Bustard

During courtship, the male kori bustard struts about with its crest raised, its neck inflated, and its tail feathers cocked. In addition, on approaching an individual female, the male will sometimes bow low, whilst emitting a low-pitched booming sound. Being a polygamous breeder, the male resumes its courtship display following copulation, having nothing more to do with egg incubation or parental care. The female incubates one to two eggs in a shallow scrape in the ground for 23 to 24 days before hatching. The chicks remain with their mother well after fledging, and only reach sexual maturity after at least two years.

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Bateleur Eagle

Juvenile Bateleurs have longer tail and wing feathers than their parents. Young eagles need these longer feathers when they are first learning to fly, as they give them more stability and control in the air. Each year, as the bird molts, its new feathers grow in a little shorter. When the bird reaches maturity, it will have the long, narrow wing and short tail of an adult, which readily distinguish Bateleurs from all other African raptors in flight.

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Hi kesheshe

Have just got up to date with your tr. The photos are great especially of the Grootkolk male lion. Looking at them I could just hear him roaring. SO and I were there in October-November and saw him, his females and the cubs. Also saw the 4 Cheetah that you saw at Unions End but when we saw them they were walking away across the riverbed towards Botswana. Amazing bird pics too.

Looking forward to the rest of your tr.

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Superb TR so far :clap: :clap:
Sunning Juvenile Bateleur images :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Fantastic :cam: kesheshe :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Day 10 - 12th October - Continued

Bateleur Eagle

Incredibly, the Bateleur may spend as much as 80 percent of the day in flight, covering up to 500 kilometres, as it searches for food. Flying relatively low, this species scans the ground for signs of food and, when sighted, it descends in a tight spiral to investigate. It is particularly adept at locating carrion, often patrolling roadsides for road kill, but it is an opportunistic feeder and quite capable of swooping down on live prey or catching birds in flight. The Bateleurs broad diet consists of mammals, from shrews to small antelopes, and birds, from starlings to large hornbills, as well as reptiles, insects and dead fish. When not in flight, the Bateleur can be seen perching on branches or standing on the ground with its wings outstretched, absorbing the heat from the sun.

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Absolutely stunning... :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Barryels – glad you enjoying the report and hers hoping you have no bees on your trip.

Wildcatzoo – glad your bee problem has not as bad as ours. Maybe the bird bath actually helped move the bees to there.

Jan van Wyk – thanks for the nice comments and for once we were also happy with the photos as you never quite know till you process them. Was also happy with BAT photos but inflight not so happy.

Kyknetta – the sunsets in KTP are special and yes the male was stunning. We also felt we got lucky with the pig as it was the only one we saw in 25 days. BEES are a concern. The king knew how to strut his stuff.

Pumbaa – 100% the king is magnificent and you can really see he knows he is boss.

Hilda – thanks for the nice comment and the big boy appeared that he wanted us to take photos.

Philip1 – thanks and agree he really looked noble and he knew it.

jelico60 – glad you found a partial problem to the bees. Our experience was similar in that having a drink out created a much bigger bee problem which was frustrating.

Goronta – thanks and 100% regarding he is one big king.

GavinW – yes we were very lucky to see him and also on our own. Lots more to come I promise.

Lionspoon – thanks for the nice comments. Let’s hope he still around next time we visit.

Manicwalker – only too glad to share and hope you enjoyed.

Meandering Mouse – Brad bitt stands no chance and this big king really knows that he is charge.

Trrp-trrrrrrrr – could not agree with you more he gave us some stunning photos and a chance to watch he proudly patrol and mark his territory. The birds at the waterholes are a great opportunity for entertainment and photos.

SurfCindy – thanks for the nice comments and I am happy that you are enjoying the report.

Foxy – glad you enjoyed the series of photos of the lion. I was just as exciting processing the photos as it brought back great memories of the sighting.

DASSIEDELIGHT – If my memory serves me correctly we meet you last year when you were coming back from a long day drive from Nossob to unions end. Glad you got to see him and family and the cheetahs.

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Day 10 - 12th October - Continued

The rest of the drive from this point onwards until we arrived at Nossob at 10.45 was quiet.

On arrival at Nossob the fun and games began myself and So were now gatvol of bees after having this for 6 days therefore we decided to see if we could change accommodation instead of our plan of 2 nights camping. Peter was very helpful in between us trying to decide where we wanted to go and Peter having to open gates for guests going to bitterpan and doing fuel (he was a very busy but helpful man). We eventually came to a decision and took a chalet at Nossob which was a pure luck as people had left early. This allowed us to continue the trip as planned as we had had intended to use Nossob to repower equipment and specifically drive to Cubitje in the morning and Marie se draai in the afternoon.

While SO was sorting this out I took these at reception and wander through the sghtings which was very worth while and boy is there some nice photos there.

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I still had more than enough fuel therefore I just pumped some from the back tank.

We were more then happy with the decision when we got to the chalet as it was more then we expected. Our previously experience of the guest house at Nossob had scared us from ever taking a unit at Nossob. This has changed our mind and the unit was perfect for what we require. We eventually checked into the chalet at 12.30pm and unpacked and organised lunch. i had salmon sandwiches and SO had tuc biscuits and cheese.

We then rested as per normal for about 2 hours from 1pm and 3pm.

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The superb images keep on coming...well done!!! :clap: :clap:
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