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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Fri Oct 11, 2013 5:42 am

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Just loving all the watercolours you are adding to your TR...pure joy to look at. :clap: :clap:

Hope you are having lots of fun while doing your volunteer work... for Birds Australia. 8)

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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 11, 2013 6:41 am

I love your water colors. 8) I love the lightness and delicacy. Simply beautiful... I am a great lover of simplicity.

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Toddelelfe » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:20 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:I love your water colors. 8) I love the lightness and delicacy. Simply beautiful... I am a great lover of simplicity.

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I agree :thumbs_up: the paintings are wonderful.

Whats the size of the paintings? :hmz:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Elsa » Fri Oct 11, 2013 9:50 pm

Really enjoying your report and pics plus you lovely drawings which add such a nice dimension to the the story!
Thanks for sharing and I look forward to more! :dance:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Mon Oct 21, 2013 1:09 am

Well I've just got back from conducting volunteer bird walks in the Stirling Ranges. I had a wonderful week - apart from eating a sleeping I birded the whole time.

I've just caught up with all your comments so a big thank you to you all - Trrp-trrrrrrrr, barryels, Meandering mouse, Mandinga, Dream Weaver, Pumbaa, Cape of Storms, t-bal, Surf Cindy, Melph68, Toddelelfe, Elsa and last but not least Hilda -who must have just got back from Kruger a few days ago.

As I sit and read your comments I wonder how you all arrived with the name you use. I guess some are self explanatory but some really get me guessing.

Just a couple of photo's to get my trip report started again, but I really must go and unpack from my birding week.

Elephants at the water hole in Orpen

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This elephant was part of a big family that came in to drink at the waterhole. I presume its a male
as he was very aggressive to some of the other elephants and I think if you look closely at the photo I think he's is musht (can't spell). Also of interest his tail is very short. It looks like it was bitten off - probably when he was a baby.

Will continue with this report in a couple of days.

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Mon Oct 21, 2013 5:52 am

Oh dear, water holes can bring out the bully in some of the ellies. :hmz: and of course the mating game.

Lovely :cam: of the ellies. Makes me really wish that I was there.

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Cape of Storms » Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:12 am

Ah Orpen! Such a great spot to watch animal interaction

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby barryels » Wed Oct 23, 2013 5:32 am

Great water hole pic with ellie interaction :dance: .

Wonder how the young ellie lost its tail :hmz: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Wed Oct 23, 2013 10:14 am

Aaah Orpen water hole...would love to be sitting there. :mrgreen:

Great pics of the Ellies. :dance: :dance:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Wed Oct 23, 2013 2:09 pm

Welcome back Impyim! Hope you had a lovely birding week! :dance: :dance:

Love the Ellies at the waterhole! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Fri Oct 25, 2013 8:46 am

Well back to my TR after a lovely time birding in the Stirling Ranges of Western Australia. I mostly had tourists from Germany, Holland, England, a couple of South Africans and also other Australians. One of the Germans had 3,340 different birds on his list from all over the world. I was able to show him 12 first timers which was great.

At Orpen we had a great time watching the waterhole, but decided that one evening we would do a sunset drive with the Rangers. We had some wonderful sightings - here's some of them

First off a jackel (a black backed I think) - it was very hard to get a good photo as the light was fading and he was in hunting mode and didn't stay still very long -

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and then a very quick look at the leopard (sorry about the photo quality)

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and just a little further along our driver stopped and showed us these lovely double banded sand grouse - we would never have seen them on our own as they were very camoflarged -


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We hadn't gone more than a few miles from Orpen (we were on the H7 driving towards where the road had been washed away) when we pulled up beside a car and asked what they were looking at. They said that they had seen a leopard jump down from a tree and he was in the long grass a the bottom of the tree. Well we were so excited - as yet we had been in Kruger for 6 days and hadn't seen any cats at all. So we all sat and sat and sat and eventually we saw a little movement of the tip of a tail and a bit of something else


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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby hilda » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:46 pm

Great sightings on your sunset drive impyim! :clap: :clap:
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Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:51 pm

Impyim, nice to see you back.

"A very quick Leopard", I seldom worry about the :cam: quality. Well done on getting a picture at all.

As for the Jackal... they are actually very difficult to photograph in Kruger. They are so quick and elusive.

Lovely :thumbs_up:

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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby barryels » Fri Oct 25, 2013 1:56 pm

Great sightings on your drive impyim :thumbs_up: .

Yes I agree, it is never easy to get a :cam: at a walking leppie or jackal :doh: .
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Re: Australia to Kruger

Unread postby impyim » Sat Oct 26, 2013 4:15 am

We came across a troupe of baboon making their way up the trees for the night. This male baboon carrying a baby was the last one to leave the ground. Our driver said "what a good father"

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Just after that we came across a group of elephants and this mother (with her baby) threatening the little car - it must have come round the corner right into the group, they pulled off onto the verge but the mother was trumpeting and shaking her head at the car. The people looked terrified (of course) -

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As we were driving back to Orpen we smelt this most overpowering stench - down in a gully we spotted a hyena that had just killed a polecat !!!!!! The driver IDed them for us but unfortunately I couldn't get a photo.

We were really pleased with our sunset drive - we saw all the usual animals before it got dark and then also saw a large spotted genet, a civet, scrub hare and bush babies.

Back at our chalet we sat and watched the waterhole until we couldn't keep our eyes open. Not many animals came in, but we did see hyena.

I sat and did a painting of a zebra while watching the waterhole. All these watercolours are fairly small - about 9" x 4".

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The next day we drove to Letaba - but that will be another installment.


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