Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  Page 1 of 1
 [ 3 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Flowers,Feathers and Furballs - WCNP 16/08/2008
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 25, 2008 8:41 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:34 pm
Posts: 1034
Location: Heart - Grootkolk, Soul - KTP, Body - far too far south most of the time!
Given the icy Cape weather at the moment, I think it is a good time to do a mini report on a day visit to West Coast National Park! (To remind myself that Spring has in fact sprung!) I’ll try to keep the words to a minimum.

Met a very active Bokmakerie who sat still just long enough for a pic!(Mark’s)

Image

One of 4 Black Harrier sightings - pic just for evidence!( They always seem to catch us unawares - lovely to watch them gliding just above the ground while hunting, then they disappear suddenly behind a ridge :roll: )

Image

One of many tortoises seen!

Image

And yes, some predator has a taste for baby tortoises! We found these 2 along the Abrahamskraal road. (Shoe on left for scale)

Image

We stopped to help them across the road, to find that both shells were empty, one shell had obviously been involintarily vacated quite recently!

On to Tsaarsbank, and the wreck!

Image

The info board in the appropriate place!

Image

(Information Board is titled 'Rocky Shores' )

The park has been busy upgrading facilities - new bins and braai places!

Image

Into the Postberg section - a francolin amongst the flowers!

Image

And more flowers!

Image

And more .......

_________________
Kgalagadi Leopard Identification Guide and Sightings Form
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

F2/2014


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flowers,Feathers and Furballs - WCNP 16/08/2008
Unread postPosted: Fri Aug 29, 2008 9:29 am 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:34 pm
Posts: 1034
Location: Heart - Grootkolk, Soul - KTP, Body - far too far south most of the time!
Hope this adds a bit of colour to your day!

Image
Image

Image

Image

And at Plankiesbank, it seemed as if the top of every rock was occupied!

Image

Image

Image

And the tiniest furball seen - a striped field mouse eating an orange daisy!

Image

Image

A pic showing a sprinkling of blue flowers too!

Image

Image
Image

Another installment still to come!

_________________
Kgalagadi Leopard Identification Guide and Sightings Form
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

F2/2014


Last edited by CuriousCanadian on Sat Feb 07, 2009 5:42 pm, edited 1 time in total.
Layout


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Flowers,Feathers and Furballs - WCNP 16/08/2008
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 19, 2008 5:18 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jun 17, 2007 9:34 pm
Posts: 1034
Location: Heart - Grootkolk, Soul - KTP, Body - far too far south most of the time!
Baffers,anne-marie and annalie - thanx for the replies and turning the page! :D Here goes....

ON THE ROCKS!!!

A view of Langebaan and the lagoon from the lookout point.

Image

An interesting succulent growing in a crack in a big boulder.

Image

The flowers even thought that potholes in a boulder needed cheering up!

Image

And...... we were watched by this scaly lizard.

Image

On our way out - a huge eland herd among the flowers!

Image

We saw lots of animals this trip - springbok, bontebok, wildebeest, eland, an awesome kudu bull just too far off for a decent pic, zebra, gemsbok, steenbok and a tawny blur crossing the road? :roll: It was so fast, so we really do not know what it was! :redface: And........ 11 bat eared foxes!!! :dance: But, also just too far off for decent pix!

As we were about to leave the Postberg section, we witnessed a distressing incident. An adult springbok ram was charging and ramming a springbok lamb(perhaps a few hours old) The lamb would stay on the ground and get charged by the ram, or when he/she could not take it any longer, would get up and again be charged at! No other springboks came to its aid. We wondered where the mom was. The lamb just seemed to get weaker and weaker, and we did not want to see the outcome, so we left, hoping against hope that the mom would appear in time. We have witnessed many kills, and although hard to watch, they can be justified. This incident felt like mother nature was out of control. Has anybody else witnessed a similar incident, and is there an explanation for this behaviour?

We stopped off again at Abrahamskraal - I think we definitely have to stay over at the cottage in the future, it looks so inviting!.

Image

And our last sighting - 2 fluffballs!

Image

Until next time.......

_________________
Kgalagadi Leopard Identification Guide and Sightings Form
http://www.ast.uct.ac.za/~schurch/leopards/

F2/2014


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 3 posts ] 



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 3 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Stampajane at 15:28:53 Submitted by Deeds at 16:31:59 Submitted by Stampajane at 15:32:03 Submitted by Trudie at 13:59:29