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Unread postby RonnieL » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:54 pm

This Cape Glossy Starling was collecting termites that were in abundance all over the road
It was coming and going, I am sure it had a nest of chicks close by that it was feeding

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It has a beak full of termites

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This Hoopoe was busy probing for insects with its long beak

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All of this was taking place within 10 meters of my vehicle
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Unread postby RonnieL » Sat Jan 15, 2011 12:59 pm

It rained softly most of the day and on my way out of the Park in the afternoon I found all these European Swallows on the Spekboom road

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I enjoyed my day in the rain in the Park.
It was a different experience and I will do it again.
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Unread postby Lionspoon » Sun Jan 16, 2011 12:47 pm

A rainy day in Addo is full of birds - or so it seems. :wink:
Thanks for sharing this experience with us, Ronnie.
I'm definitely looking forward to a follow-up of this episode! :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby Lionspoon » Sun Jan 16, 2011 10:13 pm

Missed out on the hartebeest episode. :doh:

Is it common for hartebeests in Addo to walk solo or are they usually found in herds?
Pretty cool he is anyway with you driving next to him. Doesn't seem to have bothered him
the least. Had a good giggle about the toilet thing. :lol:
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Unread postby RonnieL » Mon Jan 17, 2011 10:20 am

Hi LS,
Red Hartebeest are animals which form herds of 10-30 animals or in some cases up to a few hundred. Old males are solitary or form small male herds. Other herds consist of females, and young with a male as leader.
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Unread postby RonnieL » Wed Jan 19, 2011 9:09 am

On my visit to Addo Park on a Rainy Day I also encountered this elephant male next to the road
You can clearly see how wet he is from the rain

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Unread postby RonnieL » Thu Jan 20, 2011 9:11 am

It was on a hot summers day that I found this breeding herd of elephants rushing to the Marion Baree waterhole for a drink

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Unread postby Lionspoon » Thu Jan 20, 2011 3:36 pm

Great comparison between a rainy and a hot day in Addo! Amazing how much the colour of an ellie skin changes when wet. :thumbs_up:
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Unread postby RonnieL » Fri Jan 21, 2011 9:56 pm

Hi LS,
Animals like elephant, buffalo,rhino and warthog that like to have mud baths take on the color of the soil of their last mud bath.
I took these pics last week when I was at Addo and here you can see this big male elephant is very light in color from his last bath but then changes to a reddish color as he sprays himself with reddish muddy water

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The young ones having fun in the mud

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Unread postby Toko » Fri Jan 21, 2011 11:21 pm

:clap: Great ellies of all colorations! Thanks Ronnie :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Jan 22, 2011 3:41 pm

Thanks Ronnie,

I love your Addo ellies :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread postby Micetta » Sat Jan 22, 2011 4:47 pm

How strange and what a pity that I did not see your thread Ronnie, before going to Addo in Jan. (12th-14th).

I loved Addo and the elephants. Actually we were not supposed to visit Addo, but I could not leave South Africa without having seen elephants and we sure saw quite a lot....and buffalos too, hartebeests, zebras, tortoises, dung beetles and warthogs etc. :dance:

This is a pic from Harpoor, where we saw a herd of some 70 ellies and this fantastic bull
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And I just want to show you this big old fellow too
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Unread postby poklad » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:21 pm

Hi!

We will be in the Addo during one day at the beginning of April on 4x2 SUV. Can you recomend scenic route to see animals?

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Unread postby Delene D » Sat Jan 22, 2011 8:31 pm

HI Yury, Addo has good roads which can be travelled in a sedan car so you can go anywhere in Addo and be sure to see plenty elephants, buffalo and other animals. Lions if you are lucky. I'm not sure of the mountainous area - never been there. Ronnie L goes there quite often so he will brief you on that. I hope that you will have a very enjoyable day in Addo and go back some time soon for more. There is a lovely hide overlooking the dam (same one on webcam) which is situated at the main camp. Enjoy!
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Unread postby RonnieL » Sat Jan 22, 2011 11:19 pm

Micetta wrote:How strange and what a pity that I did not see your thread Ronnie, before going to Addo in Jan. (12th-14th).

I loved Addo and the elephants. Actually we were not supposed to visit Addo, but I could not leave South Africa without having seen elephants and we sure saw quite a lot....and buffalos too, hartebeests, zebras, tortoises, dung beetles and warthogs etc. :dance:

This is a pic from Harpoor, where we saw a herd of some 70 ellies and this fantastic bull

Welcome Micetta, :clap: :clap:
How nice of you to share some of your pics. I am so pleased that you had a great time at Addo. I was out there today and also saw a herd of about 70 ellies at Hapoor Dam. What a great sight. I will be posting some pics soon and hope to see some more of yours. :dance: :dance:
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