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 Post subject: Re: Going Birding in Karoo Nat Park...(help?!)
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 02, 2013 8:27 am 
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So, Huntsman, have you been? How was it? :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Going Birding in Karoo Nat Park...(help?!)
Unread postPosted: Wed Sep 04, 2013 7:33 pm 
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Ja, nee...

I only lasted two nights of the three due to wind. Wind speeds of 40-60km were reported and I can well believe it! Trying to see the movement of a warbler or crombec is a challenge on it's own, but when every tree, bush and blade of grass is over past 45% it takes some doing. That's not counting feathers being blown in all directions, totally destroying jizz and birds simply staying out of the wind. :shock: :shock:

However...I really loved the place and will return first chance I get! The campsite was as good as you guys said it would be and I got great results at the picnic spot along the lammerwhatever trail. I recorded 10 lifers in all in two days, moving to 478, I believe.

The hill drive was magnificent, both before the first lookout spot and then out towards the 4x4 routes and I took three hours to travel 90km!

I'm finally starting to enjoy ID-ing LBJs more than the 'lekker' ones and can almost tell a Lark from a Cisticola! :mrgreen: Much obliged to everyone who helped. I had every word you typed on my iPad for days before the trip and tried to learn a few of the calls. (you can imagine what the wind did to those calls!)

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PS - Let's not discuss the pics just yet....I was as clumsy as a virgin at a motel and my results were far worse. I'll need to learn how to process RAW, but I'm not expecting much. :sori:

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 Post subject: Re: Going Birding in Karoo Nat Park...(help?!)
Unread postPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2013 7:41 am 
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Huntsman, I'm so sad to hear about the wind speeds, but glad that Karoo got you under her spell....... :thumbs_up:

As long as you're going back, there is more than enough opportunity to get the photography part on a higher level.......... :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Going Birding in Karoo Nat Park...(help?!)
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Sorry to hear about the wind... :(

But great to hear that in spite of the wind you still got 10 lifers!!!

We will also be in the park for 2 nights mid-December. Hopefully there'll be less wind and even more lifers for us! (Although I'll be over the moon if we can get 10!)

Thanks for reporting back! :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Going Birding in Karoo Nat Park...(help?!)
Unread postPosted: Fri Sep 06, 2013 3:32 pm 
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No Worries! :mrgreen:

I got ten because I had never birded this biome before, so it was always going to happen. :redface:

I must say, having the Faansie Peacock LBJ book helps me immensely, which is a good thing since about 80% of the birds I have yet to ID can be considered LBJs.

I'm sure you will have a great time Bushbuddies and envy you a little already!

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