Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 1 of 3
 [ 38 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:49 am 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Posts: 5319
Location: Chasing down the rarities
Must say, this one looks to be full of potential. Saw a huge Ele bull drinking water there in Feb 2005. Birding was great. doesn't look like there will always be water, but still a possible humdinger to visit.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Gardenia birdhide
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 12:02 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Jan 12, 2005 3:12 pm
Posts: 431
Location: Denmark
wildtuinman wrote:
doesn't look like there will always be water,

I was there at the beginning of June this year and it was totally dry.

_________________
KTP: November 2014
KNP: March 2015


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Gardenia Hide
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 08, 2005 8:32 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Tue Mar 22, 2005 6:31 pm
Posts: 10413
Location: Ballito, KZN North Coast, South Africa
We normally try and visit every year and I must say it is generally fairly disappointing but nice to be able to stretch ones legs and have something to drink. It was bone dry this June and apart from a few birds nothing moved.
It is located on the mpambane Loop which is a 6 km road off the S25 and joins into the S114.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 1:39 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Dec 02, 2004 10:27 am
Posts: 5319
Location: Chasing down the rarities
I saw crested francolin, natal francolin, 3 banded plover, some other waders(could not id), missed carmine bee-eaters by a few mintes when they came to have a drink. Also saw fork-tailed drongos, 3-streaked tjagra, many doves. Yellow-billed hornbills and starlings also stopped by briefly. There were some good quantity of water around.

A huge bull ele quenched his first and almost surprised some people in the parking area. I was there at the heat of the day around 13:00 in early march. Temp was around 39 deg. So not much activity was going to happen. As long as there is water around it would be a birdhide with great potential. It is nice and quiet and a great place to get away from the Park's heat. Only stayed 20 - 30 mins though. Will try and stop by in September again.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Wed Aug 10, 2005 6:36 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:20 pm
Posts: 2678
Location: 4 hours from KNP : South Africa
Birds : doves, starlings, hornbills - as there was no water, these were even scarce.
Just nice to stretch legs and a toilet would have been handy!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Biyamiti #2 Marula Tree on S119 (Mlambane Loop)
Unread postPosted: Sat Apr 15, 2006 4:04 pm 
Offline
Guru
Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:22 pm
Posts: 117
Location: Kruger Park
Image

• Sclerocarya birrea
• Picture was taken late in the afternoon
• Picture was taken in April
• At the time there was no leopard in the tree

_________________
Stephen Nel
Manager: Hospitality Services
Berg & Dal Rest Camp: KNP


Last edited by Stephen on Fri Apr 28, 2006 1:56 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti #2
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:01 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu May 26, 2005 12:00 pm
Posts: 530
Location: At work longing for the outdoors!
My guess would be on the S119 - Mpambane loop :?

_________________
Be more concerned with your character than your reputation. Your character is what you really are while your reputation is merely what others think you are.
Please help save Mapungubwe NP - Facebook page


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Sun Apr 16, 2006 6:26 pm 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sun Dec 05, 2004 7:01 am
Posts: 2005
Location: Marloth Park, South Africa
I think you could be right, JB, and if so this guy was lying under that very tree :shock:
Image
Any idea which pride he belongs to Stephen, he was with another male in Nov 2005, but they were both in the riverbed with a female earlier in the week :wink:
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:45 am 
Offline
Guru
Guru
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 21, 2005 4:22 pm
Posts: 117
Location: Kruger Park
This is a very impressive example of the Marula Tree (Sclerocarya birrea). It probably had quite a bit of luck on its side not being damaged by elephant and that helped it to survive to grow to such a prominent tree.

Yes it is indeed on the S119 (Mlambane Loop), close to the Gradenia hide.

Freda - the lion, which are regularly seen in the vicinity, are probably males that associate themselves with the Mlambane Pride. The picture that I have of one of the males taken about the same time is from the opposite side – can not properly ID it from that.

_________________
Stephen Nel
Manager: Hospitality Services
Berg & Dal Rest Camp: KNP


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 8:33 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Mon Jan 31, 2005 10:20 pm
Posts: 2678
Location: 4 hours from KNP : South Africa
Been there with and without water, saw plenty birds but no animals, but a few 100 meters down the road a herd of ellies which kept us entertained for ages as they played in water pools.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 21, 2006 9:36 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:38 pm
Posts: 966
Location: Port Elizabeth
Whenever I'm in the South....not too often (26 27 28 Dec 06 at Biyamiti so will definitely go there. Have seen Thick billed Cuckoo down the road from hide, at hide saw the Afsaal wildog pack drink for 10 minutes and i've seen Black bellied Starling, Knob billed Duck, and Greater Honey guide. Its a great setting in the best part of the South

_________________
2009
Punda Maria Sept 27,28
Bateleur Sept 29,30 (free award)
Tamboti Oct 1,2,3,4
Biyamiti Oct 5,6,7,8

FGASA Local Area Guide

Nikon D700 FX, Nikkor 24-70 G f2.8, Nikkor 70-200VR f2.8, Nikkor 200-400 VR f4, Nikon 1.4 & 1.7 Convertors


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:05 pm 
Offline
Senior Virtual Ranger
Senior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Sat Apr 02, 2005 8:29 am
Posts: 939
Location: Stuck in Gauteng
wildtuinman wrote:
I have searched all sources of bird lists in Kruger. I could not find Black-bellied Starling in any of them. You were indeed very lucky to have spotted it. Should send it in to Trevor Hardaker for rarities list.


Black-bellied was recorded during the 2005 KNP birding weekend by a team(s) from Crocodile Bridge.

As far as I know this area, between Croc Bridge and Berg-en-Dal, is where they have mostly been seen.

_________________
Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.
Albert Einstein

Latest lifers from Kruger NP:
Black Coucal Centropus grillii Swartvleiloerie
Flappet Lark Mirafra rufocinnamomea Laeveldklappertjie


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 5:14 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Aug 16, 2006 8:38 pm
Posts: 966
Location: Port Elizabeth
That is correct it is the only known area in KNP where they are found....

_________________
2009
Punda Maria Sept 27,28
Bateleur Sept 29,30 (free award)
Tamboti Oct 1,2,3,4
Biyamiti Oct 5,6,7,8

FGASA Local Area Guide

Nikon D700 FX, Nikkor 24-70 G f2.8, Nikkor 70-200VR f2.8, Nikkor 200-400 VR f4, Nikon 1.4 & 1.7 Convertors


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Gardenia
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 14, 2007 7:29 pm 
Was there this morning.

Bit of a problem with graffiti, although bins, steps etc were impeccable!

Image

A quiet day, until this one came along!

Image

And then a lone buffalo a few beers later!...

Image


Top
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Gardenia Birdhide (On the S119)
Unread postPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2009 2:43 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 01, 2006 11:40 pm
Posts: 72
Location: Barberton
Have on more than one occassion seen a number of water dikkops hanging around this water hole, was there on Saturday 21 March 09 and saw about 10 of them.

At the moment it is SO FULL, the water almost reaches the road/parking area.

In April 2008 my mom and I stopped (only car) and as we walked down the passage, heard elephants. By the time we got to the hide, the first ones were just appearing from the left. They kept coming, a whole herd, it was fantastic! A big one at the back of the herd walked passed the hide - VERY close - very exciting! and I realised he could crush the hide in a second if he wanted to... was SO nice to be so close to them without confines of the car. They didn't drink but rather mud-bathed a bit and played around and eventually off they went again until you could see them no more. One of my highlight experiences in the KNP - elephant is my fav animal : )

Have also seen bats there - I always look up in the hides to look for them, even pop your head outside and look up (good spine-twisting exercise) where we saw a few on this hide too. Don't ask me what species! But the one we saw inside was one of the horseshoe types with a rusty coloured fur, too cute! I thought I had posted these pics before, but this would have been the logical place to put them. These were sitting on the outside:
Image
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 38 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3  Next



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 bushwackedblonde at 17:02:52 Submitted by Stampajane at 17:33:59 Submitted by Leanawel at 15:29:03 Submitted by Mrs. S.K.L.Gauntlett at 08:53:55