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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
Unread postPosted: Wed Jun 13, 2012 7:46 pm 
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Great sightings and image VVWD

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Diderik Cuckoo

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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Location: The planning is on again.....
Also here I can admire more fantastic pictures, especially from my feathered friends - The Diderick is awesome, Jan :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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Egyptian Goose

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Giant Kingfisher

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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The Giant is just superb!!! :clap:

Visit the dam on Saturday and the level of the dam is very low but lots of action with all the Storks breeding

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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Young Hippos playing

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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All such wonderful photos! It is amazing what one can capture around the dam.

Jan, do you find more waders around the dam when the water level is lower, as is now?

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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Dinky, the level helps for photography(only have a 400mm lens) and we saw lots of animals come for a drink.

The impalas are not afraid of the big crocs out of water

You can see the tail in the right corner........

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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 Post subject: Overcrowding at Sunset dam
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Its official.

Never have I experienced such overcrowding at Kruger. :hmz: Sunset dam was impossible. Even the birds were not coping.

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There needs to be more regulation with some inhabitants. :rtm:

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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:clap: :clap: :clap:

Jan, you should seriously consider publishing a cofee table book, no, make that two - one for Sunset Dam and one for Lake Panic!

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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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Tx for the comments

Naomi maybe one day... :hmz:


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:D Great pics of the birds. :clap: :clap:
Also liked the other pics. :thumbs_up:

What camera and lens do you use Jan? :hmz:


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 Post subject: Re: Sunset Dam
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Tx Terri -Lee

I am using a 40DCanon (old camera) with a 400mm Canon lens..........


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 Post subject: Re: Overcrowding at Sunset dam
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My final 2 days in Kruger were spent at Lower Sabie. It was a special treat to myself to spend them in the tents.

Don't have to travel far, I thought :hmz: to get wonderful diversity.

Oh dear, how wrong could I be? But what a stunning opportunity to get the biggest buffalo herds I have ever seen. On both days, Sunset dam was almost completely over run by hundreds of buffalo.

These were obviously sated, content and sleepy beasts. They seemed to fill just about every available bit of free gound.

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leaving a bit of space for the locals.

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to prove I was there, yellow ribbon and all.

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On my final evening I went for a drive. As I neared Lower Sabie I saw a haze of cloud near Sunset dam. I went to investigate. Why didn't I arrive sooner? :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:
and why did I not read my new camera intructions? :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:

I took a few pictures trying to get a feel for the drama of the moment, it was quite awesome. The hundreds of buffalo, the clouds of dust through the bush being filtered by the setting sun.

AWESOME

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and just to remind everyone why its called Sunset dam.

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 Post subject: Re: Overcrowding at Sunset dam
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How inconsiderate of all those buffs to take up all the space :lol: :lol:

Definitely a crowd of buffaloes :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

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