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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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Back at the camp, we started a fire and settle down with a frostie. We had offered Franco dinner and were trying to have it ready a bit earlier that our usual 8.30 to 9.00 pm. Well, we managed and it was around 8.00 pm when we gave Franco signs that dinner would be ready for collection. But as we were standing there at the braai, this came to the waterhole and postponed the whole dinner idea for a few minutes 8)

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The leopard was followed by an AWC which in turn was followed by the brownie which in turn was followed by one of the males that we had seen earlier up the road. :shock:

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It had been a busy half an hour!!! :dance: The lion had walked 3.8 k’s within less than 2 hours we concluded. Once he had finished his business at the waterhole he started calling for his family. The calls between the 5 of them proceeded throughout the night and left us with sleepy eyes the next morning... :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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Other sightings of the day

Not much, but seeing that we only travelled 5k’s up the road and back again three times that day it’s not really surprising.

We did get to see 6 kudus on the GK access road though. Here is one of them:
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And the usual GK bird gallery:

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Image Mr and Mrs yellow canary along with a sociable weaver

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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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hilda wrote:
Awesome Lion sighting Lionspoon! That adorable little one is not as sleepy as his dad! He is the cutest little thing! :clap: :clap:
The little one certainly is very cute but he always tried to copy his dad doing the sleeping thing. But every movement in the cars got him alert again. Shame, he didn't have any siblings. Might have made for some good interaction.

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Just caught up with the trip and back in the bus for the rest. Stunning sightings all around :clap: :clap: :clap: . Just love the little golden one :dance: . Thanks so much for sharing :thumbs_up: .
Thanks for catching up, barryels. :D

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What a wonderful time!!!
Just LUV the little one's innocent eyes!
Really enjoy your TR
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Innocent? :twisted: He was quite bold, I tought with leaving the family behind and wandering off on his own. But he definitely made my day. I adore any fluff ball. :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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Day 6
26/10/2012 Grootkolk

After having kept up awake half of the night we had to watch the lions (all of the family had arrived by the time we got up) disappear into the dunes northwards. :slap: We should not see them again. :( Still we decided not to go out yet and were rewarded with the brownie finally coming back to the waterhole in daylight :dance:

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Our wonderful daytime brownie sighting was put to an abrupt end by one of the neighbours who dropped a box lid very loudly during the process of packing up… :slap: :tongue: :lol: :wink: (Said neighbour however came to apologize for the mishap before leaving the camp.)

Ready to run off

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I was still marveling at the sighting of the last 24 hours when a slender mongoose appeared in our fenced area and tried to catch a plated lizard. WOW, an attempted kill and I didn’t even have to leave the camp! :big_eyes: It all went so fast that I couldn’t even consider getting the camera, let alone taking a photo of the incident. :doh:

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We had another brownie at night. Actually we trailed it back to the camp when we returned from our afternoon drive 8)

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This one must be the older brownie and it’s way more relaxed compared to the young one in the morning. It certainly wasn’t fussed by the noises in the camp and there were quite some as everybody was preparing dinner and plates and cutlery could be heard clashing all over the place.

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Other sightings of the day

Far off lions, but lions again… :twisted:
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A martial eagle and a sizable herd of wildebeest (these are only a few)
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One of the wildebeests has a collar :hmz:
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The resident elephant shrew mouse visiting at our unit :D
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2 colonies of meerkats – family portrait
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This is one of a bigger group that stay mainly far off in the riverbed
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Fawn-coloured lark (Thanks, Barcud :wink: )
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A toko with a pre-dinner appetizer
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LBR
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Close-up springbok
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We also saw some BEFs in the riverbed, but the BEFs weren’t too cooperative so far as they remained far away from my camera. :tongue:

In the evening the brownies took turns and appeared three more times and took turns at the waterhole with an AWC and a cape fox. :dance:

The next day we were off to Nossob...

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Nota bene:
During our stay at GK I saw a whopping 28 different birds just while sitting or standing on our little patio. :shock:

Even got 3 new ticks. Here it goes:

1. Violet-eared waxbill
2. Black-faced waxbill
3. Yellow canary
4. Kalahari scrub-robin
5. Familiar chat
6. Scaly-feathered finch
7. Sociable weaver
8. White-browed sparrow weaver
9. Cape sparrow
10. Grey-headed sparrow
11. Crimson-breasted shrike
12. Black-breasted prinia
13. Chestnut-vented tit babble (tick)
14. Laughing dove
15. Collared dove
16. Secretary
17. PCG
18. LBR
19. Blacksmith lapwing
20. Glossy starling
21. Red-headed finch
22. Scimitarbill (tick)
23. Red-eyed bulbul
24. Martial eagle
25. Marico flycatcher
26. Fork-tailed drongo
27. Black-shouldered kite
28. Great sparrow (tick)

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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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I'm on board! Lovely sightings so far...now carry on :mrgreen: :clap: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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Thank you once again Trrp, anne-marie, Pumbaa, Timbits, Morkel, MM, barryels, Wanda, Duke, Philip, enrico, hilda, Richard, Katy, Bushbuddies, Mel in Oz and Mel in Oz for reading and commenting on here! :k

Day 7
27/10/2012 Grootkolk to Nossob

We woke up at 5.30 am to our daily dose of brownie. :dance: We also heard the lions roar in the dunes behind the camp but they didn’t show. Still we decided to take it slow and not to go and hunt them down right there and then as we didn’t want to spend too much time in the car before heading down to Nossob as we wouldn’t be able to check in before 1 pm anyway.

But eventually we were all sorted and the car packed minus the fresh stuff (as our fridge in the car had packed up earlier), so we decided to have a look. We still heard the lions calling and could tell exactly where they should be. Just a pity that there were dunes that obstructed our view… :tongue: We met another camp guest who had stayed for the night and was on his way to the Bots side. He asked us if we had seen the lions and we told him what we knew. His answer was: “Just head up the dunes. You got a 4-wheel drive. This is Africa!” :shock: Very weird once again and I’m still not sure if he was serious or not. But I reckon he was… :slap:

The whole day remained actually VERY quiet. :roll: Once again we opted north first for our morning drive before turning around and making our way to Nossob. Funnily enough, we heard yet another lion roar somewhere in the dunes in the very same area where we had first met the Grootkolk family. Weird again. We hadn’t heard so many lions calling in one trip. Anyway, it didn’t take long for us to locate the guy as he came leisurely strolling down the dunes and onto the road to look for the bed that he could use for the rest of the day.

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There were two more memorable sightings on our way south.

First up meerkats and finally a bit closer than all the others we had seen before :dance:

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Also, the vultures were having a party at Cubitje Quap but I mess up the photos as I had forgotten to change the settings :doh: before happily triggering away. :redface:

I’ll put these down as artwork… :P

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Seeing that I just commented myself into a new page, I'll finish of with...

Other sightings

Mrs. yellow canary still at GK
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Black-faced waxbill with an itch
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Kestrel and wildebeest along the road to Nossob
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Springboks at Nossob
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Cape crow at Nossob hide
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Sand storm, also seen from the hide
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Quiet late afternoon at Marie se Gat
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Only a jackal came to say hello…
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Day 8
28/10/2012 Nossob

The morning started off with a visit to the hide. Boy, I was glad that I was there :dance:

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