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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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Going out from a drive at Nossob always yields the difficult question whether to go up north or down south. The north had offered some good sightings, the south only from Kaspersdraai further on south. Still, we decided to persist and give Marie se Gat another chance. We got at least something more than the usual suspects, but *yawn* those cats were getting tiresome. :twisted: I wanted cheetah! Caracal! Honey badger! Porcupine! Leopard! Whatever! But no more lions! :roll:

So, the lovebirds were resting close to the waterhole…
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…when the Missus decided that she had enough of the approaching cars and got up…
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…and her bodyguard looked a bit confused…
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…but obeyed quietly and followed….
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…hoping for some action a bit further away from the cars…
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…however the Missus was not in the mood…
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…still her bodyguard took his job very serious and made sure that his usually partner in crime wouldn’t come too close…
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…who in turn looked rather sorry for himself…
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…while the personal guard looked relatively pleased with himself and his fending off tactics.
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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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BTW, later that morning we found yet another three lions underneath a tree far off in the Nossob riverbed a bit north of Kwang. They still hadn’t moved in the afternoon.

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At Rooikop Spots saw a bird earlier than I did (a rare occasion). It was a black headed heron who kept marching away from the lens I had pointed at him. Grrr! :evil: Eventually I got hold of him…

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… and he even made a kill! Poor scaly-feathered finch…

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The heron even dipped the finch into the water :shock: to make it easier to swallow…

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And gone was the finch…

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But then again, I had gotten something more exciting than lions. (I can’t believe I just said that… :slap: )

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The highlight of our afternoon drive marked the jackal pups at a den 15.7 k’s up the road from Nossob.

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And the worn-out mum
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Tbc with the other sightings of the day...

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 Post subject: Re: Lionspoon goes lionbored in KTP (Oct 2012)
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Beautiful dusty Nossob morning pix! :clap:
Your heron kill - WOW! Super sighting and great capture! :clap: :dance: :clap:
Also loved those cute jackal pups! :thumbs_up:
Wishing you and Spots a great 2013! :dance:

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

Tawny just before the turn off to Marie se Gat
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Red-necked falcon on the Marie se Gat loop
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Gemsbok at Cheleka
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Juvenile bateleur at Kwang
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Crimson-breasted shrike in the camp
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Toko in the camp
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Hoopoe
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And full moon over a misty Nossob…
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Sooo, after having been lazy over the holidays, I'll hit the accelerator -
after all we are going to embark on our next adventure in 69 days :shock:

Will get back to your comments after the next installments,
Pumbaa, anne-marie, Bushbuddies, Philip, Jan, Katy, Trrp, timbits and barryels. :thumbs_up:


Day 9
29/10/2012 Nossob to Urikaruus

Time to move camp once again. Off we were to Uri for our last leg of this trip. We made the gate a tad past 6.15 am and were already back at 6.30 am. This guy had caught our attention and he was clearly on the mission to get to Nossob waterhole.

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If you wonder why I all of a sudden found lions exciting again… :tongue: Well, I didn’t. Apart from this one as I believed it to be ‘my’ Mr. Handsome with whom I had had that very private and intimate rendezvous on our very first trip to the KTP. :k After hours and hours of comparing, I’m still not sure, but tend to think that it’s not him… :slap:

Behind us another car appeared. We both turned on our heels and headed back to the camp to make the hide in time before the lion arrived. At the gate we almost collided with our neighbours, who had been exceptionally friendly and sociable. They were two couples and one of the ladies was just as excited as me as I had told her about Mr. Handsome. :lol: We were the first in the hide which filled up very quickly and soon all front row seats were gone. :whistle:

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Handsome he is nevertheless though… :D

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He took the most inconvenient way to the waterhole. :doh:

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Brian, the brownie made an appearance while Mr. Possibly-Hansome was still at the waterhole…

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… but for some reason he wouldn’t come closer… Even not once the lion was gone.

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Have to catch up with you still but could not resist this Mr Extremely :k Handsome

I wonder :hmz: did the brownie come down to drink at all after handsome left?

Beautiful pics :clap: :clap: :clap:

Going backwards now :tongue: :)

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