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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:05 pm

He was standing about a meter and a half (maybe 2 meters) from me

and NO NO NO

my camera won't focus and no clicks !!!! :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall: :wall:

I grab SOs camera and start clicking......

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:07 pm

NOOOOoooooo! he can't disappear on us :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:08 pm

He steps up onto the bank :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:09 pm

SO gets a snap in over my shoulder with my camera :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:10 pm

and she gets another ....

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:13 pm

I get off another 2, camera battling to focus and light was fading away

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:16 pm

SO again

note the tooth....

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I get a last shot with SO's camera....the typical leopard bum shot

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:25 pm

Take control of my camera again while SO drives forward.....Leopard is walking parallel to the road

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I flag down an approaching car....

the guy says....."I have been driving around the whole f@#$%^& day looking for one and now find him"

SO was not impressed!!!!!!111111 :rtm: :rtm: :rtm:


A couple of parting shots

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Elated at a fantastic sighting.....probably our best or second best ever Leopard sighting (2 days 2 big 5 days)
we deprted the final gate.

The drive back ranks as my SOs worst driving experience in her life. We arrived at our accommodation with her a total wreck.

The amount of close calls, crazy overtaking, sudden stopping, turning in front of us etc etc etc
Bushbuckridge will not see us in the dark ever again!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:31 pm

28 September 2012 Phabeni gate to Berg-en-Dal

Tonight would be spent in the park, and tomorrow we will hit the road home to the Cape.

The route was to head down to Pretoriuskop then take the tar road to Berg-en-Dal.

Much of the land scape was fresh green with black tree stumps....pretty sight and great visiblity.....BUT, what happened to all the little critters and birds when these widespread fires passed through????? :cry:

first up...little one hanging on....

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Great impala ram in the future

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:32 pm

Blending into the landscape...

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and some colour...

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:36 pm

I did all the circles before Pkop...but alas...no doggies....no animals.....no birds.... :evil:

Shitlhave dam had some action

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SO got this one hiding behind some rocks at the water's edge......bird quizz....????

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:38 pm

These guys...or ladies.....hanging out where one would expect to find them

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:41 pm

Back on the tar road.....aha...not only at home but in KNP as well!!!!! :D

African Harrier-Hawk

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:43 pm

Did I mention it was 40 odd degrees C ???

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Re: KNP to KNP in September 2012

Unread postby RichardJ » Thu Feb 14, 2013 10:44 pm

Transport dam was busy

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