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Richprins "sneaks" off to Kruger

Unread postby Jay » Mon Sep 24, 2007 8:38 pm

so I get a PM....in case we wonder where he is this week..he is in Kruger :? :lol:

and then this evening 2 sms's...chatty oke :P ..oh no hang one minute before I start the report..I ALSO get orders to "make it interesting" :shock:

"Dead ellie in Shing River 1km south of Spiroviri! about 2 days old. Been doing this trip for 7 years-nevr seen so much on the first day!"
then a few minutes later:

"..bet you nobody finds me! 5 lion at matukwala dam. 500 buf @ Bowerskop. Mating pair of lion 5km north of that. Staying at Sirheni."

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Unread postby Jay » Tue Sep 25, 2007 8:58 pm

and in this arvie:

"Cloudy and windy. Yellow-billed oxpecker (lifer) and dassie! both near Kremetart windmill."
and then much later:

"Finally met Frank at Pafuri today, through forum 'glasses' so to speak. What a chap! And his little son was there."

eish all these sms's of what's happening in the parks while I sit slaving away at the study books, it's cruel I tell you, cruel :( :lol:

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Unread postby Jay » Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:41 pm

received this evening:

" 2 Tsessebe around Klopperfontien. Just missed the rest of the herd of ten apparently. Pafuri exceptional! Got pics to come."

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Unread postby Jay » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:45 pm

recieved this arvie:

" What a morning! 7 or 8 roan 6km north of Vlakteplaas. (3 or 4 calves). Another lone bull 5km further south! One Liechtensteins together with 8 tsessebe at Boyela! All on camera..."
juuuust in case we doubt :lol:

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Unread postby gwendolen » Thu Sep 27, 2007 8:50 pm

/me thinks RP is not in the park at all, but doing a Photoshop course and will return as a master in photo manipulation. :twisted:

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Unread postby Jay » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:13 pm

gwendolen wrote:/me thinks RP is not in the park at all, but doing a Photoshop course and will return as a master in photo manipulation. :twisted:


oooh I will be sure to pass this message on :twisted: ....deserves it after sending me the cleaning lady's message :evil: "clean out glasses cupboard and fridge..."....told him I was a mod not a genie :P

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Unread postby Jay » Thu Sep 27, 2007 9:43 pm

and for you Gwen:

"tell Gwen to some marking...the nice thing is I have pics of everything! Trying for leopard tomorrow. Staying at Tzendze."

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Unread postby Jay » Fri Sep 28, 2007 10:30 pm

and today:

"Quiet day relaxing! Rainy and sleepy."

and:

"Nobody really prepared for cold! Thanks Muhammad for the Bushnell jacket again! Shingwedzi."

rain in KNP 8)

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Trip Report

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Sep 29, 2007 8:15 pm

Thanks Jay!

Back after a special trip.

Rain all the way from Shingwedzi to Phalaborwa today, so nothing to see.

Pics will take a while to process, just a couple of "mik & druks" to start off with.

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Pafuri.

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Klopperfontein really low!

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Trip report

Unread postby Richprins » Sun Sep 30, 2007 7:33 pm

OK, serious technical problems.

Anyway, entered Phalaborwa on Monday.

Very impressed by new gate, to say the least!
To have two officials offering to process you simultaneously, on a public holiday, is unheard of!

I think the fact that maps, curios and refreshments are out of reception and into the adjacent shop makes a massive difference and is the way to go for all gates!

Quiet up to Mopane, and then a 500+ herd of buffalo at Bowkerskop.

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And there the report stops until I've sorted my virtual memory, I think!

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Trip report

Unread postby Richprins » Sat Oct 06, 2007 6:36 pm

Ok, here we go. (Reduced no of pics, but anyway!)

Monday 24 September

Back to the buffalo at Bowkerskop. Funny how such a huge herd can tackle a trough in a relatively orderly fashion.

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(My favourite!)

(Saw them approaching again, same spot, on our way out 5 days later, even in drizzle!)

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Forging!

Unread postby Richprins » Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:13 pm

Thanks, Gwen!

So we left the buff and noticed the area to be very dry indeed!

Not much to see, as is often the case on the Mopani-Shingwedzi "slog"!

Noticed a bit of water in the Shingedzi just before Spirivhiri, though, one of the pools half-containing this:

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Pretty tough getting a pic,

The carcass looked a day or so old, and there must have been well over 100 vultures, all Cape and white-backed. They were eating, bathing and dust-bathing, all within a small area.

It seems that rangers had removed the tusks and cut open the side, quite standard practice. Still early days, so some vultures were slopping around in the brown contents of the elephants stomach - not the ideal jacuzzi!

A first for me.

Made good time up to Punda, and went for afternoon drive around Mahonie loop.

These 5 customers had apparently killed a buffalo at what remains of Matukwala Dam.

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Also a first to see lion around Punda!

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Trip report

Unread postby Richprins » Tue Oct 09, 2007 6:59 pm

Apparently, better pics coming elsewhere of the ellie carcass!

So up early on the morning of the 25th Sept.
A light shower of rain overnight!

Never saw so many animals drinking out of puddles in the tar road! From elephant...

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to steenbok!

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Both on the "dead" tar road from Punda to the HI-7.
Chilly, indeed, and a total contrast to the heat of the previous day.

Overcast at a dwindling Klopperfontein dam. (There really is NO reservoir there, by the way! (See "tsessebe" thread...)

A little help needed with these two:

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This was to be a birding morning, as a saw these for the first time ever, just North of Kloppies!

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Then one of a couple of Kori bustard further on.

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(We must have seen at least 6 on the trip, two pairs and two singles!)

On to Pafuri!

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Re: Forging!

Unread postby DinkyBird » Wed Oct 10, 2007 8:50 am

Richprins wrote:The carcass looked a day or so old, and there must have been well over 100 vultures, all Cape and white-backed. They were eating, bathing and dust-bathing, all within a small area.

We saw the same ellie carcass on the Friday. Park staff were removing its tusks when we drove past.
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Unread postby Richprins » Wed Oct 10, 2007 9:30 pm

I hear so, DB. To post or not to post!

Anyway, on to Crooks' corner (Pafuri).

Beautiful as always, with the trumpeter hornbills and tropical boubou in attendance.

VERY DISTURBING:

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Water Lettuce, or Pistia An alien invader I have not seen here before.

(Not the croc, the water plants!)

Then a very leisurely look at a bull ellie group coming down to drink.

For such bullies, they were shown up!

Full of bravado they stomped down the "beach", to be met with some sleeping crocs. You "had to be there", but as they approached one medium - sized opened its mouth in warning, and the whole gang stopped in shock!

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They eventually moved around the croc very respectfully! Strange...
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