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 Post subject: NightOwl Sightings : Addo Oct 2005
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 11:32 am 
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Thanx to my new WILD Card, I'm a regular visitor to Addo.
I'll be posting my sightings, Big & Small. I have taken 2000 images over 5 weekends, so please be patient, while I sort through them :redface:
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There'll be more later...

Thanx DuQues for the tip on putting pics next to each other :)


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 Post subject: Re: Addo Sightings
Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 17, 2005 12:01 pm 
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NightOwl wrote:
P.S. If one of the Mods could maybe put these in an HTML table 3 colums wide, it might look better, or maybe switch my HTML code on, then I'll do it myself.

HTML is off for security reasons, but you can put 2 of them next to each other by simply not putting a return in between.
Nice photo's and a very familiar looking meerkat...
Some can do with a little (more?) USM...

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I reduced some of the pics sizes for them to load a bit faster.
Here's the next installment of pics :)
ENJOY :!:

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Nice Variety in Addo 8)
More to follow


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Unread postPosted: Wed Oct 19, 2005 4:07 pm 
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I have once again tried to optimize the pics and make the page load faster.
Some people with slow line speeds might still have to hit the 'refresh' button once or twice, to get all the pics downloaded.
Will add some more soon. :D


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Most of them are cropped to make the file size smaller.
But some of the animals are snapped right next to the car.
Example: Duiker, Zebra, Kudu, and some of the smaller things.
You are not allowed to leave the road. It's a National park after all.
I use the following: Canon 350D with either 18-55mm or 100-400L IS USM and I also have the 2X extender.
Comments on the pics are welcome, although keep in mind that they have major compression on to make them load quick enough.


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Unread postPosted: Mon Oct 24, 2005 11:17 am 
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Here's the next installment, Enjoy :!:
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More to follow...


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I wasn't fast enough to capture the entire snake. Sorry.
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More to follow...


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Loams: You are going to see so much in the park.
For Lions, the Gorah loop is a regular spot. For Meerkat, the Domkrag Dam region is a good spot. For Elephant, the Hapoor, Spekboom region is popular with the big ones.
If you looking for Buffalo, I suggest head up to Zuurkop and scan the Gorah region's fields. I've seen buffalo pretty much everywhere in the park :D
Zuurkop is close to one of the main intersections where you can decide which major loop you want to take.
Good Luck in finding the rhino. Only seen 1 once.
Hundreds of Kudu come out EVERYWHERE just before the gates close. Makes you wonder where all these were hiding during the day.


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More pics :D
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Enjoy.


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Thanks for posting the pics NightOwl. We're going to Addo for the first time in November.

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arks: They were actually flying in formation for me :)
Here is the pic.
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My latest new species for this weekend past.
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Sorry about the qualty of the last pic, but it was dark and taken handheld at 400mm & ISO 1600. But a first sighting for me, so I'll keep the pic, till I get a better one.
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Sorry this one is out of focus, but it makes it 4 out of 5 for my big five at Addo. And the black rhino dissapeared after this shot. Amazing how a big animal like that can just completely dissapear in a couple of small bushes. Etremely brief appearance, but at least we sighted one :)


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I have never seen bat-eared fox in Addo.

Our mammal list for the main section of Addo.

Buffalo
Eland
Kudu
Bushbuck
Red Hartebeest
Common Duiker
Vervet Monkey
Porcupine
Striped Mouse
Black-backed jackal
Yellow Mongoose
Suricate (meerkat)
Small-spotted Genet
Striped Polecat (maybe)
Lion
Elephant
Plains Zebra
Black Rhino
Warthog

In the section that you can't get into near Darlington dam, we have added.

Black Wildebeest
Springbok
Steenbok
Mountain Zebra



Our bird list for the main section of Addo is 121. Probably our nicest spot in Addo is Denham's (Stanleys) bustard, a bird that we have only seen in the Eastern Cape. Bokmakieries, fiscal flycatchers, cape weavers, red bishops, sombre bulbul and blackheaded heron are very common in Addo.

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