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 Post subject: Re: ants and elephants, turds and terrapins & other silly ta
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one of the great things about letaba, and any camp for that matter

is that one can see a lot just sitting at your campsite or chalet or, in my case, my "garden hut"....

'twas funny watching the red-winged starlings trying to find suitable nest building material

they would land on the roof of the neighboring chalet and start pulling on a piece of thatching

and keep on pulling,,,,

until they eventually discover the piece that they now have is far too long for their use


:shock: :shock: :shock:

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then they would find another one to tug on,,,,

until they see that it too is far too long to be used..........


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and this would continue :? :? :?

this white-throated robin was quite active a short distance away

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the monotonous call of the grey-headed bush shrike

got me off my stoep and under the trees searching.....


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and then in an acacia next to the walkway was this busy little waxbill

popping in and out of the nest with an array of nest lining....


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another garden friendly bird that was busy foraging nearby was this

crested barbet


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when in this part of the park i always look forward to encountering

the resident yellow-billed kite at the olifants river bridge


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he seems willing to do a fly-by for anyone with a camera
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and his usual escort of swifts.........

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it is always a challenge trying to capture these birds

effectively in a photograph........

because they are........

a little swift......

and one has to be quite quick to do so..........

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this giant kingfisher, however, seemed unaware of my presence....

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and another regular glider in the skies above kruger........

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and the newly born gnu seem to be so innocently oblivious of their fate

that they will one day grow up to look like their parents


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there was one day while at letaba when it rained and

gave a bit of relief from the searing heat..........................

at middelvlei this family of black-backed jackal

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were making this group of wildebeest and their young one rather nervous....

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the rain abated at about midday,,,

leaving the sun still hidden behind a grey blanket,,,,,,,,,,

so when this cloud of quelea came by,

i had no illusions of getting any great shots ..


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there seemed to be quite a bit of activity in and around the river bed close to the camp

with the arrival of a number of vultures

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and almost every time i encounter vultures....... they seem to be accompanied by a few tawny eagles...

on this occasion,

i observed this tawny who, i think, was almost in a mid-air collision

with another tawny while teasing a swift ....

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and he flashed a rude sign at the culprit........

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

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this resulted in a bit of air rage between two tawny eagles

:evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil: :evil:

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a short while later, i discovered what the excitement was all about in the river bed,,,,,

there must have been a recent kill,

as this tawny had managed to scavenge the hind-quarter of a baby impala

and taken it off to savour on his own.....


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so,,,,,,

besides all the birds and newborns and tusks and teeth that we all go in search of during the day.......

the times around the campfire are to look forward to as well.......

robertT and tammy and jordan had also made their way up to letaba,,,

'cause they had seen how undernourished i was at lower sabie.

roberto's pappa was also visiting and my friend annie had also popped in from the united kingdom.......

so we were a merry bunch around the fire and a contented bunch around the table after the braai master had done his magic with the steaks..........

what surprised me the most was that when annie went to do the washing up...........

roberto helped her with the task.........

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

out on the road the next day i heard the sound of the warriors beating the drums as they were returning from a very successful raiding party.........


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i grew up in zambia and zimbabwe....

so i have always been very familiar with the matebele .......


this particular raiding party was returning with a significant booty....

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each one had a termite firmly clasped within its jaws........

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if i had used the correct settings on my camera then theses photos would have been a lot clearer...

:slap: :slap: :slap:
:doh: :doh: :doh:

nearby was this mopani worm making his way across the road

with what looked like the makings of a sizeable portion of waste

protruding from the opposite side of his head........


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i stopped at a nearby waterhole to observe some elephants.....

on this occasion, there was a group that were exhibiting very interesting behaviour

that is sometimes typical of small family groups who are in the presence of others of the same species.


they kept very close quarters

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and when they moved from one point to another they did it "at the double"

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reminded me of my conscription day's as a candidate officer........

wherever we went, we went in groups and at the double...


when they got to the other side of the dam they relaxed a bit and found time for a bit of cooling off.

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what i loved seeing in this part of the park

are these stunning yellow trees that stand out brilliantly in the green summer livery after the rains.....

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the only bird that caught my attention this day

was this loud-mouthed ox-peckerina with her overdone make up and common behaviour........

screaming like a street worker looking for an ox pecker

no class whatsoever........


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my sighting of the day was this enormous specimen

(don't use the word "specimen" in robert's company........'cause he thinks a "specimen" is an italian astronaut")

who came out of nowhere to make his mark


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the evening drive took me to where the makhadzi river becomes part of the engelhard dam

a beautiful place indeed......


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:) :) :) :)

so the next day i found myself
(hello self !!!)

on the dirt road towards mingerhout dam

still enjoying the vibrant colours wild flowers......


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and the amazing ability that some trees seem to have

of growing out of a granite boulder.....


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just before the dam i spotted this left-handed elephant

browsing in the letaba river bed.


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it was a rather peaceful morning

and things were moving along at a leisurely pace...


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after avoiding the erosion at the dam lookout point i continued along the road as it veered south towards the s 131

and a familiar sound and smell filled the air...........

warriors on the move again.......


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a short distance down the road there is a concrete roadway that crosses a small waterway.

i think it crosses the mahlatini..........

so now........ while one is in kruger one feels so far removed from all the bad things that happen in the real world .........

like highway robbery ......................................

as i got to the concrete stream crossing i thought i saw something in the water

and slowly, i came to a halt...

suddenly they were all around me.....................


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cleverly disguised in their green cloaks and clawed gloves

i was being surrounded by water-way robbers


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who seemed to appear out of nowhere......

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i was shell-shocked .............

next thing i was face to face

and staring into the luminous eyes of their slimy leader

the notorious


dick terrapin........

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luckily i had studied in johannesburg and instinctively i shot first

and managed to elude my would be assailants.......

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now,,,,,

having survived the terraple encounter

with the exoskeletal marine maraurders

i continued south and after seeing only one

solitary bull elephant

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i eventually arrived at nhlanganini dam ............

again......

and lo and behold.......

a small family group of elephants hurriedly making their

way across to the other side of the dam

in single file and on the double.........


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i asked myself

"self ........ did you not see the same thing yesterday from the same spot?"

i think "nhlanganini" is the tsonga word for déjá vu .............................

when this family arrived yonder they proceeded to "ball-jar" in the water.

keeping sure to stay in a straight line ..........


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until one thought he was a dolphin

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and another took the time to practice some moves on his sister

(maybe he heard the banjo music)


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what is always humorous, though, is the juvenile delinquent

that so often takes it upon himself

to chase away the phantom threats that only he can see.


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as he stomps off,

trumpeting away with flailing trunk, flapping ears and twirling tail.....


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that afternoon i took a drive to the makhadzi confluence

found this juvenile "mountain rooster" trying to eat, what looked like

"white ants",, off the ground...................

tough when you don't have lips.............


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also saw these egrets flying by....

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now........

when i was next to the makhadzi on the previous day,

i observed, what i thought at the time was a green-backed heron,

flying towards engelhard dam

so i sat and waited......

(please note that these photos are rather indistinct as they have been cropped quite drastically)

here it comes..........................


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looks like it could be the green-backed heron

there it goes.........

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and here is another......

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now i will "go out on a limb" (it is easier for me to do this)

and say that this one is a little bittern

i could be wrong...........


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so robert and jordan and tammy were going to be returning to the big city soon,

so i joined them for one last steak braai,

excellent stuff as usual !!!!!

and as is usual,,, at the end someone has to wash the plastics,

so while robert was busy guiding tammy through the process

young jordan and i had a chat next to the fire and i asked him if he has not been expected to help with the washing up

(i mean, he is five years old !!!)

he replied that he only needs to keep his own stuff clean and in order,

but he did add...

that he is not going entertain all of his teddys together at one time again

because that was just too much washing up....

:thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

so........ it was to be my last full day at letaba (for a short while at least)

so i made my way out of camp

under the watchful eyes of the young and the old


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and in the presence of the amazing things that we tend to take for granted.......

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and the road lead me to deĵá vu dam

i parked at the viewpoint at the top..

below was quite a large obstinacy of buffalo,

socializing around and in the water


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just then...... a "toyota people mover" pulled up next to me.

a tinted widow at the rear slid open and a smiley faced girl with camera in hand

popped her head out and exclaimed excitedly

"veel-da-beest"

and her friends inside echoed "veel-da-beest"

i mentioned to her that they were in fact buffalo,

and she tilted her head at me....... so i said

"inyathi"

to which she reacted....... "ohh....... awkay....inyathi"

and her friends inside echoed "inyathi"

it's lovely when one can teach others something new......

so these inyathi were just chilling

while some were jousting


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some seemed to have forgotten why they were standing like that

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some were flehmen while others were chewing the cud.

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now,,,,,

you remember those adolescent elephants that get so cheeky

with everyone.

well.....there was one who had decided to dig for water in the sand

instead of drinking from the dam where these trespassers had been immersing themselves


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after a short while he decides that,

out of the blue and for no apparent reason other than to be a nuisance and a bully

that the ruminants look far to relaxed and he storms off towards one group close by who scatter in all directions......

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but wait.........

what is this.........???????

at last,,,, someone who will not give in to this bullying....

a lone brave bovid is prepared to stand his ground and not retreat.


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it turns into a standoff between the bully and the brave.

the one with ears flapping and trunk waving

the other with his head down showing his boss


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at one stage the ellie resembled a playful puppy waiting to chase a stick

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but he kept retreating right up into the shrubbery......

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it was a "buffalo soldier"

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and just in case i had forgotten where i was

a small family group of elephants emerge and start making their way around to the opposite side of the dam............


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so............

my first two weeks were over and i had to leave for a few days

to detox and spend some time around the festive season table...

(somehow that makes no sense at all)

the day i left it was very overcast and dull

which brought out the "flying ants" and the feeding frenzy

that goes with it.

another catch 22 situation..........

an overcast day = flying ants = lots of birds..........but no lighting for any decent quality photos......

a sunny day = no flying ants = no feeding frenzy........ but ideal lighting for photos....

oh well...... :? :? :? :?

here are the photos of bee-eaters and starlings and doves and quelea having a feast.......


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and a pretty little wild flower ........................

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so ............

two weeks in the park have passed

i pop off home to get my clothing washed

and to "do the christmas thing"

then.......................

:D :D :D :D

due back for the next leg of my interaction with the ants and elephants and turds and terrapins

starting at punda on the 1st of january...

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:


i arrived at the phalaborwa gate at about 06:00 on new year's day expecting to be caught up in the throngs of day visitors

to my amazement and delight :shock: :shock: :shock:

i arrived, parked, walked up to the desk

"choeff chaff " and that was sorted.............

i think there were about 4 cars in the parking lot

and i drove through the "overnight" gate while the couple of day visitors cars were being searched.

my first stop was sable dam ,where i saw what i am certain, are squacco heron.......


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a "lifer" for me

from there i moved on along the h14

and stopped for a close up observation of this "wrinkley grey one".......


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"nandaza" had a splattering of water

and i was astounded at the height of these foam nest frog nests from the water......

there must be some seriously agile reptilian predators around here.


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i am used to seeing these just above the water designs.....


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also evident was the symbiosis between turd and terrapin

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and the relationship between two terrapins (nudge nudge,,, wink wink) on their own little "turd island".

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a journey on the h14 will be incomplete without taking the

short detour along the shivulani near "ngobeni"......


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one is tempted to just park off on the grass and have a picnic.....

just what i needed at that time of the morning because......

i am sure that the zamalek draught that they shoved down my neck

in copious amounts the previous night

at the buffalo restaurant in "phalagat" was off

:hmz: :hmz: :hmz:

i had to stop and observe this interesting looking scat......

i think that the light colour is consistent with a high calcium diet ......

but what is fascinating is the formation.........

i have never noticed the rounded medallion shapes joined together before......


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so as i looked up from the little turds

i saw what i think is a brown snake eagle

staring at me as though i had been "smoking labrador poops"


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so.... i drifted along in the muggy heat ..........

this chap under the tree seeking shelter from the midday sun at bowerkop

seemed to establish the mood of the entire area.......

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and so i continued into the tropics

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i think the only evidence of movement between mopani and shingwedzi

was this, what i think is a juvenile something or other..........


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eventually i arrived at shingwedzi

expecting the worst new year's day chaos..........

as i entered the gate i noticed the people and the braai fires..

and.. at the parking bays outside the shop were three field rangers

all decked out with their fire arms directing wayward "people carriers" that were looking for parking

to the new picnic site just outside the gate....

(i had not even noticed it) :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

there was hazard tape and clear signage outside the reception area

that all the parking there was reserved for shingwedzi overnight guests...

i was amazed at the calmness and quiet...........

:shock: :shock: :shock:

that was shingwedzi on new year's day.... !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

well done sanparks !!!!!!!!!

as i was leaving the camp i witnessed the first evidence of people leaving their cars.

two "bakkies" had stopped right outside the gate and opposite to the entrance to the new picnic site

and a few very hot and perspiring passengers emerged from out of the canopy to gaze at these ellies in the river bed.....


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i mentioned to them that they might be fined lots of money should they be noticed by the sanparks officials.

and i pointed them in the direction of the new picnic site.

they responded very apologetically and thankfully

and climbed straight back into those "canopy ovens" while wiping their glistening brows....


i continued on towards punda maria

and stopped at boyela only to see this little chripy brown job.....


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and just after babalala i noticed evidence of the recent rains that had fallen in the northern parts........

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just before the punda turn off on the h13-1

i stopped to snap this, what i think is a, dark chanting goshawk who had just finished an afternoon snack.....



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so having got to punda maria i set off onto the "mahogony" loop

that first little water hole on the left when taking the northern entrance

used to be a favourite extended stop a number of years back before

we "discovered" teba........

it still is a hive of activity..........


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and has that enchanting atmosphere of

"let's have a picnic here"

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the entire area is so inviting and lush.

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i rumbled off down the road to the witsand waterhole

i always think of the cape when i see the name "witsand"
but i understand the name derives from the white sand that was unearthed while the borehole was being sunk


which, i think, has been out of commission as an artificial water source

for quite some time now, however, after the recent rains there seemed to be a bit of water in the "crib"

i sat at the loop at end of the road next to a puddle of water

where the brown-veined white butterflies where lined up next to the edge

like windsurfers at blaaubergstrand......


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and just watched and waited for whatever might appear...

after a while i heard a splash in the puddle........

then i heard them.........

woodies !!!!!!!!!


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at first i thought i had found the source of where "brown-hooded" kingfishers are created..........

but, despite repeated attempts...................

these two never managed to keep any of the brown shades from the puddle on their plumage.....


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then they were gone ..........................

leaving the butterflies staring in amazement.............................


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so........

it was time to head for the enchanted forest !!!!!!!!!

:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

at the gate at 04:30 and on the asphalt headed north as the gravel route s 60 was in a shocking state

(let us not blame the cross-border commuters for this as well)...

a strategic stop with a tree as foreground....


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then behold...........

:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

we have arrived......


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i took the border post road to crooks corner,,,

stopping only for this spider web


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and i was there...............

with the sun still fairly gentle on the trees.....


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to my extreme joy the limpopo was as full as i had encountered it in july and last january.......

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there were a few fellows going about their morning chores

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and the bee-eaters were busy enjoying an easy breakfast snack.....

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while the open bills were gathering

on a sand bank near the island on the opposite side of the river


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after about an hour i left for a meander down to the levhuvhu

passing this huge billed lappet


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and this white-fronted feeling a bit out of place amongst these european tourists

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some carrion seekers

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an inquisitive monitor

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and then this amorous bull and his ewe

who almost stumbled off his mate in a moment of ecstasy....


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or was it because he had more than one pecker throughout the entire process ?????

never the less he seemed to savour the conquest in the air......


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so....... once the saxophone tunes had died down

i moseyed along the road westwards towards the pafuri picnic spot.

i pulled over at the last short loop on the right overlooking the levhuvhu

across from the intersection with the dirt road

that heads south to the border post black-top road.

i had my camera focussed on the river where there was quite a bit of avian activity.


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after a short while a duo 4x4 double cabs

with raised suspension, winch, desert dueller tyres, local registration plates and a snorkel

pulled up alongside me ............

the man in the white vest at the wheel hollered out

"haai !!!!.......... watse lens he jy daa ??"

loosely tranlated..... that means something like......

"shark !!!!........ what lens have you got there ??"

i gave him the technical jargon

to which he replied.........

"jislaaik........maa djy kan sommer daai puisie oppie krokodil se neus afneem"

loosely translated..... that might mean something like

"good gracious ........but i am certain that you are able to photograph the pimple on the crocodile's nose"

to which i tried, in my best afrikaans to explain...

"nee..... ek probeer daardie byevangers afneem"

loosely translated..... that might mean something like

"no.....i am attempting to photograph the "bee-catchers" ......."


:slap: :slap: :slap:

now here is the thing.........

the way that these bee-eaters take a bath is quite radical


:shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock: :shock:

it reminded me of an apprentice skimmer.

as it skims over the water

and suddenly tilts its head to one side stabbing the surface with its bill

and tumbles head-over heels

(do birds have heels????)

into the water

where it thrashes about briefly.....

before flying off again....


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all this activity left me quite weary so i headed for the picnic spot

and the reminders of february 2000

by this time my "flood level" was also cause for concern.......


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amazing to think it was twelve years ago !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


i eventually arrived at the bridges over the levhuvhu

and greeted the river


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it is concerning to see that these trees on the south eastern bank seem to be dying

as they are losing their foliage rather evidently


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there was also evidence of richprin's last visit to the bridge.......

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and the skies above as always host to a variety of locals.

the juvenile "mountain rooster"


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the lesser striped swallow

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the little swift

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not too sure if this is also the lesser striped swallow

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and the brown veined butterfly.......

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i decided to head back to punda

to see if the woodies would return to witsand

saw this kill on the way.


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and when i got to witsand only the windsurfers

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the emerald-spotted wood-dove

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and what i think is the southern masked-weaver

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where at the puddle.......

so i made my way back to camp as the resident buffalo herd was settling in for the evening....


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it would be my last day in this part of the world (until 30 september !!!)

so i hit the road early and aimed the outlander for the limpopo.....

just before the crooks corner turn off i greeted this guilty looking fellow

"hi heena !!!!"


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he looked as though he had just been caught with his "hands in the cookie jar"

he never stopped to chat, but just kept on slinking away so i bade him farewell

"bye heena !!!"


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now.......

there is always a sense of excitement when you get to the final section of road leading towards crooks corner.

that last section is narrow and twisty and lush..........

you never know what you might bump into along the way


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and of course..... the arrival at the end is like opening a present.........

no matter how many times you have been there in the past few days....

and today was a contrasting day


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there was even a delegate in the parking lot from the limpopo branch of the

"anc insect league", all dressed up in the party colours, to welcome me .........


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above me was, what i think is a common house martin,

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and a couple of egrets

heading towards mozambique..................


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then i heard a loud splash in the river and was just too late to capture the culprit...

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but i did manage to observe this pied king fisher busy with his morning routine

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and then............................................................................................

:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

no prizes for guessing ..................................................................

:roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll: :roll:

it was butterfly-breakfast time...........................

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so................. i left crooks corner for the last time during this trip

and already started looking forward to 29 september...

i figured i would take one last visit to the bridge

under the watchful eyes of what looks like the white-backed vulture.

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while still under the canopy i spotted this chap who looks like he stole the tow-bar cover from the double cab of a blue bulls supporter

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and this lone "emo-chicken"

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once in the clearing......... this meve's starling was busy foraging in the sand..

(i don't know where meve was ???)


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next to the levhuvhu... this family of common and garden hadeda ibis seemed to be busy with a planning discussion about the upcoming daily activities

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further along the road is some evidence of some quite extensive foliage damage that had to be trimmed and moved aside to clear the road........

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otherwise the enchanted forest still had its charm......


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while at the bridge i met mr and mrs hankey

(of south park fame)

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and their family with their happy faeces

:D :D :D :D

just standing about doing what solid shitizens do, ...........i guess.......................


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en route back to punda these two guineafowl were having relationship issues

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last night at punda............

:( :( :( :( :( :( :(

i always miss punda..........

:( :( :( :( :( :( :(

took the "mahogany" loop to witsand to see if perhaps the woodies would return to splash about in the "chocolate sauce"

had to snap this interesting looking insect on these pretty white blossoms....



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the buffalo were hanging about maritube as usual...

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but they seemed a bit edgy at times

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and so content a second later.
perhaps buffalo have the animal version of bipolar disorder ??????

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i got to witsand,, and found some bare bellied beverage clutching folks

in a 4x4 double-cab with raised suspension, snorkel, winch and "desert duelers"

had parked directly over the woodies splash pool,


:evil: :evil:

however, i figured,,, that with their concentration span they would not be there for long

and after 4 seconds they moved off in search of the big five......

i parked strategically in wait for the woodies....

voila .............

:D :D :D :D

they had come to say goodbye ................................


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and of course the emerald spotted residents also made an appearance at this community amenity....

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i could now settle down in my little garden

with my own cool beverage and r2d2 to keep me nourished

as i marvel the passing parade of rowdy, barefoot, sweaty visitors

heading for the shop to stock up with ice and coke,

clad only in a pair of rugby shorts and a "bush hat"............


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