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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
Unread postPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 1:46 pm 
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Thanks Hilda :thumbs_up:
Napi Boulders Road blessed me with this fellow-and always a pleasure to see too!
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And a huge Jumbo blocking the exit of Napi Boulders Road.
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Eventually it moved off the road and I could pass-not without a fair measure of anxiety. Only when it faced away from me did I dare!
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A rocky outcrop looking south
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ANd a family of Zebra, including this youngster-very nervous it was.
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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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One of the sadder parts of my trip was seeing Ground Hornbills "begging" at cars that stopped. Necks outstretched, intense looking at motorists. Fortunately I did not see any motorist feeding these birds- I would have been most upset. But where do they get this behaviour from. My first sighting had non of that-one of the party had caught something. Excuse me as I post this enjoyable sighting.

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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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Moving on- the plan today is to o Doispan Road, and for which I was very glad I did. But before I got there-and seeing that Monday is now over and I can post this with some degree of safety-this monster on the road. (wouldnt want to spoil anybody's Monday now!)

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Sunset Dam was quiet again
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Hornbill looking as if it had a bad hair day-again
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Far away a Giant Kingfisher was trying to catch some fish-it made seveal attemtps but no luck. Too far away for a decent photo, but it wa lovely to watch it through binocs.
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An Impala gingerly came to drink some water.
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and jumping at the slightest of sounds.
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Just before I reached Doispan road, a car had stopped to look at something, and as usual I slow down, they pulled off, disappeared and the next thing I know this animal comes running across the road :dance: :dance: Something on my wish list. Side Striped Jackal. Now to find it in the bushes.. Eventually I did. :dance: A first for me!
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Side view-which I think confirms Side Striped jackal.
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And while I am all excited and keeping it in focus, what should happen-but its mate comes at quite a canter across the road too. I missed a golden opportunity :wall: :wall:

Within a few moments they were gone much to the disappointment of the cars following when I told them about the sighting.
Here it does'nt look much different from the local Alsation.
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Rhino up in the hills
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Elephant too
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A handsome young buck posed nicely
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He had a problem with an Oxpecker- I watched the interaction here for a while-frustrating for the Kudu, and that oxpecker was determined to get to whatever it was, in the ear of the Kudu.
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He eventually got rid of it, and it moved off, and the oxpecker proceeded to harass one of the cows.
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Some birds from Doispan Road
Golden breasted bunting (I think)
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A Bateleur was flying overhead
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N'waswitshaka was a hive of activity. A saddlebill Stork raising two youngsters. :dance: :dance:
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N'waswitshaka also blessed me with this sighting,a dn I cannot express how happy I was to see these :dance: :dance: . I got very :mrgreen: when reading other TR's where these have been seen, and so I was really hoping I could tick this one off the list of "want to see". I was to be blessed with an even better sighting of these in the next few days. While enjoying these all on my own, another car pulled up, they enjoyed them too, and I was asked if they are indigeneous- which I guess is understandable and to which I gave a very proud YES.
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That was a very satisfying sighting and today seemed to be one of those day that I chose the right place at the right time. Very contentedly, I proceeded to Skukuza, as the Parrots had flown off.

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Interesting behaviour of the Impala as they come for a drink- looking in four directions.
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Onto Skukuza
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First time I noticed the fish in the pond at Reception
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LBR
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This Cormorant came in for a landing at one of those low level bridges outside Skukuza
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ANd on the other low level bridge this fellow was catching some a needed tan.
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Two Hammerkops were there too
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Some Hippos at Mantimahle dam. The road to this dam was still closed.
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One of them begging Ground Hornbills-nothing wrong with its wing I was to discover.
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Leeupan, which always has something to offer, this time blessed me with Elephants and Buffalo
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This one was very interested in this tree
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A buffalo came along.
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And I expected some reaction from the Ele's-they certainly watched it closely
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But they were content to just leave the buffalo to his space
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Some birds from Leeupan
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This Bateleur landed on the road, but flew off immediately,presumably because what it thought was food, turned out to be a stone :slap:
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Elephants on the horizon-
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Definitely a LBR :tongue: . You know the problem with this bird-it is soooo beautiful that you want to take a photo of every one that you see. So you have to discipline yourself not to do it. There are just too many.

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I am still to id this LBJ
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The H4-1 always produces wonderful elephants
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And Rhino-though these were trying to hide. I was to meet them again almost at the same spot in a few days time.
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Did see a Juvenile Fish Eagle, but it was far away. It was in the company of some Maribou Storks, and one of them took to the skies
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Shortly afterwards the Fish Eagle flew to a tree nearby, where its parents were.
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Quintessential Kruger-Zebra's and Wildebeest in the shade of a tree.
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Moving along.
This (I think) Lark seemed to like the heap of elephant dung-guess it is a rich source of food.
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Onto LS
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The Guano outpost
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Sunset Dam was a hive of activity.
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Kudus came for a drink
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This monster just came out of the water
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Hippos were doing their usual business
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And of course this is where I saw a Flamingo :dance: :dance: . Spoke to some folk who were leaving "have you seen the Flamingo?" No, where?" So they turned back to have another look. Not sure what they were doing at Sunset dam not to notice the flamingo. Perhaps just enjoying the atmosphere and activity. But it was too unique not to notice.
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I was to see it two more times during my 6 days. Identified as Juvenile Lesser Flamingo. Whatever- I was delighted to see one. Otherwise I would have to travel far to see them.


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Now we are moving along at a fast pace :dance: .

It was time to get myself to Pretoriuskop. A longish trip.
This Fish Eagle delighted me along the Sabie River.
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It flew off once it got a sight of me :lol:
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And then the moment in which I awarded myself the "PRIZE IDIOT" of KNP :wall: :wall: :wall: . I usually do the S79-N'watimhiri Causeway road, and ambling along, and I see an animal on the road. Thinking it was an impala, I just carried on ambling, until I was close enough to realise it was a LEOPARD. And it was surely one of those answers to prayers which I am sure we all have-a sighting that we have all to ourselves, and here it was and I blew it. By the time I realised what it was, it wa already heading to the bushes, and speeding would have made it move even faster. So these are the only pics I got.
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And I could watch it move in between the bushes, but never good enough for a pic. Another car arrived, and they also got a glimpse of it, and they thanked me, and said I was very lucky to have seen it. If only they knew :wall: :wall:

A kudu Bull was browsing nearby
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And some motherly love to close of this session
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