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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
Unread postPosted: Sun Sep 09, 2012 10:08 pm 
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Lets see if I can finish this day 2 before I go to sleep.
The African Unicorn, at the Junction of the H3 and H1-1.
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This Giraffe looks like he comes straight out of the animated movie Madagascar II.
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And the usual suspect near Transport Dam.
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A mom was giving her son some nourishment
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Posing in golden light
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A road block on Napi Boulders road
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This duiker watching me with some suspicioun.
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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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Thanks Sharifa. That's what got me all excited, as I don't think they occur in the KNP. Well, lets put it this way, in over 30 years I have been to KNP, never seen a Flamingo. I saw it again at Mlondozi Dam and then again at Sunset Dam. It seems it was there to stay.

I tried to get some Impala in that golden light, but they were just not in a co-operative mood this evening.
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The hippos hardly seemed to have moved at Shitlave Dam from the previous day.
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By now the sun was setting
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The Heron was busy reflecting on the day
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While the other one was contemplating dinner
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THe Guinea fowl too made for a good reflection shot
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And the last sighting for the day-a White Rhino-EXIF says about 15 Minutes befiore gate closing. it was already dar, so this shot at 1/15 Shutter speed. Way to risky for hand held.
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Usual ritual-shower, supper, download all the photos and its off to sleep. Good night


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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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Day 3- 11th August

Lets get day 3 going.
Up early, usual ritual, coffee outside the chalet, shower, pack, and I'm ready to go. The plan today is to explore Shabeni Hill and Fayi Loop-all around Pretoriuskop area, in the hope of seeing either leopard or Lion. Neither made an appearance.
Sunrise was beautiful once again.
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Mestel dam in teh distance
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Shabeni Hill looked stunning in the early morning light
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ANd beautiful vistas from their looking west.
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Just about the only animal I saw was this Yellow Throated Longclaw. Well worth the hour or so spent around Shabeni, just to see this bird.
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Some Fayi Loop images
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This little bird.
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Very soon a host of Safari vehicles came rushing past, I counted 8 or 9, plus a few other cars, and figured something must be up ahead. Have since dicovered via the forum that there is Wild Dog den, and that is the reason everyone was rushing there. Some of them can be quite rude, and I have lost a lot of respect for them, and think that they are responsible for quite a bit of the bad road manners. Besides this incident when they all rushed to find Wild dogs, there was also the fact that I saw one of them coming out of a no entry road on the first day. Then there is the fact that they so often park their vehicles across the road at sightings. Excuse me as I give vent to a gripe. No wild dogs were seen after all that hustle and bustle. So after a while I could carry on enjoying some peace and quiet again. Down in the valley below some elephants were grazing
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Some vultures were also catching some early morning sun.
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or preening
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Also a Black Shouldered Kite-a bit too far to capture it in such beautiful light.
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Down below- on the other side some Impalas (and waterbuck)were grazing.
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While the going is going good.

Some elephants-I thought it was a bit too high up for Elephants-but apparently not. There they were. A nice small family of about 8 or so.
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And of course I am on the lookout for birds.
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or flowers
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The local Baboon troop were patrolling all around the hill, and came to a stop at one point allowing for some backlit photography.
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They posted a Sentinel- He made me think about myself-"sometimes I sits and thinks-sometomes I just sits" :D
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And so onto what I consider the most delightful part of the day! So eaerly in the morning, it meant that anyting else I would encounter was a bonus. Brown Headed Parrots. Except this time they were much closer. I heard them before I saw them, and decided I would stop closest to where I thought the noise was coming from, and before long I could not just hear them chattering, but could see them-up close and personal. Enjoy!
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And then they started getting passionate :dance: :dance:
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These public displays- I tell you- they should be banned from the KNP :D

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Just two more of my feathered friends
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A quick Landscape
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A unidentified LBJ
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This steenbok was very shy and took the first gap behind my car
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They are too quick for me :wall:


I was to overnight in Berg 'n Dal, so the plan is to take it easy and work my way there by 14:00, book in, rest and then visit Matjulu Waterhole.


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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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The Hippo's had finally moved at Shitlave Dam
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The Zebra's were trying out some camouflage
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So too the Heron
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THe waterbuck was more open
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Shitlave Dam was a picture of serenity
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Time for some breakfast-but not before some birds arrived to disturb me.


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Ok, so some birds came to distract me from my breakfast
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Whilst having My breakfast, finally, a couple pulled up behind me, and prmptly got out of their car, with to kids (one a toddler and one a baby in arms) and began walking towards the waters edge, all the time pointing out the animals to the toddler. I was horrified, and eventually spoke to them to tell them that getting out of your vehicle is not allowed. They responded with surprise, that they did not know that is not allowed. Thankfully they got straight back into the car and left, and I could carry on with breakfast and birds.


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Breakfast done, it was time to move on.
Some Zebra gave me an opportunity for a portrait.
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As did a Wildebeest
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That bird again-I'm sure it knows about the struggles I have to try to pass them without stopping or taking a photo.
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When you are scanning the veld for wildife, you also get to notice some other things-like the lovely contrast between these red leaves and very dry grass. Just a abstract for me.
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Another one of those. Met someone at a sighting of one of these, and they stopped briefly- what are you looking at-Rhino I reply. "Oh, we've seen hundreds of them". And off they went. Not sure they appreciate the value of every one, considering how many have been slaughtered this year alone. I'll always stop and take a pic. conscious that I may not see it again on another occasion.
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Some vultures were just getting some thermal currents to take to the air.
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Transport Dam had some impala coming for a drink.
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And some handsome hunks in the grass.
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This Juvenile Bateleur was out looking for breakfast
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Rookie2009 wrote:
Some very nice sightings - i love the area around p'kop!!


Welcome Rookie2009. Pretoriuskop :thumbs_up:

Thanks MM.

Moving on
That Klipspringer was having a rest in the shade today.
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And another one of these-they seem abundant in the South.
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An Eagle went soaring past-I think a Tawny
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A quick pit stop at Afsaal, and then its off to Renosterpan. Such a non-descript little dam, but there is always something to see there, and will not miss an opportunity to visit. This time it had two different storks.
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Thanks Sharifa.

Had my rest, and it was off to feed my love of Kruger.
Some ele's crossed my path en route
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It was simply wonderful to be at this dam. It never disappoints. Elephants and other animals.
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The elephants were just leaving
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At first the Rhino was giving me some material for the Bum shots thread
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This one reminded me of childhood teasing-figure like a trigger and bum like a drum :whistle:
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Gotta love those black socks-very fashionable.
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Lets see if I can finish this 3rd day. Matjulu was especially great because of this
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Sometimes they disappeared amongst all the shrubs and bushes, and then you see a colour splash- Too fast for me to capture it
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Only to appear on a bush closer to me :dance: :dance:
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This I think is a Grey headed Sparrow-please correct me if i'm wrong
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This hornbill trying out some camouflage
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Never one to pass an opportunity to capture something beautiful
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This long tailed Shrike was catching the last rays of the sun
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Its tail got caught in a gust of wind, which announced the arrival of a cold front to Mpumalanga
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Sunset
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A false alarm for a leopard-right next to the tree where this Steenbok was grazing-unlikely to have been a leopard.
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The last animal I saw was Buffalo, but as it was too dark, did not manage to get any decent photos. Back to the end od day ritual-shower, dinner and download all the photo's. Except tonight I was do a braai, and the chalets at Berg n'Dal are great for sheltering from the winds that were getting stronger and stronger. I had an enjoyable braai, and then off to sleep. Good night.


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Day 4- 12 Augsut 2012

A good night's rest, and I'm up again at 4:45, usual cup of coffee and rusks, pack and I'm off just after 06:00. Tonight I was in Skukuza, so I was going to take it easyish, and spend the late afternoon at Lake Panic, which meant my day was going to be somewhat shortened. The sunrise was spectacular, some 37 Photos later it was too high in the sky to take any more. While I was taking in this breathtaking sight, a Landy passed, reversed and came to say "hello" I see your yellow ribbon. It was Ecojunkie, and I was glad to meet another forumite, and we had a short chat, mostly about the sunrise.
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