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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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hilda wrote:
Thank you so much for another very informative, interesting episode of your trip Charbel! That is indeed a majestic Ellie! :clap: :clap:

Thanks Hilda. I will soon come back with another Ellie, this time one that threatened us quite seriously!

Lots of lovely bird sightings too! What an awesome landscape picture! Great Baboon series too! :dance: :dance:

It was a joy to make the Baboon series!

Awesome info about the "flying" Mongoose! :lol:

I like that pic so much!

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Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Super Mongoose wrote:
Hey Charbel, I had to catch up from way back, but enjoyed every minute of it!

Graet photos and thanx for all the info!


Dear Super Mongoose
Great to know you are still following the TR. Thanks for the interest!!! Nice you're enjoying.

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Hey charbel :)

Thanks for that informative tidbit it helped a lot

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Thanks for sharing all this information! Knowledge is power. Loved the Baboon sequence those guys keep me entertained for hours!

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Cape of Storms wrote:
Thanks for sharing all this information! Knowledge is power. Loved the Baboon sequence those guys keep me entertained for hours!


Yes, Cape of Storms, we can really lose track of time watching them. Very very interesting animals!

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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:mrgreen: :mrgreen: Thank for the Stunning pics and highly informative TR. :great:

:hmz: A person can not learn enough. :) :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Charbel, again, so interesting and informative. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Dear Meandering Mouse and Philip,
Thanks! Hope to do new posting soon. Planning to KTP is taking a lot of time....

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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To return to H7, the Orpen-Satara Road, we took S36, the Nhlanguleni Road, where we saw: 1 European Roller (Coracias garrulus), a group of Impalas, 2 Hippos, in Shimangwaneni Dam, 1 Flap-Necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis), 6 Helmeted Guineafowls (Numida meleagris)and an African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer).

I will just reproduce here a picture of the Helmeted Guineafowls, walking on the road, and a picture of a rainbow we saw in the road. We simply thought that it is not common in our experience to see the end of a rainbow. We thought about entering the savannah to look for the gold hidden in the end of the rainbow…

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Then we reached H7, where we found: 1 Grey Go-Away Bird (Lourie) (Corythaixoides concolor), 1 Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus), 1 Zebra Millipede (I found no identification. Does someone know?), 1 Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta) (our first, but with no picture, it just passed running through the road), 2 African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus), 1 Red-Crested Korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista, or as a synonym Lophotis ruficrista).

Here is the picture of the Zebra millipede, quite a beautiful small animal! If someone knows the scientific name, I’d be very glad to be enlightened in this respect.

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Here is a picture of the Wild Dogs, in the middle of the road. The light was not great, with the afternoon dying. This was the only decent picture. It was great anyway to see Wild Dogs once again, in two successive days two sightings of these elusive animals. Wonderful!

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Here is a cropped version of this picture.

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A picture of the Red-Crested Korhaan.

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This bird is nearly endemic to southern Africa. Here is a distribution map for the species: http://maps.iucnredlist.org/map.html?id=106002772

This is the most woodland-dependent among the bustards and korhaans.

It is omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates, mostly termites, beetles and grasshoppers, and plant matter, mainly seeds and fruit. It forages on the ground, picking up food with its bill. This is what he/she was doing when we found him/her.

The courtship display by the male is spectacular courtship, involving displays to multiple females. In the end, he will mate with some of the females.

The eggs are incubated by the female for about 22 days, which also raises the chicks alone.

It is not threatened by extinction, classified in the IUCN Red List as Least Concern, with stable populations.

Some recordings of their calls can be found here (two of them from Kruger): http://www.xeno-canto.org/browse.php?sp ... ed+Korhaan

This is simply a fascinating call, like an urgent siren. I love the beating beak before the higher calls. We did hear the call in KNP. Great!

Finally, some landscape pictures at H7. First, with more light as the afternoon was dying.

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The sun was beautifully descending

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And then the night came down.

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We reached Tamboti in time, still seeing a Buffalo and a Swainson’s Spurfowl in the way, but with no time for pictures.

One more day in KNP. Once again a very productive day, from the guided morning walk to the round trip in the end of morning and afternoon. No day looks like a waste in KNP. Fantastic experiences are guaranteed on a daily basis.

Next posting will take us to January 8th, the day we were threatened by two elephants and had to run away….


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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Hey Charbel :)

Love the wild dogs and those sunset pics gorgeous!

As for that worm it looks like a mopani worm I could be mistaken?

Another great episode cant wait to read the next :D

Thanks Çharbel

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Dear Sheenaugh-Lee,
It was indeed a gorgeous sunset. I am glad we managed to capture it well in the pics.

I don't think it is a mopane worm, at least based on the pictures I found. For instance: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gonimbrasia_belina

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Like your Guinea Fowls and Rainbow Charbel! :clap: :clap:

The closest I could get to your Zebra Millipede in my fieldguide, it is classified under Worm-like Millipedes, Order Juliformia. :thumbs_up:

You were so lucky to find Wild Dogs again! :dance: :dance:

Awesome landscape pictures, with a beautiful sunset! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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Dear Hilda

hilda wrote:
Like your Guinea Fowls and Rainbow Charbel! :clap: :clap:

The closest I could get to your Zebra Millipede in my fieldguide, it is classified under Worm-like Millipedes, Order Juliformia. :thumbs_up:

You were so lucky to find Wild Dogs again! :dance: :dance:

Awesome landscape pictures, with a beautiful sunset! :clap: :clap:


Thanks for the comments. We were indeed very lucky to see Wild Dogs two days in a row.

Also thanks for the clue on the Millipede. I couldn't also go beyond a more general identification...

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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charbel,

:redface: Really embarrassed to say this is the first time I am replying to your TR...I have however been following your TR with great interest. I only became a forum member after your TR had started. However needed you to know that I am thoroughly enjoying the ride. Absolutely amazing pics and stunning sightings. Really enjoy the detail as well as all the informative information you have incorporated in your TR. :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Report of our first trip to Kruger - 3-14 January 2011
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dear Trrp-trrrrrrrr
Nice to know you're following. Great!
I plan to soon come back with new postings. It is great to share what I've been learning. I'd like to finish this TR before going to KTP. But in one month I'll be going, difficult task...

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