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 Post subject: Re: At last it's time to go Kruger 2 - photo edition.
Unread postPosted: Thu Nov 22, 2012 10:33 pm 
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Oct 13, Day 10, continue

After the Steenbokkies we drove on to make brunch, but only a few kilometers before the turn off to the Muzandzeni picnic spot, we saw what was the number one high light of our trip. Maybe being a twitcher has something to do with it and I still get that excited feeling just looking at the photos!

We spotted almost right next to the road, about 7 meters away a Bateleur and a Lesser Spotted Eagle on top of a termite mound catching the flying termites as they were leaving the nest! The two eagle did not fight fight at all, but the Spotted Eagle did move out of the way if the Bateleur wanted his spot.

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I took a 1000 photos and also a long video clip, will post it after I made it a bit shorter. We sat with these so eagles for an hour and still they were catching termites. Skillie was super happy that his favourite bird gave us such a nice show!

Turning off to the picnic spot Skillie stopped and said: I have to show you this! I was my first live Dung Beetle, seen plenty on Discovery channel, but never before in real life!

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At the picnic spot it was as peace full as ever, a few more visitors, but everybody just enjoying the break in the rain and the African bush. This time there were no ellies to entertain us, a bit disappointing, but after the rain the animals were not that thirsty.

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After brunch we left with heavy hearts knowing this was our last brunch in Kruger. We took the Sweni road again, just because it's a beautiful road.

We spotted a few impies sparing.

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Then we found another Skillie, this time a Marsh Terrapin in the middle of the road in a puddle. They are able to bury itself and remain in torpid state during dry conditions. That's why we found him in the middle of no where not near a dam or a pan. They are often found traveling between pans.

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Day 10, to continue........... (with my second best high light of the trip!)

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 Post subject: Re: At last it's time to go Kruger 2 - photo edition.
Unread postPosted: Sat Nov 24, 2012 8:48 pm 
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Oct 13, Day 10, continue

We left the sparing impies and drove further on the Sweni road. Everything were bright and clean and green after the rain. Near the Welverdiend waterhole Skillie unexpectedly stopped and just said "camera camera" and I had no idea what he saw. He backed up slowly and right there next to the road sat two beautiful Cheetah! They were looking at some impala at bit off into the bush, but the impala looked up when we stopped and saw the cheetah, I felt so bad!

The cheetah looking at the impies of in the distance.

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The mother - bigger cheetah looking around.

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Then the youngster, a boy - smaller cheetah looking at us.

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Both looking at the impies again.

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The impies started moving and the youngster got up.

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Then the mother got up.

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Then the youngster charged the impala, but not a full speed charge.

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Then they both disappeared into the bush.

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One vehicle arrived just before the vanished and had a little glimpse on them.

O wow, it was awesome, they were right on the edge of the road. We were just in the right place at the right time! To me, our second best sighting of the trip!

We drove on and found these beautiful resting impies neat Mahungumula pan.

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A bit further on we saw our first long-neck on the Sweni road.

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And right there at the long-neck lady we saw a huge shongololo (millipede).

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At the spot where we saw the eight lions a couple of days ago we saw some dagga boys.

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There were a few vehicles parked and the nice people said that lions killed a buff near by the day before and they were hoping that the leos would come to the road. We new we saw these leos a couple of day ago and left the nice people to their waiting game.

Back on tar, H1-3, we saw another big tusky ellie bull, not as big as the one we saw the morning, but he was good looking and very relaxed.

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Back at camp I took the last kiekies of what was our home away from home for the last 10 days. It was sad as we become so used to our camp, I could have stayed another month!

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End of Day 10. (with one more first ever birdie for me)

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 Post subject: Re: At last it's time to go Kruger 2 - photo edition.
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 10:35 pm 
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Oct 14, Day 11

Why does time fly when you are having fun? To soon we arrived at the end of our Kruger holiday. I got up early just as dawn broke and went to sit at the fence, hoping that the patrolling spottie will make another round, but he didn't, he too had to go back home.

Not to far off a few dagga boys spend the night. I took the kiekie through the fence.

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It was drizzling and made breaking down camp a muddy affair. It went quickly though and when we had to fold the ground sheet last I saw all the starlings flying in and sat around. I thought they are so clever to come and look for crumbs and food, but no, they were catching the bugs that accumulated under the ground sheet. Then when we had the muddy ground sheet folded and ready to put in the bag, Skillie first had to unfolded the bag that was laying under the trailer the whole time. All of a sudden a huge Red Roman about 7/8 cm long (it's a big red hairy arachnid, but not a spider, closer to the ant family, not poisonous but a nasty bite) came out of the bag and almost ran over his hand and fell on the ground running for cover to the nearest bush. A Burchall's starling ran and grab the Red Roman, through it down, pecked it twice and it was dead. I tried to take a better look but the Starling would not let me get near, running away with the dead Red Roman in his mouth, stop, eat a bit and run again. Awesome to see, unfortunately no pics, it happened to quick.

As we were done with everything it started to rain very hard again. We had to shower after playing in the mud. We said goodbye to the nice people we met and off we went at 9 o'clock.

We stopped at the Park Shop for a last gift or two for the teenagers who stayed at home and had to study for the upcoming exams. As we left the Satara gate the sun came out.

Right on S100 turnoff we saw two Hooded vultures, it was a first for us and they were right next to the road! They were also on a termite nest, trying to catch them, but they were not so good at it as the Bateleur and Spotted Eagle were. I hardly took a photo and 10 vehicles surrounded us including the private game drives from outside Kruger and Skillie made a break for it before I could snap the second vulture....

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Turned back and onto the H7 knowing it was our way home, luckily the rain stayed away for a bit and we had a few sightings before the rain came down again making it impossible to see anything.

A few Swainson's Spurfowls crossed the road.

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A White-backed Vulture tried to dry his wings.

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A few gorgeous Zebbies showed off their stripes.

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Our last ellie having breakfast.

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And then we saw the rain coming and these pictures make me long to be back in the Kruger!

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The rain stopped just before the saw the Orpen gate.

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Around 12 o'clock we left the Kruger behind and on the road to reality. The first thing that always hits me is all the sign boards next to the road. You don't know what to read first or last. Then the lines on the road that now tells you where to go and to stay on your side. Then the speed, 100km/h feels like 200 km/hour!

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 Post subject: Re: At last it's time to go Kruger 2 - photo edition.
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Hey Mites

Thanx to everyone who joined our trip! I would stay there for ever if I could and I believe there is a lot of mites that would do the same if they could!

I still have a few video clips I have to edit to make them a lot shorter and I want to post our checklists, but what I can't wait to post is our next trip's reservations!

Tsendse, 9 to 17 March 2013, campsite # 26!


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 Post subject: Re: At last it's time to go Kruger 2 - photo edition.
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Checklist KNP Orpen & Satara, 4 to 14 October 2012

Mammals

Lion: about 30
Leopard: 2 at Nmensi dam
Cheetah: 8
African Wild Cat: 1 on night drive
Serval: 0
Caracal: 0
African Wild Dog: 0
Side-striped jackal: 0
Black-backed Jackal: 8
Spotted Hyaena: 4 on night drive, same 2 every night at the fence
Large-spotted Genet: 1 on night drive
Small-spottet Genet: 1 on night drive
Slender Mongoose: 2 at Timbavati Picnic spot, 1 near Satara
Banded Mongoose: 0
Dwarf Mongoose: a clan at the water fountain at Satara
Tsessebe: 0
Blue Wildebeest: plenty
African Buffalo: plenty, including 1 huge heard at Satara - 600 plus
Impala: plenty
Roan Antelope: 0
Sable Antelope: 0
Kudu: plenty
Nyala: 3 bulls
Bushbuck: 3 at Timbavati picnic spot, 7 in the bush, only 1 ram
Waterbuck: plenty
Southern Reedbuck: 0
Common Duiker: 2
Red Duiker: 1
Klipspringer: 4
Steenbok: plenty, more than ever before
Sharpe's Grysbok: 0
Common Warthog: plenty, a lot more than in April
Plains Zebra: plenty, including one huge heard near Tshokwane - 400 plus
Giraffe: plenty
Hippopotamus: plenty, including 1 baby
African Elephant: plenty, including 1 huge heard at Nsmani - 100 plus
White Rhinoceros: 20
Black Rhinoceros: 0
Chacma Baboon: 5 troops, less than in the past
Vervet Monkey: plenty troops
Tree Squirrel: a few
Scrub Hare: 2 on night drive
Rock Hyrax: 0

Reptiles

Snakes: only 1 little one I almost stepped on at Satara
Water Monitor: 0
Rock Monitor: 0
Nile Crocodile: plenty, not as mush as in the past
Tree Agama: 2
Spined Ground Agama: 1
Tropical House Gecko: a few
Flap- neck Chameleon: 1
Leopard Tortoise: 7
Hinged Terrapin: a few at the dams, 1 in the road

Bugs

Baboon Spider: a few
Rain Spider: a few
Red Roman: 1
Millepede: plenty after the rain
Centipede: a few
Dung beetle: 1
Grasshoppers: a few
Butterflies: a few

Birds to follow soon!

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 Post subject: Re: At last it's time to go Kruger 2 - photo edition.
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It took me a while too long to finish my bird check list, but at last it's done!

According to Phillip and Warwick Tarboton's "Common Kruger Park Birds", there are over 220 bird species most likely to be encounterd in KNP, but over the years around 500 species have been recorded.

Me and Skillie are only greenhorns in the birdie world, but we managed to tick a 100 Kruger birdies during our October trip.

1: African Darter: a few
2: Cattle Egret: a few
3: Little Egret: a few
4: Great Egret: a few
5: Marabou Stork: a few
6: Yellow-billed Stork: 4
7: Saddle-billed Stork: 3
8: African-Openbill: 1
9: African-Spoonbill: 2
10: Grey Heron: a few
11: Goliath Heron: 2
12: Black-headed Heron: 2
13: Hadeda Ibis: a few
14: Hamerkop: 1
15: Black Crake: a few
16: Egyptian Goose: plenty
17: White-faced Duck: plenty
18: Three-banded Plover: plenty
19: Common Sandpiper: a few
20: Wood Sandpiper: a few
21: Blacksmith Lapwing: plenty
22: Crowend Lapwing: only mom,dad with a single chick
23: Helmeted Guineafowl: plenty
24: Swainson's Spurfowl: plenty
25: Natal Spurfowl: plenty
26: Coqui Francolin: a few
27: Crested Francolin: a few
28: Water Thick-knee: very few
29: Red-crested Korhaan: one
30: Black-bellied Busterd : one
31: Kori Busterd: two (a couple)
32: Common Ostrich: plenty, including chicks
33: White-backed Vulture: plenty
34: Hooded Vulture: two
35: Lappet-faced Vulture: two
36: Bateleur: plenty
37: African Fish-eagle: about ten
38: Steppe Eagle: one!!
39: Tawny Eagle: a few
40: Lesser Spotted Eagle: one!!
41: Wahlbergs's Eagle: a few!!
42: Martial Eagle: a few
43: Brown Snake-eagle: a few
44: Yellow-billed Kite: a few
45: African Scops-Owl: only 2 at Satara, but heard plenty
46: African Banded-owlet: one!!
47: Red-eyed Dove: plenty
48: Cape Turtle-dove: plenty
49: African Mourning Dove: plenty
50: Laughing Dove: plenty
51: Emerald-spotted Wood-dove: a few
52: African Green-pigeon: two at Timbavati Picnic spot
53: Grey Go-away-bird: plenty
54: Brown-headed Parrot: two at Satara
55: Buchell's Coucal: a few
56: Pied Crow: only a few
57: Little Swift: plenty in the skies
58: White-rumped Swift: plenty in the skies
59: African Palm Swift: plenty in the skies
60: Barn Swallow: nest at the wash-up at Satara
61: Lesser Striped Swallow: plenty in the skies and 2 in a tree
63: Wire-tailed Swallow: plenty in the skies
64: Pied Kingfisher: a few
65: European Bee-eater: one whole swarm!!
66: Lilac Breasted Roller: plenty
67: Purple Roller: two
68: Common Scimitarbill: one at Timbavati Picnic spot
69: Green Wood-hoopoe: a few at Satara
70: African Hoopoe: a few
71: Golden-tailed Woodpecker: a few
72: Cardinal Woodpecker: two (male and female)
73: Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill: plenty
74: Afircan Grey Hornbill: a few
75: Red-billed Hornbill: a few
76: Southern Ground-Hornbill: two
77: Crested Barbet: 2 at Satara, 2 at Muzandzeni Picnic spot
78: Fork-tailed Drongo: plenty
79: Arrow-marked Babbler: plenty
80: Kurrichane Thrush: plenty
81: Dark-capped Bulbul: plenty
82: Chinspot Batis: plenty
83: Magpie Shirke: plenty
84: White Helmet-shrike: a few outside the gate of Olifants
85: Cape Glossy Starling: plenty
86: Greater Blue-eared Starling: plenty
87: Red-winged Starling: a few at Olifants
88: Buchell's Starling: plenty
89: Southern Boubou: plenty
90: Grey-headed Bush-shrike: only one, but heard plenty
91: Marico Sunbird: two at Timbavati feeding a chick
92: White-bellied Sunbird: two at Tamboti when we went to see what it looks like there
93: Cape White-eye: only a few, they are so tiny..
94: House Sparrow: plenty
95: Southern Grey-headed Sparrow: plenty
96: Red-billed Quelea: plenty in big sworms
97: Red-billed Buffalo-weaver: plenty
98: Blue Waxbill: a few at Timbavati and Muzandzeni picnic spots
99: Southern Masked-weaver: a few
100: Village Weaver: plenty
And a few LBJ's that I have no idea.....

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Rhino poached 2013 - 951, 2012 - 668, 2011 - 448, 2010 - 333, 2009 - 122, 2008 - 83.
Total 2600!


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