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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:44 am 
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Thanks wanderw :thumbs_up:

She was at Lijersdraai.


17 November 2012

Grootkolk


Tea was waiting for me at 5.00 am. I was getting used to this treatment very quickly :D
While Duke was preparing everything for the drive, I settled down to watch who will visit the waterhole

We were not disappointed. First up

A Honey badger

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Followed by a Brownie

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but the Brownie was very "disturbed." He kept looking around nervously and for good reason

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and Hello :o what is this

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What a wonderful start to the day

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Tag Daddy, you're it!

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Eventually Duke could finish packing the car and my tea was cold

We went on our drive and 6.3 km south of Grootkolk Duke said...................

Now that just does not sound right :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
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Need to finish this before next trip which is fast approaching, so herewith next episode :)


17 November 2012


Continued

Well actually Duke shouted out...Leopard!!!!

6.3km south of Grootkolk we saw the leopard we first came across in October last year and named Rosa :dance:
She is growing up into a beautiful lady and we were very happy to see her again

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After posing for us she moved off

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and then came onto the road and we followed her for about a kilometer

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Before she crossed the road

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Posed for us again. rjm had joined us by this time

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and then disappeared behind a fallen log

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Great to know Rosa is alive and doing well :clap: :dance: :clap: :dance:

Grootkolk delivers again :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
Unread postPosted: Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:18 pm 
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Thank you Phillip1, anne-marie, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, Carol g, Sky, LS, Aristocat, melph68, Pumbaa, Timbits, MM, barryels, hilda, wanderw for all your kind comments
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@ Sky - You leave camp with great difficulty :)

@ MM - Next trip is in 11 days time :dance: :dance: :dance:

17 November 2012


Continued

Beautiful sunrises

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The usual Grootkolk critters were there to say hello to us

sociable weaver

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yellow canary, red-headed finch and scaly-feathered finch

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And this yellow canary saying, “Service please”

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Skink

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Black-faced waxbill

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Violet-eared waxbill

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African Red-eyed Bulbul

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Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler

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The sunset

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And nocturnal visitors

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Grootkolk – my favourite place on planet earth


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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
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18 November 2012

The delightful Rosa visited us at 5am.

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but was in a hurry to get away

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We had another stunning sunrise

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Further on the drive south we saw a Honey Badger digging in the riverbed

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On the way back to Grootkolk we met our neighbours and they told us there was a leopard 4km north of Grootkolk. It turned out to be Rosa and she was stalking something

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She climbed up a tree

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To get a better view

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and she climbed down again

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and caught something which we thought was a jackal but she disappeared very quickly into the long grass

Back at camp we had lunch in the communal area with rjm, DinkyBird, Hawk, Franco (the camp attendant) and a couple from Germany.


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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
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19/20 November 2012


The 19th was a quiet day although we did see warthogs on the drive south

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On the 20th we left for Nossob and we found this Red-necked Falcon

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Between Bedinkt and Kwang we came across these four lion cubs alongside the road

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We left the cubs and carried on to Nossob to check in.
That afternoon we decided to go back and find the cubs again, hoping to find the mother had returned to the cubs.

On the way we had a show put on for us at Cubitje Quap :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Those little cubs are so cute.... :hmz: Would be nice to have one as a pet...if only they stayed that small. :lol:
Thanks for sharing :popcorn:


Thanks Trrp-trrrrrrrr :thumbs_up: Yup, if only.... :lol:



There were vultures all over the place

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Cape, lappet face and white back vultures

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And more coming in

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Also a tawny

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And three bateleurs circling

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Thank You Timbits, wanderw, Div, anne-marie, Toddelelfe, Trrp-trrrrrrrr, MM, hilda, Sky, barryels :thumbs_up: for your encouraging comments.

Three lionesses and a lion at Kwang

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The cubs were where we had left them and we learned from a fellow tourist that they belonged to the family at Kwang. Wonder why Mama had left such little cubs alone, 7km away, for so long :hmz:

On returning to Cubitje Quap the bateleurs were now in the waterhole

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21 November 2012

We were out at 5.30am and decided we would make our way slowly to Dikbaardskolk, over the upper dune road and then head for Mata Mata, before going to Urikaruus where we were for the next four nights.
It was a great day, starting of with Brownies :dance: :dance: :dance:

First at Marie se gat

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One at Kasper se Draai :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Just after Kasper se Draai

A lioness on the road, and she walked right past us

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Followed by the three lads, who also walked past us :big_eyes:

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Quiet on the dune road and we could not get past 13 Borehole as a petrol tanker was stuck on the road
So we headed south, met rjm, who told us about the road block at Auchterlonie, this one due to a lion kill.

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The year of the lions :tongue: but the day is only have done :wink:


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Martial Eagles at Rooibrak

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It was a long morning and we eventually got to Urikaruus and had a well deserved break. That afternoon just as we were nearing Dalkeith waterhole Duke said, this is where we first met old bad mouth. So we were shocked :big_eyes: to see this

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Not bad mouth, and this guy did get up and give us a show

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Between Dalkeith and 14 Borehole, a beautiful wild cat

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And a few surprises waited for us at Urikaruus...................


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A beautiful Eland at 13 Borehole

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These ladies at the water tank as you enter Urikaruus road

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We got back to Urikaruus, as we were offloading the car, the cape fox and cubs were out

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A lion and lioness came to drink every evening but not together

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The ladies from the water tank also visited later in the evening

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and even brought the lad with them


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Thank you Carol g :thumbs_up:


22 November 2012

The day started with the lone lioness dropping by for a drink while the giraffe looked on. My tea was ready too :whistle:

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On the drive we got another pygmy falcon :dance: :D

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Swallow tailed bee-eaters - photos not taken in sequence shown

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A hartebeest with calf on the ridge

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Steenbok

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And Charlie Fax visited us in the evening :D

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The 23 November started on a high and ended with a sighting we dream about...... :) :wink:


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Thanks Trrp-trrrrrrrr :thumbs_up:


23 November 2012

During the night our male lion visited and a brownie

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This morning I had the pleasure of having my tea in the company of a Caracal :dance: :D

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We went north for the drive. Two lions with a gemsbok kill at Craig Lockhart

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And this bateleur that gave us the twice over :lol:

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Back at Urikaruus a black chested snake eagle and secretary bird visited

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That afternoon we went north again and it was very quiet. We turned around and headed south, good move....... :wink:


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We were staying in Unit 4 at Urikaruus and kdu and francolin had written in the book about the leopard cubs 3 km south of camp (Thank you kdu :thumbs_up: ).

So far we did not find them but we headed pass Urikaruus and 2.8km south of Uri in the tree was this beautiful cat who we now know is Tshidi :dance: :dance: :dance:

No words required :wink: 8)

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Tshidi got up and climbed down the tree

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and then.......... :wink: :tongue:

TBC.........


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And then Tshidi sat down and we had the most magical moment with him. We were the only car there and he really put on a show for us.

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and then Tshidi got up

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and then :tongue: ...... TBC :wink:


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And then Tshidi walked towards us. We held our breath :big_eyes:

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and thought we were OK 8) so settled down about 3 meters from us :dance: I would like to think we bonded with him. As good as it gets :D

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It was 7.20pm and we had to get back to camp. We had just had the most magical hour with Tshidi.

Wonder where Seleka and Barolong were, but hey, tomorrow is another day :wink:


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