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 Post subject: Sharifa Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems Oct'12
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Almost time for another trip to the Kalahari, the place of red sands and blue skies. A place of many Gems(bok).

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and those enchanting ruby red eyes

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Tha Auob Riverbed was teeming with black shouldered kites last October

The alluring red sands

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We leave for a 17 day trip on the 10 November :dance:

to the magical place.

A place where you can have Days Like This

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

It is 6.20am and I am waiting in the car at the Twee Rivieren Gate. We have just had 17 wonderful days in the KTP. One would expect to see cheetah in 17 days but they eluded us this time. Duke returns with our permit and I must hand it to him that he can still surprise me after all these years as we head back into the Park and not to Upington.

Well, if it is cheetah you want let us go have one more look. We have a wonderful sighting at Leeudrill...........

but let me start at the beginning.

Introduction

The place of red sands and blue skies

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Not many Ruby Red Eyes this year.

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Five for the whole trip. Last year we were seeing 5 in one tree. We found cheetah scarce too, having seeing 11 in one day last year.

Not complaining as we did find many little gems though

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And family jewels too :roll:

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If last year was the year of the BSK and cheetah this year goes down as the year of the Eland and the Lion.
There was a dead eland or three at every waterhole and the lions were feasting.

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We met many mites

Arks, Katja, AstroMatt, Hearick, DinkyBird, Hawk, RJM (who kept telling us about all his cheetah sightings :lol: ), PeterPiper, katydownunder, francolin, Lion Queen, picnic and Magriet

and made some new friends :D

Buckle up here we go

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

We left Centurion at 5.00am, met up with lion queen and picnic in Upington :D and were at Twee Rivieren at 4.45pm.

We were soon on our way to Leeudrill, ready for the Kalahari magic. I was hoping to see eland on this trip as we had not seen one in KTP yet. We saw 5 dead ones at Samevloeiing :shock:

our first sighting was a Kori

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followed by the signature mammal and bird of the Kalahari (Gemsbok and PCG)

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we then got an Eland and calf :dance: :dance: :dance:

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and the calf must have been born recently as you could still see the umbilical cord

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We also found a pygmy falcon on the way back to camp :D

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

We were up at 4.30am or rather the driver was up at 4.30am, getting the ketlle boiling, preparing snacks and a tea flask, to enjoy at a sighting or a waterhole. Well trained he is :wink:

We decide to go to Rooiputs and back, then pack up and head for Auchterlonie for our meet with Arks. We were at Kieliekrankie for the next 3 nights.

At Leeudril our first lion of the trip

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We then heard some noises from the ridge and saw the mating pair

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Further on we stopped for a PCG

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and noticed the two honey badgers with the attendant PCG's, in the distance, just too far for good pics

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on the way back another lioness drinking at Leeudril

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a jackal in a hurry

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We meet Katja at Samevloeiing and ask her to join us at Auchterlonie

We have a lovely meet with Arks (center) and Katja (right) and get tips on where to find all the gems :D

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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
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Thank you wanderw, Phillip1, anne-marie, hilda, Cape of Storms, Katja

It was great meeting you too Katja :D

We check in at Kieliekrankie and relax for a couple of hours. When we go out in the afternoon a storm is brewing which presents a great backdrop for dramatic colurs and landscapes. Enjoy the spledour of the Kalahari :wink:

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



On our morning drive we found the Cape Fox den Arks and Katja told us about

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Further on we came across these Spotted Eagle Owl Chicks

We met Astromatt at this sighting

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Just past Rooibrak we found 2 collared lions and a lioness

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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
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On the afternoon drive we saw a lion at Houmoed

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A gemsbok was ambling along and suddenly he took off at speed. Then we saw the reason why :)

There were two lions in the background under the tree

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Further along we were blocked by a hartebeest and calf on the road

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and then saw eland

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At Kij Kij we enjoyed this sight of secretary bird and vultures sharing the watehole

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Cape Vulture

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Secretary Bird

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

As usual tea was waiting for me and I settled down to watch what would visit the waterhole this morning.
We had a herd of eland at the waterhole

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Then at 5.30 as we left Kieliekrankie a brown hyena on the move

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A pygmy falcon

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then meerkats

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A pair of Greater Kestrels at Auchterlonie

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A few more eland

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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
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We headed south for our afternoon drive and at Houmoed we found this sleeping lioness

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and her prize - an eland she killed

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and plenty of jackals hoping to get a free meal
but she was having none of their nonsense

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She dragged her eland closer to her in the shade where she was trying to sleep, with the jackals looking on

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a little clean up before she settled down to sleep again

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but when the gemsbok came for a drink it got her attention and she made a half- hearted attempt

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Then she settled down in the shade of a tree barely 3 metres from us :big_eyes:

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 Post subject: Re: Red Sands, Blue Skies, Rubies and other Gems
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Thank you
anne-marie - thought she was being greedy :)

Fotomaljohan - welcome and hope you get to see the eland too. We are going to be there from Dec 22 as well so I hope we meet. Hope you don't have any accidents with the photos again :( :thumbs_up:

MM - borrow a brownie for a day :)

hilda - amazing to watch her pull the eland with just her teeth. :clap:

LQ- Glad you are back. That was one strong lady

14 November 2012


We were out again at 5.30am. Past Batulama we had this couple on the road

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and this guy in the riverbed

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They really do not look good the collars. The couple came very close and then sat down next to us

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and when the second male tried to join them he was sent packing. You could hear him moaning and complaining. Not a happy fellow at all

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Grumpy headed for the waterhole moaning all the way. The couple followed him.

We left them and stopped for a White-faced Scops Owl

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We returned to join the lions. Grumpy stopped for a drink

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and we thought the couple would join Grumpy.............

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


The couple walked straight past Grumpy and

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and Grumpy just had to watch them from the waterhole

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We returned to Kieliekrankie, packed up and made our way to Nossob where we would spend our next two nights.
I did say it was the year of the lions. At Rooikops there was a lion grooming himself

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while the females were eyeing some gemsbok

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but we thought it was 44 degrees and at midday in that heat they were not going to hunt anything. Therefore we left them and headed off to Nossob to check in.

We were sooooooo wrong........... :slap:

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We unpacked and relaxed in until it was cooler to go for a drive again. We headed south again and the lions had killed a wildebeest, in this heat :big_eyes:

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Not much was happening so we moved on to Marie se Gat. Met Forumite, Hearick
here. There were some gemsbok

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We returned to Rooikop. The male lion got up, sprayed and settled down near the carcass

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The ladies were interested in some kudu on the ridge

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They were spotted and the ladies returned, walking very close past our car

This was what I call a close encounter :big_eyes: At one stage we were surrounded by lionesses on all three sides and Duke was ready to roll those windows

In front to the left

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Behind to the left

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Then behind us this one took a liking to the Mitsubishi :k

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TBC.......... :)

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14 November 2012

Continued


The lionesses gave us a performance

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before settling down just behind us

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When the Big Boys started eating we realised why the Ladies were interested in the kudu, no spoils for them from here :tongue:

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and the Ladies looked sooooo pretty

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A very special sighting and at Nossob we had this sunset to boot

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15 November 2012


At Nossob the decision to travel north or south is always a dilemma. We headed north and it was a quiet morning.
A lioness drinking at Kwang before she joined the other two

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Doves

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and a PCG at Bedinkt

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Clouds were forming and we enjoyed the beautiful Nossob Riverbed

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and sandgrouse

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and we saw this guy crossing the road just before the gate at Nossob Hide

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16 November 2012


Today we are heading for Grootkolk :dance: It was a quiet drive

Some sightings along the way

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A hyena cooling off

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A beautiful Grootkolk sunset

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If today was a quiet day then the 17 November was one of those days you dream about :D
Grootkolk turned on the magic for us 8)

TBC.............

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