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Re: the solifugid, the snails and the storm clouds

Unread postby leachy » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:50 pm

:) :) :) :)

so.............................................

i popped around to the random water hole for the last time

as time was few !!!!!!!!!!

a drongo busy drinking on the wing

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a quick splash and dash for old time's sake
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and then a plover doing some hi speed jinks to impress the geese
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who gave him a round of applause for his performance
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Re: the solifugid, the snails and the storm clouds

Unread postby leachy » Mon Mar 18, 2013 8:51 pm

:) :) :) :)

there were some bee-eaters flying about above
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and one or two decided to cool down a bit.
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having taken an afternoon drive to mlondozi

with very little notable activity

besides this good looking chap

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i was heading for home when i met this

family messing about in the road.

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this youngster pushing his brother over.....
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much to the amusement of his sibling.........
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Re: the solifugid, the snails and the storm clouds

Unread postby leachy » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:23 am

:) :) :) :)

so.............................

it would be my last full day in the park before heading back to the spruit on the morrow.

on the h4-1a pair of nkuhlu marauders soaking up the morning sun

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while a group of their cousins

en route from roost to work

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this lady passed out on the side of the road..........

me thinks she is a consort who worked late the previous night.

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while this chap tries to get the last drop...
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and this fellow assumes the position
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a short way down the s21

i witnessed a bit of ground hornbill interaction.....

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Re: the solifugid, the snails and the storm clouds

Unread postby leachy » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:05 pm

:) :) :) :)

so.........................

on an early morning outing along the s21

i assumed the role of "specialist" tracker....


the spoor of equidae .....

moving slowly in an easterly direction

weighing in at approximately 250 kg (probably a mare)

and wearing black stripes

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a felidae spoor -

probably that of panthera leo -

moving in a westerly direction -

weighing in at approximately 180 kg

(probably a hungry female as a result of differing direction of equus quagga)

the broad front paw

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and the narrow rear paw..
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the spoor of a rhino with a severe case of worms...........

or perhaps a severe case of "crabs"......
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a crab.....
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continuing on the s21

resulted in an excursion to the picturesque destination of mpondo dam

where the only activity were these lepidopterae

flitting about on the cornflower vernonia
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the african monarch (not the one from lobamba)

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what could be

a white-cloaked skipper..

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a brown-veined white
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and....

what could be smoky orange tip

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home for lunch....
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Re: the solifugid, the snails and the storm clouds

Unread postby leachy » Sun Apr 07, 2013 4:07 pm

:) :) :) :)

last stop at the weir

to watch this little egret.....

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my last outing along the h10

under the watchful eyes of this "mountain rooster" -

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then..

a lifer for me....

a small flock of amur falcons.......

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Re: the solifugid, the snails and the storm clouds

Unread postby leachy » Mon Apr 08, 2013 1:26 pm

:) :) :) :)

so.........................

time to head back to the spruit

to change wardrobes for my road trip to the cape

i aimed the car towards croc bridge and proceeded

the ever present watchful gaze of a tawny eagle

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this tusker seemed a bit skittish....
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just around the corner

two chaps recovering from a bachelor party

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and just after s25 intersection

a well fed brute with hairy elbows.....

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then........................

i left from the same place that i had entered 9 days earlier......
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Re: the solifugid, the snails and the storm clouds

Unread postby leachy » Wed Apr 24, 2013 7:15 am

:) :) :) :)

thank you to all the people who joined me on this outing...

it was fun having you all on board..........

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