Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  Page 4 of 9
 [ 124 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ... 9  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 2:35 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
That comical inhabitant of the KNP refused to come out of the shade
Image

And that guy from whom SA could learn a few labour laws :tongue:
Image

And a good few more Big tuskers (why does he have to be on the road????)
Image

Image

Zebra grazing contentedly
Image

Image

And yet more Rhino's.
Image

Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 8:52 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
While the curry is stewing on the stove, let's see if we can finish this day 3.
A sizable herd of Buffalo waltzing past.
Image

With a few teenagers- well maybe not-but the horns are there already.
Image

These two decided to settle disputes the "manne"way.
Image

Enough time for a quick excursion to a hide close by, where I was welcomed by that awesome trrrp-trrrr sound. Found him quick enough
Image

Then I had a Hippo snarl at me-never seen it before :tongue:
Image

Image

Here mom was teaching a youngster some lesson in jaw fights.
Image

He stopped when he heard a few clicking sounds
Image

And then as I leave, an Elephant close by-it was not there when I arrived. Just to stress me out :hmz:
Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:49 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
Some McDonalds
Image

Here's the second image I saw of the Impala with that growth-sorry not the best pic.
Image

And back on the tar road, a traffic jam up ahead. Big cat for sure. And so it proved, but it was far away, and in shade. But I managed to get a shot or two.
Image

Image

Image

Only when I downloaded and edited the pics did I see that there were actually two of them- guess that is reason enough for a big traffic jam.
Image

A leopard is a leopard as the saying goes here.

And can be nicer than this.
Image

Plus preening
Image

And I still wanted to get to Sunset Dam.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2013 10:15 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
And Transport Dam was once again visited by the troop-of-trouble baboons. No sundowners again this evening.
The hippos were-well, yawning
Image

Or just chillin
Image

And one more from the baboons
Image

Well that ends day 3. Quick swim, shower, supper download the pics to the external hard drive and its off to snoreland, with the intention of being out and about by 04:30 in the morning.

Good night.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:07 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
A good nights rest, i'm up and about by 3:45, gotta pack everything as I'm spending the night in Pretoriuskop again. Coffee and rusks, a quick shower (amazing having a shower so early in the morning-the best part is seeing other "zombies" come ambling to the shower after you've finished and you can see it all over their face-BLIKSEM-I'm a nutcase!) and i'm off to enjoy some more magic. Thoughts are of course centered around what will I see today, but still keeping it in mind that I am here to enjoy what Ms Kruger shares-no stress about not seeing lions by day 3, and only one sighting of leopards. ENJOY ENJOY ENJOY is the motto on this trip at any rate.
Gotta take a shot of that fast flowing river-again
Image

An early morning ellie
Image

Early morning Shrike.
Image

And a European Roller
Image

Swainson Francolin
Image

and a first for me :dance: :dance: Black Bellied Korhaan. Which did not stick around much.
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:32 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
And that other bird which I always want to see-they are sooo beautiful
Image

And
Image

And
Image

This one still had the evidence of last nights party on its back
Image

And then one of the hightlights of the trip and an animal I have not seen in quite a while. :dance: :dance: Reedbuck.
Image

They were on honeymoon and quite suspicious of my intrusion
Image

Image

Beautiful creatures to make a beautiful day
Image

These rock buntings are forever on the road in front of you, and when you stop for a pic, they disappear, so had to do some zooming. Cute birds.
Image

This one, like me, was enjoying the early morning quietness.
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2013 10:21 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
Swallows on the road
Image

Image

I think its a greater striped Swallow-please correct me if I am wrong.

Time to get off the tar road and get some dust into the lungs :whistle:
And lo and behold, another Black Bellied Korhaan, this one equally suspicious, but at least it did not fly off or disappear, but allowed me to come close enough for some shots. Everytime I stopped the care it moved off a few meters, resulting in us playing I-follow-you-if-you-follow-me kind of game.
Image

Image

This shot shows the lack of Chevrons on the back
Image

And how nice to see two of these together
Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Fri Feb 22, 2013 11:03 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
I have even more appreciation for this sighting, after reading that wonderful thread on these birds by Duke. Amur Falcon - Male
Image

Female
Image

Not sure if this is the same species, too brown for Amur Falcon, so i'll opt for Lesser Kestrel.
Image

Image

There was an abundance of these in the Park- the boomslangs have been on diet.
Image

Just had to see him/her safely to the grass, not that there any cars around. Saw my first car two hours later. Wonderful :thumbs_up:
Image

And our dear and special friends.
Image

Image

Have a wonderful weekend everyone.

Good night.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 10:06 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
OK, I think I have time enough to do one more post tonight.
So I am chillin on this road somewhere in Kruger. It's 07:13 in the morning, the tummy i s rumbling so I stop and ask an oke if I can join him for breakfast. He had a scrumptious breakfast at hand.
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Not a morsel did I get in all of the 15 minutes I spent watching this theatrical display :shock: . By then it had still not swallowed the poor locust. Seems the idea is to toss and toss it until all the harder parts are broken off. What a wonderful way to spend an early morning. Thoroughly enjoyed it.

And to add more pleasure to the morning, nothing like seeing one of these.
Image

Nkumbe once again had little, except a butterfly, and I did not have my macro lens with me, so this is taken with 500mm Zoom lens. Not the best.

Image

Image

Here's some for nostalgia
Image

The Road to Tshokwane
Image

Good night!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 4:27 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
Orpen Dam next on the cards where I see that curious, if somewhat elusive and suspicious bird
Image

Quite a big family, with some small ones, but they were being very well hidden, could only get fleeting glances
Image

Image

Image

And another nostalgic image- Crumbs how many times I have been here! Since at least 1990.
Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:07 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
Time to leave Orpen Dam and head for Tshokwane, for breakfast. The tummy was giving the local lions a run for their money when it comes to roaring. Just below the dam, Trrp-Trrrrr's family came in for a landing right next to the road :dance: Don;t know about anyone else, but just can't get enough of this bird-those colours.
Image

Image

Tshokwane itself has a resident?? Yellow billed kite that is seen there regularly, today it was hovering around looking for food.
Image

Image

And then watched the monkeys steal some peoples food. They are so quick to see a gap in concentration and before you know it, they had those peoples bread. Phew, I watched my food like the proverbial Hawk. Been there, done that, and lost my bread twice already. There were quite a few youngsters learning the trade.
Image

Image

And a reminder of ... me
Image

Breakfast was good! So on the road again!

And a Kudu bull on the way to Skuks before Leeupan.
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:09 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
A few more form Leeupan- this guy was tiny'
Image

Image

A quick visit to Oliphantspan-that's what I think its called which had a few white faced duck and grey Heron
Image

and something to remind me to stick to the speed limit.
Image

Here's the reason to keep to the speed limit
Image

Image

Beauty everywhere.
Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 10:41 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
Last post for tonight- so onto Skukuza.
And heard this fellow before I tracked him down. Roberts described its song "one of the best avian singers in the world" I gladly concur. Heuglin's Robin. Another first for me :dance: :dance:
Image

Image

A bumble Bee of sorts
Image

And off to do that walk along the river- this time specifically to find the Green Pigeon- which I found :dance: :dance: :dance:
Image

Image

Image

And an old dagga boy resting in the safety of the river.
Image

Good night.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:27 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
Before Lake Panic(again :whistle: ) a few more pics form my rambling around Skukuza
Image

Image

Image

Image

Image

Image


Last edited by noel on Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:33 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Tue Feb 26, 2013 1:50 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Sep 06, 2006 1:13 pm
Posts: 810
Location: Johannesburg
And so onto Lake Panic, and first to greet me, or is that to scare me :whistle:
Image

And have never seen a wasp drinking water before.
Image

The Goliath heron was in hide and seek mode today, and stayed well hidden in the thick foilage. Barely got to see it, and that only after someone else pointed it out to me.
Image

Image

Image

Finally got a chance to get that Heron in flight.
Image

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic This topic is locked, you cannot edit posts or make further replies.  [ 124 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 ... 9  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 13 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Shiba at 08:43:59 Submitted by OomDaan at 21:21:36 Submitted by ritad at 21:34:07 Submitted by kyknetta at 08:01:21