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KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Jun 01, 2014 7:58 pm

Well it's time again for another Trip Report ;-)

We entered the Park on the 28th of April.
The Park looked so green it was lovely and of course it was good to be back again :dance:
Our first Camp this year was Mopani, so after the shopping at Phalaborwa we entered the Main gate and were soon heading towards new adventures....

We had a more than enough time to get to the camp so we decided to drive towards Masorini for a little while just to check what we might spot...
On the eastern entrance/exit of Sable Dam loop we discovered the Rock Dassies again, that were lying there enjoying some rays of sunshine...

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Then we took the S131 to drive towards Mopani
Here we spotted some beautiful Zebras at the waterhole at the end of the gravel road.

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From the lookout at the main road we could see three Ground Hornbills in one of the big trees and a juvenile was flying over to join them....

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The first of many Chameleons that we saw on our trip

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On the Low Water Bridge south of Shimuwini we spotted once again quite a few birds....

Blacksmith Plover

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African Pied Wagtail

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Need help with an ID here please

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A couple of Three-banded Plover

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Egyptian Geese

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A Terrapin

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And of course the one, or other Pied Kingfisher

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Near Mopani we stopped on the Low Water Bridge at Shipandani
We were delighted that we spotted the African Black Crakes again...

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And a Dragonfly

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We checked in at Mopani and after unpacking the car and having a coffee, we were on the road again for an afternoon drive.....
There we lots of Buffalos around....
Here a beautiful bull...

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Yellow-billed Oxpecker

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At Mooiplass waterhole we spotted dozens of Crowned Lapwings

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We have never seen so many Golden Owb Spiders, as we did this year, they were simply everywhere...

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Beautiful Waterbuck

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And more Buffalos....

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Aren't Impalas just beautiful?!
Look at those eye lashes....

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A Swainsons's Spurfowl with chicks

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:lol: I think a lot of you know this Baobab Tree ;-)

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And close to sunset on the way back to the camp these two Lilac-breasted Roller posed nicely for us....

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Soon after we reached our "home" the fire was going and we enjoyed our first night in the bush, amazed by thousands of stars above us...

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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby Kaapsedraai » Sun Jun 01, 2014 8:11 pm

katydownunder, hot off the press and another lovely TR to look forward to. :thumbs_up:

Amazing pics of a variety of birds and other animals en route to Mopanie. Those black crake is just adorable and one of the few places where one can enjoy up close experience of water birds such as at Shipandani. :clap:

Thank you for sharing and look forward to next episode. :dance:
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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Jun 02, 2014 3:43 pm

nearly missed this one :redface:

Yellow-billed Oxpecker :dance:
Rock Dassie :dance:
Plover and Crake :dance:

:hmz: I think of a Wagtail (African Pied)... female... or juv.

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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby arks » Tue Jun 03, 2014 12:14 am

anne-marie wrote: :hmz: I think of a Wagtail (African Pied)... female... or juv.

I agree with anne-marie, but perhaps ask the fundis in the Birds forum? :hmz:
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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby Pumbaa » Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:50 pm

Great that you are back again, Katy,

and that you are again willing to share your memories with us :dance: :dance: :dance:

As always fantastic bird shots, great dassie shots and I do love your little buffie and the impala in the evening sun :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Jun 08, 2014 4:04 pm

@ Kaapsedraai
We love to stop at Shipandani, you always see something there :thumbs_up:

@ anne-marie
This trip report will show more of the smaller sightings in Kruger, the Park was so green it was hard to spot anything, unless it was directly on the road....
Thank you for the ID 8)

@ arks
Thanx arks, I already thought so as well, but needed someone to confirm it :wink:

@ Pumbaa
I am always happy to share our memories with you here :D
We saw so many Buffalos around Mopani it was amazing....
Just to let you know, we did not see any Doggies :? :wall:
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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby katydownunder » Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:40 pm

29.04.

We drove towards Mooiplass in the morning....
A very relaxed Elli was having a drink here.

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Of course as usual there were loads of Crowned Lapwings around

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And a Kittlitz's Plover ???

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Beautiful Zebra :-D

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One more Golden Orb Spider....
Always so impressive.

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A young Magpie Shrike

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A far away Gymnogene....

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This Kori Bustard was ignoring us

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Zebras at Tihongonyeni Waterhole

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A very well camouflaged Spotted Thick-knee

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To be continued...
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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby arks » Sun Jun 08, 2014 10:53 pm

Re: your possible Kittlitz's plover, I think it's impossible to tell for certain unless you can see the chest. :hmz: Again, maybe the birding fundis can help.
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Unread postby anne-marie » Mon Jun 09, 2014 8:11 am

Tihongonyeni :dance: a very nice place
superb camouflage and Gymnogene :mrgreen:

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Unread postby katydownunder » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:36 am

Thank you arks :D just posted it to the Bird thread and haksed for some help....
Now I just have to wait :wink:
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Unread postby katydownunder » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:38 am

@ anne-marie
We love Tihongonyeni 8) such a wonderful waterhole, there is always something there to see and the drive up from Mooiplaas Waterhole via the gravel road is so pretty too :D
The Gymnogene was so far off :| but it was interesting to observe how he searched the tree for food and it's always a great sighting :thumbs_up:
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Re: KDU & Francolin- Green Kruger April/May 2014

Unread postby Pumbaa » Mon Jun 09, 2014 9:59 am

That are typical Tihongonyeni sightings - Ellies and Zebras and birdies :thumbs_up:

Thanks Katy,

we nearly on each visit whilst staying at Tihongonyeni found the kittlitz's plover on the ground around the parking area at the waterhole and although only from the back yours do in favt do look like one :dance:

Pity about the less of doggies but I guess that is another reason to return :tongue:

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Unread postby katydownunder » Mon Jun 09, 2014 10:25 am

Pumbaa wrote:we nearly on each visit whilst staying at Tihongonyeni found the kittlitz's plover on the ground around the parking area at the waterhole and although only from the back yours do in favt do look like one :dance:


And if we see Doggies the next time we still have to return, just to make sure that it wasn't a mirage and we did indeed see them :whistle: :wink:

There is always a reason to come back 8)
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Unread postby anne-marie » Tue Jun 10, 2014 5:50 pm

katydownunder wrote: And if we see Doggies the next time we still have to return, just to make sure that it wasn't a mirage and we did indeed see them :whistle: :wink:
:shock:
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Unread postby katydownunder » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:44 pm

:wink:
Will continue as soon as possible anne-marie :whistle:
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