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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 1:47 pm 
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Hi again DB. I know there isn't electicity at all at Tzendse, but can you tell me if they have a gas or paraffin fired freezer? I would love to book in there for a few days but our caravan fridge has never operated nicely on gas, thats why I ask.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 1:54 pm 
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They have 2 for the use of campers. Quite large chest-type freezers.....

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Thu May 16, 2013 4:15 pm 
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Just read your TR and enjoyed it very much! Lovely photos of the lions.
We love to stand near the fence at Letaba. Great memories looking at your campsite!!!
LS and CB are also very special. It made me so homesick. So sad about Shingwedzi.
Thanks for sharing your special memories!!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:55 pm 
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Oops ... and then we went AWOL from the reporting in :redface:

No internet at Tsendze - how Rodger manages to get onto the forums I do not understand, he must have the patience of Job.

We moved next to Satara for 6 nights, where Hawk came down with a really bad bug, so it was a trip to Skukuza for a malaria test (thankfully negative) and him feeling miz for some days. We tried to book into a bungalow at either Satara or Skukuza, but both camps were fully booked, so my man had to tough it out camping and being ill.

We left Satara for Berg en Dal and the SANParks HR Indaba - three nights later, we were homeward bound.

9203km and 8 weeks later, we arrived back home safely after stopping off in the Free State and at beautiful Karoo National Park.

So, no longer is it 'live' reporting in ... but we will be filling in lots of gaps of our wonderful trip to Kruger.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:55 pm 
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The above pic of the little Blue Wax bill is not posted here as an example of my photographic skill, but as an illustration of something that never fails to amaze me. Perhaps this has been thoroughly discussed on this forum before, but even if it has, it's still worth another mention.

Little birds like this don't move slowly and carefully. They move quickly, changing direction in an instant, they don't hesitate, rarely sitting still for more than a second or two, they flit in and out of trees and bushes at lightning speed, as everyone who tries to get a quick shot knows.

Ok, so that's all very well, but here's the big mystery; how do they manage to do all of this amongst all those viciously sharp thorns. And they're not just little bullet shaped missiles that can dart through a gap, no, they've got wings that are wide spread as they approach those thorny branches. Approaching at speed, they must pick an entry point, slow to a stop, close their wings and land on a perch in the blink of an eye. There's no hit and miss here, overshooting and crashing into the next branch could be fatal. Sure I've seen birds flounder on landing in a dense leafy bush, but it's the big guys, the Storks, Ground Hornbills etc, not the little LBJ's.

And then once they're deep in that thorny jungle, they'll hop from twig to twig, twisting and turning, and if something startles them, suddenly they're gone, there's no hesitation, no looking around for an exit gap with some space to spread their wings for a measured launch. Before you can press the shoot button, that little guy has found a gap and is heading at speed for the next bush.

This was all brought home to me quite dramatically during this trip. We had parked our caravan up close to an umbrella thorn tree with the result that some of the branches were brushing up against the back of the caravan. No problem I thought, they are small green branches, I'll just bend them back slightly and hook them behind one further back. Ha Ha, that's easier said than done. I'd carefully put my hand in between the branches, but within seconds a few mean little cat thorns had sunk their claws into my flesh. Now firmly trapped I had no option but to use my other hand to try to free myself by bending a bigger branch back.

Well, just as I freed my trapped arm the branch sprung loose and whipped across my face. I felt a sting, but I was free and so rubbing my nose to relieve the sting I went off to the the ablutions to wash my hands. Strolling back enjoying the warm sunshine I wondered why I had so many people staring at me and smiling. I happily smiled back and greeted everyone, thinking "My, what friendly campers". Getting back to the caravan DB greeted me in astonishment: "Have you been in a fight, you whole face is smeared with blood". That little Wax Bill would have had a good laugh.

I've always marveled at the skill displayed by the pilots who land their jets on the pitching and rolling deck of an aircraft carrier, but hey that's something a little Wax bill could do in his sleep I'm sure.

Nature is truly amazing isn't it.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Often wondered the same thing Hawk ...I watch deer run zig-zagging through dense forest and never collide with a branch or tree I'd be in a heap if I tried that (if I could run that fast :lol: )

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:29 pm 
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Hawk , interesting observation and comments . On the other hand , relative to it's size , those thorns are as thick as his legs :doh:
And , in that respect , what we see as a needle-sharp thorn , for him , it could appear as a blunt branch :whistle: :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
Unread postPosted: Sun Jun 02, 2013 5:40 pm 
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Hawk wrote:
The above pic of the little Blue Wax bill is not posted here as an example of my photographic skill...


Still an amazing shot of a difficult subject. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Wow, Deebs and Hawk, what a wonderful, and long, Kruger stay. Now I'm also :popcorn: :popcorn: for the pics and the rest of the TR.


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Just got on board on this TR amazing DB and Hawk its just great to see the beauty of the park and what it has to offer through your eyes. Thank you for taking the time to share :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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DB and hawk, glad to see that hawk survived the throat infection, great trip you had, and love the little waxbill, even if it was responsible to hawks injuries :D

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Very interesting observation Hawk! Just goes to show .... you've got to be very small and very fast to avoid those thorns! :lol: :lol:

Looking forward to all your lovely pictures DB and Hawk! :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Awesome pic of the little wax bill Hawk :clap: :clap: .

Yes it is amazing how they can cope with all the thorns and we can't :hmz: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Hi Hawk!

Truly amazing how the little birdies do it - hadn't really given it much thought before but you are so right!

Looking forward to hearing more about your trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Kruger live! DB & Hawk report'in
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Hawk, a true nature observer and photographer :thumbs_up:
i can only add
We humans would be nowhere without our modern gadgets, like the newest invention GPS
Wonder how migrating birds cope :whistle:

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