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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby click click » Mon May 27, 2013 11:03 pm

We were reminded of the rules again – walk in a straight line, no talking, be quiet and listen for any sounds, whistle or click your fingers when you hear or see something. We were walking straight into very thick bush, black rhino territory… :big_eyes:

Duncan, our lead rifle, walking in front followed by Louis and then MM, who didn’t even try to meander :)

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spot the tree frog! :clap:

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any guesses on who this track belongs to? :hmz:

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time to discuss our mud-bath preferences :o

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby click click » Mon May 27, 2013 11:30 pm

Arriving back at Leeupan just before sunset

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While enjoying our sundowners we saw amongst others these African Pygmy Geese & Allen's Gallinule :dance:

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On our night drive back to camp we saw a white-tailed mongoose and a lesser bushbaby jumping between trees. Then I spotted a serval! Suddenly another pair of eyes, there were 2 servals sitting in the grass. :dance:

Very close to camp, mating lions! We spend a few minutes with them before they crossed the road in front of us and disappeared into the bush for some privacy. :whistle:

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On our arrival back at camp, supper was almost ready. What a beautiful table setting :clap:

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Tue May 28, 2013 5:05 am

Just a couple of remarks about our walk.

The plastic tackies did just fine 8)

We were asked what we would like to see on our night drive.

MM, without hesitation pipes up..serval.

I am sure Duncan and Louis thought unlikely. :hmz: What a marvelous serval sighting. :dance: :dance: :dance:

You want to have Click Click with you as a night spotter. I have been on many such trips, I have never experienced a night spotter like Click Click. She more than earned her back window seat on the right hand side of the vehicle. We were very, very lucky. 8)

Poor Nicky started with flu a few days before we were to begin our trip. She was so brave in keeping up and soldering on despite not feeling well.

Now, the birding....

and I am pleased that Click Click had proof of this...

Duncan and Louis had chosen Leeupan for a very special birding reason............

there had been sightings of Pygmy Geese and Allen's Gallinule.... it offered a sighting of a lifetime.

As we were completing our walk.... Duncan pointed to the sky... against the setting sun a family of Pygmy Geese were flying home. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I managed to get a really good look of the little family later and was soooo taken by their beauty.

The sighting of the Gallinule was less distinct, but it played in the reeds in a most seductive manner before disappearing. Naughty bird :wall:
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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Graeme & Nicky » Tue May 28, 2013 8:27 am

On board as well, Will be uploading pics this weekend

Thanks to all who attended and MM for starting this trip report. :clap:
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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby chirinda » Tue May 28, 2013 6:16 pm

melph68 wrote:Dad and I might seriously have to adjust our 2015 itinerary to fit in this kind of experience.

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Only "might" have to???? :( "seriously" is more like it. :D

Seriously, MM and I thought - no knew - how much you would be interested.

Here's another view of the Pygmy geese, but I think Nicky also got a couple of shots :D

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The light was really murky, but ooooh the joy of having a modern camera on Auto setting :D :D

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Wed May 29, 2013 6:18 am

Now lets talk of the two missing members of our party.

Remember, they arrived as we left. I am hoping that a certain Mellory and Holigan can provide us with a bit more background. :wink: All I can say at this point is that they blended in just perfectly. Two utterly charming, helpful and knowledgeable young people.

A hint..

One of the young people remarked remarked on a drive:

"The first time I came to Kruger, I was two weeks old"...

Chirinda added the lovely flowers outside our tent, this was not taken on our trip, but we did see a lot of these.

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The smell of supper greeted us at the gate. It was braai... lamb chops, chicken kebab and cheese boerrie. My only regret about the supper was my capacity to take it all in. My mouth is watering as I write. I am closely related to Pavlov's dog. :wink:

We retired to bed, exhausted and happy.
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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Thu May 30, 2013 5:05 am

I cannot speak for others, but my first night's sleep was pretty close to being anesthetized. I was vaguely aware of the night sounds.. but very vaguely. At about three I thought I heard a leopard, confirmed in the morning... leopard, leopard.... and then the alarm went off.

Chrinda does not like to be rushed in the morning, so she had set her alarm for a little before we were due to be woken. I am by nature an early bird, but it took me a couple of moments to register where we were. Was this possible?

There was a mild nip in the air and the previous night's drive had given a foretaste of the cold we were to experience. An open vehicle is a challenge to most mites used to the mild sunny climate.

I don't do cold

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I might have left my walking shoes behind, but I was prepared as anyone could be for the early morning drive.

What MM wore:

2 pairs of socks
1 pair Ackerman's white plastic trainers
tracksuit pants over jeans
two short sleeved shirts
one woolly jersey
1 fleeced jacket
1 wind proof jacket
fleece lined gloves
scarf
2 woolen hats

I felt like a moon walker out in space. Never mind, later the icy wind seemed to find even the smallest piece of exposed flesh and turn it into a torture area.

Our kitchen queens had prepared a light spread to speed us on. At that time of the morning only coffee seems respectable.

There was an air of excitement among all the walkers. What, oh what would the morning bring?

Taken from a previous walk.

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Fri May 31, 2013 6:41 am

I love Kruger sunrises. Few things can compete with a Kruger sunrise. There is a palpable sense of excitement, of expectation.

Taken on the Bushman's trail at sunrise.

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We climbed out of our chariot, heart beating in rhythm with the bush.

Duncan and Louis gave us another brief run down of the rules.

I looked at my Ackerman's plastic trainers and :pray: that if we met with something needing quick action, that they would not let me down.

I had no desire to be lunch.

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Meandering Mouse » Sat Jun 01, 2013 6:16 am

Before I start on the walk, I need to say something...

Tomorrow is Comrades and I will be looking out for our lead rifle, Duncan.

Run Duncan, run :thumbs_up:

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Duncan and Louis were pure inspiration. Both have corporate backgrounds and both have made the effort and sacrifice to live their dream.

Duncan and Louis are both honorary rangers and have found a way to make conservation their top priority. They are the ones who walk the walk, follow the road less traveled.

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Their love of sharing their knowledge and passion for all creatures.. bush chickens and kugels, made this trip most memorable.

This is a semi bush chicken and not a Senegal Lapwing

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We did see Senegal Lapwing on this walk, but I am not sure that anyone managed a photo. Skittish little critters.
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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby click click » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:04 pm

Morning walk :cam:

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The Mouse meandering? Exposing the 2 mystery guests :whistle:
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Who lives here?
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Bush sunrise
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Another track
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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby click click » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:08 pm

5 minute break at a beautiful waterhole

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby click click » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:11 pm

We couldn't figure out who these hair belonged to, it was very soft. Any ideas?

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Mellory » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:06 pm

Meandering Mouse wrote:Now lets talk of the two missing members of our party.

Remember, they arrived as we left. I am hoping that a certain Mellory and Holigan can provide us with a bit more background. :wink: All I can say at this point is that they blended in just perfectly. Two utterly charming, helpful and knowledgeable young people.

A hint..

One of the young people remarked remarked on a drive:

"The first time I came to Kruger, I was two weeks old"...

Chirinda added the lovely flowers outside our tent, this was not taken on our trip, but we did see a lot of these.

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The smell of supper greeted us at the gate. It was braai... lamb chops, chicken kebab and cheese boerrie. My only regret about the supper was my capacity to take it all in. My mouth is watering as I write. I am closely related to Pavlov's dog. :wink:

We retired to bed, exhausted and happy.


Finally on board MM will fill the mites in and with your permission do a mini TR here as well. You will never guess what we saw on leaving SRBC................................................................ :D
16th-19th Dec2015 Shingwedzi
19th-2st Tamboti
21st-22nd Lower Sabie
22nd-23rd Croc Bridge
23rd-25th dec 2015 :D Lower Sabie

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Re: Kats, kugels and Kamikazi bushchickens

Unread postby Mellory » Sun Jun 02, 2013 6:16 pm

Alison the camp commadants son Greg and my daughter Tarryn (back to nature on the forum) are a couple and recently both left their respective homes to start their new livestogether working their dream in the bush as a couple. Any parent will know it is tough when your child leaves home and the fact that they are a distance away does not mean being able to pop in and say hi. This camp happened to coincide with their off week. We arranged for them to join us as a surprise for Alison, they were at Thorny Bush the 2 nights preceeding the camp and had originally planned to go to Letaba thereafter. The late arrivals were named Bob and Rene so as not to let the cat out of the bag.


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