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BluTuna goes West - KTP June 2013

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:56 am

Just before the picnic spot there's a salt-lick which was being visited by an Oryx.
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There were plenty of Springboks in the area
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18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:58 am

Some were getting frisky
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:04 am

And these two were kicking up a dust storm
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And then, (insert suitable expletive here), my SD card was full :-( and by the time I managed to load a new one they'd settled their differences.
15-17 November 2013, day visitor at Croc Bridge gate.
18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:08 am

Here's the alpha ram looking pleased with himself
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To be continued.......
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:39 pm

Day 11, Thursday June 13, Twee Rivieren. Morning drive continued....

After a coffee break at Melkvlei we had an uneventful drive across the dunes with nothing worth reporting.

We were rewarded for our lack of sightings near Rooibrak water hole!
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:40 pm

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:40 pm

I then had a chance to get a Black Korhaan before it hid behind the nearest bush as the others I'd seen were inclined to do.
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:41 pm

Then a sighting to spoil it all. I found the behavior of the other tourists to be pretty good in general but one or two tourons (cross between a tourist and a moron) managed to visit the KTP.
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I stopped and asked if they had a problem and they replied that they hadn't so decided to report them for blatantly ignoring the park rules; you have to sign a copy of them when you enter the KTP so there's no excuse! When I got online that evening, I sent a copy of the above picture to the section ranger! Unfortunately, that wasn't the end of it.
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:42 pm

I drove up the Nossob river for my solo afternoon drive and saw mostly the usual suspects. I was just about to turn around and head back to camp when I spotted some movement in the bushes.
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:42 pm

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Wed Aug 21, 2013 4:43 pm

And lastly, I couldn't resist an Ostrich in superb light.
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To be continued after a page turn...
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:25 am

Day 12, Friday June 14, Twee Rivieren.

It had to happen, our last full day in the KTP :(, we did the reverse of yesterday's drive this morning, up the Auob, across the lower dune road, up to Melkvlei picnic spot and back down the Nossob river to TR.

Our first sighting for the day was a Tawny Eagle that was behaving very strangely
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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:26 am

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:27 am

Then I saw it was trying to pick up a twig. It must have been just the right twig for its nest considering the amount of effort it took to get!
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18 November 2013, Lower Sabie

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Re: BluTuna goes West

Unread postby BluTuna » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:27 am

A flash of crimson in the bush
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