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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Thanks - would be great if you could have a look at your photo's. If not baby hyena then the mystery continues!

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Stunning picture of the Hoopoe kesheshe! :clap: :clap:

What a beautiful Cape Cobra, and your sunset pictures are terrific! :dance: :dance:

Awesome pictures of the Brown Hyena, with very interesting information as well! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Grootkolk is pure bliss, Kesheshe :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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kesheshe wrote:
Where the lions there?


no lions but two vultures.

Maybe wanderw will find something on her photos.

I love your pics of the hoopoe and the brownie :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Day 7 - 9th October (Continued)

As we sat on the deck we had a steady stream of wildlife.

Red Hartebeest

After 7-8 months of pregnancy, the females give birth to the younger ones. They usually prefer isolated areas for reproduction. The mother nurses and cares for the calves for about 4 years. However, the girls usually stay with their mothers for the entire life.

In case of these species, the males are usually with the mother for 2-3 years.

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Shrew

Elephant shrews are fairly unusual mammals because they form monogamous pairs and mate for life. The pair stakes out a territory of a couple acres, and several species make tons of tiny paths so that they can easily escape from predators. The two elephant shrews don’t usually hang out together, but they mark their trails with scent glands to keep tabs on each other’s locations (“Hi honey, I’m still here!”). They also use their scent markings to point out sources of food.

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Kudu

Females live in the small groups composed of adult females and their offspring. Groups usually have between six and ten members.

Mating season starts at the end of the rainy season. Pregnancy lasts eight months and ends with a single baby. Female leaves the group and isolate herself and the baby for the next couple of months.

First four or five weeks of the life, young kudu spends lying in the grass. After that, calf starts to follow its mother during short period of time each day. At the age of three to four months, young kudu follows its mother all the time. When calf becomes able to follow its mother constantly, they will return back to the herd.

Young kudus grow rapidly and they are able to take care of themselves as soon as they turn six months.
Kudu lives 7 to 8 years in the wild.

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Day 7 - 9th October (Continued)

Yes still in camp. The weather changes quickly in KTP it is now 7am and we have some clouds coming in. We still have had no rain.

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Red Headed Finch

Both the male and female share in the incubation duties of the rather large and roundish eggs. Clutches range from 4-8 eggs with 5 or 6 being pretty common. When you see the size of the egg in comparison with the size of the bird, you can see why calcium depletion is of concern with this species. The pair will begin incubation after the second to fourth egg is laid and lasts about 13-14 days. The young hatch out and look like they are all mouth. They are black and very fuzzy with large gaping mouths that are lined with yellow-white flanges. They fledge after 3 weeks and require another 2-3 weeks until they are independent. The young males can be identified upon fledging by the red colouring on their head. Their body lacing is finer than the adults, but males still have different body patterns than hens. Some hens may fledge with some red on their heads, but usually not as much as males and can still be distinguished by the breast pattern.

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Sociable Weaver

Most of birds’ species build nest for only one breeding season, but Sociable Weavers use and maintain the nests throughout the year. They nest in colonies of up to 10 to 400-500 birds. They weave one huge nest for the entire colony. Nest is massive, as a huge apartment block occupied by several tens of families all year round.

At some distance, this huge construction looks like a haystack hanging in large tree or telephone pole. It may size up to 4 metres high and 7 metres of length. Looking under the nest, we can see the entrances to chambers, as “bee’s honeycombs”.

Nest entrances of chambers are tunnels of up to 25 cm long and 7 cm wide. Then, there is the round nesting chamber, of about 10 to 15 cm in diameter.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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a lot of magnificent sightings and pictures :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
so nice souvenirs of Grootkolk, and everywhere :dance: :dance: :dance:
with a lot of interesting explanations :thumbs_up:

but... sorry :redface: too much pictures (per page)... so difficult to open, even with ADSL :(

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Some amazing pictures. I am thoroughly enjoying this TR......KTP is definitely on my bucket list of places to visit.


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Those clouds look promising kesheshe! I hope you got some rain? :hmz:

Awesome birds and a lizard of some kind! Beautiful Red Hartebeest too! :clap: :clap:

I love that little Mouse! So cute with those big eyes! :dance: :dance:

Thank you for all the interesting info as well! :clap: :clap:

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Hi Kesheshe,

Wow, you saw ELEPHANT SHREW at Grootkolk???? :D :D :D

Now I am getting really :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

We were told there were no elephant shrew any more at camp :shock:

Wonderful pictures! These little critters are so beautiful :thumbs_up:

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Awesome Brownie sequence :cam: :clap: :clap:

Great sightings all round ....the little Elephant Shrew stole my heart :dance: such a cutie. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn:

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Am so looking forward to sitting at the wilderness camps and seeing what comes. Those elephant shrews are certainly going to be on my list of things to find! Thanks for all the details.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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wanderw - At G most of our brownie sighting were in the morning. glad you saw BEF.

hilda - thank you and we do not get to close to cape cobras after one went into a landy last year when taking photos.

Pumbaa - G is bliss but surprisingly it is not my favourite.

gatita - thanks for comments and info. lets hope wander can help.

anne-marie - thank you for the nice comments.

SurfCindy - I am glad it is on your bucket list it will not disappoint.

Nina! - I confirmed the time stamp on my photos and they are in camp.

Trrp-trrrrrrrr - Brownie was quite far so thank goodness the light was good. Shrew is to cute.

MxM - When in the camps just keep looking there is always a lot going on.

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Wow wow wow.........sorry I am joining this wonderful report so late but I am om board :dance: :dance:

You put the bar very high for future reports :mrgreen: with some great images and love e all the detail about the animals... :clap: :clap:

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I'm very jealous of the shrew! Been searching for at least one hi and lo at GK, but never found it. :slap:

Awesome shots in the golden morning light - all of them. 8)

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