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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Agree with anne-marie on the mole snake and am very :mrgreen: :mrgreen: of your barn owls!


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Stunning pictures of the Barn Owl and very interesting information kesheshe! :clap: :clap:

Gorgeous AWC too, and awesome Drongo, Thick-knee and Mole Snake sightings! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Hi kesheshe

Great Barn Owl pix :thumbs_up:

The AWC is maybe the one we actually saw in camp at KK.
Shame to miss the giraffe as that would have been impressive at the waterhole.

Nice that the KK Barn Owl came to visit you too.

We saw quite a few Mole Snakes on the 2011 trip but none at all this trip.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Day 14 - 16th October - Continued

The routine by now was starting to get established and were up at around about 3.30pm to organise a few things for our drive at 4pm. As the duration of the afternoon drive and a maximum of 3 hours and decided the Auob riverbed would be our best option. We continued south towards TR and saw the cheetahs and the kill but decided to move on and look for other things along the road.

This decision worked out very nicely as we ran into one lonely and very active meerkat (our first of the trip) who entertained us for at least 30 minutes. He really gave us the run around by making us drive forward and backward and any other way you can think of as he was running around searching for his dinner. After this we continued north to houmoed waterhole where we decided to turn around and start the slow drive back to camp.

When we arrived at the cheetahs they had moved from the far bank of the river to the road. We sat there for about 45 minutes watching the interaction between the 4 cats and the bond they had between them. As we reached Kamfersboom waterhole we luckily ran into the Willems giraffe which made us extremely happy even though the light by now was extremely poor due to cloud cover but hopefully we will see further giraffe as we move up towards Mata Mata in the next few days.

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Meerkat groups utilize several different burrows and move from one to another. Each burrow is an extensive tunnel-and-room system that remains cool even under the broiling African sun. Females give birth to two to four young each year in one of the group's burrows. Fathers and siblings help to raise meerkat young, teaching them to play and forage and alerting them to the ever present danger from above. Young meerkats are so fearful of predatory birds that even airplanes will send them diving for cover.

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Great meerkat sighting with narration and :cam: . :clap: :clap: .

Great picture of the meerkat peeping over the bush :dance: .

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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I love your Meerkat series kesheshe! Beautifully captured! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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AWC and meerkat - what a wonderful day, kesheshe :dance: :dance:

I was so disappointed that we did not have a decent meerkat sighting as I just love watching them. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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kesheshe wrote:
Day 14 - 16th October - Continued

We then turned around and headed south in the direction of TR and our first unusual encounter was of a pcg eating a snake and then flying off with it to demolish its meal. Not too long after this we spotted another cape cobra again surprisingly quite small but entertaining all the same as it went from bush to bush in search of food.

Just as we started down the road again SO spotted an African wildcat dart across the road in front of us and into the first tree it could find on the left hand side. When we got there to our surprise it had flushed out a barn owl from its nest to the outer branches of the trees. We sat here for about 20 minutes observing the consternation of the owl regarding the wildcat taking its home and contemplating where it was going to stay for the rest of the day.


I think, that would already have made my day! Sounds absolutely interesting and exciting. 8)

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Wonderful Meerkat episode with super :cam: ....They are always a joy to watch. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:

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Those Meerkat are ever so cute, Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Day 14 - 16th October - Continued

Meerkats

Meerkats live up to about 10 to 14 years or more. They suffer from poor vision at short range though they have excellent long range eyesight.

When a colony gets overcrowded the meerkats typically disperse and form smaller groups to ensure that there will be enough food for all.

A meerkat will at some point kill its subordinates as a way to improve the position of their own offspring. On occasion they will also take part in wrestling matches and other social activities.

Meerkats can dig up dirt that is almost their body weight. They can look directly into the sun and signal with their tails which are also used to balance. They open or close their ears to keep sand out when burrowing and blink often to remove dirt from their eyes.

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Stunning pictures Kesheshe and also interesting information on these cute little critters. This is most definately a boy on the prowl :hmz: and not only for food.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring KTP In October
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Another great series of pictures of the awesome Meerkats kesheshe! They can keep one occupied for hours on end! :clap: :clap:

Thanks for the information about them too! :dance: :dance:

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Those meerkat pictures are simply awesome :clap:

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