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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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stunning pictures, katy :clap: :clap:

what a great start with courser, cape fox and a juvenile martial and on top of it a mini-meet :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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I simply love that beautiful Pygmy Falcon Katydownunder! :clap: :clap:

Awesome Cape Fox and other bird sightings too! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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and then to Grootkolk :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Always great to meet fellow mites :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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:dance: :dance: :dance: so nice to see another katydownunder TR, can't wait for more :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!!!!

Thanx all for your great comments :gflower:

Pygmy Falcons are such gorgeous birds, and like Pearl Spotted Owls, you just can not imagine that a bird that small is actually a Raptor....

@ Pumbaa
Yep, the Owl magnet was in good working condition :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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06.11.

Early start as we have quite a few kilometres to drive...
All the way up from TR to Grootkolk, oh boy, what are we looking forward to be back to that magical place.....

At first we stopped at Samevloeiing
Here we found a Wood Sandpiper ( I think :hmz: ....)

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A little north we found a lovely small herd of Oryx.

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This Mongoose was observing the Oryx as they walked away

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Our first Tortoise that year

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We stopped at Leeuwdril and discovered to very relaxed flat cats....

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Before we reached Rooiputs we spotted something on the ridge.
A group of Hyenas in all kinds of sizes.....

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Rooiputs waterhole itself was quiet but, after we passed it we found a Cape Fox.

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That was already a quite brilliant start of the day

Shortly before we reached KijKij, two Cheetahs crossed the riverbed and disappeared into the dunes.

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And gone!

Later at one of the waterholes ( sorry, can not remember which one :redface: ....) a Hyena was having a bath...

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At Rooikop, a couple of Lions were resting close to the waterhole..

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Maybe about 500-600 metres after that we got stuck in the sand....
The car we had was heavily packed and not as powerful as the ones we had before....
Fortunately after a couple of minutes Francolin was able to get us out of that unpleasant situation...

A short toilet- fuel- shop stop at Nossob and we were on the road again, heading towards Grootkolk...

We stopped at Kwang, there were quite a few Vultures and Jackals around...

Beautiful Lappet- faced Vultures

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Near Bedinct we were stopped by a Kalahari Roadblock....

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Of course we had to stop at Polentswa Waterhole and were very happy that we found the beautiful Bateleurs there once again.

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Close to Lijersdraai we spotted one of those lovely Steenboks

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We arrived at Grootkolk at 3.30 pm and were greeted with a very big grin by Franco.
Then we moved into #2 our home for the next 4 nights.....
Franco told us that Enrico, whom we met the previous year already, was going to arrive the next day and he had to say Hello from rjm, who was going to arrive on our last day at Grootkolk.

Shortly after we moved in, Lions arrived at the Waterhole, three cubs, three females and later we discovered the male lying underneath a tree a bit further away.

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Then they were gone....
Later that evening a Brown Hyena came to the waterhole for a drink.
What an amazing day this had been.
And I have to admit that day was very far from being quiet ;-)

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Indeed that was for sure not one of those quiet days you mentioned earlier :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Great that you still made in it time to Grootkolk as there was so much to see :big_eyes:

Love the bathing hyena, the bateleurs and all the other kittycats :clap: :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Hi Katydownunder.
Wonderful to see you and Francolin again around KTP.Especially at Grootkolk. :D

Definately on board to share your always great TR and also bring back some memories. :popcorn: :popcorn:


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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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definitely not a quiet day with all these cat sightings, katy :dance: :dance:

I like the video of the mongoose :clap: :clap:

Sorry about your car. I hope you did not end up with the Nissan that we exchanged in Upington. :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Katy,

Wow!!! you sure had some great sightings and special :cam: :clap: :clap:

Lots of Kitties around to make the day special. :thumbs_up:

Lovely :cam: of the Cape Fox. :dance:

Great videos of all various sightings. 8) :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Fantastic sightings. What a great drive, even if it was a long one. Superb photos and loved the videos


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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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KDU & Francolin, what a start! Lovely sightings. Must make the long drive worthwhile.

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Hi Katy :D :D

I was very happy to see your trip report in Travel Tales when I logged on today, and already I am hooked! :wink:

Dad and I are hoping to visit KTP in October 2015 so I will be following your report with great interest :thumbs_up:
I also hope that we have the same kind of kitty luck as you and Francolin :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
I need to see lots and lots of lions :lol:

Looking forward to your next day in the Kalahari very much :popcorn: :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Thirstland Trip- KDU & Francolin at KTP/ November 2013
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Another great kdu and francolin TR :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

After all the lions you saw in one day, driving up yo Grootkolk, no wonder the other days felt quiet :D

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