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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 18, 2014 11:16 pm 
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Indeed the water from the highwater bridge already looked extreme high again :big_eyes:

But gladly it stopped right in time :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Thank goodness the rain relented for a braai :lol:
I am one of those who feels robbed of game viewing time when its raining :slap:
Thus our family bookings are in August :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Kaapsedraai, hilda, SurfCindy, Pumbaa and cheetah, thank you for your comments :)

Day 5

Today I was inexplicably awake at 3:30 again. From the window beside me, I heard a soft rain. Waking again at 4:00 to the alarm, the soft rain was now a beating rain relentlessly against the palms outside. So I fell asleep again. 5:00 still produced rain.

I find that there is no similarly comforting feeling than lying in your Kruger bed, hearing soft rain outside. It’s profoundly peaceful. Everything is still but for a few birds announcing themselves. Other than that, everybody stops and quiets in the drizzle. This morning was one of the best of the holiday because I felt so absolutely peaceful.

By 6:00 the dawn light had graced the sky and the rain had finally retreated. The birds were singing and we could hear people and animals mulling about.

On my walk back from the bathrooms, the river front was empty, so I looked out over the full river in solitude for a change. Another reason why I love the rain.

We decided to go to Olifants for a change. So we hit the H1-5.

Found a rude someone who wouldn’t show their face…

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And then another hyena den.

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The baby insisted on a feeding

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Someone wet from the rain?

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A Sabota Lark on the road

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Then we found something very interesting… This impala carcass had been eaten on the rump, just a little. So we guessed cheetah. The proximity of this kill from the road meant maybe the predator was scared off.

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Then we helped a chameleon off the road

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As we found the river, the sun began to show itself, so we promptly changed into short-sleeves. It got hot – QUICKLY.

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Then we arrived at Olifants. 

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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:hmz: :hmz: :hmz:
The mystery of the dead impala!! I wonder was it there later :hmz: :hmz:

another hyena den 8) 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Love the Hyena :thumbs_up: ... and I wonder about the mystery carcass. :hmz: I am sure that it would serve as a good meal for many. I have been quite amazed at how quickly impala carcasses can disappear.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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:hmz: Interesting that a fresh 'started' carcass was unaccompanied.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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The predator could have been scared off, and might have been waiting close by to finish his meal Wild about cats. :wink:

Awesome sightings of the small things too! :dance: :dance:

Awesome Hyena den, fortunately not empty! :clap: :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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I would have thought that whatever scared the predator off might just be enjoying a free meal.

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Hhhhmmm :hmz: If the predator left the carcass and did not return, I am sure someone else would have pleased for the free meel. Very interested to know if it was still there later on :whistle:


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:hmz: I too wonder how long that carcass stayed there for :hmz: would not mind to have a few slices of that for biltong :D seeing that the owner left it behind.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Wild about cats, an interesting trip to Olifants with variety of sightings. :dance:

the rains brings another side of the park to one, but is always great to be there. :thumbs_up:

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I'm glad to know I have caught everyone's attention with this mystery kill :twisted: To those who mentioned, I want to clarify that we sat by the kill for a while and scanned the bush to no avail. We had to move on to Olifants as we had a schedule to keep to, but there was activity when we got back..... :whistle:

Anyway I wanted to post a message to let everyone know that I'm going on the birding weekend to help the HR's out. So I need to fast forward this report so I can finish it before I go off to paradise again :dance: So this report is going to be going a little faster now, hope to keep most of you around :) :)

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Hi Wild about cats

Loving the TR. :clap: :clap:
Especially love the hyenas. :D
Hope it's a leopards kill.

Will stay on board. :popcorn:

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cheetah - we found 3 dens during the trip, around one camp! It was awesome :thumbs_up:

MM - we ourselves wondered if the hyena's up the road would have found it...

BB - we thought so too, we were sad to have missed the action!

hilda - we looked around for any sulking animals, but couldn't find any! :(

SurfCindy - meals are not wasted in the bush hey :)

isinkwe - :lol: It was so very fresh too!

Kaapsedraai - mostly the rain gives us fewer sightings, but this time we managed to find some great things :)

DASSIEDELIGHT - glad to have you :)

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