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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Well done on making it to the gate early! I am like the general rounding up my family to be parked at the gate 5 minutes early. Haha.

The H9 has never given us any luck either! Nice sighting though :D

We were at Letaba in August-Sept for 5 nights and we now call it 'the Hyena camp'! We have never seen so many hyena clans in close proximity to one another!

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Great sightings :clap:

But only 5 minutes early :naughty: Im the drill Sergent that turns on lights or sprays you with water to make sure we are at the gate 20minutes before :rtm:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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spargish wrote:
Great sightings :clap:

But only 5 minutes early :naughty: Im the drill Sergent that turns on lights or sprays you with water to make sure we are at the gate 20minutes before :rtm:

True. The aim isn't to be at the gate when it opens, it is to be FIRST at the gate 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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The time varies depending on the camp.

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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spargish wrote:
Great sightings :clap:

But only 5 minutes early :naughty: Im the drill Sergent that turns on lights or sprays you with water to make sure we are at the gate 20minutes before :rtm:


:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

You're right, I'm clearly getting lazy. :tongue:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Wild about cats, seems you had some fun with rain and all. :D

Lovely pics of all the sightings and also loved the birdies. :dance:

Thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Bush Baptist wrote:
The time varies depending on the camp.

Lay Letaba - 10mins early to be first 8)

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Congratulations on your Great Spotted Cuckoo sighting Wild about cats! Lovely sightings, all of them! And the rain! :clap: :clap:

We have just returned from KNP, and I must say, I have never seen Kruger as green as it was this time around! Even the Letaba area was lovely, all shades of green that you can think of! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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WFG, cheetah hilda, Kaapsedraai, BB, spargish: thank you for all of your comments; it's lovely to have you guys around :)

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That afternoon I decided to go on an alone drive looking for birds.

First I drove those first few amazing km’s down the S46.

A hooded vulture scouring the area

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I stopped to watch a fork-tailed Drongo feeding a chick, when a lovely little sandgrouse snuck out from her hiding place. Could barely get a picture before cars scared her off again.

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Red –billed Hornbill foraging

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Soon joined by some cousins

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My first Green-backed Cameroptera. Sorry about awful pic, it’s all I could get with the light and distance not in my favour…

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Back on the H1-6 I saw the pile of bones that used to be an ellie

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And a MONSTER croc

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Then I found a scarce giraffe!!!

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And the ever-present squirrel

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My sister and mother joined me on the drive and it began to pour again, so the animals and birds hid away….

After all the downpouring…

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Another impala repulsed by mud

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And a visitor just outside of camp

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Luckily the rain stopped for long enough for us to have a braai!!!

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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WAC - not only is it wonderful to read and enjoy this report of yours, but it is super wonderful to see you back on the forums :dance: :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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WAC - not only is it wonderful to read and enjoy this report of yours, but it is super wonderful to see you back on the forums :dance: :dance: :dance:


:yaya: hi DB! Thank you, it is nice to be back :) I need it to help with my bush withdrawal symptoms! :( Great to see you here, I hope you enjoy :) :gflower:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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wild about cats, some nice birdies around. :dance:

Thank you for sharing and wonder what Letaba will produce in next episode...lovely TR so far. :thumbs_up:

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More awesome bird sightings Wild about cats! :clap: :clap: And that is for sure a monster Croc! :shock:

You had lots of rain in the Park! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Exploring Letaba: Disproving All Expectations
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Just caught up on a few great episodes, can't believe how full all the rivers but then again it seems like you had a lot of rain. I think we just missed that. Lovely sightings and great variety :thumbs_up:


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