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 Post subject: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP. Oct. '13
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 11, 2014 10:10 pm 
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Here is our first ever trip report which we hope will please all the mites who choose to read it.
THURSDAY 24TH OCTOBER
After our flights from the UK and a 1st night stop in Kuruman we finally arrived in KTP at 2.10pm. We were greeted by a sand storm and extremely dark threatening clouds! We hope it’s not going to be like this for a fortnight!
We checked in to cottage no. 28 at Twee Rivieren camp. We located Jannie and gave him the donated clothes we had brought with us.

Here is the reception building.
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RECEPTION AREA by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Here are some pics of the accommodation for those that haven't stayed there.
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TWEE RIVIEREN CAMP by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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TWEE RIVIEREN CAMP by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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TWEE RIVIEREN CAMP by cstevens0559, on Flickr

At 3.30pm we went for a drive in the park.
Nossob road. Wildebeest. Image
WILDEBEEST SITTING OUT A DUST STORM by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Gemsbok.Image
GEMSBOK SITTING OUT A DUST STORM by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Near Leeuwdril waterhole. 4 Cheetah under a bush on the riverbed (mother with 3 juvs?). Image
CHEETAH by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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CHEETAH by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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CHEETAH by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Red Hartebeest. Image
RED HARTEBEEST by cstevens0559, on FlickrWildebeest. Image
WILDEBEEST by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Springbok fawn.Image
SPRINGBOK FAWN by cstevens0559, on Flickr
3.50pm. Rooiputs waterhole. 1 Spotted Hyena asleep in the shade. Image
SPOTTED HYENA by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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SPOTTED HYENA by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We drove back to camp and at last the wind seemed to be calming.
Arrived back at 6.55pm. We had dinner on the patio watching lightning in the distance.
To be continued....

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 3:30 pm 
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FRIDAY 25TH OCTOBER
We were up early and left camp at 5.58am for a drive. It was fresher this morning (15°).
Samevloeing waterhole: Red-headed Finches. Cape Sparrow. Sociable Weaver. Yellow Canary. SpringbokImage
SPRINGBOK by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
Further on a Brant’s Whistling Rat
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BRANT'S WHISTLING RAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
2 Pale-chanting Goshawks
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PALE CHANTING GOSHAWKS by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Scaly-feathered Finch.
We caught up with the 4 Cheetahs from yesterday. Thanks to Lionspoon we now know this is Elena and her family.
This morning they were up and alert eyeing up the Springbok further along the riverbed.
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2013_10_25_IMG_2344 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_25_IMG_2345 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_25_IMG_2347 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Breakfast!!Image
2013_10_25_IMG_2348 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_25_IMG_2352 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_25_IMG_2353 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_25_IMG_2355 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_25_IMG_2356 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Thanks BB,tend to agree with you that its a black chested snake eagle.
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2013_10_25_IMG_2359 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Leeuwdril waterhole: Cape Sparrow. Cape Turtle Dove. Image
2013_10_25_IMG_2362 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Namaqua Sandgrouse.Image
2013_10_25_IMG_2363 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Namaqua Dove Image
2013_10_25_IMG_2369 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
A Black-backed Jackal came to drink.Image
2013_10_25_IMG_2373 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_25_IMG_2376 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
A Lanner Falcon flew inImage
2013_10_25_IMG_2380 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
On the way back – WildebeestImage
2013_10_25_IMG_2384 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
GemsbokImage
2013_10_25_IMG_2386 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Ground SquirrelImage
2013_10_25_IMG_2387 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Springbok againImage
2013_10_25_IMG_2391 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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SPRINGBOK by cstevens0559, on Flickr
with the Cheetahs still watching themImage
CHEETAH by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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CHEETAH by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We were back in camp for breakfast at 8.45am.

More to follow...

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 4:19 pm 
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Thanks for the praise gatita,but your compliments must go to DD as she is the photographer.
I have enough carrying my binoculars,telescope and tripod without the hassle of carrying a camera and lenses as well.
Mind you I'm also the chauffeur so have other things to consider,like driving and spotting at the same time.

Thank you all for your kind comments,more trip report to follow after DD's done the ironing.

Take care wherever you are.

PF and DD.

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 5:48 pm 
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Thanks all for the nice comments and @gatita no apology required PF is only the driver (and sometimes cook). So, ironing done - back to the TR.

At 10.10am we left the camp to head north up the Auob road towards the Kalahari Tented Camp. (28°).
Ground SquirrelImage
GROUND SQUIRREL by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Ostrich and Gemsbok along the way.
View point (Auob riverbed).
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VIEW DOWN THE AUOB RIVERBED by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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VIEW DOWN THE AUOB RIVERBED by cstevens0559, on Flickr
2 Swallow-tailed Bee-eatersImage
SWALLOW-TAILED BEE-EATER by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Wildebeest under a treeImage
WILDEBEEST by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Ostrich dust bathingImage
OSTRICH by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Just past Monro waterhole we encountered our first Yellow Ribbon – Nina! And Jazetoni. Nice to meet you both.
A special sighting a lovely Hawkmoth on some flowers. Not sure which type so if anyone knows please let us know.Image
HAWKMOTH by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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HAWKMOTH by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Kamfersboom waterhole: WildebeestImage
WILDEBEEST by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
Auchterlonie waterholeImage
LOOKING UP AT AUCHTERLONIE PICNIC SITE by cstevens0559, on Flickr. Secretary Bird Image
SECRETARY BIRD by cstevens0559, on Flickr.

12 noon (29 degrees) Auchterlonie picnic site.
Driving north we saw this nice Martial Eagle (juv)Image
MARTIAL EAGLE (JUVENILE) by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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MARTIAL EAGLE (JUVENILE) by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Ostrich (male)Image
OSTRICH by cstevens0559, on Flickr
3 GiraffeImage
GIRAFFE by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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GIRAFFE by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Dertiende Boorgat waterhole: Brown-veined White butterfliesImage
BUTTERFLIES by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Red-billed WoodhoopoeImage
RED-BILLED WOOD-HOOPOES by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Further on we saw aTawny Eagle. White-backed VulturesImage
WHITE-BACKED VULTURES by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Craig Lockhart waterhole. White-backed VulturesImage
WHITE-BACKED VULTURES by cstevens0559, on Flickr
and a Black-shouldered Kite. No photo as it was flying away and this was our only BSK that we saw this trip. Most disappointing for PF as he is a keen raptor watcher. We had come a month later on this trip as we had been advised that there would be more raptors which did not prove to be so.

We arrived at Kalahari Tented Camp at 3.07pm (33°) and checked in to tent no. 6 for the next two nights. Image
KALAHARI TENTED CAMP - TENT NO.6 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
KitchenImage
KALAHARI TENTED CAMP - TENT NO.6 - KITCHEN by cstevens0559, on Flickr
BedroomImage
KALAHARI TENTED CAMP - TENT NO.6 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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KALAHARI TENTED CAMP - TENT NO.6 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Tents are quite spaced apart.Image
KALAHARI TENTED CAMP by cstevens0559, on Flickr (plenty of room for animals to get in between).
There is a good view of the waterhole from this tent, although there wasn’t much water in itImage
VIEW OF CAMP WATERHOLE by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
We had lunch and a drink and relaxed a little. At the waterhole – Springbok and Ostrich. Visitors to our little bird bath – Grey-headed Sparrow, Starlings and White-browed Sparrow-weaver.

More to come...

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 6:00 pm 
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Our last drive of the day.
At 5.05pm we left camp for a drive north towards Mata-Mata, Lilac-breasted Roller.
Finally heading south again: Ostrich, 5 Giraffe, Tawny Eagle in a tree, African Hoopoe. Kori BustardImage
KORI BUSTARD by cstevens0559, on Flickr, another Kori Bustard. Black-backed Jackal,Gemsbok and Springbok.
Criag Lockhart waterhole. 2 Black-backed JackalsImage
BLACK-BACKED JACKAL by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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BLACK-BACKED JACKAL by cstevens0559, on Flickr
and lots of doves.
We turned back towards the camp and the 5 Giraffe had come nearer + 4 more GiraffeImage
GIRAFFE by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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GIRAFFE by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We arrived back in camp at 6.45pm (still 30°). We sat on the balcony watching darkness fall.
Having read tales on the forum about mice nibbling groceries we kept ours in the bedroom hanging in cloth bags from the wardrobe rail! So when we sat having dinner in the kitchen area and I looked up and saw a rat staring at me from the draining board!! I mentioned to PF that maybe having mice wasn’t the problem. Wish I had taken my camera into the kitchen! A Black-backed Jackal at the waterhole this evening but we were too tired to stay up to wait for anything else.

Keep following this TR as the next day was special!

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Sun Jan 12, 2014 8:20 pm 
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Our journey continues.

SATURDAY 26TH OCTOBER
We awoke at 3.00am and checking the waterhole saw 5 Giraffe drinking which was nice, and 2 Black-backed Jackals. Back to sleep.

Awoke later to a beautiful morning (when isn’t it beautiful?) 1 Black-backed Jackal at the waterhole (this pic shows how far away the waterhole is from the tents.Image
BLACK-BACKED JACKAL AT KTC WATERHOLE. by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We were out of camp at 6.50am (15°).
We drove South: Springbok, 1 BBJ, White-backed Vultures, PCGImage
[url=http://www.flickr.com/photos/112117986@N08/11910833286/GOSHAWK[/url]by [url=http://www.flickr.com/people/112117986@N08/]cstevens0559[/url], on Flickr
2 Giant Eagle OwlsImage
GIANT EAGLE OWLS by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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GIANT EAGLE OWLS by cstevens0559, on Flickr
The owls were being mobbed by Black CrowsImage
BLACK CROWS HECKLING THE GIANT EAGLE OWLS by cstevens0559, on Flickr
but they soon discovered the owls were not moving so flew off.Image
BLACK CROW by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Someone pointed out an African Wild Cat in a tree. Quite difficult to get a great photo but lovely to seeImage
AFRICAN WILD CAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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AFRICAN WILD CAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Fork-tailed DrongoImage
FORK-TAILED DRONGO by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Tawny EagleImage
TAWNY EAGLE by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Veertiende Boorgat waterhole: Wildebeest. BBJ.
We now headed back north. Springbok fawnImage
SPRINGBOK AND FAWN by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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SPRINGBOK AND FAWN by cstevens0559, on Flickr
KuduImage
KUDU by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
OstrichImage
OSTRICH by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We arrived at Mata-Mata camp at 10.10am. This morning we had decided to walk over the border to the farm stall in Namibia. We had read about this on the forum and thought it would be worth a look. We asked the police lady at MM and she okayed itImage
LOOKING TOWARDS THE NAMIBIAN BORDER by cstevens0559, on Flickr
then we walked to the Namibian border post and asked if it was okay and the lady there said yes. So 10 minutes later we were at the farm stallImage
THE LITTLE FARMSTALL by cstevens0559, on Flickr
It is a sweet little shop although not quite as stocked up as expected. We understand there is frozen meat (but not eating meat we didn’t check that) but there is definitely biscuits, chutney, sweets and souvenirs. At least it had made a fun diversion. PF with the bag of goodiesImage
BACK TO THE BORDER by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Back in South Africa we now headed back towards KTC. Ground Squirrel with babyImage
GROUND SQUIRRELS by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Then just before the turn off to KTC we stopped....and what did we see. You'll just have to wait!

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:42 pm 
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Okay is everyone back on board??

So we were just before the turn off to KTC where we stopped at a huge Sociable Weavers nest.
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2013_10_26_IMG_2577 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
There was a bright yellow loop hanging from the nest – a Cape Cobra!! Image
A CAPE COBRA by cstevens0559, on Flickr

At this point PF was bouncing around inside the car with excitement as snakes are one of his MUST SEES. This is when we decided that our patience could pay off. As we were not in a hurry we decided to sit and wait for the snake to move.
The poor weavers were waiting to get back in to the nest but I think it was probably too late for their babies withinImage
SOCIABLE WEAVERS WAITING FOR IT TO LEAVE by cstevens0559, on Flickr

45 minutes later the ‘loop’ started to move! We could see a 'lump' in its body so it had found breakfast.Image
IT STARTED TO MOVE by cstevens0559, on Flickr
The snake doubled back out of the hole Image
2013_10_26_IMG_2584 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
and then proceeded to work its way up and over the nest trying to find its way into another hole.Image
2013_10_26_IMG_2590 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2599 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2616 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2632 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2637 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2648 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2652 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2656 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
We stayed for a further 45 minutes watching this and it made us realise why the weavers build their nest as they do with a smooth top so the snake just could not get a ‘grip’ with its tail to enable it to swing its head into another hole. Fascinating. We had seen this behaviour on a tv programme never expecting to see it happen for real. Just proves the saying ‘to expect the unexpected’.
Once the snake had vanished over the top of the nest we headed back to camp arriving at 12.30 for a very late breakfast and a rest.
2 Ostrich were at the waterholeImage
OSTRICH AT KTC WATERHOLE by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Grey-headed Sparrows were enjoying our little bird bathImage
GREY-HEADED SPARROW ON OUR WATERBOWL by cstevens0559, on Flickr

More to follow shortly after we have had a cup of tea.

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:31 pm 
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At 3.00pm we were refreshed enough to venture out again (34°). Just as we got in the car in our ‘caged’ area a Yellow Mongoose came out from the shade of the car. Image
YELLOW MONGOOSE NEAR TO OUR TENT by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We headed south: Secretary BirdImage
SECRETARY BIRD by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Striped KingfisherImage
STRIPED KINGFISHER by cstevens0559, on Flickr
The 2 Giant Eagle Owls were still in their tree. Here we encountered a Yellow Ribbon – the legendary lionqueen. Nice to meet you at last.
The African Wild Cat was still in its tree and still lying down on the branch.
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2013_10_26_IMG_2685 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_26_IMG_2687 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Dalkeith waterhole: Lots of Springbok. Swallow-tailed Bee-eater.
View across the Auob riverbedImage
2013_10_26_IMG_2688 by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
4 Crowned Plovers. White-backed Vulture. Marico Flycatcher (juv)Image
MARICO FLYCATCHER by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
On the way back:Image
2013_10_26_IMG_2692 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Dalkeith waterhole. Lots of SpringbokImage
2013_10_26_IMG_2693 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Giraffe drinkingImage
2013_10_26_IMG_2696 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Ground SquirrelImage

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2013_10_26_IMG_2711 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Back with the African Wild Cat we decided to wait and see if it moved (our patience had paid off with the snake earlier). So we sat, cars came and went and eventually we only could spare a further 10 minutes. The cat must have read our thoughts. It got upImage
AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr, did a cat stretchImage
AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr and moved down the tree.Image
AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
It then walked across towards usImage
AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr
It crossed in front of our car and carried on up the dune on the other sideAFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr. Wow!!
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AFRICAN WILDCAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We were back in camp at 6.50pm. We were totally elated at the way our day had worked out!
Time to celebrate with a cold one!
Nightlife:Image
2013_10_26_IMG_2764 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
That's all tonight folks!

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
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:big_eyes: I think that your 'nightlife' photo is an adult antlion and I am very :mrgreen: . I remember seeing lots of them on the KTC tent's window netting (tho I didn't know what they were at the time), but had no chance for a photo, so I am very impressed by yours! :clap:


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Hi arks,tend to agree with you that the nightlife is an ant-lion.
More nightlife to follow,keep watching.

DD and PF.

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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Thanks to all who asked about AWCs.

Son godin. We saw 5 on the Auob side and 1 on Nossob side.

Fotomaljohan. On our first visit in 2011 we only saw 1 AWC near Mata Mata.
This time we saw 6 in total.

gatita. The one we saw come down the tree was 1.5km north of the northern Dalkeith turn off (loop road).
Another one was 6.2km north of Urikaruus camp turn off (big tree right-hand side of road). We also saw a male literally 200 mtrs further north on that road - he shot out in front of our car!
One more seen between Urikaruus and Auchterlonie but didn't note exact location.
We also had one at Kieliekrankie camp.
The one on the Nossob side was 0.7km south from Unions End (in a tree on left hand side of the road).

DD & PF

Page has now turned so on with the TR.

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:53 pm 
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SUNDAY 27TH OCTOBER
We had a fantastic stay at KTC and the drives around the area had been brilliant. Don't forget room 6 is directly opposite the waterhole.
We had a slow start this morning as we would be moving on today.
Pearl Spotted OwlImage
PEARL SPOTTED OWL by cstevens0559, on Flickr. Laughing DoveImage
LAUGHING DOVE by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
White-browed Sparrow-weaver. Ground Squirrel. Yellow Mongoose.

We left camp at 8.25am (already 26°).Today our destination was Nossob Rest Camp. Heading south: Pygmy FalconImage
PYGMY FALCON by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
2 Kori Bustards. Ostrich. Another Kori Bustard. White-backed Vultures. Our AWC was back in it’s tree. Slightly clearer view today as we could see its legs. Marico Flycatcher. African Hoopoe. Crimson Breasted Shrike.
Dalkeith waterhole: A male Lion on top of a dune but flat out.Image
LION by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Springbok and fawns. White-backed Vulture flying and perched. Yellow-billed Hornbill. Lilac-breasted RollerImage
LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Giraffe. PCG. Black Crows.
Dertiende Boorgat: Another male Lion flat out but at least closer to the roadImage
LION by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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LION by cstevens0559, on Flickr
There were lots of cars here and when one car sank into the sand the couple got out of the car to try digging themselves out with the lion 3 mtrs away :wall:
3 Giraffe. Springbok. Secretary Bird. Wildebeest. Crowned PloverImage
CROWNED PLOVER by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Ant-eating Chat Image
ANT-EATING CHAT by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
10.45am. Kamqua picnic site for a comfort break. (30°).
Then over the Upper Dune Road. Lots of nice flowersImage
2013_10_27_IMG_2831 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Moravet waterhole. 2 GemsbokImage
GEMSBOK by cstevens0559, on Flickr.
SteenbokImage
STEENBOK by cstevens0559, on Flickr. Rufous-eared Warbler. Sociable Weavers nest in a tree. Lanner Falcon.
Eland waterhole. 3 Gemsbok (no eland).
Finally arrived at the Nossob road at 12.55 (33°).
After Dikbaardskolk waterhole and 7 km before Cheleka waterhole was a Cheetah (male)Image
CHEETAH by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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CHEETAH by cstevens0559, on Flickr

PF thanks you for all the compliments but wishes to point out that the photos are all by DD.
More to follow

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Wed Jan 15, 2014 9:02 pm 
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We arrived at Nossob Camp at 2.10pm (35°) and checked in to room 9C.
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NOSSOB CAMP by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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NOSSOB CAMP by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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NOSSOB CAMP by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Outside reception we met Yellow Ribbons - Jacliz and Jeff and had a long chat.
We walked over to the bird hide. A couple of BBJs came to drinkImage
BLACK-BACKED JACKAL by cstevens0559, on Flickr

As it started to get dark the Barking Geckos started up – it sounded like there we hundreds of them!
Eventually we returned to our room for dinner before the lights went off at 10.00pm (until 5.00 am).

A bit of nightlife (especially for arks) - not sure what they are if anyone knows please advise.
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GECKO by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_27_IMG_2865 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_27_IMG_2867 by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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2013_10_27_IMG_2868 by cstevens0559, on Flickr

TR will continue after dinner.

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
Unread postPosted: Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:35 am 
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Peregrine Falcon wrote:
A bit of nightlife (especially for arks) - not sure what they are if anyone knows please advise.

Thanks PF. :gflower: Wish that I knew something about moths but I don't :redface: However, the first photo is a Bibron's gecko and I think that the large critter in the last photo is another ant lion -- I've read that an identifying feature is the 'knobs' on the antennae :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP
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MONDAY 28TH OCTOBER
Nossob Camp.
We were up before light again and out of the camp at 6am (14°).
We headed north.
Cubitji Quap waterhole. BBJ. Cape Turtle DovesImage
CAPE TURTLE DOVES by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Kalahari RobinImage
KALAHARI ROBIN by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Further on: Kori Bustard. Ludwigs BustardImage
LUDWIG'S BUSTARD by cstevens0559, on Flickr

Kwang waterhole. Cat prints on the roadImage
http://www.flickr.com/photos/112117986@N08/11944992544/ by cstevens0559, on Flickr
VulturesImage
VULTURES by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Namaqua and Burchell's SandgrouseImage
SANDGROUSE by cstevens0559, on Flickr
BBJ came to drinkImage
BLACK-BACKED JACKAL by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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BLACK-BACKED JACKAL by cstevens0559, on Flickr

On the way back to camp: Image
WILDEBEEST by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Fiscal ShrikeImage
FISCAL SHRIKE by cstevens0559, on Flickr

9.20am (29°). Cubitje Quap waterhole. Kudu
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KUDU by cstevens0559, on Flickr
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KUDU by cstevens0559, on Flickr
and BBJImage
BLACK-BACKED JACKAL AND KUDU by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Namaqua SandgrouseImage
NAMAQUA SANDGROUSE by cstevens0559, on Flickr
Lilac-breasted Roller
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LILAC-BREASTED ROLLER by cstevens0559, on Flickr

We were back in camp at 9.40am (30°) for breakfast.

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2014
4/5 - Berg-en-Dal
6 - Skukuza
7/8 - Tamboti
9/10/11 - Shimuwini
12/13/14- Shingwedzi
15-19 - Letaba


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