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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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Stunning birdie sighting jaytea :clap: :clap: .

Also a great leppie sighting :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


Thanks Barry - I'm enjoying your TR too - love those birds!!

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Caught up, Jaytea :dance: :dance: :dance:

some more than stunning Lake Panic impressions you showed and for sure love your hyaena pictures although these ones could indeed get extreme naughty :big_eyes:

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Thanks Pumbaa - I did love LP and have WAY more photos from there - it truly is a great place and the birds are great. Hyenas were a constant for us this trip and we couldn't be more pleased as they possess character galore!!! Just like in the lion king movie - but maybe not as evil!!!

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Just had a browse through your Tr, great to see the interest in everything not just lions ! :clap:

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Ok - well overdue for an episode! We woke up, stretched and rubbed our eyes and decided to venture to Oliphantdrinkgat and indeed we found a small breeding herd there drinking!

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They were on a mission and moved off quickly except for one young female. When she discovered the herd moved off she cut across where we'd been parked quietly a little to close for my comfort!!! My SO is luckily very experienced with ellies and didn't panic and she only gave us a head shake and moved off when there was no reaction!

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Well that woke me up the rest of the way with a little adrenal help.... We went up to the tablets - Klipspringers! Yay! and then decided to head back via the Maroela loop to LP again ( no I'm not addicted.... :whistle: )
Some sighings on the way...
A baby leopard tortoise - so vibrant in colour!
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Love was in the air for these steenbokkies!
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Or maybe just in the males air!!! The lady was a little distracted...
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Turtle Doves are still beautiful and we love the call = 'drrrrink laaaager' = because it is almost that time!!
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The waka waka waka call of the hornbills are also ubiquitous!
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A highlight for us were some trumpeter hornbills today - no pics...And we heard the Shelley's francolin but couldn't get a bead on the actual bird...

LP - light wasn't as good but I got some photos.....
Majestic goliath heron
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Love me those jacanas......
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And the best - the little family of Black Crakes showed themselves!! Ag Shame!!!!
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Until next time! :dance:

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Just had a browse through your Tr, great to see the interest in everything not just lions ! :clap:


Forestgump - thanks very much! I love the whole experience and you're right its best not to concentrate on just the lions - although I've found that if you're looking and spending time with the little things you get the big ones in spades also!!!

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I see you are from the west coast of Canada, are you typing with your mittens on ?

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I see you are from the west coast of Canada, are you typing with your mittens on ?


Haha! Yes we got a DUMP of snow last weekend and I think another forecast of snow for this weekend - but yesterday I spotted some early spring crocuses to reassure me that the warmer weather is on the way! And that the white stuff will melt soon enough!! And the skiing is better when there's snow :tongue: .... But, there's no comparison with the winter in SA.....

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Those Elephant strides do tell us they were on a mission.. :dance: Lovely pics...then the grumpy one!!!! :shock: :thumbs_up:

Steenbokkies are adorable. :thumbs_up:

Lovely bird sightings :clap: :clap: Do like the Black Crake little family. :dance: :dance:

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That Ellie .... just testing! :lol:

Awesome sightings jaytea! I love the Steenbokkies, and the little Skillie is too cute! :clap: :clap:

Beautiful bird sightings too, especially the Black Crake family! :dance: :dance:

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Amazing sightings all around :thumbs_up: .

The little ellie is so cute :dance: .

Also love the little Black Crake chicks :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:

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Great episode once again and what an array of birds you have seen just love the black crake babies :thumbs_up:
I'm on the same bus with the trumpeter hornbills, saw them in July and no kiekies, was my only sighting of them ever :slap:

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jaytea, another great episode with nice pics.

Baby ellie is too cute and all the birdies always great to watch. :thumbs_up:
Steenbokkies always cute and interesting to watch especially when their is a pair. :D

Some nice birdy pics and Lake Panic...those Black Crake with chicks - wonderful pics of the family.

Thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:

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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Those Elephant strides do tell us they were on a mission.. :dance: Lovely pics...then the grumpy one!!!! :shock: :thumbs_up:

Steenbokkies are adorable. :thumbs_up:

Lovely bird sightings :clap: :clap: Do like the Black Crake little family. :dance: :dance:

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Thanks yet again Trrp! I loved that little crake family - they only appeared for a short time but so entertaining!

The little antelope are always a treat to see and I love it when they are showing us great behaviour!

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That Ellie .... just testing! :lol:

Awesome sightings jaytea! I love the Steenbokkies, and the little Skillie is too cute! :clap: :clap:

Beautiful bird sightings too, especially the Black Crake family! :dance: :dance:


Thanks Hilda- that ellie was really testing how high my heart rate could jump in just seconds!!

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Amazing sightings all around :thumbs_up: .

The little ellie is so cute :dance: .

Also love the little Black Crake chicks :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up:


Barry it was great to see the little ellie - we were sad to see them go so fast but then I was ok with the last one leaving!!!

Those chicks were awesome to see..... so privileged!

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Great episode once again and what an array of birds you have seen just love the black crake babies :thumbs_up:
I'm on the same bus with the trumpeter hornbills, saw them in July and no kiekies, was my only sighting of them ever :slap:


I love those trumpeters - luckily we saw them also in KZN where I got some photos.... but they were elusive in Kruger!

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