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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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Kaapsedraai wrote:
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:


Thanks Kaapsedraai!
We had a great afternoon in Kruger!!

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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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I just love those Crakes, my goodness what gorgeous little chickens. :D Another lovely episode. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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Well, we left LP and got 'home' just in time! The hyenas were calling and we heard our first fiery necked nightjar! But a mental note was taken. Saturday night is NOT the night to be near the staff village at Skukuza...... The rest of the night was party music and vehicles in and out and in and out......

Nov 3. Early in the am again we decided to go towards Kruger Gate as the intel from the dishwashing time told us lions were spotted there....And we skipped LP.... but that didn't mean we didn't get some awesome bird photos!
A pied kingfisher family!
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How fabulous are giant kingfishers!???? There were also 3 with a juvenile really nagging the parents!

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A new species for today! Lizard buzzard!
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We took the Sabie River road - S4 - S1 to Phabeni Gate for a bathroom break and then back with a visit to the Albasini Ruins - S3 - back on the Sabie River rd.

We saw 3 sleeping white rhinos, slender mongoose (another new species for the trip!), a yellow throated long claw, and I JUST missed a great photo of an African cuckoo..... Also added yellow throated apalis to the list... again no photo! Arg! And we spotted our first owl!!! (but it turned out to be a tree branch stump... :redface: )

We also watched some dagha bulls sparring - the clash of the horns was impressive - I have to get my SO to put more video together!
A kudu bull - can't go by him without a photo! and the oxpeckers are flourishing - nice to see!
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We decided to go back to camp for lunch and a swim. Our tent:
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We saw about the fattest warthog we have ever seen. She was just cruising around Skukuza! At least she ran in between grass snacks....
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We headed out for an afternoon drive - and we had the best surprise awaiting us!!! We headed south on the H1-1 to the S114 to Renosterkoppies...

Our first baby impala!!!!!!!!!!!!
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We were stoked!
Some more impala photos for you! The M for "MacDonalds" of the bush (the fast food everyone eats....)
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It seems like this guy likes feather earrings like I do!
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More on the horizon!

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I just love those Crakes, my goodness what gorgeous little chickens. :D Another lovely episode. :thumbs_up:

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Thanks MM!! - they were just fabulous and too cute...... :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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jaytea, another wonderful episode!! Congrats on the Lizard Buzzard, its a lovely sighting! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Also love those impala ear-rings :wink:

Can't wait to hear more :popcorn:

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Beautiful Impy baby jaytea! :dance: :dance:

That is indeed a fat Wartie! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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Hi Jaytea,

Just got caught up again. Just loving your report!

By the way, what tent were you in at Skukuza? I will be there on a Saturday night in May and would prefer not to listen to the parties....

Thanks again for sharing!

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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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What a super TR with great Pics. :thanx:

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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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jaytea, starting this episode with amazing bird pics. 3 Giant ones - must admit - feel a bit :mrgreen: Just joking. :D
You had some great sightings of these feathered friends. :thumbs_up:

Also stayed in one of theose tents and must admit - was really enjoying them - got my SO interested to stay there when we visit again (just not sure when though) :thumbs_up:

That Wartie.. :D so comical and entertaining to watch. :D :D
Another enjoyable episode - thanks. :dance:

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Love your black crake family, jaytea :clap: :clap: :clap:


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just managed to catch up, :D some really super sightings :D :D :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: A new species each day! KNP Nov 2013
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Some more great sightings jaytea. Love your giant kingfishers and that little impala is just too cute. Keep the brilliant TR coming. :popcorn:


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A bit late but I'm in!

Lovely sightings and great photos.

I too love Lake Panic!

Thank you for sharing!

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Wild about cats wrote:
jaytea, another wonderful episode!! Congrats on the Lizard Buzzard, its a lovely sighting! :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Also love those impala ear-rings :wink:

Can't wait to hear more :popcorn:


Thanks Wild! I was stoked to see the buzzard and then to get a photo was a bonus!


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Beautiful Impy baby jaytea! :dance: :dance:

That is indeed a fat Wartie! :lol:


Thanks Hilda - Our first baby impi of the season the little jewel! And that warthog - she sure was plumplicious!!!!

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Hi Jaytea,

Just got caught up again. Just loving your report!

By the way, what tent were you in at Skukuza? I will be there on a Saturday night in May and would prefer not to listen to the parties....

Thanks again for sharing!

Daron


Thank you and you're most welcome Daron! We were in tent #107 - just where the walkway to the staff area was. Later in the trip we were back in the safari tents at Skukuza on a Friday night in tent #320 - a much nicer situated tent and the little verandah faces the perimeter fence..... and we didn't hear as much! But we might have been more tired then as we never really slept in past 4am for the whole 4 weeks!


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What a super TR with great Pics. :thanx:


Thanks Philip1! We sure got some great sightings.... its all about soaking in the smell/sights/and sounds of the bush that makes you appreciate life!

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jaytea, starting this episode with amazing bird pics. 3 Giant ones - must admit - feel a bit :mrgreen: Just joking. :D
You had some great sightings of these feathered friends. :thumbs_up:

Also stayed in one of theose tents and must admit - was really enjoying them - got my SO interested to stay there when we visit again (just not sure when though) :thumbs_up:

That Wartie.. :D so comical and entertaining to watch. :D :D
Another enjoyable episode - thanks. :dance:


Thanks Kaapsedraai! I have a bazillion photos of those kingfishers - they were just so photogenic and we felt really lucky to have such a great view of them. Tonnes of cars stopped to see them too - but most of them just pushed off after about 30 seconds! We don't get very far each day because we drive so slow looking for the birds and then spend time with each one as long as they'll let us! We also loved the safari tents - We lived in one similar to these for a year and it brings back great memories! They get you closer to the bush...

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Love your black crake family, jaytea :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks Pumbaa! those chicks were running around trying to emulate mom and dad! So cute!

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