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 Post subject: Re: West Coast Adventures
Unread postPosted: Wed Feb 19, 2014 9:23 pm 
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In September 2011 we saw Mr. and Mrs. Dung Beetle at the road towards Abrahamskraal. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast Adventures
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Wednesday 11th December 2013 - continued

After having another great tea time at Geelbek with very delicious cake
we are on the way back to Langebaan Gate.
The road is very busy, a lot of traffic and no animals.
We stop and I try to get a picture of a black-shouldered kit. Pity that it is so far away.

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Maybe because of this picture we are going to be in the right place at the right time ...

We drive on and suddenly I hear SO that there is a snake on the road.
Cape Cobra! :big_eyes:

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The Cape Cobra at our side of the road has raised its forebody of the ground.
It looks like drops of the snakes venom around the mouth and at the neck.

The snake moves towards the middle of the road.

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast Adventures
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Now the predator of the Cape Cobra arrives out of the bush, a grey mongoose!

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It's mouth waters, look at the little tongue coming out of the mouth!

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The mongoose walks across the road and the Cobra's head always moves towards it.

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The mongoose comes back again to the left side of the road ...

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... and then it disappears at the other side.

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It leaves behind a snake in highly defensive mode which now turned the head towards us.

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This is when I feel more safe with a closed window. :wink:


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 Post subject: Re: West Coast Adventures
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Wednesday 11th December 2013 - continued

A really great sighting!
Definitely very unexpected to see this on such a busy day with much traffic in West Coast National Park.
This afternoon when laying down at the new hammock in the hotel garden under the blue South African sky
I still can see the Cape Cobras head in front of my eyes. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: West Coast Adventures
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Thursday 12th December 2013

Today we have to leave the West Coast.
We take the route through the National Park and enter the park this morning at half past eight.
At the bird hide near Geelbek the flamingos are very close this morning.
We watch them having breakfast.

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Some flamingos are still sleeping, others are flying to better destinations. :wink:

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It is a real pleasure to watch them so close to the hide. :)

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast Adventures
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Thursday 12th December 2013 - continued

At Atlantic View Point we find these two unhappy looking birds.

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On our way back to the road there is again the kestrel which we saw during our first day visit at the parking area.
Thank you Bush Baptist, Johan van Rensburg, arks and Micetta for your help to identify the female lesser kestrel.
Today it marks the stop sign.

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What a beautiful raptor! :)

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Before we leave the park we see a lonely bontebok.

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