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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
Unread postPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 2:49 pm 
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The kudu above is a cow...here is the "talking" husband...chewing a bone. Did you noticed the well camouflage eggs on the Dikkop's photo above.

If her husband was around she was no doubt nagging him!

Yes, I did notice the eggs. The Dikkop is similar to the Stone-curlew found in some parts of the UK, whose eggs are similarly camouflaged.

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Actually Henk JJ pic is that of a yellow mongoose.

Well, if two experts can disagree, a novice like me doesn't stand a chance of getting the identifications right! :wink:

And any Caracal sighting would fulfill one of my big wishes for my visit.

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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I had to go back to see the eggs :redface: :clap:
Thank You :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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My sighting of the caracal with the baby warthog was only for about 5 seconds and three quick photo's.

One of the parks service trucks, with gas bottles, then drove pass at about 120 km/h while the driver and passenger were talking or singing very loud. This very frustating noise made the caracal grabb the warthog and disappear in the bushes.

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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Oh dear! I was hoping the speed and noise problems I've read about on the forum were restricted to KNP. :(

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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J.J. stunning pictures. Thank you. :D

I am most impressed with the size of the Caracal kill.

It must have been really disappointing to have such a rare sighting shortened by a truck :evil:

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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@J.J. - Brilliant caracal sighting, pity about the rude interruption. You must have been MAD - rare sighting spoiled!

@Caracal - We were lucky enough to see a white-tailed mongoose on a night drive last year :D . It was a clear sighting and the game guides were seriously excited to see it as well, so surely a rarity. Seen at T-Junction of road leading down from Zuurberg lookout & Carol's Rest road.

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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@Caracal - We were lucky enough to see a white-tailed mongoose on a night drive last year . It was a clear sighting and the game guides were seriously excited to see it as well, so surely a rarity. Seen at T-Junction of road leading down from Zuurberg lookout & Carol's Rest road.


Fancy that !!! My mammal book shows that they do not occur anywhere near Addo.... one cannot always believe what one reads !!! :roll:
Thanks for the info Gwave !

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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Stunning pictures JJ - what camera?

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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Hi Anita,

1. Yellow mongoose (Yes, a meerkat is the same as a suricate).
2. Scrub hare
3. Yes
4.Yes
5. Kudu female
Yes for all the rest

There's not really a small guide book for Addo but there is a publisher who is busy working on an animal checklist and bird checklist (with illustrations) that will be available in the shop, probably before your visit.

JJ, I love the ellie picture where they are climbing on top of each other, excellent. And very interesting to see a kudu chewing a bone. I have seen tortoises, warthogs and bushpigs chewing bones but never a kudu. I suppose all herbivores need a bit of extra calcium now and then.

White-tailed mongoose do actually occur in Addo and are seen (very very seldom, as in once a year type of sighting) on night drives. This is the only photo we have of a white-tailed mongoose taken at night - unfortunately not such a good photo for ID.
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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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Thanks for the identifications, Megan.

I'll be sure to look for the checklists in the shop. I've ordered a book from Amazon "The Wildlife of Southern Africa: The Larger Illustrated Guide to the Animals and Plants of the Region" by Vincent Carruthers, published by Struik. At 24x17cm and 320 pages it's bigger than I wanted, and I know most of the species won't occur at Addo, but if it's any good I'll try to squeeze it into my luggage!

Trouble is, I'm thinking of bringing my birding 'scope and tripod too. I wonder if I'll have room for any clothes!

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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At last...the Addo N.P. is green and the animals enjoy the green grass after this terrible drought.

Good morning..

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The lions leftovers of yesterday...

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Groomed for the party...

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Malachite sunbird...starting to loose his beautiful summer colours...

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And his wife...

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And suddenly the fight get serious...

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Look mum...she do not needs mascara...

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First there is the look...mmmm

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and then...

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Be careful with that teeth, son...

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Really wonderful J.J. - thank you :clap: :clap:

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Beautiful pics. JJ :clap: :clap:

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Really stunning pictures JJ :thumbs_up:

thank you.

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 Post subject: Re: Two lucky days in Addo
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Lovely - back in Addo again -and looking good.

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