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Re: Addo Park Experiences

Unread postby Micetta » Tue Jan 25, 2011 11:47 pm

That was a very "new" elephant :wink: The Addo Elephants are incredibly confident with the cars.

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Unread postby RonnieL » Fri Jan 28, 2011 6:37 am

Elephant tossing a stick.

I had been watching these young ellies for some time playing with this stick at Hapoor Dam. They were some distance away but were slowly moving closer in my direction. This stick was going from one ellie to the next. Here are a few of the pics I took of the ellies having fun with the stick.

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"Give it to me, it is my turn now"

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"Are we going to share it?"

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"No, you have had your turn"

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A few moments later the other ellie came and took the stick back again and tossed it in the air with the stick
landing close to my car and walked off. Here is a short video of the ellie tossing the stick.

[video]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z6BZefK7TmQ[/video]
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Unread postby Kamadejo » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:53 am

Ronnie :big_eyes: WOW, what an experience. The ellies were extremely close and soooo relaxed. :clap: :clap: :clap: The little one is sooo cute.
In the second video there is a huge herd, do you think it is a ellie meet of different herds? :hmz:
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Unread postby Micetta » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:08 am

Ronnie :thumbs_up: Have you seen this before? It really looks as if they are playing with the stick 8)

Katja, at hapoor dam there are often big herds of elephants, when we were there in the middle of the month we saw some 70 ellies around the waterhole and there were still some in the background.

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Unread postby RonnieL » Fri Jan 28, 2011 10:46 pm

Hi to Katja, Jungle Junkie, & Micetta

@ JJ, Yes that was very close and a very small baby ellie

@ Katja, The ellies that were playing with the stick were part of that larger herd that you saw moving off in the background of the video and after tossing the stick and walking past my car the ellie continued on to join the rest of the herd. There were more herds at the waterhole

@Micetta, Yes I have seen ellies playing with sticks and the like before but not as close as this. There were a lot of vehicles at Hapoor and I was just fortunate that it happened so close to me.
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Unread postby Lionspoon » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:20 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this encounter! We had a similar one at the same place in 2007.
Spots and I were sitting at the dam watching the ellies that were around already. It was our first
trip and we had yet to learn that we like bigger cars better in the parks. So, there we were in
the smallest of cars that you can rent, when Spots said in a frightened whispering voice: Look over your left shoulder.
:shock: There was an ever so huge ellie and he was so close I could have touched him. Boy, I was scared senseless...

Oh, and here is my favourite ellie pic from Harpoor Dam - I called it 'indecisive elephant', as it looks so lost in daydreams.

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Unread postby RonnieL » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:07 am

Hi LS,
Thanks for sharing your foto and experience here. :thumbs_up:
It is amazing how silent those big elephants can move. Often it is their stomach rumbles that give their presence away.
I do hope to see more of your pics and experiences posted here.
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Unread postby RonnieL » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:20 am

Addo Male Lion

I spent the day out at Addo on Saturday and found this male lion late in the afternoon lying in the shade next to the road on the Ngulube loop.
I was able to watch him for some time as he rolled from one side to the other.

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At one stage he rolled over onto his back and pushed his head back and gave one mighty yawn.
I was able to see right into his mouth and throat, it is huge. Here is a pic of that, unfortunately
I was a fraction late on the shot and there is some grass in the way.
( I did not think that the lion would appreciate me moving the grass for a better photograph)

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I was able to watch him for some time before he got up and then walked off in the direction of a waterhole
presumably to go and have his late afternoon drink before he started hunting.

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Unread postby Toko » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:23 am

Hi Ronnie - great elephants and the lion is beautiful - Thanks :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Kamadejo » Mon Jan 31, 2011 7:34 am

Great lion pics Ronnie :clap: :clap: , you are so lucky living near this lovely place. :lol:

LS, the pic of the "dreaming" ellie is gorgeous. :clap: :clap: I can imagine that you were scared. :big_eyes: I think even a bigger car don't let them look smaller :roll: :lol:
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Unread postby Micetta » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:40 am

That was a nice lion sighting Ronnie :clap: :clap: :thumbs_up:

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Unread postby Delene D » Mon Jan 31, 2011 10:13 pm

RonnieL, You have amazing pics of addo elephants and now the lion. Enjoying your posts, and thanks for sharing with us all. Where's your yellow ribbon on your rearview mirror?



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Unread postby RonnieL » Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:58 am

Hi to All :D

@ Toko, Kamadejo, Micetta , Thank you for your kind comments :thumbs_up:

@ Delene D , Thanks, not long to go then you will be in Addo. :clap:

Are you going to have a yellow ribbon so that I can look out for you :lol:
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Unread postby RonnieL » Tue Feb 08, 2011 4:06 pm

Kudu Sightings

There have always been Kudu in the Park and on the land outside of the Park. They are very good jumpers so normal stock proof fencing is easily cleared and so they can move around freely. It is only where there is the high game proof fencing that they are contained.
Kudu numbers have increased inside and outside of the Park and today there are large numbers of Kudu that one can see all over the Park. The best times for sightings are early mornings and late afternoons. They like to spend the hottest time of day in the shade of trees.
They are really majestic animals and here are a few of my sighting.

Here are three Kudu bulls (males)

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Kudu cow (females) do not have horns

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Kudu bull

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Kudu bull standing in shade of tree

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Photo of a Kudu bull taken in the Woodland area with the Zuurberg Mountains in the background

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Kudu cow in late afternoon sun

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Unread postby Kamadejo » Tue Feb 08, 2011 6:34 pm

Wonderful pics Ronnie :clap: :clap: They are really majestic ! :thumbs_up:
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