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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir
Unread postPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 3:51 pm 
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You may find you cannot drive through the weir

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And there again you may also be lucky enough to see the resident leopard

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Enjoy whatever you are lucky enough to see there though!

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir
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Yes, it has been prone to flooding the past few years and in fact has at times had to have quite extensive repairs done.
Hopefully this will not be the case and you will be able to get in some birding Tobieo.

Stunning Leopard pic Penny!

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir
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The pull out on the South side of the Biyamiti weir can be a great place to have coffee and rusks, while the Eles, Rhino and Hippo do there thing. There are some juv Fish Eagles playing around there two (well were in early Nov).
Do drive very very slowly across the weir, looking both sides, lots of birds in there. Kingfishers can be at eye level on the upper side; posing for incredible pics.

Which side does the Leopard tend to frequent? - never been lucky on that.


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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir
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Hi there Tobieo :D

I do hope that you have a really stunning stay.

In the book, "Best Birding in Kruger" by Brett Hilton Barber and Lou Arthur, they recommend Biyimati Weir. They also recommend in the South West:
Thlalabye hill, (close to Berg n Dal).
Matjulu water hole.
Afsaal
Jozekhulu drift
Mtomeni Drift, one of my favourite spots.
Ship Mountain. I have had lovely Goshawk sightings there.
Pretorius Kop. stunning around the pool area if you ever need to cool down.
Shilehave dam.
Napi Boulders.
Shabeni loop
Mestrel dam
Transport dam.

I have had the most productive raptor drives on the S3.

The best birding spots in the south-east are given as:
Croc Bridge camp
Lower Sabie Camp
Sunset dam
Mlondozi dam
Hippo pools
Mpondo dam
Siyalu hill
Gardenia bird hide.

I am giving these lists just in case you want to find a few other places. Certain places like Lake Panic can get rather busy at this time of the year.

Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir
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each time (several time) I saw the Leopard on the Biyamiti side :wink:
in February, the two Fisch Eagles was here, so majestic, just above the car :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir on the S114
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pamelajane wrote:
We have just had an unusual sighting on the rocks below the weir of a blacksmith plover killing another plover! It was horrible to see as the poor bird struggled to get away while it was being pecked to death- we first thought they were mating until we realized it was a death struggle. I will post a photo when I get. Back home.

They are so protective of their nesting sites, so I guess the other bird was in the wrong place!
but yes, can imagine that was a distressing sight.

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir on the S114
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The sad part of nature I guess! :?

This is a pic of how it looked in Feb this year after the damage caused by the Jan floods.
All fixed up now!

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir on the S114
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We have just spent 4 nights at Biyamiti and crossed the weir daily with no issues, lots of ellies around there at the moment :)

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 Post subject: Re: Biyamiti weir on the S114
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ImageBiyimiti croc by b_ranford74, on Flickr

I love the view from the weir looking to the upstream side, gives you a crocs eye level view of the water. Also saw a beautiful fish eagle next to the weir on the downstream side of the weir. And then not far from the weir heading north, came across this leopard. It was in poor condition, and appeared to have a nasty injury on it’s hindquarters. Walked ok but quite thin, and the wound looked infected. This was in mid November this year.

ImageLeopard 2 by b_ranford74, on Flickr

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