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 Post subject: Re: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
Unread postPosted: Fri Jul 04, 2014 9:27 pm 
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I have been in contact with Andre and requested a copy of his report. When available I will post it here.

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 Post subject: Re: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2014 6:12 am 
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 Post subject: Re: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
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:thumbs_up: Looking forward to reading it.

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 Post subject: Re: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
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I have this morning, received the report from Andre. It is comprehensive 14 pages long. As there is no link to it, I am not allowed to post it here.

Anyone who would be interested is reading it - may send me their email address and I will gladly forward it by email.

gmlsmit@telkomsa.net

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 Post subject: Re: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
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:thumbs_up: Thanks gmlsmit.


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 Post subject: Re: Status of Olifants River - annual EWT bird census.
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 Post subject: Re: Rivers of Life: Most utilised?
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I was staring at the photo from t-bal in his trip report "The return of the Cloggy Kruger highlights" which photo was nominated scenery photo for the month of September. Image Something is bothering me, firstly the total lack of water birds and secondly the colour of the water as well as the plant life in and around the water. I must say that the water looks totally devoid of any fish an/or other aquatic life hence the absence of water birds. The water is also too clear (compare the colour with that of the Crocodile river.) What I see here is a heavily polluted river. The scenario reminds me of similar situations in the recent past, which have been discussed.

Maybe forumites that have stopped there during their visits over the past few months can comment on what they have observed.

(To add to my original post. The reason for my post has got nothing to do with the quality of the picture and/or its nomination but was mentioned here to highlight what is happening to our rivers. Apologies t-bal)

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 Post subject: Rivers so dry?
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I've been noticing lately (November 2013) that the river levels are so very low. Previous years I've seen the Sabie in it's full splendour, the buffalo lounging in the river where the S30 runs next to the Sabie where you turn onto the dust road from the H12. Last year there were only dry beds :shock: .

Even where the Sabie flows next to Skukuza there were two shallow branches, a sandbank visible where there was just water in previous years.

Another river that is also dry, is the Mlondozi, close to Muntshe. I don't even recognise the area.

At least close to Lower Sabie the river is still beautiful.

Did the park management decide to close the sluices, or what has changed? And where does the water come from, once you reach Lower Sabie, if it doesn't flow from Skukuza's side?

I miss my roaring rivers!

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