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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
Unread postPosted: Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:30 am 
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In 2006 and 2008 I spend a lot of time in Lake Panic. It's a magical place. Made hundreds of pictures and everytime my big friend was there: a hippo resting under the floor. Does anybody know if he's still there ?

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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Lake Panic is one of our planned daily routines on our trip next month.
Last year we had 1 day in Skukuza and went there in the evening and morning.
We had a great time in the hide and also our only Leopard sighting of the trip on the road to the hide.

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
Unread postPosted: Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:24 pm 
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In May'09, I visited Lake Panic alone one early afternoon and spent their the whole afternoon having a ball of a time with the kingfishers chasing one another whilst catching fish - at one time three were fighting in the air and managed to get a multi-shot picture of it :cam: (one of may favourite photo's and birds).
I rushed back to Skukuza and get my family and came back to show them what wonderful place this is.
By this time the hippos came closer to the hide and playing around.
The next morning early I came back and what a marvelous sunrise we experienced - everything in shades of orange and right below us - the hippos lying quietly as if they were still sleeping with their babies.
In Mid Sep'10 we go back and our first stop is Skukuza - specifically planned just to experience the wonders of Lake Panic again. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Lake Panic- Where does the name come from
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Just for interest, does anyone know how Lake Panic got its name :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic- Where does the name come from
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"Lake Panic is the name that was given shortly after construction was completed about 1975 when, during a major cloudburst, it was feared that the dam wall would give way."


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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic- Where does the name come from
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Micetta is correct. The name has nothing to do with the hide. It given long before the hide was built.


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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic- Where does the name come from
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See gmlsmit's post here .

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After a prolonged drought; Management decided to build two dams, one at SKUKUZA and the other at LOWER SABIE to ensure a continued water supply to the two mentioned camps. The dam at SKUKUZA was just completed and there was a huge rain storm resulting in the Sabie River overflowing and quickly filling up the newly completed dam.

The design engineer being Tertius was very concerned about a possible wash away, he spent most of the afternoon and all of the night at the dam very concerned about his design being washed away, next morning the river subsided and the dam was named- today many a peaceful hour is spent in the hide of Lake Panic.

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic- Where does the name come from
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Cheers Matthys. :thumbs_up:

We call it Lake Tranquil!!! :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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Now that every one has found Lake Panic it is really getting hectic.
Please read the sign at the entrance. "Only 8 vehicles allowed"
If you get to the parking and there are 8 vehicles, please return later.
The hide can only take so much weight before everybody will end up between the hippos.

I were there the other day and there were already 13 vehicles parked.
I didn't even bother to go and have a look how the hide is packed.

Please don't sit there the whole day.
Give the other birders a chance too.
If you are driving a game viewing vehicle, please don't bring all 10 guests to the hide.


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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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LaeveldLeeu, :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:. I agree, it was too terrible when I was there too-13 cars when I left. But still a great place, and great pics. Managed to get this one-in between the people, cameras, tripods and binocs.
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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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My mom and grandfather are in Kruger at the moment.
They've also found Lake Panic to be extremely busy every day; one day they counted 14 cars plus 2 safari vehicles.
They finally found out why.
Apparently a leopard has been coming down to drink every day to the right of the hide.
They missed out on it with a few minutes on their last day at Skukuza.

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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Spent a wonderful couple of hours at Lake Panic on the 12th of this month and among other lovely sightings witnessed an amazing fight!

This goliath heron had a good catch and flew to the bank to enjoy his meal.

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Suddenly a fish eagle swooped down and stole the catch but it couldn,t hang on to it and landed on the water.

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The furious heron rushed into the water and drove the eagle, still clutching the fish, back to the shore. A brief but vicious fight ensued, sadly much partly hidden, before the eagle finally escaped with the fish.

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A short time later, the eagle was back seeming to crow his triumph from a nearby tree!
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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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indeed an amazing sighting and magnificent shots :mrgreen: :clap:


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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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OMW :big_eyes: Granjan, what a wonderful and special sighting you could witness :clap: :clap: :clap: Amazing pics :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Lake Panic Birdhide
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As I opened this topic to see what was being discussed, I saw a photo of a Leopard taken from the Bird Hide, but in Jan 2005.
We were there in August this year & had the same privilege of seeing a Leopard trying it's utmost to find a way to attack a mother & her 3 grey Heron chicks in a nest.
The mother was squawking so loudly that if frightened a small child.
It was an amazing experience to witness.


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