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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
Unread postPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2011 10:25 am 
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Eish, Morkel777 and Highlands Mountain Retreat! Already looking forward to your photo's!! :lol: 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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Distancewise I would say that you could use it to good effect. And then pray they don't decide to fly over you...

I should have some photos from there, let me rummage in my drawers to see if I can find them.
Going to take a little while, I have reinstalled my machine, and need to still add Lightroom (and then create all the previews etc.)

Oh, hang on! I see my lovely wife is reading here. 8)
She might find them for you, if you ask her nicely! :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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thanks!!

Guinea Pig - pretty please? :pray: :clap: :wink:

DuQues - I will probably have 3 bodies there, though I won't carry all 3.

I can have the 300 plus TC on 7D, then either 100-400 or 70-200 2.8 on the 40D for the close flybys?
Would you say they are already active in the morning or rather late afternoon? Want some golden light :D

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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Found some which were in JPEG format:

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This is looking back towards the loop, and gives an indication of the slog:

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300 on the 7D, and 100-400 on the 40D would be my setup indeed. The colours of the 7D are way better, and you have more pixels you can crop away to gain a closer view.
The 40D is less fast focusing, but with the zoom you are more versatile while still being able to bridge quite a gap.

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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Ah, I see DuQues already found some. :tongue: I'll have to search through the photo's of that vacation to see if we have more of the Restaurant itself. There must be some. 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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For those who wonder what it says on the board, here is the text:

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The vulture restaurant in Golden Gate National Park is part of the international vulture conservation program in Southern Africa. This developing project strives to establish breeding pairs of Cape vultures and Bearded vultures in the park.

Due to the generous donation of a cold storage unit by the Honorary Rangers Kwazulu-Natal region with assistence from Ben Booysen Pty a regular feeding programme can now be implemented.


Birders: be on the lookout for the Bald ibis too!

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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@Guinea Pig - would love some photos of the vultures too if you have them :)

thanks for the additional info DuQues

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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She is out & about at the moment, but I can give you a link to the 2009 vacation album.
I even have some panoramic photos there, easiest seen if you download them.

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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Hi Forumites,
Not only did I get the information I asked for but also some photo lessons. :) Thank You DavenJan and DuQues. Morkel777, have a great trip.


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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I was there thursday, friday and yesterdaymorning. Golden Gate is a beautiful place but for wildlife there isn't that much to see. For landscaping one or two days is enough, it is not a big place.
For hiking it is an excellent place and then you can spent more days.

I looked for the vulture restaurant and found the trailhead with the sign but indeed no hides so photographing them real close will be impossible i guess unless you bring a portable hide like a tent.
It is not like that place in Giant's Castle wich i still have to go to. ...
But i think they will start feeding in may.
Don't know if it is allowed to bring your own meat for the vultures.


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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Hi Bart47,
Thank You for the added info. I would think that by adding a simple hide the Park would appeal to more people. I was attracted to the area by reading about the Vulture Restaurant. Most of us don't have many opportunities for this type of photography.


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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There used to be a hide near the graveyard but it burned down. The HR's had plans to rebuild it, but they may not have the funds, at least I haven't heard of it being rebuild.

As for wildlife, if you are not a birder, and staying in Glenn Rheenen or the hotel it can be less appealing. If however you are in the Retreat you are on the right side of the mountain, and will see plenty, and reasonably near to very near.
Up towards the Basotho cultural village we saw plenty eland, zebra and such.
I'm not sure what it will be like at the farmhouse, but it could be very good as it's quiet there.

For walks it is absolutely perfect!
And then you have the option to photograph the little things, like snakes (missed all) spiders, reptiles plants etc.

So no Big 5, but landscapes to dream of, and very good for a relaxed do-vacation.

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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Restaurant, any info?
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The vulture restaurant/feeding site forms part of a larger feeding programme that spans the Maluti-Drakensberg region, both in the Lesotho and South Africa sides. The objective of it is to provide a safe source of food across the mountain range and associated areas. Carcasses are put out on a regular basis primary source being cattle and horses from the neighboring farmers. Should there be no carcass available then we source from within the park. A ‘clean’ carcass that is free of medication such and anti-inflammatory is important due to the lethal effect they have on the birds.

Access to the site is via the Oribi loops to the vehicle parking area at the base of a small ridge. Walk up the ridge and you will see the feeding site. The tourists are restricted to the ridge. This is so that the birds are not disturbed whilst feeding.

We have Bearded Vultures flying over the site almost on a daily basis (environmental conditions dependant).

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 Post subject: Golden Gate Vulture Hide
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Vulture conservation has been given a boost with the opening of the new Vulture Hide in Golden Gate on Saturday 17th November 2012
Watch this space!


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 Post subject: Re: Golden Gate Vulture Hide
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Read about in an email from my employer. Hope to visit it soon.

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