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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:17 pm

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More of the Baby Impalas.
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Same day- Sunset photo's
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This morning on the walk we saw 2 White Rhino's and in the drizzling rain we enjoyed their appearance on the walk.

On Sunday morning we also saw a big herd of Buffaloes on the walk and last night on the Night Drive: Giraffes, Zebras, Buffaloes, 1 Elephant, Small Spotted Genet, Side Striped and Black Backed Jackals, Honey Badger and lots more Baby Impalas.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:38 pm

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Mopane Worm season is back.
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Bush Braai site, the one photo, you can see the Elephants walking by in the left backside of the picture
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Last night's Sunset from Shivhulani Koppies with Shikumbu next to the sunset
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The moon rising on the Eastern side
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This morning's walk with the 2 White Rhino's
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:48 pm

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Here's the photo with Elephants crossing at the back.
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:48 am

All pics are just stunning. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Those sunsets are awesome. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

:hmz: Hope the Ellies did not break the chairs for the evening bush braai. :lol:

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby hilda » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:35 am

All the baby Impies! So cute and great pictures of them, thanks Lourens! :clap: :clap:

What a nice spot for a bush braai! I don't know if I would trust those Ellies so close though! :wink:

Awesome pictures, all of them! :dance: :dance:
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Philip1 » Thu Nov 29, 2012 6:43 am

:mrgreen: Lourens, thank you for sharing all the stunning photos and stories with us :mrgreen:
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby barryels » Thu Nov 29, 2012 7:20 am

Another day with stunning sightings :clap: :clap: :clap: . Great to see the little impi's again :dance: :dance: .
Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:12 pm

:D Today exactly 8 years ago I moved to the Kruger National Park. The time is flying sooooooo quickly, but at least had up to so far such fond memories, and am so thankful for these past 8 years!!!!

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Unread postby hilda » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:20 pm

Congratulations on eight successful years Lourens! Hope there are many more to come! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Tue Dec 18, 2012 1:44 pm

:D I am also glad I had the opportunity this past 5 years, that I could have'd shared all my experiences and my hobby (photography) with all of you!!!! Thank you for that support!!!

To take you back to the 29th of November we had a Bush Braai and while being Security with the catering team, we enjoyed the time listening to the Lions roaring. Friday the 30th I went with the Honorary Rangers for the weekend to go and work on the camp for the future MOET trail (Mafunyane Overnight Eco Trail). I learned alot while physically worked hard, and at least the toilets and showers are built. We HOPING this route will open in April 2013. It will be a 4 night activity along the Western side of the Park, like the Lebombo Overnight Eco Trail on the Eastern Side of the Park.

Tuesday the 4th of December we did a walk behind Masorini and only manage to find Steenbok, Scrubhare and Impala. I then went to Pretoria to go and register for my Higher Education Diploma through Unisa, so 2013 and 2014, I'm studying again!!!

Wednesday the 12th of December we had really special sightings on the Night Drive. We saw some Elephants and Buffaloes at Ngwenyeni waterhole, and just before the waterhole the 5 young Black backed Jackals. From there we found Zebras and Impalas at Shikumbu, and on the Western side of the road a Leopard that was watching the Impalas on the other side. The Baboons spotted the Leopard from the top of Shikumbu and went mad, so the Leopard decided to move around where we couldn't see him again. On the way back to the gate we found Spotted Eagle Owls.

The next day I went as Bush Braai Security, and once again heard the Lions roar at the Dam.
Friday the 14th we walked East of Erfplaas and found Elephants, Steenbok and Kudus on the walk. There is soooo much water lying all over the bush again, after the rain we had. Some office work in between and this past Sunday I did a 6 hour game drive and went pass Reenvoel Dam, up the Powerline road, down to the Olifants River for breakfast and back on the tar road. We saw lots of Elephants, a few breeding herd of Buffaloes, Steenbok, Kudu, Giraffes, Hippo and Crocodiles at Sable Dam and the other amazing sighting at Sable Dam a Osprey!!!!!
We also found our 2 Male Lions and lots of Zebras.

That night I did the Night Drive as well and would never thought we would have been so lucky in rainy weather. We found the 2 Male Lions again, making their way to Masorini with some Elephant Bulls in the surroundings. We drove from the Masorini Loop over to the Shivhulani road and by the time we got to Shivulani Koppies we were wet of the big rain storm and right at the top of the hill, a siloutte of a Leopard!!! We started shining with lights and found another 1 lower down!!! It looked like 2 Males, so 10 to 1 the 1 at the top was in the lower 1's territory...
On the way back we found some Zebra, and lots of rain.

Yesterday morning I did another 6 hour game drive and went back looking for the 2 Male Lions around Masorini, but couldn't find them, so decided to drive the Sable Dam loop, and there we found them lying 20 metres off the road, about 2 km's from Sable Hide and 3.4 km's from Masorini, lying in the sun drying their skin after 26mm's of rain. From there we found more and more Elephants and on the S132 more Elephants. We went up towards the Letaba River and just found more Elephants and Steenbok. On our way back to the gate on the Mopanie road some Zebras and more Zebras and of course lots of Impalas.

This morning on the walk, just found all the streams filled with water and unfortunately no big animals. But 50 metres from the car on the way back some Buffaloes, and Zebras and on the tar road towards Phalaborwa Gate lots of Elephants.

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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby gerharddb » Tue Dec 18, 2012 8:53 pm

8 years Lourens! Hope to have you here with us for many more to come....

Fantastic sightings you once again shared with us!!!
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:41 am

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Hypoxis sp. Star flower.
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Cicada on a Mopane Tree
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Mopane worm eggs
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Solifuge- Red Roman caught and ate a Cicada at the 2nd night MOET Trail campsite
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Crested Francolin Nest and eggs
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Ipomoea sp. with beetle
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Fri Dec 21, 2012 8:52 am

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Young Giant Eagle Owl
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African Wild Cat
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The Big storm that we missed on the Night Drive, was a stunning sight!!!
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Elephants that came to drink from the waterhole, and the sunrays on Eastern East, weird, with the sun setting behind the picture- Western side
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The young male Lion we found on the tar road after watching the mating couple further up the Mopane road
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Lilac Breasted Roller
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European Roller
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Little Bee-eater
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Blue Waxbills
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:05 am

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Woodland Kingfisher
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From the Bush Braai spot, while waiting for the guests to arrive
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On the Morning Walk we found this little Frog sitting in the shade of a Mopane leaf
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The Osprey we found at Sable Dam
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On one of the Morning Safari's 6 hour game drive- Plated Lizzard
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Blackbreasted Snake Eagle
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Sable dam pride 2 Male Lions
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Masorini Loop
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Crossed over to Shivhulani Koppies on the Night Drive and found the 2 Leopards on the hill
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Baboon jumped over water at Masorini
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Swainson's Spurfowl
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Veld Monitor Lizzard in tree
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Re: Phalaborwa Gate Sightings

Unread postby Lourens » Fri Dec 21, 2012 9:07 am

:popcorn: Last few pictures
The Moon from the Bush Braai Site
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One of the resident scorpions staying in the stumps at the Bush Braai site
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That's it, for now...

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