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 Post subject: Re: lotsadonta africana & ruminant blues singers
Unread postPosted: Wed Dec 19, 2012 12:16 pm 
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Location: slowveld
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so. ..............................

as i arrive at the babalala drinking hole

i find this group of seemingly very thirsty ellies scurrying across the veld

in double quick time as though they were crossing a bed of hot coals

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they arrive and begin to start drinking with a mission

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as though it was closing time

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and they are soon joined by another jolly jogging jumbo hurrying along in a cloud of dust

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and soon the crowed at the bar gets even bigger

as the newcomers introduce themselves

and settle down to some serious drinking..

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a while later ............................

the family group decides to leave

as things started turning into a bit of a piss-up..


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i enjoy my brief sojourn with sprocks and the dimwits

and depart for shingwedzi

finding only this impressive looking tusker searching for water in the riverbed

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 Post subject: Re: lotsadonta africana & ruminant blues singers
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 20, 2012 12:52 pm 
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Location: slowveld
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so.........

one full day left in the park (oh bother!!!!!!)

and i head off towards the capricorn loop

via the isdood desert and the grootvlei dam......

pleased to see that there is actually quite a bit of water in the shingwedzi river beyond the desert

and behold......... a lifer.....

blackcrowned night heron


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and.... what the yanks would call..

a "daughter"

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also.... a heartening sight indeed was the fact that there was a decent amount of water at the bird hide
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for this family of gyppos .......

despite the evidently dry conditions in the general area...
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arrived at the dam just as morning prayers were taking place
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then a short sniff sniff in the air to determine the daily plan before their next stop.........
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and i pop in at the view point to document the vista.
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and off to meet the dust devils of the capricorn loop
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and the kori bustard showing off in front of the opposite sex
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i returned to my villa

to monitor the building progress of the annex to the villa

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and to relax to the sweet sounds of the swallow symphony
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the afternoon's in camp entertainment was concluded with a performance

by the y/b/k aerial ballet company

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 Post subject: Re: lotsadonta africana & ruminant blues singers
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:19 pm 
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so...........

it was time to go for my last evening drive of this trip

alas !!!!!!


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i took a turn passed this majestic beauty
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to the confluence

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young "letaba buck" was peeking out from behind the bush.......

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when looking down from the bridge

the riverbed looks like a mine field

with all the wells that the ellies have dug to find water...

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and then on the way back to the camp i spotted

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he wandered up the river bank just below where i was parked

and began snacking on some of the fresh new growths..

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i left early the next morning to head home

and after stopping to snap one of the water holes in the river
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i saw that machachule had come to bid me farewell

as he had been there, to greet me on arrival

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a brief stop on the letaba low water bridge
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and my last sighting of the week just before phalagat

was a breeding herd of loxodonta africana.....


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