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 Post subject: Re: BELLY-UP....in KTP!
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 2:33 pm 
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On to Grootkolk where we filled the bird baths.

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And the birds were good at sharing their bath...

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But the furry one preferred having it all to itself.

We went for a late afternoon drive north. A young secretary bird...

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Apart from general game, the drive was quiet. We did have a fleeting backside view of a suricate before it went down a hole, and we found some shy bat eared foxes, one of which obliged and stood up for 5 seconds. :wink:

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Our first batties of the trip! :dance:

Back at Grootkolk, we enjoyed the magic of the place, and had the first of many nighttime visits by a Brownie.

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A pic of a Violet eared Waxbill - a new tick for us! :thumbs_up:

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On our morning drive we saw this lonely fellow, just past Geinab.( A very cropped pic, but a warthog IS a warthog in KTP :dance: )

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Our next ‘Belly-up’ moment was on our afternoon drive near Ljiersdraai, when we came across a lazy lump of spots.

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I don’t think we have ever seen a more chilled group of cheetahs.

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A herd of springbok were getting closer, and, at one time one cheetah got up and went into stalk mode, until his brother decided to go belly-up with 4 feet in the air.

Well, he was up, so he had to do something to save face! :wink:

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Then back to the serious job of relaxing.

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2 cheetahs intwined- notice the springbok blurs in the background.

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The most alert one.

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The herd of springbok got closer still, but dreamland won. :roll:

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We left them, knowing that absolutely nothing would happen before sunset.

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When we got back to Grootkolk, a lioness was busy drinking at the waterhole and later we were again visited by two Brownies. An AWC also put in an appearance walking from unit 1, past unit 2 and disappeared into the night near the communal kitchen. A perfect GK evening! :dance:

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And a few more spot shots. A mirror image.
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Stretch them toes.
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The imperial stare.
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Hey guys, haven't you noticed the springbok yet?
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Unfortunately(?), they were only briefly interested in the springbok, two crouched down, dug in the toes ready to go, but then suddenly stood up and one went to water the tree and the other yawned and and rolled over. In any event, it was a great sighting as the cheetah were really close and very relaxed.


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Again, many thanks for all the positive comments.

Heading south the next morning, just round the corner from Kannaguass we stopped a car in the road and asked if they had seen anything…nothing was the reply. As we approached the waterhole it seemed deserted, except for a lone jackal and some wildies in the distance. As usual, we stopped to look around more carefully. I did not see anything and was just about to drive off when wanderw spotted a pair of ears in the grass on the far side of the waterhole....

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The brownie was very hesitant to approach the waterhole, and we were wondering why, when wanderw looked on the other side of the road…..
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No wonder the brownie was waiting. The lion stretched, gave a last scratch and walked off into the distance.
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The brownie then came out of hiding, walked around the tree to make sure the lion was gone, walked to the waterhole, took a sip, then walked to the tree again. We thought the brownie was going to disappear, but, to our delight, it turned and came back to the waterhole. There it took a long drink, posing for the cameras and giving us the best brownie sighting we had ever experienced.
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Its all about being in the right place at the right time. Five minutes either way and we would have missed the sighting.


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Thanx once again for all the comments. :thumbs_up: I will answer in more detail after this post.

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The Brownie eventually strolled off in the direction the lion had taken. :hmz:

Between Kannagauss and Ljiersdraai - A Ludwig’s Bustard :dance:

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We also saw 3 more warthogs in this area, bringing our warthog tally to 5 for the park. :thumbs_up:

Near Ljiersdraai, very close to where we had found the cheetahs, a cape cobra.

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We decided to head for Polentswa, and 2 kms from Polentswa waterhole we found this.

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A cheetah carcass in a tree. Hopefully you can make out the head of the cheetah towards the bottom of the pic.

And at Polentswa, we found this guy feeling a bit sorry for himself.

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But he was quite a good looking, healthy guy, and we hoped he would get deprickled eventually.

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We left him getting a ‘blow dry’. :whistle: The wind was quite strong at this stage.

On our return to Grootkolk we found a few lunchtime visitors at the waterhole. :D

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For our afternoon drive we headed north. The sky was threatening to say the least.

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We came around a corner and were confronted by a honey badger snuffling under a tree, with 2 PCG’s hanging around close by. Well, soon as the HB saw the car, he took off, too fast for a pic. :wall:

At Union’s End picnic site we met the now famous King of beasts wrapped around a tree.

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A really cute kitty! :wink:

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He definitely had quite a presence.

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Licking his lips? :hmz:

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He moved to the other side of the picnic table.

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Would you rest your behind on this seat? :roll:

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We headed to the Union’s End waterhole but everything was quiet. Weatherwise it was a different matter.

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Turning around, we checked on the King one last time and headed back.

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A juvie PCG trying to perch in a tree.

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And then :dance: we were in the most amazing storm...

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To be continued once the page turns.

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Here goes ...the kalahari storm!(hope you all are not overloaded :redface: , colours as is!)

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Rain, wind, sand, and hail! :big_eyes:

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And some lovely rainbows in between....

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even double ones.

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And we found the other ends of the rainbows too. :dance:

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Thank you cheetahlady! :thumbs_up:

As the sun went down, the sky changed colour. We were totally in awe! :big_eyes:

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We would never forget this amazing show that Mother Nature put on. :dance:

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I would like to add my thanks to those of wanderw, for all the comments and feedback. Sorry about the delay, but here goes.

After an awesome GK stay, we headed back south via Nossob to Urikaruus. Some highlights from this part of the trip. A pair of Secretary Birds; we saw a number of these, sometimes in groups of up to 10. It is great to see that these birds are doing so well in the KTP, since their numbers outside the parks are dwindling.
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A juvenile Gabar Goshawk at Kwang giving us an inquisitive look.
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Ground Scraper Thrush in Nossob camp, which had a scramble of forumites taking pics.
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We were in a queue at the gate at Nossob to go out on a game drive – KDU and Francolin in the 1st car, then Wanderw’s sister and brother-in law, then us. All 3 cars were going south and Wanderw’s sister was on gate duty and walked to the gate to open it. KDU and Francolin pointed and shouted “cobra”, which was slaloming between the gate struts :shock: . Wanderw’s sister calmly stepped away from the gate and the cobra then continued across the gate and disappeared south. Thanks KDU and Francolin for the heads up :clap: !
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Sunset near Rooikop.
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Arriving back at Nossob, we noticed a lady casually taking pics of a cat. We screeched to a halt, and she commented about the nice domestic cat! Cameras were out and we started taking pics of the AWC (seems to be resident at Nossob), with KDU and Francolin and others soon joining in. The AWC remained untroubled by all the attention and posed for long enough for all to get pics, then moved off on the hunt.
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Heading down to Urikaruus, we came across a camper stopped just outside Nossob. We pulled alongside to ask what they were looking at. They explained that they had stopped to watch a pair of juvenile PCGs, and one had hopped onto the roof of their car. Everytime they pulled off slowly and drove on, then stopped to check if the PCG was gone, it would reappear on the roof. This had been going on for about 200m. The PG was now in a position that they could not see, and they asked us to check if it was still there, and here it is, hitching a ride south.
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Eventually the PCG hopped across to a nearby tree and they were able to drive off. At Marie se Draai, we rediscovered a family of Spotted Eagle Owl’s from the previous evening.
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A large kudu at Kaspersdraai with the tip of one horn broken.
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