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 Post subject: Re: B.B.B.B.B.B
Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 13, 2013 10:45 pm 
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3 Bachelors
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And specially for Pumbaa
These 3 little piglets were not going to wait for mom to lie down, but began to wolf it down-even between mom's back legs.
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She had a beautiful set of tusks
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They had be all confused- as I recalled all those early childhood stories about 3 piglets. The confusion came when I noticed one had no tail-and I associated them with 3 blind mice :?
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On that tail-less note, its goodnight.


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Moving along-the day is getting long, and its my last night. Feeling a bit gloomy like the overhead skies.
Practicing some infrasonic communication
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And always great to see a Hooded Vulture. Somehow always look sad. Joining all the other raptors and just chillin in the trees.
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This Hippo was negotiating he Sabie River.
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This Baboon tried to do a Spiderman imitation :)
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A white breasted Comorant
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A lone Fish Eagle keeping vigilance at Sunset Dam.
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White faced Duck and Black Winged Stilt hiding amongst the shrubs.
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And its time for a rest at LS, except I somehow have some energy and decide I will explore what's in the camp for an hour or so.


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Very few birds around Lower Sabie. Here's a sure indication that it is not a hot day-the bird bath all deserted
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Saw this Sparrow of sorts
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So I love flowers, and Barberton Daisies are a delight-had some in my garden a few years back.
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And when you are looking at flowers, you notice some of the goggas too. This is a rather beautiful black and yellow bug. Blends so well with those yellow flowers.
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A hippo from the restaurant deck
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And a familiar sight to us all and quite sickening-makes you miss Kruger so much more :cry:
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Some more exciting stuff from Lower Sabie
Down in the riverbed, the White Winged Weavers were displaying profusely.
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Interspersed with some more flowers
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And blessed with another sighting in LS of a Heuglin's Robin :dance: :dance:
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The fountain that see as you take that walk along the river.
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That master refuse removal-Dung Beetle-closest I have ever got to one.
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And this one I call the 3-dot Beetle. Notice the water drops on the body.
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And a weaver of sorts (I think)
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Well that ended my short exploration of Lower Sabie, and delighted with a 2nd sighting of a Heuglin's Robin.


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Have an hour or so before I must leave for church, so let's see if I can get another dose in the meantime. Perhaps finish the rest of the day? So, after an hour or so meandering around Lower Sabie, it time to go hunting for some big cats. Not that it matters, but it would be nice. I did not get to see any that afternoon, though this was the afternoon I saw the Civet. With the rain, I'm still sticking to the main tar road.
First up-Trrp-Trrrr's wonderful family
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Red Billed Quellea
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And I seem to have come across a lot of marital/family disputes-here another.

We are not on speaking terms tonight dear!
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I'm telling you you should have let me get dinner tonight"
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Well, you're sleeping on the branch tonight".
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A large flock of Quellea were very active in the grass.
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The Yellow beaked ones are non-breeding birds.
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Vultures, joining the other raptors-just chillin in the overcast weather.
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An hyena appeared briefly and disappeared quickly.
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Ooops, been kept busy, and looks like an even busier period coming up over the next week or two, so I had better see how far we can move along. My apologies.
The only Bateleur I saw in this trip, this Juvenile was hiding in the trees. I consider a trip to the KNP incomplete if I don't see one of these birds.
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And I was enjoying all these raptors exposing themselves on the trees in such abundance
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And the Kudu's knew all this rain meant more luscious grass in the days to come-so they gorged themselves


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This one had a particularly impressive dewlap
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And what could be nicer than a gentle giant strolling in the rain.
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He was much aware of me following him at a distance and eventually made his way into the bushes, much to my complete and utter relief :thumbs_up: As we would say in afrikaans "Hy loer vir my" (he is "spying me out from the corner of his eye)
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This youngster got the fright of its life, when a car passed by unexpectedly, at maximum speed, and it veritably threw the proverbial tantrum, with its little trunk in the air and spinning around like a marble, all the while making a lot of noise and flapping its little ears, as it registered its fright with mommy. Of course Mom had seen all of this business with cars before, and as they were quite safe up on the embankment, there was no danger, she could gently afford it some comfort and safety. I, of course passed a moment later, and being terrified the mom would register her anger, and was relieved to find that she did nothing of the sort and calmly went on feeding as if nothing happened. Just a bot too late to capture the tantrum-quite something to have seen actually.
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Mom's comfort
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And then carry on as if nothing had happened.
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This bull was enjoying the lush vegetation
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and last, any photographer worth their salt (or Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Lumix, Samsung etc etc) will know that the true test of skill is not only in being able to capture birds in flight, but you've gotta prove yourself with something like this-Nasty, but such good timing :tongue:

Ready ........
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Steady ......


Go
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:big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: I can''t believe myself on that one. how could I? :lol: :lol:


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Time to finish at least this day. Although I should say the heaviness of heart was beginning to creep up on me at the prospect of my last night in the park. As much as one is enjoying it, the inevitable is going to happen. Ah well, get philosophical about it and carry on enjoying what there is to see.

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Another sickening photo
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Some teenagers
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And then it is Sunset Dam. No Baboon troop this evening, and we could all chill, relax with a sundowner and watch the action.
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And last but not least, this fellow to greet me when I went to clean the dishes.
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And so ends my last night in Kruger for this trip-it has been a good day.


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My apologies folks, that this TR has stalled somewhat. Busy, busy, busy. Add to that the fact that I discovered I have not uploaded images for the last day to a host website. Frustrating. I did try last week, but never got to finish a post.
Today, I was going to take it easy, as I did not want to make myself too tired, seeing that I still needed to do the 4 hour trek back to Johannesburg at night. No trying to get out of the campy by 04:30, instead, it was more like 05:45. Got up at 05.30, and trundle off to get some hot water for coffee and rusks, and greeted at the sink by this fellow, who was on a mission to question me about me leaving the park today. Turns out he rather enjoyed my presence. But the tone in his eyes said something else-if looks could kill :whistle:
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First up, a giant snail, man these things are big. And beautiful too. I had a word to share with this one- Stay away from the French :whistle:
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This Hyena was in no mood for conversations and photos.
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Early morning Giraffe
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And a lovely Elle in the riverbed. I like this pic.
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Trrp-Trrrrr had a message for me- Spiders are not on his menu list.
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Always worthwhile to watch the interaction between the Oxpeckers and Impalas.
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And the madam Miss Wetnose
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This Tortoise was on a mission
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And Blessed to see some more Plumcollard Starlings
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The early morning lesson at the local creche was about to start
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I saw a very holey Elephant :lol: . It would be so interesting to find out how they got all those holes in the ear.
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You can see the holes even in this pic
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And Mr SA has nothing on this handsome hunk
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And this Grey Heron was not too happy with this 4-days-in-a-row rainy conditions
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If I have not mentioned it, due to the rain, I'm sticking to the tar roads, and at one of the low level bridges near Skukuza, a flock of Marabou stork, the usual place I see them actually.

One with the hindneck inflatable sac showing.
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A hammerkop was there too.
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This I think is a grey headed sparrow. Just too much of a busy-body to get a decent photo.
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And then one of those- Oh Oh sightings for me-nerves rattling again. Car in reverse, foot on the pedal,
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After a while, and after a deep deep breath, I reasoned it was safe to go past- it was! Phew.

This swallow was also unhappy with the rain.
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And a sighting we all like to see
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Greenspotted Dove
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In conversation with a laughing dove
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Before I get to another one of the highlights of the trip, a few more general game.
Another handsome hunk
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For Pumbaa
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