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 Post subject: Re: KTP March 2013 - Now I've had the time of my life...
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26/03/2013 – Urikaruus

At 4.00 am I woke up to the distinctive sound of a leopard coughing right next to our bedroom window. Fully awake I let my eyes adjust to the darkness – and there he was again: The big male from last night was headed straight into the thickets next to our bedroom. :dance: The commotions I cause got Spots up as well and so he was able to catch a glimpse of the leopard as well. After the excitement had subdued again, we returned to club duvet to get some more sleep. Seeing that we had been up well into the night the day before, we had planned to have a bit of a lie in this morning and only got up with sunrise. :whistle:

Sipping coffee and watching the waterhole, some hartebeest came for a drink.

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Around 8am we set off towards the north where anne-marie had left to already earlier in search of Gertie and her cubs. It was another quiet drive bar from the birdies that made themselves available to us:

At 13th Borehole we saw a wattled starling and another sandgrouse:

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The colourful lilac-breasted roller and swallow-tailed bee-eater sat in trees along the road.

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We went up all the way to Mata-Mata without any further sighting. I just hoped that anne-marie had got luckier! :slap:

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It was getting hot and we were desperate to get back to the camp to get some rest, so we travelled at high speed – the allowed 50km/h. Still we checked every waterhole on the way and on the loop of the 14th we met bucky and his family who told us about a melanistic gabar goshawk sitting in a tree we had just passed. :shock: Of course I made Spots turn around to see that special raptor myself. :twisted:

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They had also told us about a martial sitting very close to the road on the 13th loop, but by the time we got there, the martial had put quite some distance between himself and the approaching cars. :slap:

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Just before the camp we ran into a giraffe feeding close to the road.

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Tbc with the rest of the day. :wink:

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In the afternoon the sky was starting to cloud and darken, the air hot, heavy and not a breeze to easy the warmth. Nothing was moving anymore as the critters seem to have sensed the upcoming rain. Well, the squirrels were still active though:

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And some oryx came around as well.

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But soon they ran for cover as well, when the rain set in. It would be the first of some heavier rainfall to follow over the next days… :dance:

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Seeing that the waterhole would probably be very unproductive in the rain, I wanted to go on an afternoon drive, hoping for some spectacular colours over the riverbed once the sun broke through the clouds. Well, it didn’t really… :slap:

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On our way, a martial had seeked shelter in a tree. With the light being so low, the only thing I noticed when driving by was its white underparts.

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The giraffe was a bit easier to spot:

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The springboks waiting for the rain to pass…

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… one way or the other :lol:

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And the wildebeests hogging Kamqua again:

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And on our way back I found yet another melanistic gabar goshawk. How weird! First you don’t get to see any for ages and then two in a day? :roll:

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And a road block of a different kind that marked the end of our sightings that day.

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27/03/2013 – Urikaruus

The morning started with my feeble attempts to capture the full moon setting in the dunes.

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But in real it was much more stunning than this. :redface:

The waterhole remained rather quiet after the first rain the day before. At some point an oryx passed by:

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We left the camp northbound in order to see if we could find the cheetah mum with her three cubs. We were cheetah deprived and hoped for easing that ailment. Hardly out of the camp we found some giraffes feeding. But that’s all they did. They never acknowledge our presence by looking at us. :roll:

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Only an hour later I would next lift my camera to photograph that unusual trio.

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Just before arriving at Sitzas, actually I had thought we had arrived at that waterhole already, but it was only a puddle from the rain, we bumped into a huge traffic jam – in KTP terms – of 6 or 7 cars. People were so desperate to see something that they even stopped for tawnies, which most of them probably wouldn’t have if there had been lions around. :lol:

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They got a bit annoyed with all the attention and flew a bit further off to a puddle in the road. But of course they wouldn’t stay for long as there is always somebody who can’t wait to pass. :doh:

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