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 Post subject: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 5:24 pm 
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we were extremely lucky on our visit on 14 August . A Caracal just beside the road. Lots of flowers on that lovely day.


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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Mon Aug 17, 2009 6:32 pm 
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Ag koeksister, must you do this to us :mrgreen:

BTW, welcome to the forum.

For more pictures of the West Coast National park visit http://picasaweb.google.nl/longbeachvie ... directlink

enjoy!


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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
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Welcome to the forum koeksister !

I was also in WCNP on the 14th....I wish I had seen a caracal !
Well done on that sighting and for managing to get a pic of it ! :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:04 pm 
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Hi Koeksister, Nice sighting of a Caracal. Can you tell me where the sighting was please. I can't seem to ID the spot. I've checked out your link and gone through all your pics
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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Aug 23, 2009 8:34 pm 
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Hi Tony ,
A bit difficult to tell you exactly where the location of that Caracal sighting was. We came down the postberg and followed the Exit. :? to the left along the plane with lots of game.
Just on that road we saw the Rooikat and we followed to the right on a dirt road and than the Caracal run away. We never saw a Caracal before and we wondered what it was. But after some Googeling we find out.

Tony T wrote:
Hi Koeksister, Nice sighting of a Caracal. Can you tell me where the sighting was please. I can't seem to ID the spot. I've checked out your link and gone through all your pics
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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Tue Nov 10, 2009 3:05 pm 
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I am planning on going to the West Coast National Park this coming weekend. Are there many different bird species there? :D And is there anything specific I should know?

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
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If you are lucky CD, you can get s bird list at the gate.

Waders should be here, but they all look the same to me. You might be lucky and see osprey, fish & black eagle, African marsh & black harrier. The usual suspects should be there, like steppe & jackal buzzard, rock kestrel, yellow billed & black shouldered kite.

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
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Thanks Bush Baptist. I have just recently started taking birding more serious and my SO and I are going to the WCNP on Sunday specifically to do some birding. I did print the birding list I found on the forum for WCNP to take with too.

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 18, 2009 11:12 am 
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Hi,

I went to the West Coast National Park last week and we didn't see a thing.

The only thing we saw was some ostriches with their babies and some tortoises. There was a strong south easterly wind blowing so it wasn't very pleasant.

We got out at the Geelbek viewpoint where that house is and we almost got blown off the rock.

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
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South easter is a fact of life here in the Cape. No clever bird or animal fights it. :wink:
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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 20, 2009 11:41 pm 
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@Mant - Sorry you caught WCNP on a windy day. Yes the wind can blow in the Cape. I went into the park today and I did'nt even see one tortoise nor ostrich. But I did see beauty and diversity that left me with a sirene feeling and I just felt rejuvinated.
By the way viewpoint you refer to is not Geelbek but Seeberg. Geelbek is an old refurbished Dutch homestead that has history dating way back. Its worth seeing if you are in this area again.

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
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Hi TonyT,

Thanks for correcting me on that one, I got the names mixed up :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
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I live very close to the West Coast National Park, cycle in the Park on a weekly basis since 2002 - weekdays and weekends. I cycle mostly early in the mornings or late afternoon and can say that in all those km's I can remember of 3 caracal sitings. The locations were widespread. One was close to Churchhaven, the other close to the Langebaan gate and the third and biggest OUTSIDE the park on the very steep hill just outside the Langebaan gate. So indeed koeksister you were very fortunate with your siting. In the same time I had many experiences with ostriches and have been chased many times :D . Snakes there are plenty - Pufadder, Cape Cobra galore. Some days I count the tortoises and will easily count 30 individuals between the Langebaan- and R27 gate - mostly busy crossing the road or in the greenish grass on the road shoulder.

My best siting to date was one Tuesday fairly late, when a big herd of Eland crossed the Seeberg viewpoint dirt road a few meters away from me, while sitting on the bike. Normally they are very skittish but that day they just ignored me, crossed the road at their own time :) . Then you get days that you just see absolutely nothing. It surely is an amazing pace.

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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
Unread postPosted: Fri Mar 05, 2010 11:22 am 
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Can anybody tell me what time the gate opens at the WCNP. I want to go there to take pics, but would like an early start (I can't afford to stay overnight).


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 Post subject: Re: West Coast National Park
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Hi...the gate open at 07:00 and close at 19:00 at present. i know it changes closer to winter. If you are at the Langebaan gate before 07:00 they normally open for you.
If you are interested in bird pics, I have taken quite a number over the last weekend. See post "weekend through a lens" to get an idea of what is around at present.

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