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RichardJ A circuit route of 6 Cape parks, Feb 2012, 04/12

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In the middle of this arid desert, a flower, totally out of place...

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Up at the furtherest most point there was a bit of a challenge climbing rocks similar to MZNP
and then there is an abandoned farm house...with lots of out buildings..... (next day this was where some lion were)
but we saw a herd od RHB instead

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Some agamas were the only creatures for miles around

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The track was nice and smooth with water ridges crossing (speed bumps) I could imagine Paris to Dakar ralley drivers having a good time on these roads...

Then a detour, old road blocked and rerouted into the river bed, following the river for a short way before exiting again. The river was a solid mass of boulders, which required a slow drive from rock to rock.

Then the road became 'normal'again.

A couple of wrong turns and eventually, a couple of hours later, back onto the main road.

Not much seen other than these


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25 Feb 2012

Our last full day in the park...a slow day.

Early morning visitors at the chalet....

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After breakfast, at the restaurant, we took a walk along the fossil trail.

A very interesting display....the quality unfortunately spoiled by very faded information.....

Then extended the walk up to the pool. Water was refreshingly cool 8)

From the bench, looking into the park a Grey Rhebok(?)

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and flying...a Booted Eagle

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We took a drive down to Bulkraal picnic spot. Once again the pool looked refreshing and a pleasant break from the Karoo heat.


On the way back a large flock of Ostriches

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We then made our way to the bird hide opposite the main camps entrance.

Something we have not done before...spending a long time trying to get some half decent bird pics.....they just don't sit still...a hive of activity....

Many attempts at the Southern Red Bishop, always moved as he came into focus....he then offered a nice reflection pic....but not for long

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A Common Waxbill posed for a pic

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This Common Moorhen came from the back of the reeds....approach, then move back ...then showed itself again, again and again....always just out of my lens' max reach...

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2 more that I managed to capture...female weaver

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Cape Wagtail(?)

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Sat Jun 16, 2012 8:39 pm Unread post
And finally our chalet....

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"The Beast" took us to 6 'Cape parks without a hitch....

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Thank you all for reading and commenting. It was a different holiday with new parks experienced...for a change.

Next year KGALAGADI and cricket and lots of 'mites :D
(none met this trip)

That concludes this trip report.......


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Although I have been following the progress here,
I haven't commented as I wanted to help you out on
the birdies, but didn't find the time to sit down with my bird book. :doh:

Anyhoo, those red lechwy we saw as well. But it never
occured to me to take a photo of them. How stupid actually
as we haven't seen them before either.

Camdeboo looks stunning! Especially the Valley of Desolation.
We had considered stopping there for a few hours as well,
but decided against it as we rather wanted to spend some more
time in the Karoo which was a one night stop only anyway.

You definitely got the greater variety of critters in the Karoo than us.
And closer to you as well. We did see a grey rhebok as well though. :thumbs_up:

But absolutely nothing at the hide! And I had so wanted to find myself
a red bishop. Very :mrgreen: about your photos!

As for the lions - the sighting board showed them on Potiekkertjie Loop,
although we had heard from melph68 that they had been in the then closed
4x4 area (Nuweveld). So we were delighted to see that they had moved
within the week or so that Mel had stayed there and we arrived. But all
our joy was blown when reception staff told us that they were still in the
Nuweveld area and that it propably had been the kids putting up a wrong
trail on the sighting board. :tongue:

Will get my bird book out and practise bit of IDing now. :wink:


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Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:06 pm Unread post
RichardJ wrote
A number of birds came to welcome us

this a female masked weaver?

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Looking at the size of the bill, I reckon this is rather a female cape weaver
than a female masked weaver. The latter has a shorter bill.


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RichardJ wrote
This guy (thought was a shrike) tried to clean 'the beast' hopping around

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Saw the same bird and it took me ages to come up with an ID
as my bird book doesn't sport this kind of colouring for a mountain wheatear.
The seem to come in different plummage...

But this is one I found on the net and it looks the same:

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