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 Post subject: steamtrainfan's 13 DAY TRIP TO KRUGER PARK, Aug. '13
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Oooops - please be patient we seem to have a technical problem. Photos not being downloaded.

Will be back soon.

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Thanks folks for your patience.

Lets try again.

Some of the highlights:

Crocodile and Impala.

Two elephant.

Two Tawny Eagles.

A Tawny Eagle and a Black Backed Jackal.

Two times Saddle Bill Stork and Plover

Saddle Bill Stork and juvenile Fish Eagle.

Hope this whets your appetite to stay on board.


Thursday 15 August - Pretoria to Crocodile Bridge.

Even before entering the gate we had some sightings from the bridge at Malelane gate.

The resident crocodile.
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A saddle bill stork.
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And now the first of our highlights. As Joan pressed the button to take another photo of the SBS a plover flew in to harass him resulting in the SBS taking a swipe at the plover with his long beak. Talk about taking the pic at the right second.
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Once through all the entrance formalities we headed up the H3 to Afsaal where we would stop for lunch.

A couple of kms from Afsaal we came across a couple of cars and on asking around a friendly guy pointed out some cheetah lying under a tree about 200 metres into the bush. Not easy to photograph but as one sat up Joan fired off a shot.
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After lunch we took the H2-2 and S114 to Biyamiti Weir to try and find some action there. All we found was a fish eagle in a tree. Once again as Joan took the pics he gave a lovely long call. Three pics at different stages of his call.

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We then headed off on the S139 and S114 to Crocodile Bridge where we had arranged to meet my brother Joe and his S.O. Yvonne.

On the way we got a shot of a LBR.
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Two woolly-necked storks in a tree.
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Once settled in we got around to the serious business of celebrating my birthday in style. Braai, beef, bush and coke. Ha, bet you thought I was going to say something else beginning with a B.

Managed to get a shot of the nightly patroller.
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I must mention that the huts at Crocodile Bridge have been re-vamped and look amazing.
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NEXT: Round and about Crocodile Bridge.

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Thanks for your positive feedback folks.

16 AUGUST - PART 1 - ROUND AND ABOUT CROCODILE BRIDGE.

Before we start I must warn you that we have some 130 photos to share with you over the next 25 episodes so please be prepared for a long trip.

Our route for this morning was H4-2, S130 and S137 to Ntandanyathi Hide. Then S28 and H4-2 to Lower Sabie. Back to Hippo pool via H4-2 and to camp.
Afternoon drive - H4-2, H5, S108 and S25 back to camp.

Just outside camp we saw our first Kruger dawn and what an amazing greeting we got.
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Not sure what eagle this is but he looked good in the early morning light.
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A White-backed vulture about to take off.
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Pearl-spotted owlet
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A few minutes later we came across a second Pearl-spotted owlet.
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A first for us - the Purple Roller.
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He then took off and Joan managed to catch coming towards us.
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At the hide there were a few hippo in the pool but half hidden behind some bushes. There was a hammerkop very busy flying backwards and forwards building a nest. I took a lot of shots of him so busy and this was the best. Sorry for the cluttered background.
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A gymnogene busy flying from dead tree to dead tree. Despite being straight into the sun Joan managed this shot.
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This lady steenbok looked at us as if we had caught her in the act of doing something wrong.
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Before calling at Lower Sabie we stopped at Sunset Dam.

Black-winged stilt.
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It was strange to see how the hippo wandered amongst the crocodiles.
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Two hippo having a friendly chat.
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Coming up next - the trip back to Crocodile Bridge and the afternoon drive.

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Thank you everybody for the lovely comments.

16 AUGUST - PART 2 - ROUND AND ABOUT CROCODILE BRIDGE.

We had met Joe and Yvonne at Lower Sabie and after a bit of a chin wag and sightings discussion we were on the H4-2 to Crocodile Bridge. Lets leave the birds for now and focus (excuse the pun) on getting pics of some animals.

Our first sighting was this family of warthogs.
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Next was a giraffe stepping over a car.
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At last, our first sighting of golden cats. A bit far away though, but you know how it is with your first sighting of cats - click away.

Two lazy ladies in a chilled mood.
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One then got up , walked across the river bed to the other bank, to do her toilet.
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After the toilet time for some grooming.
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After scanning the surrounding area for any males and seeing that the ladies were not intending to go anywhere we trundled on down to the hippo pool.

View down river from the pool view point.
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The one and only rock painting left, well whats left of it. I believe there used to be quite a few many years ago.
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After a midday siesta we found this guy outside our hut.
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Our afternoon drive found us doing the circular route H4-2, H5, S108 and S25 back to camp.

Not very much seen on this route, even a shortage of impala and bird life.

We found this lone giraffe.
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On the S25 close to the hippo pool turnoff these two guys suddenly stepped out from behind some bushes on either side of the road as if it were a well co=ordinated road block. This brought us to a halt. There they stood, not showing any intention of moving off
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A car pulled up next to us, the driver smiled at us and he drove off slowly towards the elephant. He drove right up behind them very slowly so that he seemed to have come to a standstill. Then he was past them and gone. Joan and I looked at each other, should we or shouldn't we. We decided that we shouldn't. A short while later three cars pulled up and waited. After about 15 minutes all three headed for the elephants also at a very slow pace. Believing there is safety in numbers we joined the queue at the back. Right next to the first elephant the second guy decides to stop. Here we now stand with this humungus second ellie right next to our car. So close I could have put out my hand and stroked his trunk. Could have kicked myself for not taking a photo but I had other things on my mind. With my heart in my mouth and Joan as quiet as the proverbial mouse the queue started moving again and we were past.

Mental note to self - rather pay the late fine.

Just to quieten our jangled nerves we stopped and took a pic of a magpie shrike.
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Next: We head for Lower Sabie for the next night.

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Thank you very much everybody for staying on board and for your positive and interesting comments.

Oh, I forgot to mention that we met up with Daniel at Hippo Pools. What a gentleman.
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17 AUGUST - PART 1/3 - S28 TO NHLANGANZWANI DAM AND RETURN TO CROCODILE BRIDGE FOR BREAKFAST.

This morning we decided to do a before breakfast drive up the S28 to the above dam and return to have breakfast and pack to leave for Lower Sabie.

Saw a few buffalo on the first few kms of the S28.

Up near Macs waterhole we came across a bull and what looked like his two askaris. Joan only managed to get one of the askaris in the photo.
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After watching them for a while we moved on up to the dam. Empty with nothing except a few impala to be seen.

On the return trip we saw the ellies again but this time we witnessed an interaction between two of them that we think must be quite rare or unusual. Not sure what they were doing , maybe just playing or was the bigger one passing on information to the smaller one but it lasted for about 12 minutes. Very fascinating. We will let the pictures tell the story.
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Then as suddenly as it started it was over. Joan and I were blown away by witnessing this amazing interaction between two elephant.
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NEXT IN PART 2 : Not 10 minutes later we were to witness yet another wonderful sighting between two birds and get it all on camera.

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A very warm welcome to all our new friends. To our old and new friends thank you so much for all your positive feedback.

17 AUGUST - PART 2/3 - S28 FROM NHLANGANZWANI DAM TO CROCODILE BRIDGE FOR BREAKFAST AND H4-2, h10 AND S29 MLONDOZI DAM.

Not 10 minutes past our ellie sighting we saw these two tawny eagles at the top of a tree. We will let the photos tell the story.
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Arrived back at Crocodile Bridge just in time for a quick breakfast, pack and hit the H4-2 to Lower Sabie.

Along the H4-2 Joan got these pics.

Bataleur.
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Another tawny eagle?
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White-backed vulture.
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Ellies crossing the Sabie River.
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Then meet up with some buffalo on the other side. The buffalo stood their ground so the ellies went around them.
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At Mlondozi Dam we again bumped into Joe and Yvonne. Saw these hippo right out of the water and two waterbuck having a jousting session.
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Hippo, ellie and waterbuck. Just look how far out of the water some of the hippo are and in the midday sun nogal.
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NEXT: S29 south back to Lower Sabie.

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17 AUGUST Part 3/3 MLONDOZI DAM VIA 29 SOUTH TO LOWER SABIE AND AFTERNOON DRIVE H4-1 TO NWATIMHIRI CAUSEWAY AND RETURN TO LOWER SABIE.


Two hippo at Mlondozi Dam were having a bit of a disagreement. There was a lot of noise and splashing of water.
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On the S29 this young Bataleur looked very sad indeed.
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No more pics until we reached Sunset Dam.

Three-banded plover.
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Not sure what this is but it was very pretty. Unfortunately not a very good photo.
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Glossy starlings bathing in the bird bath near Lower Sabie reception.
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A bum shot of a martial eagle.
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A dork failed trongo - sorry - a fork tailed drongo. :redface: :redface: :redface:
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A pair of fish eagle in Sabie River bed.
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Back at Sunset Dam an Egyptian goose.
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A lady waterbuck in the late afternoon sun.
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Finally, our guests at our hut number 13.
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Next: Lower Sabie to Tamboti. Little did we know what we were to experience during this trip. This trip will be in 3 parts of which part 2 will be 15 photos of what we saw.

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Thanks everybody for the lovely comments - it really makes writing a T.T. worthwhile.

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SUNDAY 18 AUGUST - LOWER SABIE TO TAMBOTIE. Part 1/3

As Joe and Yvonne were at Skukuza and would take the H1 and H2 to Tshokwane we decided to take the roundabout route via the H10 and with luck meet them there for breakfast.

Dawn from our hut at Lower Sabie.
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Our first sighting was this pied wagtail at the low level bridge just outside Lower Sabie.
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Followed by this swallow.
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Further along the H10 Joan got this Bataleur with what looks like a Dark-capped bulbul doing a high speed flypast.
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A rear end view of Black-shouldered kite hovering.
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As he would not turn around Joan took another rear end view because the sun looked good on him.
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Driving through the koppies we saw this lovely klipspringer who posed so nicely for us.
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This little chap also wanted his photo taken and posed for Joan
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On the final leg to Tshokwane a very co-operative LBR. Still trying to get a good shot of one in flight
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We had some breakfast at Tshokwane. The birds fly in and out of the shop and kitchen and even roost in the kitchen. End result - more bird poo than cream in the mayonnaise. So we ate Corn Flakes and skipped the toasted sandwich.

H1-3 TSHOKWANE TO NKAYA PAN.
After 45 minutes still no Joe and Yvonne so we trundled on up the H1-3.

Very quiet drive up until we saw this waterbuck at Kumana Dam.
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Every time we travel this road, up or down, we pop in to see if we can see the "resident" leopard at the southernmost baobab. Once again no sighting. I am beginning to doubt if there is a leopard there.

Popped in to Nkaya Pan.

A dagga boy.
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Egyptian goose, grey heron and a kori bustard.
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A close up of the kori bustard.
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There were also two crocodile lying low in the water nose to nose. No photo.

The some impala came down to drink and we saw the one crocodile swim very slowly toward them and then disappear beneath the water.
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NEXT: ACTION AT NKAYA PAN.

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SUNDAY 18 AUGUST 2013 - NKAYA PAN

We had only been at the waterhole for about 3 minutes when suddenly the water exploded and Joan started clicking away. We have the chosen which we think are the best 15 photos out of 22. Unfortunately most of the action took place beneath the water. Here is our record of our lifer. Doubt if we will ever witness such an event again.

There were only two cars there, ours and another, and the other guy did not have a camera. He has asked us to e-mail the photos which we have done.

No comment necessary. All I will do is put the time as per recorded on the camera above each photo to give you an idea of how fast it was. The pics have been heavily cropped as Joan was using her 500mm lens and was on quite a wide angle as she did not know where or when the action would start.

11:31:29
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Finally at 11:54:26
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An interesting point to note is that the hippo did not move during all this commotion.

NEXT: We move on up the H1-3, H7, S106 to Tamboti.

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Thank you everybody for all the lovely compliments which I have passed on to Joan.

SUNDAY 18 AUGUST - PART 3/3 - NKAYA PAN TO TAMBOTIE.

Headed straight up H1-3, did a left turn into H7 and then the S106 detour as the H7 road here is still closed after the January wash away. BC was right, this road was in shocking condition. Joan and I call this type of road a T.W.. Try and work that out.

Still at a Nkaya Pan - it only took 10 minutes from the time of the kill for the vultures to start arriving.
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While waiting to see if anything further would develop we watch two young warties wrestling.
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At the Sweni River bridge we saw these buffalo having a dip.
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Nothing much more until we got to Nsemani Dam. We were on the left hand side of the road looking for the resident leopard but everybody else was parked on the right hand side. We moved to our right to get to the left hand side of the road facing on coming traffic and could not work out what people were looking at. Eventually we spotted this male lion fast asleep among the bushes. We were quite excited as this was the closest we had seen lion since we arrived. We waited a while but he was sound asleep and not going anywhere soon.
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At Rabelais Pan Joan got a lovely shot of a fish eagle who posed ever so nicely for us before flying off into a tree. He was sitting there staring into a small puddle. Quite what he was looking at we could not see.
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On the S106 just beyond Rabelais Pan there is small dry river with a donga on the right hand side with water in it.

We were lucky enough to see ellies drinking and buffalo lying around.
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Back on the H7 an ostrich and a southern ground hornbill.
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After checking at Tambotie we made a braai and the waited for the nightly raider. Spot on time he came waddling up the path from Tent 3 towards us. Sorry about the quality of the pics but my little pocket camera does not like night photography
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He walked right past us, ok we were a little bit higher than he was as we were on the deck of the tent, and headed for our dustbin.
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We were amazed at the ease with which he opened the so-called baboon/honey badger proof dustbin lid. I was clicking away but through the small screen I could not see what I was photographing and the flash was firing like a machine gun. The honey badger suddenly jumped out of the dustbin, looked at us, nodded his head up and down a few times and then ran towards us at a pace that belies his size. Joan and I both scrambled for the door at the same time, me trying to push her out the way and she was pushing me out the way as I had bolted the door shut. O/ O/ Try and open a bolted door when you are in a serious case of panic mode with visions of those claws ripping into your tender legs. We eventually we got the door open, charged in, slammed the door shut, and collapsed into each others arm shivering and shaking with excitement or was it fear? How we both squeezed through that door at the same time we will never know. In the meantime the honey badger had run under our tent and not onto the deck to attack and ravage us. It was only after an hour that we started to laugh about the situation and collapsed into bed with the adrenalin rush starting to slow down.


NEXT: Morning - H7 to breached bridge +- 18 kms and return. S106 to Rabelais Pan and return. S140 for +- 10km and return.
Afternoon - H7 to breached bridge and return - not much else to do.
This episode is going to be in four parts due to the variety of sightings.

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MONDAY 19 AUGUST CORNER H7 AND TAMBOTIE ROAD 06:40 TO 06:55.

Here we met 3 magnificent male lions. We spent the most wonderful 15 minutes riding beside them. This whole chapter is devoted to them.
Unfortunately the weather was lousy and overcast so the photo conditions were not condusive to good photos. Our apologies for so many pics of these magnificent three but it is not often that one gets to spend 15 minutes with such a close encounter.

First this guy peeped around the corner at us.
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Then started to walk past us.
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This one looked at Joan and licked his lips after which Joan promptly put the camera away and closed her window.
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They were spread out and did not agree to our request for a group photo.

They then crossed the road where the bush was a lot thinner - thank goodness.
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Thanks so much for the lovely comments Crested Val.



MONDAY 19 AUGUST 2013 PART 2/4 07:11 TO 09:24. H7 TO BREACHED BRIDGE AND RETURN TO TAMBOTIE.

Not very much to be seen as we trundled down the H7 to the bridge construction sight - we never ever saw any one working on the bridge.

A giraffe in a nice setting and early morning light.
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A steenbokkie posed nicely for the camera.
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Some monkeys using an old nest as a grooming parlour.
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A southern ground hornbill patrolling the H7.
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Mom and Dad vulture preparing the nursery.
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Back at the H7 and Tambotie Camp road junction we came across this fellow snuffling around.
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He suddenly sniffed the air. Had those male lions made a kill nearby?
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We looked around and then across the road we were to see another interaction between a bird and an animal that we had never seen before.

This coming up next.

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19 AUGUST 2013 - PART 3/4 - 09:25 TO 11:38 - H7, S106 TO RABELAIS PAN AND BACK TO S140 +- 10KM AND RETURN TO TAMBOTIE.

On looking around we saw this tawny eagle sitting an a low tree stump.
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This is what he was looking at about two metres away.
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Looking at the feathers lying around and in the jackals mouth Joan and I both assumed that the jackal had killed either the tawnys mate or chick.

We just wish that we had been around to see what actually happened.

However, we will never know.

Another pic of the tawny.
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The tawny then flew over the jackal, we thought that he might attack the jackal, and settled down to watch the jackal from the other side.
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Once the jackal had finished his meal the tawny flew off.

We then motored on down the S106 - nothing to be seen. At Rabelais Pan we had this francolin try and fly into the car. When we closed the windows he proceeded to fly onto the bonnet and peer at us through the windscreen.
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No more to be seen so we decided to motor down the S140. We did about 10km before turning around and
headed back to camp. On the return trip we came across this road sentry.
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Back at camp we saw that our metal mesh cupboard had been raided. We had had a whole avo in this cupboard and this all that was left:
See that avo pip left on the lid of the plastic container. The avo was further back in the cupboard where we thought it would be out of reach. See also the scraps of avo skin lying around the base of the cupboard.
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The culprits footprints.
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Joan trying to make friends with a yellow-billed hornbill.
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NEXT: An afternoon drive along the H7 to the bridge and return and our first ........... sighting.

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MONDAY 19 AUGUST 2013 - PART 4/4 - 13:40 TO 16:50 - H7 TO BRIDGE AND BACK.

While waiting to go out on our afternoon drive I walked down to the fence and saw these two grooming each other.
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Mongoose playing on an abandoned ant hill. Or is the plural mongeese??????
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Daddy nyala.
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Mommy nyala
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Baby nyala.
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On our way back to camp at 17:00 we came across our first leopard sighting. Although not a very good sighting a sighting none the less. A gentleman coming in the opposite direction to us told us about the leopard. There were two other cars at the site and the lady in the one car very kindly pointed the leopard out to us. He was about 2 metres from the road but lying down in thick grass. All we could see was a tail flicking every now and again so we switched off the engine and settled down to wait. Very tantalising being so close but unable to get a shot. At last he sat up for a few seconds and then settled down again. We had seen the Big 5 in one day. We had also seen rhino and ellie along the H7.
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What is that white piece of fluff in the grass?
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This late afternoon sun is so lovely and relaxing.
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Last night at camp we had had two families, not sure what nationality, one on each side of us and each with a bunch of kids who made a racket deep into the night.

We were hoping that for tonight that they would have moved on but no luck but at least the kids went to bed earlier than last night.

NEXT: We move on to Satara via H7 - S106 - H7.

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TUESDAY 20 AUGUST 2013 - PART 1/2 - 07:00 to 07:45
Up early today but no hurry as we were only going to Satara and could only check in at 14:00. We decided to do the H7 to the bridge again and spend a bit of time around Orpen and Tambotie and then take the S106 ( Read terrible road) to Satara.

Not much going on today until we got to a little waterhole near the Nwamatsatsa River where we saw another unusual bird/bird interaction. We were driving slowly past the waterhole when we saw a juvenile fish eagle sitting near the pond. At the same time we saw a huge bird come gliding in toward the waterhole. It turned out to be a saddle-bill stork.
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Then a second one.
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Coming in to land at the small pond.
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Exactly where the juvenile fish eagle was sitting and giving the little fellow quite a scare.
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Fortunately we were parked in exactly the right spot. A metre either way and Joan would not have got these shots.
However, the saddle-bills did not show the slightest interest in the fish eagle.
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The SB's must have disturbed the FE's fishing with their snuffling around in his pond. He decided to take off and watch proceedings from the top of a tree.
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Not long after this we saw one nyala ram come down to drink.
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Then there were two.
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Then there were three.
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Finally there were four.
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We were now getting a bit peckish and moved off to try and find a place to have some breakfast.

NEXT: ORPEN TO SATARA.

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