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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by Tobieo » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:20 am

During one of my previous trips I witnessed two jackal helping themselves to some Sandgrouse at Cubitje Quap

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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by umtali1 » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:21 am

Superb pictures from the Cubitjie Quap waterhole. :clap: :clap: You really do find out how harsh life is out there in the desert, especially when water is scarce.

We had great sightings there two years ago.
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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by wildflowergirl » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:08 pm

Tobieo wrote:Soon first some Blue Wildebeest and then Gemsbok arrived and the fight was on. Check back for this


will be interesting :hmz: :popcorn: :popcorn: :D


Really lovely bird photos :thumbs_up: :D 8)
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Unread post by hilda » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:19 pm

Just found and enjoyed catching up on your trip report Tobieo! So many exciting and wonderful sightings already, can't wait to read more! :clap: :clap:
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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by barryels » Thu Dec 07, 2017 1:46 pm

Oops, nearly missed another Tobieo trip report :doh: .

Awesome sightings of an array of residents of KTP to start off with :dance: :dance: .

Looking forward to the rest of the trip :thumbs_up: .
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Unread post by Tobieo » Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:46 pm

Welcome on board Hilda and barryels, glad you could make it.
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Unread post by Mischief » Thu Dec 07, 2017 3:48 pm

Great :cam: so far. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by Tobieo » Thu Dec 07, 2017 4:01 pm

I could see the herd of Blue Wildebeest approaching from the river. From the way in which they were walking I knew that they expected to (or had to) find water at the waterhole. Unfortunately a lone sub-adult bateleur was sitting in the middle (I could not see if there were still any water available). They very quickly made their intentions clear and the less confident bateleur decided to rather leave.

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Now that they were in control of the waterhole they had to find water.......

Image20171109N85_1346-Pano by Tobie Oosthuizen, on Flickr

Unfortunately it would appear that mankind (or do we blame nature) has let them down. They send a delegation to inspect.

Image20171109N85_1312 by Tobie Oosthuizen, on Flickr

The news was not good!!! :cry: The wildebeest left without a drop to drink. I might be overstating it but I experienced such a different message or body language from them when they left, they were almost dragging their feet as they move back to the Nossob river bed.

The next to arrive, although I could almost describe it as crash landed was a secretary bird. By now some bateleur tried to claim back the waterhole.

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The king of the waterhole (for the moment) - the secretary bird :big_eyes:

Still no water so the kingdom did not last that long!!

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11 to 15 Grootkolk
16 to 19 Urikaruus

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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by colbol » Thu Dec 07, 2017 6:51 pm

Hello Tobieo I have had a wonderful morning catching up on this TT. That was quite a drive from home to park gates in one day !!
Nice drive and sightings up to Nossob :dance: :dance: interesting interactions on the way.
But i must say the secretary bird pic's are brilliant, welll captured :thumbs_up:

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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Thu Dec 07, 2017 7:37 pm

Wow ..............some superb sightings and you captured them perfectly :clap: :clap:

Take a bow ....for me those Secretary landing shots are the best landing shots shared for a long time .....very well done!!

Stunning Bateleur images and love all the other visitors at the waterhole :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing and looking forward to the rest :thumbs_up:

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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by Tobieo » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:08 pm

colbol wrote:Hello Tobieo I have had a wonderful morning catching up on this TT. That was quite a drive from home to park gates in one day !!
Nice drive and sightings up to Nossob :dance: :dance: interesting interactions on the way.
But i must say the secretary bird pic's are brilliant, welll captured :thumbs_up:


Yes and the secretary bird was fairly aggessive towards the Bateleur
Nov 2017 KTP
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11 to 15 Grootkolk
16 to 19 Urikaruus

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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by Tobieo » Thu Dec 07, 2017 9:09 pm

Jan van Wyk wrote:Wow ..............some superb sightings and you captured them perfectly :clap: :clap:

Take a bow ....for me those Secretary landing shots are the best landing shots shared for a long time .....very well done!!

Stunning Bateleur images and love all the other visitors at the waterhole :clap: :clap:

Thank you for sharing and looking forward to the rest :thumbs_up:


Thank you Jan, luckily I noticed him well in advance so was ready for him.
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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by Pumbaa » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:39 pm

Incredible shots, Tobieo :mrgreen:

especially the secretary birds and the bateleurs but also love the jackal and the resting hyenas :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by manicwalker » Fri Dec 08, 2017 4:24 am

Tobio,
Incredible bird photos :clap: :dance:
Beautiful pics of the secretary bird coming in for landing :clap:
Wow, how tough for the animals to walk to a waterhole expecting to quench their thirst and not a drop of water :( :cry: :( :sori:
and they quietly turn and walk away :(
Imagine IF that were us humans :big_eyes: ....the moaning, complaints and carry on :roll: :eviltreath: :roll:

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Re: Conflict in nature - the harsh life of the KTP

Unread post by hilda » Fri Dec 08, 2017 11:25 am

So sad to see the Blue Wildebeest's disappointment at the dry waterholeTobieo! :(

Beautiful pictures of the Bateleur and the Secretarybird! :clap: :clap:
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