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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Fri May 27, 2011 7:47 am

OK so the afternoon drive found us at Duke waterhole. We parked off and a huge herd of buffs came for a drink

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as we were leaving Miss Sharifa said Duke

Yes Ma'am

No, Duke Duke.

Yep it was Duke Duke by the reservoir wall. Twice in 3 Days :dance: :dance: :dance: He had walked from Mlondozi picnic area to Duke waterhole.

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Fri May 27, 2011 11:09 pm

30 April 2011

We were first out of the gate and headed south on the H4-2, no Princess :( but a morning for raptors

On the S28 we found a Black Shouldered Kite hovering

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Further on we disturbed an African Harrier Hawk (gymnogene) having breakfast

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He polished off the chicken and you would think that would be OK for now, but no he was still hungry, but a starling was having none of it

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and sends him on his way

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also a Brown Snake Eagle

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and a tawny

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Sat May 28, 2011 10:42 pm

After packing we were on our way to Biyamiti

On the way to Biyamiti on the H4-2, mating pair of lions that were close to the road and unconcerned with all the traffic.

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She got up and he followed

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and got a telling off

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missing part of his ear from a previous telling off :tongue: :whistle:

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Sun May 29, 2011 5:56 pm

Thank You Pumbaa, Katja, Micetta, AREFF, Shi, Lionspoon


Biyamiti is another of our favourite camps and we just love parking off at Biyamiti Weir. Here are some of the things we saw at the weir during our stay at Biyamiti.

The fish Eagles were in the usual tree

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and you can get right below them

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a monitor lizard

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wooly necked storks

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hamerkops

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grey heron

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and a lone lioness in the river bed

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Mon May 30, 2011 11:13 am

Thank You SusieB, Weltenman, Flutterby
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01 May 2011

on the S139, some playful mongoose :dance: :D

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a crested barbet

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a shy bushbuck

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kudu

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On the afternoon drive there was a traffic jam near the Gezantombi waterhole on the H4-2, caused by 4 very lazy lions

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2 May 2011

This is our last day in the park. We were packed and out at 6.00am.

The idea was to go to the weir and then to Renosterkoppies dam where we would have breakfast and then leave the park through Numbi or Phabeni Gate

This turned out to be one of those magic Kruger mornings with Miss Sharifa getting up close and personal :big_eyes: with some of Kruger's predators. Like in your face close :shock: :wink:

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Tue May 31, 2011 8:43 am

First we were witness to a kill at Biyamiti :D

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Three km out of Biyamiti we saw a lone lioness having a jog. :hmz: Wonder if it was the same one that was at the weir the day before (still dark and she was on the move so not the best pic)

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At the weir we saw a scrub hare :D

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On the S26 at the turn off to the S113 I stopped. I have developed this habit of stopping at intersections and scanning just to see that we are not missing anything and there they were

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Soon we were part of the hunting pack :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Some odour caught their attention

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but also spooked them

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but they regrouped

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TBC...............

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Tue May 31, 2011 10:39 pm

Thank You Bushcraft, Shi and Lionspoon :thumbs_up:

No wild dogs for 12 years and suddenly a feast of doggies in the past 2 trips :dance: :dance: :dance:

Don't know what magic Miss Sharifa was weaving but the doggies came up close to say a personal hello to Miss Sharifa :D :dance:

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now isn't this just so wonderful

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Miss Sharifa could have stroked this one :big_eyes:


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Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:56 pm

What a lovely wild dog sighting....SIGH.....and all to ourselves

they regrouped again

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Something caught their attention

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and they were on their way

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We carried on onto the S114 and Renosterkoppies dam for breakfast but at the turn off to the S112 Miss Sharifa said L.... :evil: :wink:
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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Thu Jun 02, 2011 12:01 pm

....Miss Sharifa said LION

and there he was on territorial duty :D

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It was like walking with lions :)

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and then we were right alongside his majesty and it was "hello Miss Sharifa" :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

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Don't know who was more :big_eyes: Miss Sharifa or Mr. Lion :big_eyes:

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Fri Jun 03, 2011 2:36 pm

Hi Majesty carried on spray marking

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Then Sharifa said stop and I thought :huh: but we looking at the lion

She said bee-eater

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The King practically "jogged" up the hill. If you know the area around Renosterkoppies it is granite koppies and he raced up this koppie

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and when at the top he let out a thunderous roar :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: MAGIC.

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and then sat down

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Within a few minutes an OSV was there asking where the lion is as they had heard the roar. We had our fill of his majesty and made way for them as he could only be seen from the one spot

We continued to Nwaswitshaka Waterhole on the S65 where we had breakfast :roll: in the company of zebra and impala.

We then went on to the S1 and near the Nyamundwa Dam we had our third encounter of the close kind for the day :wink:

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Sun Jun 05, 2011 8:47 am

On the Doispane S1 Road we saw a few cars parked off and could make out a lioness between 2 of the cars

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There were another 2 cars on the left of the photo which cannot be seen. So we stopped where we were trying to see if there were more lions.

Miss Sharifa's magic was still working as the lioness walked pass the one car and the other 2 and headed straight for her :dance: :dance: :dance:

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She was just a little bit too close and I closed the window at this stage as Miss Sharifa was too engrossed snapping away

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Another great trip.

What a lovely last morning. We left through Phabeni Gate :(

but wait, although this trip is finish the trip report is not...... :huh: :wink:

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Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Tue Jun 07, 2011 8:33 am

African Jacanas and a Malachite Kingfisher at Lake Panic

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Cropped MKF

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also a croc

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and not sure about this one :hmz: ???? juvenile black crake ????

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Burchell's Coucal

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Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Wed Jun 08, 2011 8:38 am

Seen on the Nwatindlopfu Bridge on the H1-2

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Thu Jun 09, 2011 4:05 pm

Micetta wrote:
Too many lions :twisted: :lol:


and more coming up :whistle:

On the S90

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those enchanting ruby red eyes

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red but not quite as enchanting

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and a cheetah at the Bangu waterhole. Every cheetah sighting excites me so I am just a little :mrgreen:

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Re: Here we go again

Unread post by Duke Ellieton » Fri Jun 10, 2011 7:47 pm

Thank you Micetta, Katja, cheetah2111, anne-marie, Lionspoon, michel367, Pumbaa :thumbs_up:

Marabou and black storks

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Fish Eagle

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Warthog family :D

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Yellow billed stork sizing a hippo up :huh:

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Pearl spotted owlet :D

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terrapin

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and lastly a pic for Micetta :wink:

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Thank you all :thumbs_up: for joining us on this trip.

See you soon :wink:


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