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Dupacc's photos of 3 perfect days in Kruger

Unread post by Dupacc » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:17 pm

"Darrrlinn"
"Yes Dear?"
"These thrrrrree days were just perfect, wasn't it?"
"Yes dear"
"Will you believe me when I say that I took more than 850 Photos?"
"Yes dear"
"But Darrrlinn?"
"Yes dear?
"I surely cannot share all of it with the Forumites, can I?"
"Yes dear, I mean No dear"
"So will it be OK to just maybe post 60 or 70?"
"Yes dear"


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And with that it is off to this TR, sharing some of the photos of what must be three of the best days we ever had in Kruger National Park . As indicated a the closing of my previous TR (Dupacc and Darrrlinn went Conferencing in Kruger), we were fortunate enough to visit KNP middle of June for quick three night stay in the Best Place on Earth. This was our third visit to the Park in just six months and we consider ourselves really fortunate and blessed to have been able to do so.

So, without much further ado, lets start sharing some photos.

The day began without any drama, so first photo is again a birdie. Our tourist and his Darrrlinn think it is a Brown (Snake) Eagle, but please correct them if they are wrong.
(They still think ostriches can fly, so they don't know that much about birdies :roll: :roll: :roll: )

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The first animal we saw was an elephant, but the first phtot I want to share is this one of a Wildebeest


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During our short visit, we decided to have breakfast each day at a different dam. the first morning we saw these beautiful hippos. It was such a relief after the many dead hippo carcasses we saw in the dry, dry veld!

I was lucky to get the Cormorant in the left of the picture just as it surfaced with it's catch!


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And a visit to a dam will not be complete without a Fish-eagle



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"Darrlinn"
"Yes dear"
"Nothing beats eating our youghurt and meusli sitting at a dam in KNP, don't you agree?"
"Yes dear"
"But we must get a move on now, I suppose?"
"Yes dear"
"I think we will see something special just around the corner!"
"Yes dear"



Did we see something special???

Just hop on the bus and see :D :D :D


.... to be continued
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Fri Jul 01, 2016 3:36 pm

Lovely photos to start with. Looking forward to what is around the corner!

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Unread post by barryels » Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:13 pm

Great sightings to start off with :clap: :clap: .

Looking forward to the rest of the 3 night visit :thumbs_up: .
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Unread post by hilda » Fri Jul 01, 2016 4:40 pm

Wonderful!! Another trip report from Darrrlinn and Dear! :dance: :dance:

Lovely pictures for starters Dupacc, and I am so glad to see that those Hippos are in such a good condition! :clap: :clap:

Stunning Fish Eagle and Brown Snake Eagle too! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to the next episode! :popcorn:
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Unread post by Dupacc » Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:40 am

Thanks Karin Mitton, Barryels and Hilda for the kind words. I hope you will enjoy the rest of the journey with me :) :)
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Unread post by Dupacc » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:05 pm

“Darrrlinn”
“Yes dear?”
“We are not even around the corner yet, and here we have a special sighting!”
“Yes dear?”
“Do you think this budgie is related to the Singing Ostrich?”
“No dear” (sigh)

Yes, our stereotypical tourist with his panama-hat and yellow shirt with the multi-coloured flowers decoration still gets his birds and animals all wrong, but that doesn’t stop him from enjoying Kruger


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We were barely back on the main road after the stop at the dam, when we saw this Pale Chanting Goshawk, sitting approx. 15m from the road, eating a smallish reptile. It was our first sighting of a Goshawk in more than 5 years.


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“Darrrlinn”
“Yes dear”
“That traffic jam can only mean one thing”
“Yes dear”
“It must be a TIGER”
“Yes dear” (sigh…)


Coming around the corner, we could see a huge traffic jam on the bridge ahead – the kind you only get when it is one of the big cats. We managed to get a fairly good spot for the sighting, but the Cat was quite far away. I tried to make way for an elderly couple in a lower vehicle to move in between the railing and us in order for them to also share in the sighting, but this resulted in the photos not being as good as it could be. Also, the Leopard was approx. 200m away laying in the shadow and the combination of shade and bright sunshine made for a challenge I still have to learn how to overcome in order to take good photos. Anyway, here is what happened..


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From the left, an elephant was approaching and although it didn’t have big tusks, it was huge! Every now and then it would stop to dig for water in the dry riverbed.


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The leopard was watching, seemingly fully aware of elephant. The elephant let out a deafening bellow and moved closer to the big cat, flapping it's ears and shaking his head.


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Still the leopard remained in one position and the elephant paused as if the reconsider and weigh it’s options


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Then suddenly it decided enough is enough and gave charge!!!


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What followed was a blur of motion and dust, but I will share that in the next episode

… to be continued
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Unread post by Kendall M » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:15 pm

Excellent start to your trip Dupacc :D :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jul 04, 2016 2:52 pm

Can't wait to hear what transpired between the 2 - exciting!

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Unread post by hilda » Mon Jul 04, 2016 4:52 pm

Very exciting indeed Dupacc! Can't wait to see what happened! :big_eyes:
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Unread post by Pumbaa » Mon Jul 04, 2016 9:03 pm

Great start, Dupacc :thumbs_up:

especially with the leopard and ellie eying each other in the riverbed :mrgreen:

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Unread post by manicwalker » Tue Jul 05, 2016 5:27 am

Great ellie and Leopard photos.... :clap: :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Tue Jul 05, 2016 7:27 am

I am pleased to see Dupacc and Darrlinn back again. :D I really like the sound of a different dam every morning.

Wow, what drama at the start.... :big_eyes: :big_eyes

I am waiting 8n antici.....pation.

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Unread post by Dupacc » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:46 am

Kendall M wrote:Excellent start to your trip Dupacc :D :thumbs_up:


Thanks Kendall M, we were truly blessed with this special sighting so early on during our visit :D :D
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Unread post by Dupacc » Tue Jul 05, 2016 10:56 am

hilda wrote:Very exciting indeed Dupacc! Can't wait to see what happened! :big_eyes:


Pumbaa wrote:Great start, Dupacc :thumbs_up:

especially with the leopard and ellie eying each other in the riverbed :


manicwalker wrote:Great ellie and Leopard photos.... :clap: :thumbs_up:


Meandering Mouse wrote:I am waiting 8n antici.....pation.


Karin Mitton wrote:Can't wait to hear what transpired between the 2 - exciting!



Thank you hilda, Pumbaa, manicwalker, Meandering Mouse and Karin Mitton! The excitement amongst the people in the traffic jam at the sighting was tangible. Everywhere there were cars moving, trying to get a position for a better view, even people shouting! :big_eyes: :big_eyes:

Fortunately this was not our only special sighting and I managed to get much better photos of the others - so stay on board :D :D :D
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Unread post by Dupacc » Tue Jul 05, 2016 11:08 am

Meandering Mouse wrote: I really like the sound of a different dam every morning.



The breakfast on the last morning of our visit actually turned into a brunch, due to the distance we had to travel (AND the great sightings we had on our way to the dam :cam: )

It is really something I can recommend :dance: :dance: :dance:
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