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Barry & Hilda's March 2017 Kruger visit

Unread post by barryels » Sat Apr 22, 2017 11:42 am

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

We are on our way to attend the 11th cricket week-end at Sukukuza and with our six night stay in Kruger only at Skukuza during this trip, we only left home by 05:00. With breakfast at Malelane we arrived at the gate by 09: 45. With SANParks personnel professional as always at Malelane gate, the admin was done in no time and with cameras ready and yellow ribbon tide to the right rear view mirror we were through the gate by 10:00.
With time on our side, we decided to drive to the Gardenia hide and then along the S114 to Biyamiti Weir with a leg stretch at Afsaal and then along the tar road to Skukuza.

We were both wrong about our first sighting after entering the gate when a Lilac-breasted roller was the first resident who greeted us :thumbs_up: .

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It is great to be back in Kruger and just enjoy what we came across. Our next sightings were also only birds.

A Brown Snake Eagle.

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A European Roller.

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A Southern White-crowned Shrike.

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A European Bee-eater.

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The first four legged residents of this trip was a big herd of impala that was scattered along the road.

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This one totally ignored us.

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Whilst this one just stared at us.

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Amongst the impala was a wartie family with dad keep an eye on us whilst two youngsters enjoy breakfast.

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After spending some time with the group it was time to leave and came across a family of Ground Hornbills. It was the first time for us to be able to photograph a group of five birds.

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Close to the Gardenia hide we came across a small troop of vervet monkeys with this guy standing guard.

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We were quite surprised to see the water hole filled to the brim after the rains.

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Strange to only found a few Water Thick-knees at the water’s edge furthest from the hide.

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With nothing else around it was time to visit the Biyamiti Weir. The only sighting of note along the way was this European Roller entertaining us.

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With our arrival at the Weir, we were greeted by various birds busy hunting. The first birdie was this Three-banded Plover.

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This was followed by a Black Stork and Hammerkop that was glued to the Weir’s overflow with a dragonfly occupying the edge of the Weir.

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On the opposite side of the road amongst the puddles that formed between the rocks there was another Hammerkop and a Green-backed Heron with eyes fixed on the water.

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A Common Sandpiper was also scanning a pool for something to eat.

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With nothing more at the Weir it was time to explore further. It was really strange to only came across some ellies and of course more birds and a very small terrapin on our way to camp. The following are pictures of the ellies and birds we came across.

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A Dark Chanting Goshawk.

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Southern White-crowned Shrikes.

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The little terrapin.

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With our arrival at Skukuza reception we were greeted by friendly personnel that booked us in and gave us the key to bungalow no.116 which will be our home for the rest of the trip. After settling down, it was time for our first braai in the bush.

To be continued…..
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Re: Barry & Hilda's March 2017 Kruger visit

Unread post by Goronta » Sat Apr 22, 2017 12:21 pm

May I jump on board as the bus just left :D
Nice start with all the birdies waiting to welcome you on your first morning. :thumbs_up:
Have to learn the rules of cricket as it's still enigmatic for me :hmz:

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Unread post by Mischief » Sat Apr 22, 2017 2:02 pm

I am on board for this trip most definitely and have a great seat.
Lovely sharp and clear shots of all the birdies and animals that you saw and the green thick lush vegetation.Love Mr Wartie !
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Unread post by Wild about cats » Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:06 pm

Yay, looking froward to more on this trip 8)

Love all the bird shots, so nice to see them out and about, especially the Ground Hornbills :dance:

Cant wait to hear about the cricket too :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by hilda » Sat Apr 22, 2017 3:32 pm

It was wonderful to find the Park so green with water everywhere! A huge difference to our October 2016 trip! :dance: :dance:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:11 pm

Great start to the trip! Love all the birdies. Can't wait to hear more!

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Unread post by salamanda » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:35 pm

Some lovely bird photos Barry and Hilda and I'm glad I discovered that this trip was taking off, just in time to jump on board.

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Unread post by Philip1 » Sat Apr 22, 2017 6:59 pm

:dance: Wow!!! Here we go again...GREAT pictures. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
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Unread post by cheetahlady » Sun Apr 23, 2017 1:53 am

Lovely selection of birds on your drive.
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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:09 am

Great start! Excited to be on boards!


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Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:45 am

I am so pleased to see another trip report. :D

That really is an impressive Ground Hornbill sighting. What a lovely family group. I so enjoy these characterful birds.

Those are really impressive pictures at the Biyamiti weir. What a super assortment.

:thumbs_up: on the monkey. Nice image. I am sure there are many more cricket monkeys to follow. :wink:

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Unread post by vlakvarksegat » Sun Apr 23, 2017 12:18 pm

Great start Barry, can't wait for the rest... :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sun Apr 23, 2017 4:50 pm

Great start already, Barry and Hilda,

and wasn't it amazing to see that masses of water allover the park :lol:

Wonderful Impala and bird shots and Skukuza is for sure a good option for wonderful sightings :thumbs_up:

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Unread post by isinkwe » Mon Apr 24, 2017 8:53 am

Super start to the trip Barry and Hilda with all those awesome bird sightings :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by umtali1 » Mon Apr 24, 2017 9:01 am

The birds were out in force to welcome you to a green park :dance: :dance: . Great pictures, especially the ground hornbills :clap:

Looking forward to an entertaining TR :popcorn:
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