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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so..... 2012

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jan 01, 2012 4:33 am

I was asked to do a sunset drive last night, but shortly before time the rain came down in torrents! The trip was cancelled.....

Last night then became an exercise in quietening down the camp.....but by 2230 I was able to go to bed. Now for gate duty this morning....
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:26 am

Thanks for the good wishes - and may all of you have a great year too!

At one point when I returned to the caravan yesterday evening, a bushbaby was in the trees nearby making that little moaning sound. I made noises back to it, and next thing it jumped down and came on to the tent pole next to me, turned its head almost upside down as it studied me and then jumped away again! Very cute.....
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:38 am

Actually was back at the caravan by 0630 this morning as the gate queue was almost non-existant (people sleeping off parties?), so have had a couple of hours sleep already!

The noisy folk from last night have left - making a noise as they went as the cars are scarcely road-worthy. I just hoped they would get far enough away before they broke down that they would not have to stay here longer!!!!

At the moment I am leaving Peter and Stephen to decide who needs me more - Peter for a night drive, or Stephen for gate duty tomorrow morning. I am feeling too tired at present to agree to both......
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jan 01, 2012 10:08 pm

Peter begged so much, and Stephen insisted ......so it was night drive, and will be gate in the morning.....

The drive was good. Barely out of BnD when we were told about a leopard, which we found among zebs and impalas! I doubled back on the management road as it headed that way, but we did not find it again......however as I came on to the straight after the first drift once more a large male lion appeared at the side of the road, crossed over and walked right next to us. I turned, and we had a good time with him as he flopped down close to the side of the road and we were able to stop almost next to him! The other 2 vehicles then came up and we left them to the sighting.

Then found a large herd of buffalo at the waterhole! The ellies stayed away, otherwise it was 4 out of 5 for the trip overall. Also had impalas and scrub hares, zebs, hippos (lots!), several large spotted genets, spotted eagle owl, duikers.

Now bed time before gate duty in the morning....
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:25 pm

Camp was quiet last night even though it was full - and I got a good long sleep! Today I have just 'messed around', although greeted new campers coming in, and had a quick trip to the office to sort something out (and went to Malelane while I was about it for groceries). Tonight camp is less than half full - and very quiet indeed.

I asked for a couple of nights at least off drives, and so far so good! Texson is away at present, and Patrick did ask if I could help with a walk in the morning if needed - but he has not come back to me on that, so I am not needed after all.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:02 pm

After 3 nights off I have been asked to help with a sunset drive tonight. It is overcast at the moment, so with rain possible I may yet find myself with a 4th night off!

Camp is suddenly popular today.....last night there were 10 sites open here, now only 3! A number of folk only here for 1 night though - either on their way to another camp tomorrow or on their way home again.

Found out that bushbabies are occupying several holes in the big tree next to our outside kitchen/lapa area. One of the campers was taking video of them looking out during the day (just like Jack used to back at the house!). The red-billed hornbills nesting in the big jackalberry next to hut 2 have hatched their chicks, and mom and dad are kept very busy feeding them.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Thu Jan 05, 2012 9:17 pm

Few bangs of thunder, no rain at all.

Sunset drive was good.....even had a black rhino (know I said I would not mention rhinos, but will not say any more than that!). One guest wanted a leopard - I gave her a leopard next to the road, and then stalking impalas, failing and doubling back towards us! We also had impalas and scrub hares, elephant, a pair of white-tailed mongooses, duiker, bushbuck, warthogs, hippo, baby croc, bushbaby, Wahlberg's eagle,nightjar, spotted eagle owl, giant eagle owl.....and a whole clan of hyenas sprawled across the road (already had one on its own earlier). Guests were very happy.......
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jan 08, 2012 12:39 pm

Did night drives for BnD the past 2 nights. Both nights fairly quiet, but enjoyed the hyenas on the road again. Also had civets, duikers, lots of giraffes on Friday night, impalas, scrub hares, spotted eagle owls and giant eagle owl, nightjars (lots about at the moment)......and Friday night I had to have a serious talk to the leopard near the old bush braai turning. It did not show up when I had the guests with me, but on my return trip calmly walked down the road towards me, across in front of the vehicle, marked its territory and continued down the road. Last night it hid completely!!!!!!

Going back to BnD tonight, but it is a sunset drive, so will at least finish a little earlier.
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Sun Jan 08, 2012 9:29 pm

Somewhere in the last reports I have missed out a little steenbokkie resting next to the road, a side-striped jackal near the BnD dump, a crazy spotted eagle-owl on Steilberg that hopped and ran in front of the vehicle on one of the steepest sections instead of flying off, and probably one or two other things too!

Tonight I had one large group, and the order was wild dogs and lions......no pressure then! I decided to head for Afsaal area in the hope of finding wild dogs, and then maybe lions on the return journey (and hopefully the hyenas too). We started with warthogs, impalas, and kudus.....and then just before the Matjulu bridge somebody waved me down to say wild dogs were on the Matjulu loop about 5km down......!

We found them asleep - and shortly after we arrived they began to wake up and yip and yelp together before beginning to jump around and then set off up the road. There were at least 15 of them.....difficult to count with all the movement around. Eventually we left to continue the trip, with very happy guests on board!

After that quiet.....giraffe, zebs, ellies, scrub hares.....no hippos tonight. Then about half way back to BnD on the tar road....a male lion walking towards us! It was the nervous one of the 4 pride males, so he did not stay around long, but as he went off into the grass he began to roar for us.

So happy guests! (They did talk about collecting taxi fare, but forgot to hand it over.....)
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue Jan 10, 2012 11:59 am

Did another sunset drive last night....... impalas and scrub hares of course, plus warthogs, kudus, giraffes, duiker, ellies, dugha boys (twice), spotted eagle owl pair, hyenas - no cats unfortunately.

No call yet for today.....maybe a free evening????

Just done laundry and had some brunch. Tomorrow is back to the 'day job' in the office too.....
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Jan 13, 2012 11:47 am

Wednesday evening I did a night drive for Berg-en-Dal. We had zebs, wildebeest with tiny calf, impalas, scrub hares, lots of spotted eagle owls, buffalo herd, ellies, hippos, genets and glimpse of civet and black-backed jackal. I also found a tiny chameleon.

Last night it looked like a night off......then I got back to camp late-ish after a busy office day, and was greeted by our only guests.......folk who often come for a long stay. I was asked to come over and chat with them - given a boerie roll to munch as they were eating early ready for a sunset drive......and then got asked to join them to help with spotting! Texson was doing the drive, and happy for me to join, so I ended up sitting at the back and enjoying myself!

We had a good big 5 drive too! Our leopard was near the S114/H2-2 junction, and right next to the road. He was lying down and licking at his left front leg.....which we later saw was injured probably from a fight. At the other end of the same road we found 6 lions lying on the road! Also had a huge chameleon - one of the largest I have ever seen, and a number of spotted eagle owls again. Other sightings included a black-backed jackal, genet, civet investigating rhino dung on the road, duiker, buff herd in the Croc river bed, brown snake eagle, Wahlberg's eagle.

This evening will be a sunset drive from the gate again.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Jan 13, 2012 3:41 pm

OK - all change.......as of 30mins ago nothing booked at the gate, so Raymond has nabbed me to do a night drive at BnD instead!
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Fri Jan 13, 2012 10:25 pm

Heard about those 2 and looked for them tonight, but no luck!

The night drive gave us zebs, maribou storks, impalas, warthogs, ellies, wildebeest and baby - and that within the first km! More ellies, impalas, zebs, plus scrub hares, spotted eagle owls, chameleons, juvenile boomslang, duikers, hippos, crocs, white-tailed mongoose, black-backed jackal, and ?mozambique spitting cobra (moved too fast to be sure).

Now on my way to dreamland after a quick snack.....
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Unread post by Goggo EJ » Mon Jan 16, 2012 4:10 pm

We had a wedding party in camp over the weekend......the bride chose to walk down the aisle to beating drums! They had a spit braai reception. Next weekend is another wedding, but as I am at Lower Sabie for a week I will miss it.

I packed the car after church on Sunday and then drove over to Lower Sabie - via N4 sadly as I needed to stop for post in Komatipoort (last stopped there mid-December, so it was necessary!). After entering at CB I had good sightings of impala, wildebeest, zebs, giraffe, warthogs, ellies, buffs.....

Got to LS in time to unload, sort out most of my things and then do the night drive.

Had big 4 drive (no leopard) - 2 lionesses stalking impalas, ellie in the road giving us a few anxious moments but OK. Also 4 porcupines (a pair together, and 2 further separate sightings), civet, genets (both large and small-spotted), lots of hippos, scrub hares, warthogs, giraffes, zebs, 2 young pythons too.

Very short night and then up early for the morning walk......we got close to ellie and rhino. Few spots of rain at one point but nothing much.

I then tried to go to bed and catch up on sleep, but it did not really work, so eventually gave up, had something to eat and drink and then went to Komatipoort to collect a parcel (the slip had gone into my box on 14th Dec, and already had a reminder, so I realised I had better get there to collect it soon!).

On the way down I had impalas, giraffe, zebs, wildebeest, ellies, warthogs, and at one stage a leopard crouched over a freshly killed impala in the middle of the road. As I grabbed the camera he stood up and dragged the kill into the grass at the side of the road and off into the bushes. I got a few photos, but not the best. Nobody else came along the whole time....and he was out of sight when I left!!!!

On the way back the sky looked heavy with rain and shortly before LS the clouds burst and the rain came down in torrents. I could scarcely see the front of the car never mind the road in front of me! Fortunately it did not last too long.

No activity for me tonight, but morning walk again tomorrow.
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Re: needed a (permanent?) fix so.....

Unread post by Goggo EJ » Tue Jan 17, 2012 4:12 pm

Hello from a very very wet Lower Sabie! Rain began yesterday evening and has continued ever since - heavy at times, but brief dry spells. Activities rained off, so I am redundant at the moment! Thought I would try to post some photos as long as connection allows.....

First a moth I took a pic of last time I was here, but have not been able to identify - anyone with any ideas?
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Beautiful clouds one afternoon as I was leaving the office
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Warthogs happily eating
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Huge leopard orchid near the Biyamiti weir
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