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Nkulu's WAS-A BIRDS. KNP, December 2016

Unread post by Nkulu » Thu Jan 05, 2017 8:13 am

“Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.”
– Marcel Proust

Christmas eve and we are on our way to Shingwedzi via Phalaborwa gate

A long awaited trip with a newbie who had been listening to endless tales of the excessive heat and the beautiful starry nights, not to mention the sunrises and sunsets, but more of that later :D as there is only one person allowed to call me Tannie :D (Auntie) and this was my first sighting at Phalaborwa gate.

Laughing is one of the best exercises, it's like running inside your mind. You can do it almost anywhere and it's even better with a friend.

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Morecat and I ran to each other in the middle of the road :lol: and it was hugs all around, to heck with the traffic :whistle:

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“A friend is a gift you give yourself.”
― Robert Louis Stevenson
I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

Pretoriuskop 16-17June 2017
Tamboti 18 - 19 June 2017
Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Unread post by Nkulu » Thu Jan 05, 2017 4:37 pm

Well, cars decorated and off we went, isinkwe & morecat to Letaba on the H9, we turned off onto the H14 for the long drive to Shingwedzi.

The park was beautifully GREEN, what a change from April :clap: :clap: :pray: :pray:
Having a newbie along we had to stop for everything :lol: and all the way to Mopani the grazers were enjoying the bounty

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Elephants were plentiful with many cute youngsters

There is new life in the soil for every man. There is healing in the trees for tired minds and for our overburdened spirits, there is strength in the hills, if only we will lift up our eyes. Remember that nature is your great restorer
I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

Pretoriuskop 16-17June 2017
Tamboti 18 - 19 June 2017
Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by Nkulu » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:39 pm

Pioneer Dam was full :clap: :clap:

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and in the restaurant even the squirrel was enjoying the air conditioning

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still a long way till Shingwedzi but I really enjoyed all the greenery and pools of water everywhere

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? Goliath Heron

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I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

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Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Unread post by Nkulu » Thu Jan 05, 2017 9:53 pm

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by Nkulu » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:32 am

Thank you to all for your kind comments :k
billyf, MM, Robbert, Pumbaa

After a long day this was a very welcome sight indeed

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Unread post by Nkulu » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:23 pm

Christmas Morning and we had been Blessed with soft rain throughout the night

Rain is grace; rain is the sky condescending to the earth; without rain, there would be no life.
John Updike


remembering the heart wrenching scenes in March and April, remembering watching Satara webcam for a sighting of green, all we could do was count our many Blessings

Rain is not only drops of water. It’s the love of sky for earth. They never meet each other but send love this way.
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Well we were going to try the S56 weather permitting, and then on to Redrocks

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These were NOT dams but PUDDLES alongside the road :dance: :dance: :dance:

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a terrapin crossing the road :D

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Hilda, your collared lioness and cubs are doing well :clap: we counted 3 lionesses and 7 cubs

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by Nkulu » Fri Jan 06, 2017 6:34 pm

Now everyone who knows me, knows that I get lost ........... often :D
and I firmly believe that the aliens have left a "brain scrambler" at Redrocks as I never fail to get lost there :tongue:
well Andrew was taking no chances and whipped out the GPS :D :D

The best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


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Hammerkop

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ID this one please :hmz:

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by Nkulu » Fri Jan 06, 2017 9:32 pm

salamanda wrote Comb Duck (used to be known as a Knob-billed Duck) Nice sighting!


do only the males have such prominent "combs"

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It was amazing to see so many birds in the larger puddles

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.
Henry David Thoreau


chirinda wrote Did you run and jump in the puddles? :D

Now now :naughty: I was proudly flying the colours and had to abide by the rules

On a sad note my one mirror sock was "removed" during the night :cry:
I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by isinkwe » Sat Jan 07, 2017 3:17 pm

Image Tannie (Aunty) Nkulu
I am very sorry to spoil your trip report but ........ :D
I keep going back to this photograph :D :D :D I love this photograph :D

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You have made me fall in love with morecat all over again :D :thumbs_up: Please mail me a copy of the original , this I need to have printed and put in a frame and put on my desk at work and another one for home.

I am a lucky man :D :D She " IS MY BIRD" :D :D

Thank you :k :gflower:
Isn't it just amazing how potatoes give us fries and vodka? :D The rest of the vegetables should get their act together :rtm:

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Unread post by Nkulu » Sat Jan 07, 2017 6:31 pm

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I will not elaborate on Christmas at Shingwedzi, that honour belongs to isinkwe and Morecat
but we all agreed that the Forum family is something very special

There's more, much more to Christmas
Than just candle-lights and cheer;
It's the spirit of sweet friendship
That brightens all the years;
It is thoughtfulness and kindness,
It is hope that is reborn again,
For peace, for understanding
And for goodwill to humans!

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Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by Nkulu » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:29 pm

I love a lonely winding road
That takes me where I cannot see
Until each softly rounded hill
Reveals its landscaped mystery.
Where nature's stage creates the plot,
Whatever the scene may be.


One of the things I missed when travelling alone is the "bush breakfast" at Pafuri :? so even though it was raining I needed to go to Pafuri Picnic spot for breakfast.
By now all dirt roads were becoming mushy and we decided to stick to the tar, just popping in at Babalala for a body break.

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I LOVE "FLOWERING" TREES :lol: :lol:

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In fact I love all trees

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I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

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Tamboti 18 - 19 June 2017
Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Unread post by Nkulu » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:41 pm

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This man had never been slumming it in Kruger before, did not know how to light a fire :lol: and cooked his first brekkie in pouring rain - and loved it.

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I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

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Tamboti 18 - 19 June 2017
Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by Nkulu » Sat Jan 07, 2017 8:54 pm

The road through the fever tree forest was closed so we took the detour

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I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

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Tamboti 18 - 19 June 2017
Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Unread post by Nkulu » Sat Jan 07, 2017 9:03 pm

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I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

Pretoriuskop 16-17June 2017
Tamboti 18 - 19 June 2017
Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017

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Re: WAS-A BIRDS

Unread post by Nkulu » Sun Jan 08, 2017 9:07 pm

“Nature's beauty soothe my eyes,
Refreshes my soul,
Helps in imagination...”
Debolina

Last day in the North and we first took the road to Kanniedood

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Shame this one had lost his tail

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it was pouring with rain but I got him in flight :dance:

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I am a free spirit...Either admire me from the ground. Or fly with me...But don't ever try to cage me

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Satara Camping 22-25 September 2017


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