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lemonbalm's Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in KNP. Nov. '13

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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:30 pm

And a lovely bit of brightness in the bush - Scadoxus multiflorus - Blood Lily
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Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:33 pm

Followed by a Bronze-winged Courser. To me, a special sighting :)
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A Sub-Adult Saddle-billed Stork
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And a Lilac-breasted Roller
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As you can, see most of the birds on this trip are panting, just to give you an idea of the heat!
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." ~ E. B. White

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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:35 pm

Just before the Balule turn-off a Warthog in my favourite postition.
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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:42 pm

Finally we reached Balule, but even after reading the fora, printing a map, and making mental notes, we landed up at the wrong gate for the huts. - The staff were sitting in the shade on the camping side anyway, so it was a good thing we made the error! We turned back and came in the right entrance and settled into no.s. 3 & 4. Almost instantly I fell in love with Balule! We decided (as did most of the rest of camp by the looks of things) that it was too hot, so we just chilled on the lawn in front of the huts.
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We could see a far-off strom and decided to start the fire so we could eat and get to bed before it came to us. A very good decision in the end. Firstly it meant we had coals to give a group of french tourists staying in no. 2 to start their fire (they had no firelighters - I think - communication wasn't too great with us not speaking french, but we could see they were struggling!). And secondly we were done and in bed before the storm came! It was quite an awesome electrical storm with high winds and a little bit of rain. Thankfully it cooled the place down a tiny bit! :D
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." ~ E. B. White

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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:47 pm

Monday 18th November: Day 4

Sadly today we were returning to Pretoria to continue working :(

We left at about 6am, and took S89 to the tar road to leave via Phalaborwa.
First up was a different tree with 2 Hooded Vultures this time round.
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They were followed by some Giraffes not quite awake yet (lucky them!)
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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:48 pm

At Ngotso Weir, we spotted this beautifulNymphaea sp. - Waterlily
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Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:50 pm

And then a first for me - if my ID is correct?! - Steppe Eagles
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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:51 pm

Of course, no trip in the area is complete without a stop at the N'wamanzi Look out. View
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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:59 pm

We proceeded to Letaba for Brunch without really seeing much more, probably because of the sombre mood of leaving. At Letaba we shocked by the prices of the Breakfasts and said quick thanks for the new restaurants coming. We decided to have toasted sarmies instead which were still day-light robbery, but at least a bit cheaper. Whilst waiting I photographed these Spoonbils in a pool below the restaurant.
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And some Yellow-billed Storks
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And the last sighting for the trip was the ever adorable resident Bushbuck
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The road out to Phalaborwa was deathly quiet, and we needed by this time to get a move on, so we stopped quickly at the gate for a pit stop before rejoining the rate race in Pretoria.

The End :) But only 2 weeks before we leave for our next trip! :D :dance: :dance:
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Re: Arrest Them!! The Botanist Family Steals 3 Nights in Kru

Unread post by lemonbalm » Fri Feb 14, 2014 8:19 pm

Thank You DassieDelight, Carol, Hilda, Trrp, MM and Barry for all your lovely comments! I am so glad I did finish this report for all of you! :gflower:
"I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority." ~ E. B. White


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