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Jakkalsbessie & Bosnimf's KNP trip : 06 - 12 June 2006

Unread post by Johann » Wed Jun 07, 2006 10:26 am

Got some text messages from JB last night. They are staying in Biyamiti at the moment. Thought I'll just give you all a quick report.

They had quite a good day with sightings. 4 of the Big 5, except for lion. Had a good leopard sighting (lucky fish :mrgreen: )
They did hear the lions having a go at some buffalo across the riverbed right by the camp about an hour after sunset, though.
A bit later they were entertained by some hyena and scops owl making their voices heard :mrgreen: (JB, I don't like doing this. Makes me long for the bush too much)

Their noisy neighbours (of the human kind) luckily decided to have an early night and the noise quitened down.

A total of 69 birds ticked yesterday, which I think ain't bad for a wintersday.

Will post more when I hear from them again.
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Unread post by Johann » Wed Jun 07, 2006 3:09 pm

Two new reports

@12:03 07/06/2006
Jakkalsbessie wrote:Hi, having lunch on L/Sabie deck. Lots of animals so far, big herds of ellies etc. & 3 CHEETAHS :-D. Nice and in the open near Nhlambanyati hide. Currently on 97 birds


@13:18 07/06/2006
Jakkalsbessie wrote:Sitting here watching a STUNNING black-maned lion :lol:


Why, o why did I offer to do this? I hate doing this. I'm sure she's loving torturing me like this! Even using capital letters to rub it in. :cry: Now 5/5
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Unread post by Johann » Thu Jun 08, 2006 7:59 am

Latest report from JB @ 18:08 07/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Tell Bert it's the truth, promise. Little while after lion we saw leopard again 8) & 6 different rhino sightings, 1 in the road. Forgot to mention in the morning the hyena at kudu carcass, still complete. Not sure what killed it. Excellent sighting of Bronze-winged Courser and Fish Eagle eating a barbell (catfish). Lots of general game. Just now had a visit with Jumbo & Zebra :D Scops calling all the time. Bird count on 103 :-( Sorry about torturing you :tongue:


At least she said sorry :mrgreen:

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Unread post by Johann » Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:39 am

Report from yesterday

@ 17:16 08/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Had a bit of rain today. Some general game. Also saw Klipspringer, 3 rhino, buffalo, ellies. Pride of 7 lion. Bateleur having scrubhare for lunch. Hyena in the road earlier in the morning. Bird count on 115, including 2 African Harrier Hawks (Gymnogene).
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Unread post by bert » Fri Jun 09, 2006 8:49 am

Johann wrote:
@ 17:16 08/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:. . Pride of 7 lion. Bateleur having scrubhare for lunch.

:mrgreen:

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Unread post by Johann » Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:22 pm

Just a quick report before I leave.

@ 16:08 09/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Early morning hyena, ellies in the road and 1 pot-bellied male lion. Later herd of +500 buffs and more ellies in the road, klipspringers. 2 BLACK rhino (my 1st in KNP 8) ). Then 2 lioness' stalking zebra on S128 :lol: and 2 white rhino. At Sandriver bridge 2 lioness' on the rocks. Bird count on 131


Damn lucky woman!
Hope I've got half that luck 2moro.

Thanx Bert and Gwen
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Unread post by Johann » Mon Jun 12, 2006 8:05 am

Didn't get to Marakele after all :evil: All geared up and ready to go just to be voted out by rest of the family, 3 against 1. Stayed at a private game reserve instead. At least got to spend some time in the veld and do some birding.

Here's JB's reports for the weekend. They moved on Saturday morning to spend the last 2 nights at Olifants in a family cottage with river view.
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Image from JB's cellphone. Was taken at sunset, a bit dark, had to brighten it up a bit. Nice view!

@ 16:03 10/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:At least I got one new lifer, Grey Penduline-Tit. Also got to meet GP and DQ. Bad day for sightings, saw almost nothing :( Couple of ellies, hippo's, buffalo and bit of the usual stuff (I think that's suppose to be zebra, impala and wildebeest?) Bird count on 138


@ 18:26 11/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Didn't see much again today. At least saw BB jackal, 2 hyena pups, +400 buffalo and ellies. One in musth made us reverse and perform some evasive manoeuvres for +1km. Met Jacov and Reinette in Letaba. And DQ and GP again. Bird count on 148


They have just finished breakfast and are on the way to Orpen via the S90, S41, S100 and then finally the H7.

[edit]Add JB's pic of Olifant's view[/edit]
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Unread post by Johann » Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:56 am

@ 11:33 12/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Hi, quick update. 2 stunning male lions on Balule bridge. But being narrow bridge it was chaos and we couldn't see much :cry: At least I saw 3 lioness' near Bango wh and we were the only car :lol: S100 loads of general game with some ellies and buffs. Then we found another 2 beautiful male lions (too far away for pics) and we were alone again :lol: )


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Unread post by Johann » Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:37 pm

JB and family left Orpen just after one o'clock and are on their way back to Pretoria.

@ 15:08 12/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Didn't see much more, only some general game. Did get to see some nyala, which was nice. Orpen extremely busy with renovations and face-lift. Seems very luxurious.
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Unread post by Johann » Tue Jun 13, 2006 7:38 am

The girls got home safely last night. Big accident at Middelburg tollgate held them up for awhile.

Bird count ended on 157 or was that 168? Can't remember and have deleted the sms. JB will you confirm please? Tomorrow when you're back at work of course :twisted:

It's ok, I remembered it was a final count of 157.

[edit]confirmed count[/edit]
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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:21 am

Johann wrote:Why, o why did I offer to do this? I hate doing this. I'm sure she's loving torturing me like this! Even using capital letters to rub it in. :cry: Now 5/5


I said you did not have to :roll: seems you like to torture yourself :twisted:

Thanks anyways tjomma, great job :thumbs_up: and sorry for all the pain and suffering i'll make it up to you!!! :wink:
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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Wed Jun 14, 2006 10:40 am

PJM wrote:Black Rhino's!! Where?? :mrgreen:


Hi PJM,

Yes we were very lucky indeed, my first black rhino's in KNP :dance:
Saw them on the H10 at the intersection with S128 (i think :? don't have my map with me... the old Tshokwane road), couldn't believe our eyes!
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Unread post by Bosnimf » Wed Jun 14, 2006 11:49 am

Not the best photo, but at least proof that JB isn't lying.
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Hopefully JB will post the rest of the pics sometime, I just don't have the time or money :twisted:
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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:29 pm

Johann wrote:Here's JB's reports for the weekend. They moved on Saturday morning to spend the last 2 nights at Olifants in a family cottage with river view.Image
Image from JB's cellphone. Was taken at sunset, a bit dark, had to brighten it up a bit. Nice view!

@ 16:03 10/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:At least I got one new lifer, Grey Penduline-Tit. Also got to meet GP and DQ. Bad day for sightings, saw almost nothing :( Couple of ellies, hippo's, buffalo and bit of the usual stuff (I think that's suppose to be zebra, impala and wildebeest?) Bird count on 138


@ 18:26 11/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Didn't see much again today. At least saw BB jackal, 2 hyena pups, +400 buffalo and ellies. One in musth made us reverse and perform some evasive manoeuvres for +1km. Met Jacov and Reinette in Letaba. And DQ and GP again. Bird count on 148


They have just finished breakfast and are on the way to Orpen via the S90, S41, S100 and then finally the H7.

[edit]Add JB's pic of Olifant's view[/edit]


View from our cottage:

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Here is the ellie:

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Unread post by Jakkalsbessie » Wed Jun 14, 2006 2:39 pm

Johann wrote:Report from yesterday

@ 17:16 08/06/2006

Jakkalsbessie wrote:Had a bit of rain today. Some general game. Also saw Klipspringer, 3 rhino, buffalo, ellies. Pride of 7 lion. Bateleur having scrubhare for lunch. Hyena in the road earlier in the morning. Bird count on 115, including 2 African Harrier Hawks (Gymnogene).


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Next one not for sensitive viewers :twisted:

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