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Kruger in November Means...........

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Kruger in November Means...........

Unread post by Timbits » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:27 am

The last time we were in Kruger was March 2014. It was "somewhat wet" at the time. This would be our first visit in November. What would Kruger be like this time around? :hmz:

On our wish list – in no particular order - was:
- summer migrant birds including woodland kingfishers
- a lush green park
- lots of Kruger babies - especially impalas
- decent cat sightings
- anything that Kruger would show us
- meeting up with forumites in Pretoria and Cape Town
- Rietvlei
- Kirstenbosch on a sunny day
- Intaka Island

We left Toronto on Thursday November 19. I was up at 4:00 am to finish off all the things I hadn’t gotten to the day before. While sitting in the taxi on the way to the airport, I heard on the radio that the daily high temperature had already been hit at 3:00 am, and it was 16 C. That’s crazy for November. At the risk of sounding like an old timer, back in the late 70’s when I started cross- country skiing, we had enough snow to be on the trails by late November. But not to worry, because the evening forecast was around -5 C – with the wind chill. That made me feel better – no point in leaving warm temperatures for hot temps. :twisted:

After being on the move for almost 36 hours, we finally arrived at our hotel in Pretoria. Airline food really isn’t the greatest so we decided to pop down to the restaurant for what we thought would be a quick meal. Unfortunately, our waitress didn’t share our sense of urgency. :whistle:

We finally got to bed around 11 pm, Friday evening. It had been a very long day.

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Re: Kruger in November Means...........

Unread post by Timbits » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:33 am

Saturday November 21
Let the vacation begin!

After a quick breakfast, we were off to Rietvlei where we would be meeting a few forumites at the picnic area.

We spent a wonderful afternoon chatting and laughing.

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In the photo: Nighthawk2, Mads, WendyA and Vlakvarkvrou.

As is usual when you’re having a great time, it ended all too quickly. :(

Our friends had to leave so we explored the reserve a bit more.

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Re: Kruger in November Means...........

Unread post by Timbits » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:37 am

Some of our bird sightings:

Little Egret

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Pied Crow

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Red Bishop and Whitethroated Swallow

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Yellowbilled Duck
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Re: Kruger in November Means...........

Unread post by Timbits » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:41 am

A few more 2 legged ones.....

Common Sandpiper

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The Darter made sure we got a good view of both sides

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Unread post by Timbits » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:45 am

And a few 4-legged ones

Blesbok

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Hartebeest

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Eland

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We also saw zebra, reedbuck, impala, ostrich, waterbuck, weavers, crakes, coots, crowned lapwings, blacksmith lapwings, rhinos in the distance, threebanded plovers and sacred ibis. Not bad for a single day in a nature reserve that claims to be “the largest Reserve within City borders with wild animals in the world.”

First item on the wishlist was now checked off. They claim to have 319 bird species there and I can guarantee that the next time we are in Pretoria we’ll be heading back there to see how many we can find.

....tbc

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Re: Kruger in November Means...........

Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Sun Jan 24, 2016 5:58 am

:yaya: Timbits... :D To see your adventure has started! :dance:

Great start with a lovely meet with friends 8) ....Rietvlei sure gave you super photo opportunities :thumbs_up:

Love all the birdie :cam: and All. :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by gatita » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:51 am

wonderful start :dance: :dance:

stunning pics of the darter :clap: :clap: :clap:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Unread post by Puff Addy » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:04 pm

Hi Timbits,

Your swallow with the Red Bishop is a White-throated. :wink:

Kind regards,

Adam

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Unread post by Tessa G » Sun Jan 24, 2016 12:23 pm

I am looking forward to reading all about your trip Timbits and you sure had a good start with some beautiful photos and sightings. :thumbs_up:

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Re: Kruger in November Means...........

Unread post by hilda » Mon Jan 25, 2016 7:11 am

I have been keeping my eyes peeled for this trip report Timbits and Nighthawk2, and am so glad I found it! :dance: :dance:

Awesome start, beautiful sightings at Rietvlei with pictures to match, as well as meeting a few 'mites there! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to read all about your trip! :popcorn:
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Unread post by Philip1 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 10:49 am

:mrgreen: Wonderful start, can not wait for the rest. :dance:

Great Pic's of all. :mrgreen:
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Unread post by umtali1 » Mon Jan 25, 2016 11:05 am

'Kruger in November' means I'm on board the bus :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

What a fantastic start Timbits :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Karin Mitton » Mon Jan 25, 2016 12:52 pm

I'm on-board as well!

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Unread post by Cape of Storms » Mon Jan 25, 2016 5:46 pm

I am here too!!!

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Re: Kruger in November Means...........

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Mon Jan 25, 2016 6:01 pm

Timbits, that is a great way to start a vacation and welcomed by some feathered friends and forum friends :clap:

Beautiful bird shots and look forward to learn more about your trip.

By the way, Intaka island is in my 'back yard' and visiting it quite often :thumbs_up:
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