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Unread post by RonnieL » Wed Apr 18, 2012 7:52 am

This ellie found a handy trunk-rest before deciding in which direction to go.... :)

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Unread post by PJL » Wed Apr 18, 2012 10:56 am

Diesel wrote:We also saw an ellie in Addo without tusks, isn't this unusual?

Hi Diesel, glad to hear you had a great time in Addo. It's actually quite common for ellies there not to have tusks. I think I'm right in saying that most of the original ellie population when the park was first formed didn't have tusks - a few in any herd can be tuskless due to genetics, and these simply weren't hunted and so formed most of the starting population of Addo ellies.... perhaps you can confirm Ronnie?

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Unread post by RonnieL » Fri Apr 20, 2012 6:28 am

PJL wrote:
Diesel wrote:We also saw an ellie in Addo without tusks, isn't this unusual?

Hi Diesel, glad to hear you had a great time in Addo. It's actually quite common for ellies there not to have tusks. I think I'm right in saying that most of the original ellie population when the park was first formed didn't have tusks - a few in any herd can be tuskless due to genetics, and these simply weren't hunted and so formed most of the starting population of Addo ellies.... perhaps you can confirm Ronnie?

It is a natural occurrence that a very small percentage of the females of the African elephant do not have tusks.
A small number of elephants were initially saved in Addo Park from which the herd bred and multiplied to the number of elephants in the park today.
In the beginning inbreading naturally took place in this small herd and the tuskless female became a trait in this small genetic pool.
Elephant bulls (males) from Kruger Park were introduced into Addo Park to broaden the genetic pool. Some of the large Addo bulls were relocated from Addo to give the Kruger bull a better chance of breading. The female elephants being born from the Kruger bulls are now showing signs of growing tusks again.
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Unread post by RonnieL » Mon Apr 23, 2012 8:55 am

In spite of it raining in Port Elizabeth yesterday morning I decided to spend the day in the Park.
Soon after entering the park at gate opening time the rain stopped.
It was cold and there was not much game about.
I stopped my car when I noticed this blackheaded heron next to the road.
It had its eyes fixed on something in the grass.
In a flash the heron shot out its head into the long grass and when it raised its head it had a squeaking mouse impaled on its beak for breakfast.
The squeaking soon ceased and the heron juggled the mouse in its beak and swallowed the mouse head first.
Within thirty seconds the ordeal was over...breakfast was done and dusted..........

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Unread post by RonnieL » Thu Apr 26, 2012 8:14 am

Four in one shot

When I visited the park on Sunday I experienced a very good birding day.
I took this pic at Hapoor Dam and managed to get four different birds into one frame.
From the left at the back along the water’s edge
Blackheaded Heron, Egyptian Goose, Blackwinged Stilt, Egyptian Goose, Blackwinged Stilt and Blackheaded Heron
I the front facing away are a pair of South African Shelduck

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This Blackwinged Stilt waded closer

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Unread post by RonnieL » Fri Apr 27, 2012 7:53 am

Orangethroated Longclaw

I took these pics early in the morning soon after entering the park.
There had been rain overnight and small puddles of water had collected along the road's edge.
I found this Orangethroated Longclaw having an early morning bath in one of them.

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This one was enjoying the early morning sunshine after the night of rain

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When another car passed by he briefly stood up straight before flying off

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Unread post by RonnieL » Sun Apr 29, 2012 5:04 am

Early morning ellie sighting.
Soon after I had entered the park Saturday morning I stopped to watch this ellie feeding on the bushes in the background. As he was feeding he was slowly making his way up. I was the only one there and enjoying his company alone. When the ellie wanted to cross the road he turned towards my car walking past it on his way.
WoW what a sighting for so early in the morning.

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Unread post by RonnieL » Tue May 01, 2012 7:19 am

I took this photo of a young ellie crossing the road with only a few minutes of sunshine remaining in the "golden hour"
before the sun dipped below the horizon .
Take note of the long thin shadow cast in the road by his trunk :lol: :lol:

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Unread post by RonnieL » Thu May 03, 2012 4:42 pm

Loan Buffalo bull grazing alongside the road early in the morning
One can see that he has been rolling in some white mud after the recent rains.

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Unread post by RonnieL » Thu May 03, 2012 8:49 pm

A little later and further down the road I found another loan buffalo bull grazing alongside the road

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Unread post by RonnieL » Fri May 04, 2012 6:46 pm

While driving along slowly and quietly with my vehicle’s windows open I stopped when I heard a branch cracking.
I knew that there were some ellies close by and waited.
My patience was soon rewarded as a small family group of ellies emerged from the bush and continued feeding
I watched in absolute amazement as the ellies started feeding on the Prickly Pear Cactus which has very sharp spiny thorns.

Pics of the ellies eating Prickly Pear Cactus

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A video of an ellie eating Prickly Pear Cactus

[video]http://youtu.be/acD7FT-oN2A[/video]
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Unread post by RonnieL » Sun May 06, 2012 10:56 pm

Blackbacked Jackal Having a Feast

I regard the following Blackbacked Jackal sighting the best that I have had in the park.
Soon after entering the park I came upon this jackal that was feasting on the fresh kudu remains of an overnight kill.
I was the only person there and sat quietly and soon the jackal settled down after first showing some nervousness to my presence.

Here are some of the pics I took.

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Here is a slideshow of my pics.

[video]http://youtu.be/YEb-tYpZg20[/video]

Here is a short video I took.

[video]http://youtu.be/UfoS8QNUatI[/video]
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Unread post by J.J. » Mon May 07, 2012 7:49 am

Good sighting Ronnie.

We saw this Jackal...also yesterday. My friend, Trevor, took these pictures from the passenger window of my Bakkie.

The search...

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The pounce...

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The catch...

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Unread post by J.J. » Mon May 07, 2012 10:01 am

HEHEHE...warthogs are funny animals :lol:

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Unread post by J.J. » Mon May 07, 2012 2:00 pm

JDW,

Perhaps something like this...

OH NO...not this ugly human again !!!

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