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Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by wildtuinman » Mon Aug 04, 2014 12:45 pm

I decided to dodge city life for a few days and made my Marakele my home over the past weekend.

Apart from the park's breathtaking scenery, which is enough reason alone to visit it, I had excellent bird and animal sightings including a close encounter with a grumpy elephant who pushed me back for almost 500m and refused to give way. Awesome!

Here are some of the birding highlights, with a few Limpopo lifers for me amongst them.

Swallow-tailed Bee-eater
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Mocking Cliff-Chat
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Cape Bunting
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Buff-streaked Chat
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Cape Rock-Thrush
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Coqui Francolin
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Cape Vulture
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Another highlight was that of 2 beautiful Verreaux's Eagles and a Martial Eagle. The Fiery-necked Nightjars and Southern Ground Hornbills were very vocal at night. I cannot wait to visit the reserve again in summer!
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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by JeanniR » Mon Aug 04, 2014 3:15 pm

Sounds like it was a successful weekend Wildtuinman :wink:

Amazing photos! :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by Trrp-trrrrrrrr » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:43 am

What a fantastic way to spend a weekend *sigh* :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Gorgeous pics of the feathered friends :clap: :clap: ...can just imagine how awesome it must be there during the summer months, with all the colourful migrant birds!! :hmz:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn: :popcorn:
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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by barryels » Tue Aug 05, 2014 6:51 am

Beautifully captured birdies all around wildtuinman :clap: :clap: .

We are so looking forward to our trip to Marakele in October and to add to our birding list as well :thumbs_up: .

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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by DotDan » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:06 am

Some good shots there!! Well done 8)

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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by DinkyBird » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:20 am

Indeed a lovely park. Your photos are really super, thanks for sharing WTM!
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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by Yoda » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:49 am

Fantastic photo of the vulture :cam:

I am never any good at taking photos of birds in flight.

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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by naomi c » Tue Aug 05, 2014 8:58 am

Beautiful pics! :clap: :clap: :clap:

Marakele is awesome in summer! I am so :mrgreen: of your Coqui Francolin! During our visit at the end of last year we searched high and low for it. Heard it calling on numerous occasions but never got it in our sights!

Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:

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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by wildtuinman » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:21 am

Thanks everyone!

I thoroughly enjoyed Marakele. It will definitely see me again soon! :thumbs_up:
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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by Kaapsedraai » Tue Aug 05, 2014 11:28 am

wildtuinman, thank you for a lovely TR filled with beautiful pics of our feathered friends. :dance:

Just love them all and stunning. :thumbs_up:
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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by Albert » Tue Aug 05, 2014 3:22 pm

Great stuff WTM.

Can only echo the sentiments regarding the photographs. Beautiful shot of the Cape Vulture!

Marakele is definitely on my to-do (bucket?) list!
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Re: Fantastic weekend at Marakele

Unread post by Meandering Mouse » Wed Aug 06, 2014 6:16 am

Lovely Wildtuinman. 8) I would love to see those vultures.
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