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PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP. Oct. '13

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Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Mon Feb 10, 2014 10:25 pm

At Houmoed waterhole a beautiful African Monarch butterfly.
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At Samevloeing waterhole: a Wood Sandpiper that just didn't want to be photographed for posterity!.
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Lots of Canaries
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also Red-headed Finches and Cape Sparrows.

At 4.10pm (37°) we stopped at TR camp for a comfort break and fuel.
We were back on the road north at 4.35pm.

A White-quilled Korhaan.
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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
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Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:02 pm

Back at Houmoed waterhole a sweet Ground Squirrel came to drink.
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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:03 pm

Some Namaqua Sandgrouse flew in.
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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

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SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:07 pm

Also at Houmoed waterhole a Black-headed Heron showed us how he keeps his feathers looking so good.
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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:09 pm

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Tue Feb 11, 2014 10:22 pm

Just past the viewpoint turn-off we saw six Meerkats.
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At Kamfersboom waterhole: a Rock Pigeon.
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Auchterlonie waterhole.
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Lower dune road: Springbok. Gemsbok.
KK road: Gemsbok. Kori Bustard.

We were back at camp at 6.15pm (35°). Other guests had also just arrived and said they had seen a.......
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:43 pm

So we got back to KK where some other guests told us they had seen a Leopard on the way up the Lower dune road :o so we rushed back out to try and find it. We drove up and down for a while but there are lots of dips amongst those dunes so very difficult. Feeling a bit down :( we drove back up to KK. Willem came and asked us if we had been lucky but we told him that we hadn't. He replied ‘never mind it will come to the waterhole’!!! :hmz:

At 7.15pm we were sitting on the balcony with a drink and PF said ‘check if the ‘scope is the right height for you’ as I had complained he always set it too high. :lol: I looked through it and I couldn’t believe my eyes :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: :big_eyes: the Leopard was approaching the waterhole!! :dance: Wow, Willem you were so right! :k

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We watched her have a good drink
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and then she moved off back past our room.
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The sighting couldn't have been more than 10 or 15 minutes and we felt as though we had held our breath the whole time :lol:

So, another cat hat-trick today! :D :D Now that is definitely something to drink to. Cheers! :thumbs_up:

Later on there was a Spotted Eagle Owl on bushes near our room and we thought we saw the Barn Owl too.

Kieliekrankie (and Willem) we love you :dance: :dance:

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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:44 pm

TUESDAY 5TH NOVEMBER
We were out of camp at 5.40am (22°). Willem had said to check Auchterlonie for the Leopard.
Lower dune road and a lovely pair of Steenbok.
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It was a beautiful sunrise this morning with more cloud around.
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Once we reached the main road we turned south.
We stopped at Auchterlonie but there was no Leopard this morning.
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Thu Feb 13, 2014 9:47 pm

So now we headed North again.
A BBJ and a Tawny Eagle were sharing the remains of someone elses dinner.
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At Gemsbokplein waterhole an Hadeda Ibis flew past. A bit of a surprise.
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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Fri Feb 14, 2014 9:00 pm

So, our journey continues.

We were 1 km past Batulama waterhole when we saw a Cheetah on top of the dune to our left
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and another one in the riverbed to our right.
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The one in the riverbed walked towards us
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and passed in front of the car to join the other one on the dune.
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That had been a superb sighting!!
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Sat Feb 15, 2014 12:11 pm

Next up two Kori Bustards.
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The view north along the Auob riverbed, nice clouds today but not an animal in sight.
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At Montrose waterhole a lovely Pygmy Falcon.
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and a Tawny Eagle.
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Past Rooibrak waterhole there were lots of Springbok.
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At 7.23am PF stopped the car and lifted his bins saying he was sure he'd seen some odd movement on the far side of the riverbed. Wow, what a surprise............
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:44 pm

The story continues.

So there we were at 7.23am when PF thought he had seen movement on the other side of the riverbed.

He certainly had as it was a large male Leopard with a Springbok.
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The 'odd' movement was because he was dragging the springbok between his front legs and under his body.
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The prey looked partially eaten so not just killed.
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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:47 pm

We watched as he slowly dragged his prey up the slope of the dune (at least 300 mtrs).
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A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Sun Feb 16, 2014 12:50 pm

He dragged the prey to a big bush where he went inside. He came back out straight away and lay panting.
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Then after a while he went back inside the bush for a while so he was presumably eating. He eventually came back out and lay in the shade of the bush cleaning his paws.
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We had been the ONLY car whilst he had dragged the prey but we of course flagged down the next few telling them where he was.

We understand this Leopard is Tshidi, known to many forumites and in the Leopard ID book. We did post some pix under the Leopard Sightings page when we got home.
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge

Peregrine Falcon
Posts: 179
Joined: Sun Aug 24, 2008 4:54 pm
Location: Essex UK,too far from SA.

Re: PF & DD's Game of patience in KTP

Unread postby Peregrine Falcon » Sun Feb 16, 2014 7:17 pm

At 8.20am we decided to drive on a bit and give new arrivals a chance for the best view.

At Kamqua there were plenty of Springbok.
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Someone told us where to look for a Giant Eagle Owl, which we found. Not a great view but still nice.
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We turned back south.
Tshidi was still there. Katja and Jacliz and Jeff were watching him.

KK road: PCG
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We were back in camp at 10.15am (34°) and out again at 10.45am for our mini-meet appointment.
A poor life this, if full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
(W.H.Davies)

---------------------------------------
SEPTEMBER 2016
16/17/18 - Berg-en-Dal
19/20 - Skukuza
21/22/23/24- Letaba
25/26/27 - Shimuwini
28- Satara
29/30- Croc Bridge


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