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Unread post by RonnieL » Wed Aug 17, 2011 6:04 am

Rednecked Spurfowl (Francolin)

I took these two pics of this cock (male) Rednecked Spurfowl a short distance from the Jackal Buzzards. No prizes for guessing why they are called rednecked. I came across a number of these when I visited the Park. They were also very vocal with the cocks chasing each other, my guess is that this behaviour is because they sense Spring is eminent.

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Unread post by RonnieL » Fri Aug 19, 2011 7:18 am

Buffalo

I came upon these Buffalo while driving on Harvey’s Loop. It was raining at the time when I noticed the buffalo grazing alongside the road ahead of me. They were moving in my direction so I decided to stop, turn off my vehicle and wait. My patients paid off as these buffalo came and grazed right alongside my vehicle.

Looking at a buffalo bull on a rainy day through a wet windshield

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Buffalo alongside my vehicle

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Buffalo grazing alongside my vehicle

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These buffalo had their fill and lay down to chew their cud

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These two bulls wanted some shade

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Unread post by RonnieL » Sat Aug 27, 2011 9:07 am

Buffalo Bathing

I stopped at Marion Baree Waterhole yesterday to watch some ellies having a drink and after a while a lone buffalo bull came to the waterhole for a “bath” He could not have been thirsty for he never had a drink but instead entered the water and started rolling around. At this point the ellies then moved across to watch the buff complete his bath.

Here is a snapshot taken from the video

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Video of the Buffalo and Ellies


[video]http://youtu.be/J0KVGlFpGSw[/video]
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Unread post by RonnieL » Tue Aug 30, 2011 9:36 pm

South African Shelduck

There were no animals at Hapoor Dam when I visited there recently. I did however find the resident pair of South African Shelduck and to my delight there were new additions to the family. I was able to watch as mommy, female with white on her head, take her young ones feeding on the dam. The male, with the grey head, was keeping guard on the dam wall.

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Male keeping guard

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Male decided to join his family

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Unread post by RonnieL » Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:32 am

Antbear

On my recent trip to Addo I came across these diggings alongside the road made by an antbear. Antbear are nocturnal, solitary animals living mainly on termites. They use their powerful front claws to break open termite mounds and to dig open termite nests in the ground. These are the best diggings alongside the roads in Addo that I have come across clearly showing the huge claw marks left by the antbear.

I have circled a claw mark in this pic. There are other smaller claw marks visible in the pics.

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This is a termite mound that has been broken open by an antbear.

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Unread post by RonnieL » Mon Sep 05, 2011 6:47 am

Buffaloes Play Fighting

Saturday morning I stopped to watch a lone buffalo bull (male) grazing in a small clearing next to the road. All of a sudden he stopped and looked up towards the bush behind him. After a few moments another bull appeared from the bush and walked over to the first bull. They showed no aggression toward each other but engaged in a gentle play fight. Watching these two and hearing the clashing of their horns and the piercing of the sharp points made one realize how strong and tough these animals are. Here are a few pics and a short video I took of the bulls.

The first bull grazing in the clearing

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The second bull emerging from the bush

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A snapshot from the video

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A short video of the bulls play fighting

[video]http://youtu.be/tLxPnIq0W4w[/video]
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Unread post by RonnieL » Wed Sep 07, 2011 9:38 pm

Here are some more pics from my Saturday visit.
There are flowers everywhere to be seen in the park.
Looks like this ellie decided to have some flowers for lunch


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Two kudu bulls on the wall of Rooidam

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Unread post by RonnieL » Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:46 am

Early Morning Lion Sighting

It was very misty when I travelled to Addo Park early yesterday morning. After entering the park in the south I soon came across this ellie crossing the road in front of me. I turned off my vehicle to watch him and to take in all the early morning sounds of the veld when I heard the roar of a lion in the distance. I immediately decided to head in that direction. I was not disappointed finding five lions lying in the tall grass. Gina, the lioness with her two young male cubs and two adult male lions. WOW what a sighting..

A misty morning sunrise at Colchester

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Ellie crossing the road

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Five Lions lying in tall grass

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Gina crossing the road.

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Male Lion lying alongside my vehicle

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Here is a short video slideshow of one of the adult male lions coming alongside my vehicle.


[video]http://youtu.be/YsbITgjtb7o[/video]

I spent a hour and a half there with the lions in the morning and when I returned there later in the afternoon on my way out of the park I still found them in the area and was able to spend more time with them. I will be posting more pics.
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Unread post by RonnieL » Sat Sep 10, 2011 11:09 am

Here is a video of the two sub-adult male lions playing

[video]http://youtu.be/bCj5kUR0xdw[/video]


Here is a slide show of the five lions

[video]http://youtu.be/FLBtdA637fQ[/video]
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Unread post by WarthogB » Mon Sep 12, 2011 8:30 am

Jess,John and Dudley

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Unread post by WarthogB » Mon Sep 12, 2011 9:47 am

@ RonnieL and Carolynn

Just some help to you
The two boys are

Roy
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Nomad
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Gina
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A cub Of Gina's she has two that hang around with her
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Jess,John and Dudley(lying down)
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Dudley
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Unread post by RonnieL » Wed Sep 14, 2011 8:30 am

Addo Spring Day

What a glorious warm sunny Spring Day it was when I visited Addo Park last week. With all the good rains that have fallen there are flowers to be seen all over the Park. Bird and insect activity has increased, I could recognize bird calls that I had not heard for a long time and the buzz of bees as they were busily visiting the flowers collecting nectar and pollen. The air was filled with all the lovely fragrances coming from the multitude of flowers.

Here are a few pics that I had taken, enjoy

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Weavers at Domkrag Dam Lookout Point

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Kudu Bulls (males)

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Unread post by RonnieL » Thu Oct 06, 2011 9:46 pm

Red Hartebeest Calf

On my resent visit to the Park I found a herd of Red Hartebeest on Zuurkop.
One female had a very small calf and she was very attentive to her little one

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The little one got tired of standing and lay down.
Two warthog passed close by with mother keeping a watchful eye

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Unread post by RonnieL » Mon Oct 17, 2011 12:02 am

Flowers

With all the rain that has fallen in the Park there have been an amazing amount of flowers. Here is a selection of some of the flowers that I have taken pics of and then enlarging them revealing the delicate detail of the flowers that is often not seen with the naked eye. When I look at these I am constantly reminded of the beauty and intricacies of nature. Take a moment and enjoy.

Commelina benghalensis Wandering Jew

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gladiolus
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Opuntia ficus-indica Prickly Pear

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Pachypodium succulentum Thickfoot

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Gazania Wild Marigold

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Carissa bispinosa Num-num

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Carpobrotus sauerae Sour fig (white and yellow flower variations )

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