Sprocky's visits to Kruger Park

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Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:36 pm

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Re: Sprocky's visits to Kruger Park

Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:43 pm

Yeah, it takes an "uit kak" to get her here, but thanks for joining Shi. \O

This mornings trip plan to paradise went all wrong. O/ My intention was to do the LMR's for a few hours and head back home. Myself and J-Lee entered the park and headed for Sable Dam, not much life there, a few Marabou's and a lonely Dagga Boy. So we moved on along Sable Loop heading for the Masorini LMR.

Then I spotted this couple...I suspect we will soon see a few more Plated Lizards in the area.

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Now for the LMR...so I thought. Next thing there she was, right next to the road and we were alone with her.

This sighting caused us not to get to the LMR. I will post it as a mini TR in three posts, and some strange people will feature. :wink:

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Re: Sprocky's visits to Kruger Park

Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:45 pm

So here we are at the sighting. Quite a young one but very good looking, relaxed and friendly.

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At first, like any female, she gave me the look...

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She then decided to trust me and moved in a bit closer. Real close, like up against the bakkie close. She then backed off a bit and dropped in the road and chilled.

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After a few minutes she headed into the shade as soon as the sun broke through the clouds.

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More to come...

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Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:46 pm

Like any typical good looking female, she posed beautifully for the camera.

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And sticking to female routine, it was time for a touch of grooming.

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Once she was happy with how she looked, she made her way back to the original termite mound where I first spotted her.

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By now J-Lee was moaning, she wanted coffee and rusks. So we made our we to Masorini picnic spot for a leg stretch and coffee. There I told two other couples about the Leopard, and they left in a flash. We finished our coffee and were going to go back and take the LMR. Up ahead in the road I saw this strange looking chap taking photo's of an Ellie half a mile away. When I got close to him he asked what the green ribbon was about. Being strange looking, I countered his question and asked what he knows about green ribbons. He then replied..."Are you Wayne?" Well, it ended up being the one and only Leachy! After a brief chat, I told him about the Leopard, and seeing that he showed some interest I thought it would be nice of me to show him where it was. So we both set off back to the Leopard. I just hoped that she would still be there to save any embarrassment. Ant the termite mound....she was there, and Leachy smiled wider than anything I have ever seen before.

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Last ones coming up...

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Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:47 pm

We were only with her for a few minutes, but she had already had enough of Leachy's face. She then got up and did some stretching and claw sharpening.

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Then she was on her way.

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She found herself a better vantage point to scan the area from.

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And then suddenly my longest ever Leopard sighting, a full two hours, came to an end when she slipped away.

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I hope you all enjoyed this, because I sure did!!!

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Re: Sprocky's visits to Kruger Park

Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:50 pm

Unfortunately we can't get beauties like that everyday. This morning was a bit quieter in the park.

This Chameleon is visibly injured and not too happy. I'm not sure what caused this, my initial feeling was that it was a car but now I don't think so.

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This little Terrapin was up against the side of the LMR all alone.

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I watched three Yellow Billed Kites diving down for prey. The light was from the wrong side so the pics didn't come out well.

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Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:51 pm

This Elephant bull was in musth, and every now and again he would make sudden moves towards me, but he was rather calm and let me get quite close.

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Then a lone Zebra.

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This Steenbok looks like he was caught with his hand in the cookie jar.

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And that's it for today.

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Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:53 pm

Thanks Shi and LVB! \O

Today had a few more good sightings.

I took the turn to Sable Dam and then the back road to the dam. Well the road is now part of the dam. :shock: The water in the front is what used to be the road.

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This Zebra was really enjoying the meal...

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A bit further I spotted this Jackal, he kept me busy for a good while...

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This Giant Kindfisher was too happy to bother moving when I arrived, I could almost touch it.

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Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:54 pm

Next up was not one, but two Secretary Birds, a bit far but still a good sighting.

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These two rams were giving each other horns...

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Along the Letaba River a squadron of Vultures scrambled...

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And the last pic for today, my favourite summer bird!

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Post by Sprocky » Sun May 20, 2012 12:57 pm

I love living in Phala!!!! \O

A chilled drive this morning along what is left of the Low Maintenance Roads...

Water Thick-knee in full cry

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Blacksmith Lapwing

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A section of Sable Dam from the hide

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My favourite spiders

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