The Early Bird Catches The Worm

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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by Pumbaa » Fri Jan 12, 2018 8:34 pm

What a huge buffalo is that, PJL :shock:

Great to having seen Valli once again ^Q^

and what a cute hartebeest calf :ty:
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by PJL » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:32 pm

Lisbeth wrote:Great pic of the PCG \O

I just love the photos of the "Gang" and some nice memory pics of Valli Moosa ^Q^ ^Q^

Very flat lions lol
Thanks Lis... yes very flat lions this trip 0*\
Flutterby wrote:Love the ellie pics...so sad about Valli! :-(

The calf is extra cute! \O
Thank you Flutterby. Indeed sad about Valli as it was always a highlight to see him
Richprins wrote:Nice Brown Duiker pic, Peej...ja, they are difficult to catch! :shock:


Your last pics of Vallie then? Very good! X#X

Superb baby! ^Q^


I still think those buffalo have been bred...they are all meant to look like this!:

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In the herds yes... but the bulls are better looking ^0^ ^0^
nan wrote:superb "gang" of Elephants ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^
Thank you nan O0
Mel wrote:The late Valli Moosa... and he never bothered to show himself to me. Now there won't be any opportunity anymore :-(

On a positive note: Your sightings never fail to amaze - and educate! The duiker is an animal I hadn't known you could find in Addo O:V
Yep it's a shame you never got to see him as he really was magnificent :yes:
Duiker seem to be seen around the northern loops although a friend recently had a great sighting on Ngulube! So I guess they're more around than we realise.
Pumbaa wrote:What a huge buffalo is that, PJL :shock:

Great to having seen Valli once again ^Q^

and what a cute hartebeest calf :ty:
Thanks Pumbaa... the buffalo bulls in Addo can get quite big despite RP's perceptions lol
There were quite a few hartebeest calves around which is always good to see \O
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by PJL » Mon Jan 15, 2018 8:55 pm

Our second night was much quieter without the lions roaring so I think we all slept a bit better. We were up early again ready for gate opening with a route already planned out... we would go via Nzipondo loop to see if the lions were still near Domkrag but then head up Gorah loop with the hope that we might catch some activity at the bat-eared fox dens.

Most of the others entering the park had the same idea about the lions, but they were nowhere to be seen. Just after Domkrag dam we did a little reversing for a spotted eagle owl sighting, but it flew away before I could get any shots. I think D might have caught it so will try dig his photo out ;-)

Heading up Gorah loop there was very little game around, but we stopped in a small section of bush where a scrub hare was playing hide & seek with us O\/

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Whilst watching the bunny bound off some other movement caught my eye... a couple of bat-eared foxes bounding across a clearing ahead O/\ O\/ O/\ O\/

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Dad disappeared quite quickly to the bush line, but mom stuck around in the open for longer allowing us to get a lovely view of her ^Q^ ^Q^

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And her reason for hanging back soon became clear as four pups came bounding out their den to greet her O/\ O/\ O\/ O\/ :-0

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The pups seemed a bit disappointed that she didn't want to play, but it was almost as if she had given them a firm instruction to stay back by the den

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Perhaps her instruction had something to do with a jackal that came trotting along shortly after - a bit of an interesting line up in this pic... the kudu transfixed on the fox which in turn had its attention on the jackal in the background O:V

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We were absolutely thrilled to catch this sighting. Bat-eared foxes are tough to spot in Addo at the best of times, so seeing both parents and the four pups was incredibly special... even better there were no other vehicles in sight X#X X#X
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by nan » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:19 pm

super BEF and little ones O/\ O/\ O/\
and the Hare O\/

^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by Lisbeth » Mon Jan 15, 2018 9:35 pm

The bat-eared fox with pups is an absolutely fantastic sighting ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by Mel » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:33 pm

A BEF sighting in Addo is also a wonderful rarity! And even with puppies :-0 So cute O\/

The hare looks rather big! :shock:
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by Pumbaa » Mon Jan 15, 2018 10:40 pm

Adorable bat eared foxes shots, PJL,

they are so cute \O \O \O
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by Flutterby » Tue Jan 16, 2018 9:56 am

Wow, great sighting! \O The pups are seriously cute! :-0

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Post by Richprins » Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:25 pm

Strange-looking animals...would love to see one one day! ^Q^

Unique species composition there on the meadow, Peej! :shock: X#X

Not saying the buffalo don't have big horns, but they are the wrong shape! lol
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Re: The Early Bird Catches The Worm

Post by PJL » Thu Jan 18, 2018 9:55 am

nan wrote:super BEF and little ones O/\ O/\ O/\
and the Hare O\/

^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^
Thanks nan... those little ones were extremely cute :yes:
Lisbeth wrote:The bat-eared fox with pups is an absolutely fantastic sighting ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^
Thanks Lis, we were very happy to finally catch up with them \O
Mel wrote:A BEF sighting in Addo is also a wonderful rarity! And even with puppies :-0 So cute O\/

The hare looks rather big! :shock:
Very cute Mel. I think the hare was just normal size... or maybe they grow bigger in Addo :-?
Pumbaa wrote:Adorable bat eared foxes shots, PJL,

they are so cute \O \O \O
Thank you Pumbaa - they are indeed very cute with their big ears lol
Flutterby wrote:Wow, great sighting! \O The pups are seriously cute! :-0
Thanks Flutts - definitely the highlight of our stay \O
Richprins wrote:Strange-looking animals...would love to see one one day! ^Q^

Unique species composition there on the meadow, Peej! :shock: X#X

Not saying the buffalo don't have big horns, but they are the wrong shape! lol
They are fun animals that's for sure. The meadow trio was fascinating
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