When the mice can’t play....... KTP June 2018

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Post by GavinW » Sun Sep 16, 2018 5:21 pm

Thanks everyone for your great input
You guys ^Q^ ^Q^ ^Q^

Let me continue...


8 June 2018: The calm after the storm


We left Mata Mata on the 8th June not knowing what the Kgalagadi would show us today.
After the previous day’s bonanza we were certainly not expecting much, (but hoping otherwise)
The morning started off on a really promising note only after this tawny eagle put us on ignore


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Just before Sitsas, we spotted this cheetah, high up on the dune


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Unfortunately, it moved off over the dune and disappeared
Cheetahs continued to elude us
Further south, we had a stunning sighting of these vultures on the 14th Borehole loop, who had been mating, and now were building a nest


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And a little bit further down the road, a lanner which had just been in a tree flying off.

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At the waterhole, a journey of giraffe were quenching their thirsts

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After that we travelled down to Kamqua and then back to camp, but saw very little
Our evening drive saw us going as far as Sitsas, where we came upon a mini traffic jam
The cause
Some more far off cheetah again!! 0*\ 0*\

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As well as the usual suspects along the way

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Back in camp that evening, we spent the evening with this Pearl Spotted Owlet in the tree near the hide

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Post by Mel » Sun Sep 16, 2018 7:45 pm

Ja, it's either leopards or cheetahs lol

Love that pearlie! Beautiful :-0
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Post by Lisbeth » Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:18 pm

The owlets are so pretty :-)

Great pics of the vultures, Gavin ^Q^ ^Q^

Wouldn't it be boring if you could always find cheetahs and leopards around ;-)
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June 9: We explore the Aoub (again )

We were up early in the morning and first in the queue at the gate
I’m still not sure why I bother, because after about a kilometre into the drive, just about everyone has sped past, looking for lions.

Anyway, I digress. Waiting for the attendant to give us our permit, I took the opportunity of taking a photo of
The Mata Mata/Namibia border post

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And of my SO walking up to reception

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First up on our drive were these really inquisitive giraffe.
What are you looking at........ I mean really

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This sleepy Giant Eagle Owl wasn’t too impressed with our presence

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But at 14th borehole, Debbie hit the jackpot O\/ O\/

Her best A Gymnogene perching nicely in a tree

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Before it decided that, somewhere, there was food to be had.

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Further on a unicorn

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And some really pretty kudo at 13th borehole

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Our gymnogene sightings for the morning were yet over

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And for the last few trips I have been dying to get a decent picture of one of my most favourite birds.
The fork tailed drongo


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Post by Lisbeth » Mon Sep 17, 2018 8:18 pm

The drongo has been too close to wet paint lol Nice photo though \O

Also nice pics of the gymnogene ^Q^ ^Q^
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Post by Richprins » Tue Sep 18, 2018 7:30 am

Cracking pics! \O
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Post by GavinW » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:25 am

Thanks everyone once again for all your kind comments. O0

Our plan this day was to head down to Kamqua and back, so after spotting the gymnogene we carried on down south.
We saw only the usual suspects in the riverbed, as well as this eagle

Debbie thinks it may be a booted eagle

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At 13th borehole, this crow decided that the bakkie was quite a cool place to hang out, an it took some persuasion to get it to fly off


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Just before Urikaruus, we came upon these Bat eared foxes quite close to the road. Usually they move off fairly quickly, but these two were really engrossed with each other, and spent the time happily grooming themselves


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After a leg stretch and cup of coffee at Kamqua we decided to return back to Mata Mata

Bird sightings continued to be the order of the day and included these Scaly headed finches


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As well as this Swallow tailed bee eater posing beautifully


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Our last sighting of our morning drive was of these two cheetahs, high up on the dunes in-between Urikaruus and 13th the borehole loop.


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We watched them as they carried on in a southerly direction before disappearing over the top
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Post by Lisbeth » Wed Sep 19, 2018 10:24 am

What a fabulous sighting of the bat-eared foxes O/\ O/\

It could very well be a booted eagle \O
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Re: When the mice can’t play....... KTP June 2018

Post by GavinW » Wed Sep 19, 2018 7:29 pm

9 June cont...As has proven to be the norm this trip, the day was not yet over.


We spent a relaxing mid day break in camp at Mata Mata before setting out on our evening drive
All was quiet as we travelled down the Aoub until we got top a major traffic jam about 3 kilometres before Craig Lockhart
We obviously stopped, and asked what was going on

Our sixth leopard of the trip. :shock: :shock:


I was lucky enough to position ourselves in a favourable position for the sighting.

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The leopard continued to walk along the tree and into a nearby sheppard’s bush


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The object of the leopard’s attention

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The leopard disappeared into the bush, and we waited in anticipation of a kill.
However, it was not to be and by the time we all had to leave to get back to camp in time, the cat was still well hidden in the bushes
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Post by Lisbeth » Wed Sep 19, 2018 9:00 pm

Lovely leopard sighting and pics, but I am also fascinated by the springbiks in the evening light ^Q^ ^Q^
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