Kruger Birding Weekend and the rest of our visit

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11 years 9 months ago #779 by Francois
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Seeing that Wild@Heart wants me to report on our Kruger trip I most probably will have to do so or else he’ll never stop bugging me.

We left Cape Town on 26 January and entered Kruger on Friday 27 Janauary. The weekend of 27-29 January we spent at Punda Maria for the West Rand Honorary Rangers’ Birding weekend. It was the first event of this kind that we attended and definitly not the last one either. Our team, the Off Coursers, consisted of 6 members. My wife and I and 4 people we’ve never met in person. They are fellow members of the SANPark forum . I will use their forum names: Jakkalbessie and Bosnimf are sisters, Johann and the forth Pieter. I am too lazy to type out a report for the Birding weekend part and will copy the report that I have asked Jakkalsbessie to write for the SANPark forum . On average we were the youngest group and our birding experienced varies from beginner to intermediate.

Jakkalsbessie’s report on the Birding weekend:

Weekend started great by meeting Johann, and from there DvZ and SO and having a great dinner & evening with them.
Went in at Pafuri gate (saw some lifers on the way there) travelling slower than a snail to see as many birds as possible went to Pafuri, Crooks corner and Nyala loop and then on to Punda via Klopperfontein.
Seeing nice birds: Broad-billed roller, Crowned Hornbill, Trumpeter hornbill, Meve’s starling, Red-headed Weavers, Purple Indigobird, Village indigobird etc etc
Was really extremely hot and very very few animals.
Arrived at Punda after 15h00 and met up with Francois and his wife and started chatting away then went out to do Mahonie loop. Saw ellies and buffs and nyalas.

Got up at 2am to get ready to meet up with Dr Ian Whyte at 2:45 am, he was the “expertâ€

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11 years 9 months ago #798 by Wild@Heart
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I've read this report already ... post a new one <!-- s:twisted: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_twisted.gif" alt=":twisted:" title="Twisted Evil" /><!-- s:twisted: -->

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11 years 9 months ago #800 by gordon
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While Wild may have read it already... others have not...

Thanks for posting such a detailed report. I enjoyed reading it, even the getting stuck part! Though I have to joke with you, a real birder would have carried on birding regardless of the broken vehicle.... :-)

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11 years 9 months ago #803 by Doug
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A real birder would have intentionally broken the vehicle just to prove what at true birder they really are!

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11 years 9 months ago #804 by Francois
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Gordon wrote: Though I have to joke with you, a real birder would have carried on birding regardless of the broken vehicle.... :-)

<!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: --> Gordon believe me, the sound of that flat tire slapping against the body of the vehicle was deafening. Sounded like a steam engine is coming down the road. Any self respecting bird got away ASAP so we did pick up Quail as they fled the scene. Most of the other birds that escaped were already ticked by then.

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11 years 9 months ago #806 by Doug
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Kruger hotspotting tip!

Quails are easily flushed by the sounds of a rupturing tyre. Find a large sharp rock. The driver concentrates on hitting the rock at speed while the passenger scans the surrounding grasslands for quails at the exact moment of impact.

This way quails should be fairly easy to spot.

Thanks for the tip Francois.

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11 years 9 months ago #808 by gordon
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Of course, if I were a crafty bugger and was on a date with some beautiful female type, the ideal would be to remotely detonate that explosive charge on the tyre at a more romantic location... then haul out the nice eats, and tell her that we may as well make the most of it.... the bruising on the left eye should go down in about a week... <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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11 years 9 months ago #810 by Doug
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The last outing we were on, you made of with a nice cute little coconut tart with a cheery on the top.
I am not letting you near any more explosives!
Although thanks to Eric for bringing half a dozen cute little tarts along, but how he crammed in the back with all six and his telescope, I will never know.

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11 years 9 months ago #812 by gordon
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Those little tarts were most welcome on that lonely back road and with such an appetite!

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11 years 9 months ago #813 by Francois
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O my goodness! Nearly thought I got redirected to a Jamie Oiver chat group when I read about all these tarts!

Did learn one thing though. Gordon and explosives shuold not be left in the same area. <!-- s:lol: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/icon_lol.gif" alt=":lol:" title="Laughing" /><!-- s:lol: -->

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