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Wildlife Webcams => Wildlife of Africa => Topic started by: BBE on May 11, 2011, 05:17:38 PM

Title: Pete's Pond & Mashatu Reserve: 2011 & 2012
Post by: BBE on May 11, 2011, 05:17:38 PM
Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - Botswana, Africa

(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/AerialviewofPetesPond.jpg)

:thumbup: On Saturday May 14, 2011 at 06:00a.m. CAT (Central African Time), Pete's Pond returned live for all to watch live 24 / 7. :biggrin3

This topic has been set up to celebrate the return of and once again enjoy Pete's Pond (PP).  New Dawn ~ Pete's Pond Returns   (http://blog.wildearth.tv/2011/05/new-dawn-petes-pond-returns.html)

Pete's Pond is located in the Mashatu Game Reserve, in south-eastern Botswana, Africa. The pond was initially set up by Pete Le Roux who at that time was, and still is the general manager of Mashatu Game Reserve. He created the pond as a watering hole in the hopes of protecting wildlife from poachers along the Limpopo River.

The reserve is located at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe Rivers adjacent to the country of Zimbabwe. The Mashatu Game Reserve is high lighted in red on the following maps. Click on both photos for larger image

(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/th_MashatuGameReserveoutlined.jpg) (http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/MashatuGameReserveoutlined.jpg)

(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/th_MapfromLandofGiantssitewithMGRcoloured.jpg) (http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/MapfromLandofGiantssitewithMGRcoloured.jpg)

From 2005 - late 2009 thousands of people around the world watched a live camera from Pete's Pond and became devoted fans, known as 'Pondies'.  An extensive variety of wildlife and so many birds were seen.  We became well acquainted with the camera person 'Afke' who answered our questions on the forum. Many vivid photos and videos were posted there too.

We first heard about the project to bring back live camera feed after Peter Braat from WildEarth met with Pete Le Roux.
March 18 ~ Pete's Pond LIVE Broadcasts to Return   (http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150121516517512&comments)

Control of the camera is in the hands of folks in various locations who can 'work' the camera. These people are affectionately  known as 'zoomies'.
May 11 ~ Wanted: Zoomies!!! (http://blog.wildearth.tv/2011/05/with-imminent-relaunch-of-cams-at-petes.html) The broadcast from Pete's Pond will be recorded and archived 24/7.

Viewing hours: 24 / 7   :thumbup:

Links to the live camera:  As well as watching the feed from wildearth.tv and mashatu.com, it will also be shown on Ustream and Justin.TV

Other links:
In appreciation and thanks to Pete Leroux, and all those at WildEarth tv. All photos/videos posted are copyright © of Pete's Pond at Mashatu, and WildEarth.tv .

Enjoy  :biggrin6

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: beans on May 12, 2011, 11:14:56 PM
Thanks, BBE.  I remember first watching this cam years ago.  I wasn't making videos at that time.  I would just stare at the pond..  and enjoy the sounds, too. 
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 12, 2011, 11:38:26 PM
The following posts in quotes were written in the topic for 'WildEarth Safari Drives' before I started this topic. As a result they came before my first post, so I quoted them to be included.


I'm so happy, oh so happy - - - - -   :biggrin6

Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 12, 2011, 11:39:12 PM
I wonder when the ipad app Peter mentions will be available?  It is not in the app store yet.
Nice that the cam will be on other outlets, too.
I had never seen Pete's Pond, but know that many of the WE fans watched it in the past.  I am looking forward to seeing the animal activity and scenery.  :nod2
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 12, 2011, 11:39:52 PM
Woo Hoo!  I love Pete's Pond.  It will be different and somewhat strange not to have someone there. People there shared what they heard coming or seeing in the distance.  Glad to have it back tho.  Zoomies wanted!   :biggrin3. Hope we get some very, very good ones signed up.
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 12, 2011, 11:40:11 PM
Hmmmm, I wonder if there is an app for "zoomies" on the road!  :ecwink
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 12, 2011, 11:40:33 PM
Luv, you could become the 'roaming zoomie' for the forum  :question
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2011, 12:02:00 AM
I love the serenity of Petes Pond. Can't wait to see it again, and have a topic here for it too!
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2011, 11:44:36 AM
Where oh where have Pete B's two blogs from May 11, 2011 gone :question ('New Dawn ~ Pete's Pond Returns' and ' Wanted: Zoomies!!! '.

Maybe setting up new blog area for Pete's Pond. We'll have to wait and see.  :puzzled2

Note: they re-appeared :ecsmile

http://blog.wildearth.tv/2011/05/new-dawn-petes-pond-returns.html (http://blog.wildearth.tv/2011/05/new-dawn-petes-pond-returns.html)

http://blog.wildearth.tv/2011/05/with-imminent-relaunch-of-cams-at-petes.html (http://blog.wildearth.tv/2011/05/with-imminent-relaunch-of-cams-at-petes.html)

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 11:46:43 AM
I was just reading the blogs a few min ago.  Try again BBE.  :ecsmile
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2011, 11:57:56 AM
Hi Beth, I have cleared my cache and re-started my computer and am not seeing those two blogs under http://www.wildearth.tv/wildearth-blog (http://www.wildearth.tv/wildearth-blog), which is where they were when originally posted and yesterday.

Update at 12:26 p.m. now get a message which says.  
Quote
Service temporarily unavailable. The server is temporarily unable to service your request due to maintenance downtime or capacity problems. Please try again later.
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2011, 12:13:30 PM
Good news - we now have a link from WildEarth to view Pete's Pond. Also a newer link today from Ustream. I have added these to the first post and to the topic Links to Wildlife Cams (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=284.0)
  
Link for Viewing from WildEarth (http://www.wildearth.tv/petes-pond-mashatu-botswana-africa-waterhole-wildlive-webcam-live)

New Link for Viewing from Ustream (http://www.ustream.com.cn/petespond)

:thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 01:33:19 PM
Thanks for the new links! :)

I found the blogs: wildearth.tv then click on
News
Wildearth
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 01:38:35 PM
For the ipad I can connect thru Skyfire using the ustream link.
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 13, 2011, 03:50:41 PM
Thanks Beth, when I came home from a breezy walk the two blogs were back in place.  

I think all is in place for the 'kick-off' of Pete's Pond. Enjoy folks.  I'll be thinking of you and the pond at 9 p.m.. I hope to be home about 11:30 p.m. Pacific - so will definitely drop in.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 08:57:15 PM
Countdown to Petes Pond in 4 minutes :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:02:07 PM
And we're live, dawn and the birdsong.  Going to have to work on the memory on what birds we're hearing. lol
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:02:40 PM
Just got my first glimpse of Pete's Pond!  :ecsmile  lol working on ustream, not on WE right now!

Love the bird sounds.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:05:37 PM
ahhh, a little bit of refreshing and it is looking good now on the WE site.  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:07:45 PM
We were just looking at a forked drongo, not sure what it was perched on...nest?

Can identify grey louries" go away birds" sounds.i think lol but a lot more there.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:08:53 PM
I think the bird was on a light or something, emc.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:08:55 PM
On ipad, skyfire, and ustream link
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:11:34 PM
emc and all  The view on the ustream app on my iphone is very good!!!  And the chat works well.  It doesn't seem to be on the justin tv app yet.  Emc, if you watch using the ustream app instead of skyfire, it loads right away.  Hi, Nancy.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:14:47 PM
thanks Luv. this is the only way that was for sure for me earlier. didn't want to miss it
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:16:50 PM
Dif view now, brown hooded kingfisher? on a light, which is where the drongo was earlier I think.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:19:43 PM
We have a good zoomie, for our first views.  Getting good focus on the birds isn't easy
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:20:40 PM
Yeah, it looks like the same light, EMC.  I will be torn at 9:30 when it is safari time... guess I will be multi-watching for a while! :ecwink

Agree about not missing, emc.  Glad it is working well with skyfire, too!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:34:51 PM
Pete's Pond first look. (9:00 pm pdt 05-13-11) 05-14-11 6:00 am sa

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2453/5717925300_2a305ebf0d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5717925300/)
Pete's Pond first view 05-14-11 am sa 9-00 pm pdt -5-13-11 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5717925300/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:39:09 PM
Good pic Luv
 :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:43:50 PM
There are some doves walking on the grey roof.  Earlier they were showing something underneath ..  but I didn't catch that in time to figure it out. Used to see mongoose there before..
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:45:05 PM
Thanks, emc   I just checked, and Pete's Pond is now on Justin tv.  I have it on the justin tv app on my iphone.  Justin tv should also work on skyfire just as the safari and other cams do if mobile users don't have the justin tv app. Nice to have some options!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:46:55 PM
Big bird on top of tree.  Here come the guinea fowl :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 13, 2011, 09:48:38 PM
No wonder so many people loved this cam!  Loving the guinea fowl!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 09:53:30 PM
The guinea fowl are always in large group here, and with their movements, they were nicknamed "fleas" lol.
Sometime we'll probably see them march in to the pond in a single line.  Really fun
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 10:01:43 PM
Might have been a jackal just behind trees.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 11:14:21 PM
We had one beautiful impala ram and a troop of baboons .

The troop of baboons entertained us for quite a while. Got drinks of water, laid in the sun, rolled in the dirt, chased and wrestled. :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 13, 2011, 11:20:48 PM
A hammerkop bird
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on May 14, 2011, 12:18:09 AM
This is one of the baboons EMC mentioned.  Shortly after this picture, two younger and frisky baboons came along to disrupt this one's peaceful time. lol

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2246/5718196048_18cbca2dbe.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5718196048/)
Baboon at Pete's Pond 05-14-11 am sa (http://www.flickr.com/photos/luvthebirds/5718196048/) by luvthebirds (http://www.flickr.com/people/luvthebirds/), on Flickr
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 12:23:11 AM
Hello everyone, I am home and have never turned my computer on so fast in my life  :eclol

My first view was of the 'Fleas' (Helmeted Guinea Fowl) and two Plovers (have to start looking to see which one)
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3648/5718175802_487927d3b6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5718175802/)
May 14 @ 8:42 am 'Fleas' & Plovers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5718175802/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Followed quickly by a great view of the area.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3484/5717612381_aa1e557611.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5717612381/)
May 14 @ 8:45 am CAT ~ Pete's Pond (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5717612381/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

I just love the morning sounds at the pond. The birds calling, some of them quite loud - the ibis' and the Egyptian Goose if in a snit.  I have good colour.

At the moment WE is not working for the drive or Pete's Pond. But Ustream is.  I have to check with internet provider as I think we can be charged now for more than a fixed numbers of hour a month when using a system like Ustream.
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 03:17:04 AM
We will see many familiar animals here, elephants, impala, waterbuck (target rear ends), wildebeest, warthogs (like to wallow), an occasional visit from a leopard or two, lions. No cape buffalo or rhinos.

Here are a few of the new players you hopefully will meet while watching the pond.  We may also be lucky and see a genet, the wild (painted) dogs, and an aardvark (at night)

Eland - the largest of the antelope specie.
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007/1802PondDrainer002-1.jpg)

Black-backed jackal
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007/Morn638BBJackal003best.jpg)

Nile Monitor Lizard
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202008/Animals%20except%20Elles/Jan210715Monitor-1.jpg)

Spotted Hyena
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202008/Animals%20except%20Elles/9Hyena.jpg)

Crocodile - 'Fatty' was a permanent fixture  :eclol
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202008/Animals%20except%20Elles/Fatty002.jpg)

Terrapins
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202008/Animals%20except%20Elles/0846AtrioofTerrapins.jpg)

 :blush   (six photos)  :eceek
Title: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 03:38:31 AM
When we watched between late 2006 and mid 2009, the Pond was 'bird heaven'.  Various storks (Yellow-billed, Saddle-billed, and Great). Likewise with the Egrets, various species and when they fly in in the morning = awesome sight.  A multitude of 'LBJ's (little brown jobs), Ibis', Herons, Mouse-birds (Speckled and Red-faced), Red Quelea, Ducks (White-faced, Knob-billed and others). And many specie of the beautiful and small Bee-eaters, also Weavers (and watching them make a nest is fascinating.  Hopefully we may have a glimpse of a 'Secretary' bird.  And so many more.

There was a resident pair of Egyptian Goose, who became known as 'Gracie and George'.

Ostrich - the largest living species of bird and it is flightless. The males feathers are predominantly black, and the females brown.  And watch for the males to 'display' in mating season.
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202008/Birds/4.jpg)

Pied Kingfisher ('emc' bird ) also the Woodland, Brown-headed, Grey-headed, and my favourite - the Malachite.
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007/Aug10Morn-Kingfisher649am.jpg)

Fork-tailed Drongo
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007/Oct28at0727FTDrongox1.jpg)

Grey Heron
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007/Oct180928GreyHeron.jpg)

Kori Bustard
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007/S11-0637Kori002.jpg)

Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 03:44:12 AM
And a few more commonly seen birds

Burchell's Starling - has red eyes. also a 'Glossy' Starling.
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007-%202/BurchellsStarling-RedEyes.jpg)

Burchell's Coucal
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007-%202/BurchellsCoucal002.jpg)

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007-%202/BurchellsCoucal.jpg)

(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007-%202/0550Coucal.jpg)

African Fish Eagle will sometimes appear in the morning and sit in a tree. That is like putting 'a cat among the pigeons'. You talk about upsetting the other birds. The noise is deafening.
(http://i79.photobucket.com/albums/j137/Hornby2006/Petes%20Pond%202007/Oct18at0602-FishEagle002.jpg)

Just to whet the appetites.  :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Rajame on May 14, 2011, 10:27:56 AM
BBE,

Thank you so very much. I watched a bit and just don't know what I am seeing, but now it do! Yay you!

To make it easier, would you mind providing links to each of the broadcasters?

And on PDT, we watch from 9 PM to 6 AM?

Again, thank you for your efforts. Loving them!

Rajame :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 11:39:15 AM
Good morning Rajame,

Delighted you popped over to the Pond - isn't it great  :biggrin3.

The cam is 24 / 7 and the links to both cams (Ustream & WildEarth) can be found in the first post on the first page.

Enjoy watching.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 06:17:23 PM
I thought some people might like a few bird and animal references. The second post on the first page http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg54888#msg54888  now contains some references.

I added the date and time for the pond cam going live to the first post on the first page (under the photo) and then modified the second post in order to add the references.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 08:32:53 PM
About an hour ago, 'Nancy Indiana' posted on 'Sights and Sounds' re Archives:

Quote
Yeah!!! The archives are up and working! If the time a sighting was seen is posted, we can go back thru archives to look at it. The archives have 2 forms:

1. the entire stream is saved in 10-minutes clips
2. clips are made by the zoomie marking at the start and at the end for the clip as they watch the feed

So you can search for a date and hour, the click on the 10-minute clip that covers the time posted. You can even move the thingy forward to get to the exact time you want to watch. How cool is this!!!

This sounds similar to what Madrona has said re archives for Hornby?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 09:28:13 PM
Sun. May 15 CAT and at 6:16 am daylight approaches.  Sounds like someone may be on the hide's roof.

Beach area
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2417/5720616263_5d9e6d2a98.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720616263/)
View 6:16 am (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720616263/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

To the right of the beach area (as you look at it on the computer), it appears that they have built the area up. A lot of gravel there.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3282/5720616305_5246471f23.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720616305/)
Built up shore line 6:16 am (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720616305/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 14, 2011, 09:30:10 PM
BBE, thank you for all of the wonderful screen caps and comments!  This was the first wildlife cam I watched on my old dial-up internet connection.  I'm looking forward to watching it late at night (at home) again! :thumbup:
 
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 10:04:18 PM
Hello Tigerlady, yes it is great to see the pond again.

6:43 a.m. the beach area again. When the elephants come for a drink and a splash they usually approach the pond from the area under the 'Wild' of Wildearth in upper right corner.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2687/5720668597_576ac48041.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720668597/)
Beach area at 6:43 am (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720668597/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:43 am 'Fleas' on the beach and the sun shining on the tree trunk.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3328/5721251844_2649db1c63.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5721251844/)
6:43 am 'Fleas', sun on tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5721251844/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Pondaholics Anonymous. (http://smiffnet.com/pond/) has three wide angle views of the area, which are super.

When I have a free minute or two I will dig out my external hard-drive and see if I can find what the various areas of the pond were called. I know that way over to the left is 'Rocky Point.  

For any folks here who haven't watched the pond before the 'hut' like building you see on WE's cam page is located across from the 'beach' side and is referred to as either the 'hide' or the 'Boma' ( a place of protection from harm). This is what has the metal roof and power lines nearby, that some of the birds perch on.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 14, 2011, 10:17:30 PM
7:12 a.m. Rocky Point with Guinea Fowl

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3213/5720729675_e162a88c2a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720729675/)
7:12 am Rocky Point and Guinea Fowl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5720729675/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

and - - - - - - two lionesses on the Game drive, hiding from 3 or 4 hyenas.    :nod2
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 14, 2011, 11:34:06 PM
8:30 ppt a solitary wildebeast sauntered by.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 15, 2011, 01:05:00 AM
Beth, I missed the wildebeest, I was watching lionesses on the drive.

Becoming addicted again.

9:49 am CAT One baboon on the left and a troop in the shade on the right. Also one or two egrets flew by.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/5721600706_9e4a6aef06.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5721600706/)
9:49 am Baboons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5721600706/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Some mornings we have seen  Cattle Egrets  (http://www.wildlifesafari.info/cattle_egret.htm) in huge numbers.

In the second post with references, the link to 'Kenya Birds' must be performing an update. It worked last evening and isn't now. I will check it again later.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 15, 2011, 05:36:51 AM
2:30 - 2:40 ppt beautiful bird song
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 15, 2011, 04:21:17 PM
Beth, I too love the bird calls in the early morning.  More people being trained as 'zoomies'  :thumbup:

'Nancy Indiana' found an aerial view of Pete's Pond with the key places named.  They are too small to read. But, I have an idea, but will it  :question

I also found my CD's from PP days I watched, So will check them too.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 15, 2011, 09:24:55 PM
Monday. 6:15 am CAT. The pond was pretty quiet when I took this. Now the occasional bird call and something splashing in the pond.  :question  Maybe a catfish.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2018/5724786005_0942de0219.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5724786005/)
6:14 am View  of PP (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5724786005/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

A friend said it would take a special program to show the names on the photo of the pond posted by Alan Tyler. And my CD yielded some great photos, but no map with areas of the pond  named.   :ecsad
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 16, 2011, 12:52:35 AM
I just looked at PP for a while, but nothing was visible.  I hope the 'zoomies' will start searching more actively!   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 16, 2011, 07:31:49 AM
Zoomies are either still being selected and/or trained for a few more days. Wonder if we had Pete himself on cam the first day. It was such good zooming and finding and focusing on the birds.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 16, 2011, 07:58:37 AM
5 pm ppt peaceful scene with guinea fowl, and blacksmith lapwing present.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 16, 2011, 05:17:39 PM
5 p.m. on the west coast here, so a good time to check in at the pond for any early, early morn activity (2 a.m. Tues. there).

I think the catfish are out and about, a lot of splashing heard. When I took this photo at 1:43 a.m. CAT, I could also hear a 'huffing' sounds, but no animal seen.

Main Beach Area
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5188/5727954277_619520b8e0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5727954277/)
Catfish ? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5727954277/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Rocky Point - all quiet at 1:47 a.m.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5021/5728506696_bf2c52d795.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5728506696/)
Rocky Point (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5728506696/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Right of Main Beach at 2:01 a.m.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5183/5727975045_486236c6b8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5727975045/)
Gravel Area (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5727975045/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

I did ask on the Pond site what had happened at this area that now looks filled with gravel. Just behind the gravelled area was a walkway behind bushes that many ellies would take when they left the pond. Apparently the warthogs and ? wildebeests had eroded the area with their activity.  Hence the rebuild with gravel.

BTW - the link to Kenya Birds  HERE (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg54888#msg54888) is working again.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 16, 2011, 09:02:02 PM
Several photos posted in the past hour of the first visit by an elephant. http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu

Also one short video, which shows the route many ellies take past the gravel area when leaving after a visit. The other two routes (especially if a large breeding herd) are through the centre and / or the well worn path from the beach area to the left just behind Rocky Point.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yC4h1RH0eyc  

ETA at 9:57 pm) -  :blush   I intended (and then forgot) to mention that the video was recorded by another 'Pondie'.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 16, 2011, 09:07:59 PM
Woo hoo first ellie!  Good catch BBE  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: beans on May 16, 2011, 09:22:18 PM
Thanks for the video, BBE!  I used to watch WildCam Africa, sponsored by National Geographic. 
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 16, 2011, 10:00:39 PM
Beth and beans,  :blush

I meant (and then forgot) to include in the post with the elephant video that it was recorded and posted by another 'Pondie'.

I have edited the post.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 16, 2011, 10:07:35 PM
BBE, thank you for posting the ellie video.  I've watched on two different days (African time) and have seen only some birds.  It's fun to see a herd of ellies, with calves, come to the pond and play in the water.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 16, 2011, 10:11:53 PM
Tiger you are quite right about the ellies.
When there is a large breeding herd with all ages included = wonderful sight.  In reviewing my CD's from 2006 - 2009, I think about 2/3 = ellies.  :eclol
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 16, 2011, 10:16:21 PM
BBE, I had many screen caps over several years of watching PP.  Some are saved on my flickr photostream, but not all.  A few are on a hard drive that won't work now!  So...I'll have to see some new ones... :eclol

One of my favorites is a calf who must have done something Mama didn't like because he was running as fast as he could and she was chasing him.  I'll see if I can find it.  I laughed so hard, watching the two of them...Mama in pursuit!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 16, 2011, 11:41:11 PM
I vaguely remember that event. My fave is still all the female ellies rescuingthe month or so old one who slid into the pond.  :eclol

In a few minutes check out Game Drive topic. Karula and Kids actually at one of the rooms at Vuyatela Lodge.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 17, 2011, 10:11:46 PM
Wed. May 18 at 6:47 a.m. CAT

'George and Gracie' or their kinfolks at Rocky Point (Egyptian Geese)

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2428/5732779268_64385be219.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5732779268/)
May 18 /11 'George  & Gracie' (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5732779268/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf_o3eguYSA

Many bird calls at present.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 17, 2011, 10:30:41 PM
'Gracie and George' invited some Guinea Fowl to join them at Rocky Point.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5066/5732263751_bfeced8bfe.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5732263751/)
May 18, 2011 - Geese and G. Fowl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5732263751/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Meanwhile on the shoreline, one and then two impala appeared.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2628/5732809706_588770d348.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5732809706/)
May 18, 2011 - Impala x 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5732809706/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

No power at WE = no drive, so I can watch here.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 18, 2011, 10:34:49 AM
Map of the pond with key action spots identified added to the 'References' post HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg54888#msg54888)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 18, 2011, 11:19:15 AM
5/17 22:05 ppt Zebra were seen along with 1 wildebeest

5/18. 4:06 ppt      a beautful kudu male

5/18 7:06 ppt    zebra seen

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 18, 2011, 02:56:17 PM
11:56 ppt small herd 5 Ellies, oops, more coming!

I got mixed up on the time somewhat should be

23:56 ppt
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 18, 2011, 05:35:34 PM
Beth, thanks for the heads up and help re finding the archive of the ellies visit.  They stayed here for about 5 minutes after this segment. As the description says, about 30, small, large and in between and one massive bull elephant.

Now I know I'm back at Pete's Pond  :biggrin3

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liiZxXqo9aI

Does anyone know why in the past two weeks or more, the video doesn't always start immediately ?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 19, 2011, 12:20:59 AM
9:00 am ppt Ellies again! breeding herd
they are wading in a little so far :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 19, 2011, 12:55:59 AM
9:55 ppt the ellies have gone, now impallas run in. 4 so far
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 19, 2011, 01:20:12 AM
Beth and BBE, the tag team at PP  :eclol  Ellies, I counted 15 came about 9:23 am CAT .

Ellies at Rocky Point. Notice the tusks on the one 3rd from left. They are upturned.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3076/5736321964_fed28193aa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5736321964/)
Ellies (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5736321964/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


One who came late preceded by another.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5735770973_1069f5944e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5735770973/)
Ellies002 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5735770973/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Arrival of the Elephants
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8CI1FTj27g

A few minutes after this video ended a large ellie wandered onto the scene and moved too quickly for me to get recorder going, but managed to record the one behind him.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GOdkC_Mf-n0

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 19, 2011, 01:53:32 AM
BBE and Emc, now I know where to go to get an ellie fix!  Many thanks for recordings!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 19, 2011, 02:21:02 AM
A large herd of ellies came to PP at around 2:00 AM, Hornby time.  Quite a few calves... several looked very young.  (This was my first live ellie sighting since the cam came back online.)  Here is an scap:

Pete's Pond - May 19, 2011

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3187/5736478368_022946926a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/84953694@N00/5736478368/)
Elephants  - 003 - May 19, 2011 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/84953694@N00/5736478368/) posted by Cathy G. (LA), (http://www.flickr.com/people/84953694@N00/) on Flickr

©2011 WildEarth

It will be nice when the 'zoomies' control the cam.  On the auto cam, the ellies and other wildlife go off cam, even though they are still at the pond.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 19, 2011, 08:35:27 AM
Baboons and warthogs were seen while I slept as well as another ellie visit.

And 17:19 ppt 4 warties run to the beach. The cam is at a distance , but shortly after a larger one is seen clearer at the beach.


Can't believe how many ellie visits in the last 24 hours or so!  Wonderful.
We can see them so much better here at the pond, even without a zoomie. Lol
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 20, 2011, 11:37:53 AM
Zoomies are getting some training today. Nice zoom of the geese, fish jumping, ellies, and grey heron, so far today.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 21, 2011, 12:03:02 PM
Zoomie is learning now. So great to have them start!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 21, 2011, 12:24:49 PM
21:19 ppt 4 Ellies arrive! And zoomie gets some practice.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 21, 2011, 01:10:30 PM
2 or 3 more small groups of ellies come for a drink a few min apart, including a tiny one. :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 21, 2011, 01:18:10 PM
22:14 ppt Hear ellie rumble?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 23, 2011, 10:14:55 AM
Zoomies are doing a good job. Peter says most shifts are covered and the zoomies are learning. The zoomies are talking to the viewers on the chat. A lot of pondies are at facebook, sights and sounds and photos there, and hopefully more here too, now that we have zoomies. They are showing areas that we don't always see, and where the animals come to drink.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 24, 2011, 11:57:25 PM
Tigerlady thanks for your screen cap of the ellies, and Beth for your notations.

The archives for the evening of May 24 around 8 p.m. CAT have three or four 10 minute segments of a ellies; some having a mud splash. And on the afternoon drive a Nile Monitor Lizard.

One of the archived segments I saw the tab for 'Video Mark' was present. (but as I type this it is not showing  :puzzled2). It is located across from the name of the cam and precedes the tabs for 'Archives' and 'Live Stream'.

When present if you click on the tab, it gives the info required to make a video mark.  These pics are from the cam for the Peregrine Falcons in Pittsburgh -but same would apply in the PP archives.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2720/5757072969_0ccdd31b20.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5757072969/)
Video Mark Tab Shows (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5757072969/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5069/5757073019_4e8a6439f4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5757073019/)
Create Video Mark  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5757073019/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Note: Mar. 15, 2012 by BBE - Video marks sometimes work, but not often.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 25, 2011, 08:48:42 AM
May 25, 5:18 - 5:32 p.m. = a beautiful sunset and birds calling.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3424/5758898866_a5b82aaa4a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758898866/)
PP 05/25 @ 5:13 pm CAT (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758898866/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5103/5758898904_7b38b49e97.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758898904/)
PP 05/25 @ 5:23 pm CAT (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758898904/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3044/5758354405_8104c74acc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758354405/)
PP 05/25 @ 5:28 pm CAT (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758354405/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3127/5758354447_4c8cb314cb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758354447/)
PP 05/25 @ 5:33 pm CAT (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5758354447/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

5:18 p.m. x 1 minute; listen to the birds  :ecsmile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CJy3DG8MtqY
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 25, 2011, 10:07:59 AM
Hmmm beautiful sunset. And the bird sound video includes a "snort" from the impala and fish jumping.
 :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 25, 2011, 03:18:03 PM
Thank you for the lovely screen shots, BBE.  It's so nice to see the sunsets and sunrises on Pete's Pond.  In the past, they have been some of the most beautiful I've seen on a live cam.   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 26, 2011, 01:31:57 AM
Pete's Pond - reptile of some kind??

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2698/5761288808_ebf0ea99ab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/84953694@N00/5761288808/)
Pete's Pond - Reptile of some kind... (http://www.flickr.com/photos/84953694@N00/5761288808/) posted by Cathy G. (LA), (http://www.flickr.com/people/84953694@N00/) on Flickr

©2011 WildEarth.tv
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 26, 2011, 08:19:28 PM
Tiger, that is either a 'Rock' or 'Water (Nile) Monitor' Lizard.

I checked PP site and according to reliable poster it was a Water Monitor.

Water (Nile) Monitor.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nile_monitor or monitoea)

Rock Monitor. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Varanus_albigularis)

Reptiles of Botswana (http://www.african-safari-botswana.com/reptiles.htm)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 26, 2011, 08:25:05 PM
Many ellie sightings today.   :ecsmile

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 26, 2011, 11:03:23 PM
TY BBE.  I've seen the both on the Djuma cam, but didn't know which one this was.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 27, 2011, 03:20:56 PM
Cam at the pond was down a brief time. Back on-line again, with a slight hum.  Peter B. wife is an avid 'Pondie'.

Sat. May 28 at 00:03:03 CAT - catfish are jumping, which scared me as I had forgotten to turn the volime down.  :eclol

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5262/5765842447_a2e1e4cbd2_m.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5765842447/)
May 28, 2011 @ 00:03:03 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5765842447/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 27, 2011, 08:32:40 PM
Wow, a cape porcupine was seen. The whole length of the pond.  Zoomie followed it well.
http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu
Nancy Indiana has snap and video. :). This is only the second sighting there on cam.
Sighting 5-28  4:44 am ppy
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 27, 2011, 11:14:07 PM
Thanks Beth, I caught the last few seconds live !
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 28, 2011, 12:54:53 AM
And as the animals and birds are waking up and being active, it is time to  :offtobed here. But before I go - - - -

9:25 a.m. CAT - several birds perched on a bush. They are hard to see for an ID.  As I post, no-one has commented on Pete's Pond.  Doves ?

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2229/5767530660_7c3d0de5dd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5767530660/)
Birds May 28 @9:25 am CAT (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5767530660/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

9:28 a.m. CAT  I am humming 'Oh, what a beautiful morning - - - -'  :ecsmile

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3060/5766988227_41794dd944.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5766988227/)
View May 28 @ 9:28 am CAT (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5766988227/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

9:24 a.m. CAT  One of the birds in the bush.  Maybe a Ring-necked Dove :question

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AhPjdFyGt90

G'night.

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 29, 2011, 12:37:55 AM
 :eclol  I thought I'd do a quick check at the pond before retiring.  Not so, there was some activity there.  Also someone who was doing an awesome job as a 'zoomie'  :thumbup:

As usual there were multi 'fleas' about.  But then an impala came by for a drink.

7:50 am An impala comes for a drink, who didn't seem worried by all the 'fleas'. he stayed for a good drink.  But, in the background one is running away from the fleas.   :nod2

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2197/5770321061_c292b570a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321061/)
May 29 @7:50 am Impala and many, many 'fleas'. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321061/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:51 am
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3437/5770859986_cca1215d07.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770859986/)
May 29 @ 7:51 am Impala Drinks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770859986/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:51 am
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3113/5770321135_3bb0fde286.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321135/)
May 29 @7: 51 - Impala Closer (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321135/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:52:06 am
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3375/5770321179_65b7604bea.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321179/)
May 29 @ 7:52 - Impala very close (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321179/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:52:55 am
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/5770321201_508507d96a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321201/)
May 29 @7:52 Impala view 5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321201/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :ty  to the remote cam person

More > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 29, 2011, 12:46:42 AM
Next up about 20 - 25 Wildebeests, some youngsters included. They also were very thirsty and didn't seem too upset by the fleas.

8:08 am
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2511/5770321215_ea9c95cfff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321215/)
May 29 @ 8:08 Wildebeests (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321215/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:11 am
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2390/5770860114_9cc667c6ac.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770860114/)
May 29 @ 8:11 am Wildebeests (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770860114/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:24 am  :eclove
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2538/5770321257_358a812e83.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321257/)
May 29 @ 8:24 am  View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321257/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:26 am Several birds in the tree(s) on the left  9and a few more joined them). These are the identical birds I saw a day ago. Brown looking wings and white chest.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2284/5770321301_618d7c269b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321301/)
May 29 @ 8:26 am Birds in Trees (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770321301/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:39 am At Rocky Point - a Grey Heron whose 'shuggle' was interrupted by a Guinea fowl coming by.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5149/5770860182_c7c84b69b6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770860182/)
May 29 @ 8:39 am 'Flea' & Grey Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5770860182/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Two videos for next post. > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 29, 2011, 12:52:23 AM
Videos of the Wildebeests and the birds in the tree(s).

Wildebeests
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hZlzmyva_w


Birds and it appears that a new tower has been built by the road / runway behind the area. :question

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_HAK-H-tESs

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 29, 2011, 12:57:22 PM
There were ellies, more ellies and birds while I was asleep.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 29, 2011, 07:37:58 PM
Nancy Indiana has written up and posted three references related to what has and hasn't been seen at Pete's Pond.

1. Bird List. (http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu#!/notes/nancy-indiana/petes-pond-bird-list/10150204380891806)

2. Mammal List. (http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu#!/notes/nancy-indiana/petes-pond-mammal-list/10150202927191806)

3. Reptile, Amphibian & Fish List. (http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu#!/notes/nancy-indiana/petes-pond-reptile-ambhibian-fish-list/10150204625416806)

These references have been added to the second post on the first page of this topic: HERE  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg54888#msg54888)

Many thanks to Nancy Indiana (modertor at Pete's Pond).
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 30, 2011, 02:10:08 PM
Earlier today a breeding herd of ellies at Pete's Pond. Video by 'callumsnona'

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N38TCrIZfDY
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 30, 2011, 10:21:51 PM
I visited the pond for about an hour at 6:00 am CAT.  A sunrise, a lovely view, an eland and a wildebeest.

6:02 am a pinkish morning

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2712/5779853674_88d737d051.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779853674/)
May 31 @6:02 am Pond View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779853674/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:49 am.   An eland wandered by, stopped briefly and kept on going. I have heard of 'pink ellies' but pink eland?  I had trouble getting a profile s'cap.   You can't see it in this picture, but it was obvious that some ellies had passed by in the past few hours.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5150/5779308609_ca1576b5f1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779308609/)
May 31 @ 6:49 Eland Leaving  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779308609/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


6:53 am. View promises to be a lovely day.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2764/5779308625_2138327fc6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779308625/)
May 31 @ 6:53 am Lovely View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779308625/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7 a.m. A lone wildebeest appeared and couldn't decide whether to drink or not.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5779853768_0f5d4fe71b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779853768/)
May 31 @ 7 a.m. Wildie Came To Drink (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779853768/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3591/5779308671_1a98d5a1bd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779308671/)
May 31 @7:00:15 Wildie Drinks (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5779308671/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on May 31, 2011, 03:45:19 AM
BBE, thank you for posting the video of the breeding herd of ellies, recorded by Callumsnona.   I was watching that scene at the same and enjoyed it very much.   :nod2

I hope that the new 'zoomies,' who have volunteered to staff the live cam, will learn to zoom in more often on the ellies, birds and other visitors to Pete's Pond.  Seeing ellie calves up close in the water is one of my favorite viewings whenever they are visible on the live cams!   :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 31, 2011, 10:47:21 AM
Hi Tigerlady,

There are some cam zoomies still in training and more to come on board. We are so lucky to have them offering their time and expertise for us.  There are times when the cam is on automatic pan.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 31, 2011, 12:50:28 PM
There is a zebra drinking at the pond now. :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 31, 2011, 12:53:20 PM
Now an owl in a tree, but then flew off. Down to the water, to get a drink.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 31, 2011, 01:08:44 PM
9:51 pm ppt starts the zebra and then the owl. Identified as Eagle Owl.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on May 31, 2011, 01:58:50 PM
10:57 pm ppt Ellies only see 3 so far
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 31, 2011, 10:40:08 PM
Thanks Beth, the ellies still seem to come to the pond before I am up, just after breakfast (and I was out) or overnight.  :eclol

While multi-tasking today I have had one eye on / off the Pond since it became June 1 CAT (at 3 pm Pacific time).

June 1 Morning CAT

00:30:46 Night view
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3205/5784618221_8ebabf47e1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784618221/)
June 1 @ 00:30:46 am Night view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784618221/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

00:03:55 at Rocky Point
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3384/5785174696_d2eeb30a39.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785174696/)
June 1 @00:03:55 Rocky Point (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785174696/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

01:29 am - 'Eye of the Needle' tree - to the extreme right of the shore and near the hide.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3163/5784618255_69769e262b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784618255/)
June 1 @1:29 am - 'Eye of the Needle' tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784618255/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Fast forward to 6:17 am - a Fork-tailed Drongo on the light by the hide.  All of sudden it screeched and scared the daylights out of me. Video to come.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3162/5785174842_bcec553485.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785174842/)
June 1 @ 6:17 am Fork-tailed Drongo (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785174842/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:46 am - Morning view
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5023/5784618335_8bc4e3e927.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784618335/)
June 1 @ 6:46 am View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784618335/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Video from 6:17 am of the Fork-tailed Drongo

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PAupeVwVG88

More > > > >

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on May 31, 2011, 10:55:48 PM
June 1 (CAT) morning, at the pond continued.

6:48 am View
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3664/5785174916_528dca9e2b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785174916/)
June 1 @ 6:48 am View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785174916/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:53 am Some great work by the 'cam zoomie' of an impala and a Wildebeest
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5227/5784654933_18383fdb82.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784654933/)
June 1 @ 6:53 WB and impala () (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784654933/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5310/5785210890_4c2e23abfd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785210890/)
June 1 @ 6:53 am WB and impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785210890/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:04 am - beautiful day ahead
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3204/5785210910_ce9c769c4a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785210910/)
June 1 @ 7:04 am View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5785210910/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

At 7:15 some Wildebeests did a quick walk-thru' amid the 'fleas' and signs that the ellies had been there earlier  :eclol

At 7:22 am. more wildebeests arrived. First two or three, then several more ran in, jostled for drinking position and scared away some of the 'fleas'.
 
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3247/5784792959_721c2c5ae1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784792959/)
June 1 @ 7:22 am Wildebeests (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5784792959/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Enjoy, I am  :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 01, 2011, 07:43:42 PM
June 2, 2011 CAT in the first hour of a new day.  I thought it might be hyenas I was hearing.  Managed to catch the last few calls.  A long time 'pondie' informed me that in fact what I hears was some jackals 'singing'.  I don't recall hearing them do that before ? (long term memory getting short)   :eclol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2TBEicSk3Q
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 02, 2011, 11:13:14 AM
More from June 2 morning. There were also two black birds on the ground. I wondered if they were 'Black Crake' and bingo they were ID'd as such. I was busy watching them and forgot to take a photo.

http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-black-crake.html (http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-black-crake.html)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 02, 2011, 09:23:39 PM
Folks on PP discussion are still as wonderful and helpful as they when I watched before it went off the internet.  The 'pondie', who 2 days ago said I was hearing 'jackals singing' (not hyenas calling); posted a video from 2008.  Be sure to click on YouTube link bottom right, so you can read the description.  :eclol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A2BpdynocbA
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 02, 2011, 10:44:29 PM
That was great to see the Jackal call.  For some reason I have a hard time getting the calls of the hyena and the jackals figured out. Maybe seeing the jackal call will give my memory bank another clue.  :mhihi
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 03, 2011, 12:08:36 AM
One of the 'pondies' posted on the PP page that as well as a Fork-tailed Drongo by the microphone and light at the Pond there was also a Tropical Boubou.  I managed to find the segment from the archives and made a video of it. You have look for it flitting from one area to another. While it does show as black with a white chest once or twice, due the sun it looks a brownish and white.  http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/boubou.htm (http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/boubou.htm)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAsKqmLBO3E

I was in my living room, but could hear Egyptian geese at the pond.  They were on the same archived segment as the boubou. There were 3 or 4 of them in the 'bay' between Rocky Point and the shoreline. I don't know what had started them calling, but one in particular was either extremely annoyed about something and flapping his wings or he was showing off for a female.  :eclol


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqh54vZI9gU
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 03, 2011, 12:09:01 AM
June 3 morning at Pete's Pond.  I think I have the right photos an videos for the right place at hand. I was watching here and the game drive as geese were noisy at both PP and the game drive.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2121/5792348361_1f8c2b8549.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5792348361/)
June 3 @ 6:28 am ~ View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5792348361/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5267/5792908748_6b15b406ed.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5792908748/)
June 3 @ 7:58 am ~ View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5792908748/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

At 8:03 am, a lone wildebeest came from stage left for a drink. There were also two impalas and the obligatory hoard (actually the group name for them is a 'rasp') of guinea fowl. two or more Egyptian Goose had been near Rocky Point for some time, intermittently being extremely vocal.  They succeeded in running of the wildebeest, the impalas and some of the guinea fowl.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4FUUr_CKnk

G'night all  :sleep :sleep
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 03, 2011, 07:07:19 AM
I tuned in at 15:53ppt to see 2 adult wart hogs and 2 piglets, zoomie did well when they were in sunsjine, but couldn't get focus when an adult went to the water in the shade. They were there until 16:04ppt. My first live wartie sighting this season.

this zoomie is zoomie is zoomie well. see a turtle at 16:08, zoomie is searching around :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 03, 2011, 07:12:31 AM
I was searching the fan photos for the kudo the other day and saw that a young ostrich was seen with an adult. Very unusual and delightful sighting. Impalas now at 16:12 ppt
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 03, 2011, 07:28:33 AM
2 more warties arrive for a drink 16:28 ppt
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 03, 2011, 08:12:35 AM
17:10 ppt 3 warties and 1 impala, then warties move off to the right and 8 or so impala come in. Zoomie is doing better in the shade even. Lots for them to learn.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 03, 2011, 04:02:21 PM
BBE, In your post #102, top picture, look at breeding plumage of red billed quealas.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 03, 2011, 04:09:40 PM
June 3 at 9:11 p.m CAT (PPT if you prefer = Pete's Pond Time) there was an exceedingly rare sighting at the pond.

A large family of 'bush pigs' were seen at the pond.  Bush pigs heads are different from those of warthogs.   'PatNebraska' (a long time pondie posted two videos: 1st Sighting. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretgarden1/5794536316/in/photostream/) and 2nd Sighting. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretgarden1/5794560122/in/photostream/)

I read a few references to find the key differences between warthogs and bush pigs. Unlike the warthogs, the bush pigs:

1. Run with their tails down. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushpig (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bushpig)

2. Upper tusks are barely visible, but the lower tusks are razor sharp and grow 7 cm / 3 in. long. http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Potamochoerus_larvatus.html (http://www.ultimateungulate.com/Artiodactyla/Potamochoerus_larvatus.html)

Other references:
1. http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_bush_pig.html (http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_bush_pig.html)

2. http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_warthog.html (http://www.krugerpark.co.za/africa_warthog.html)

3. Photos of both in a blog at http://wingssail-images.blogspot.com/2011/05/warthogs-hluhluwe-imfolozi-park.html  (http://wingssail-images.blogspot.com/2011/05/warthogs-hluhluwe-imfolozi-park.html)  Blog written in May 2011 by a couple who have been 'cruising' around the world since 1996. They are currently in South Africa.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 03, 2011, 04:18:38 PM
BBE, In your post #102, top picture, look at breeding plumage of red billed queleas.

Beth, I do believe you are correct in the identity of the birds.   :thumbup:   Many photos came up when I searched using 'breeding plumage of Red-billed Quelea'. Look like the birds in this photo. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-billed_Quelea (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-billed_Quelea)

I am going to send Nancy Indiana a message, so I don't embarrass myself in public if she doesn't agree.

 :ty
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 03, 2011, 04:51:27 PM
Ah, I missed the bush pigs. There was another sighting of bush pigs during this last week.

I counted 7 bush pigs in Pat Nebraskas first sighting today video.  Zoomie did pretty good getting an image.

I heard piggy sounds during the second video. Wonder if that was the bush pigs making noise, or impala?  :mhihi
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 03, 2011, 05:49:27 PM
I was watching the Pond about noon yesterday (which would be about 9 pm at the pond). I definitely heard some huffing/ snorting/ grunting sounds. Maybe the bush pigs getting ready to come for a drink?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 03, 2011, 09:22:01 PM
June 4 , 2011 CAT

6:06 a.m. - going to be a lovely sunrise.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5265/5795683658_61ecb7207b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795683658/)
June 4 @6:06 am CAT ~ Sunrise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795683658/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

There doesn't appear to be a 'zoomie' at present. Mega noise coming from near the hide and the catfish are jumping.

6:21 am Zoomie subsequently appeared and honed in an Egyptian Goose at Rocky Point. Great zooming.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5024/5795150067_678d3131cf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795150067/)
June 4 @ 6:21 am EG First view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795150067/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2474/5795150103_a9144f6186.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795150103/)
June 4 @6:21 am EG up close (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795150103/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:54 am Mrs Egyptian Goose joined her mate at Rocky Point.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3004/5795766454_5692d3de41.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795766454/)
June 4 @6:53 am ~ Both EG (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5795766454/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 03, 2011, 11:33:08 PM
8:26 ppt this is a great time to see the pond.   First, lots and lots of guinea fowl, next, grey Heron, then some vervets briefly, then the group of wildebeasts, and an impala. And a zoomie working. What more could you ask for.  Must be 30 wildebeasts.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 04, 2011, 09:39:34 AM
WOW, wonder who is manning the cam? Is it Pete himself? I wondered earlier when the hills were being searched, like someone at the hide checking for giraffes or ellies. But now we have had ants on a branch, moon shots, search light in tree now from game drive, birds in focus.

Whoever it is Thank You.  We have had Eland,wildebeest, zebra, heron in the last hour. :) And warties, 2 youngsters sparing. That's when I tuned in 17:14 ppt
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 04, 2011, 12:04:56 PM
20:08 ppt we had a glimpse of a genet.  Archives shows it a little better, but here is a video.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hm5NjqVECTw
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 04, 2011, 02:53:00 PM
Beth thanks for the video.

I only saw the very end of the tail leave the screen and posted on Facebook in answer to your question that my guess was maybe a genet, a civet or one of the cat specie.  For once my guess was on the mark.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 05, 2011, 01:31:47 AM
Another evening of flipping between the Pond and the Game drive. Both put a wonderful display.

Sunday June 5, 2011 (CAT) ~  Morning at Pete's Pond ~ Pt. 1

8:09 am - Oh, what a beautiful morning
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3078/5798769887_5cb8be7724.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769887/)
June 5 @ 8:09 am Beautiful Morning (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769887/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:12 am 'George' (the Grey Heron) standing on Rocky Point, looking, preening and more looking.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2050/5799319126_a6f4104606.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799319126/)
June  5 @ 8:12 am Grey Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799319126/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:16 am perhaps the zoomie was looking for planes, ellies or giraffes?  I don't recall the airstrip being that wide a year and a bit ago ?

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5182/5798769773_345ebe5af5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769773/)
June 5 @ 8:16 am Looking for Planes, Ellies or Giraffes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769773/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:36 am - first one 'wartie' - - -
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2368/5798769803_d9b80ec337.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769803/)
June 5 @ 8:36 am  One Warthog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769803/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:36 am - and then another appeared in the shade.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5160/5798769823_98daf0cace.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769823/)
June 5 @ 8:36 am ~ Now 2 Warthogs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769823/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


That's not all, there's more > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 05, 2011, 01:49:08 AM
Sunday June 5, 2011 (CAT) ~  Morning at Pete's Pond ~ Pt. 2

8:37 am and a pair of doves near the water.  There were others flying across the pond as well.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3403/5798769841_91c20db8cc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769841/)
June 5 @ 8:37 Pair of Doves by Water (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769841/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


9:01 am Doves in the tree and more were flying up to it. I am sure these are what we saw the morning of May 28,  HERE (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg57038#msg57038)

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5184/5799319094_b9bf85fd0f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799319094/)
June 5 @ 9: 01 am Doves in Tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799319094/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


9:06 am - Baboons at all ages and stages in life.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3007/5798769867_965f9d75da.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769867/)
June 5 @ 9:06 am Baboons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798769867/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


VIDEOS x 2:
1. Grey Heron - preens, scratches, & looks around. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5798671337/in/photostream)

2. Impala Comes for a Drink. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799221640/in/photostream)  he was seemingly not bothered by the 'fleas' until one walked behind him; looked up and then continued drinking. Stopped just as I stopped recording.

Enjoy
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 05, 2011, 06:08:15 AM
Sunday June 5, 2011 (CAT) ~  Morning at Pete's Pond ~ Pt. 3

Who ever said live cams were addictive - was soooo right.  :ecsmile    Some of you here know I was a Pete's Pondie while it was on National Geographic. Well, I'm here to tell you, I still am.   :chuckle

First, some photos I waited to post.

10:48 am What on earth is this?
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2596/5799831624_ffd83233f6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799831624/)
June 5 @ 10:48 am What on earth? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799831624/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


And oh my gosh here's another one
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5267/5799281927_dbdb09935b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799281927/)
June 5 @11:06 am ~ Another Monitor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799281927/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


When I saw the first one I thought maybe it was an African Clawless Otter.  No they are both Nile (Water) Monitors. But that first one had had snack by the looks of it.

12:36 pm A Terrapin sunning itself down by the hide / boma
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3466/5800130930_709a5958c8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5800130930/)
June 5 @ 12:36 pm CAT ~ Terrapin (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5800130930/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Video of the great close up cam work of the terrapin - Terrapin.  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799157021/)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 05, 2011, 06:42:56 AM
Sunday June 5, 2011 (CAT) ~  Afternoon at Pete's Pond ~ Pt. 1

While posting on the game drive topic I had the pond up so I could keep an eye on it. I heard a noise and said "that sounds like ellies approaching".  It was, and I'm ready to post more photos and videos.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5039/5799281945_9280872104.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799281945/)
June 5 @ 12:52 pm ~ My 1st 'live' View This Season (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799281945/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2638/5799831722_06999a4b89.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799831722/)
June 5 @ 1 pm Ellies (2) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799831722/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3407/5799831708_050d270934.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799831708/)
June 5 @ 1 pm Ellies (3) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799831708/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2544/5799281959_844b78d9a3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799281959/)
June 5 @ 1 pm Ellies - Love Them All (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799281959/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5078/5799282015_c98927bfeb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799282015/)
June 5 @ 1:13 pm ~ Too many to count (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5799282015/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Too much going on, I resorted to recording, so one more post.

 :hearts2

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 05, 2011, 06:44:03 AM
Sunday June 5, 2011 (CAT) ~  Afternoon at Pete's Pond ~ Pt. 2

VIDEOS x 5 from the visit with the ellies.

Pt. 1 of two ellies meeting a third near the end of their visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pCAX68MyqM


Pt. 2 of two ellies meeting a third near the end of their visit
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbIqp87uz-0


Ellies at Play and Look for a Set of Twins.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCoXfKvFFuU


Ellies Have a Dust Bath.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FwfBYgVKHy8


I just just have to have a dust bath, even with the plane going over  :eclol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCoe3wDbvoo

 :biggrin3   and a big round of applause to Pete Le Roux,  Peter Braat, and all those who were associated with the previous forum for Pete's Pond    :clap


Next up ~ for me it is 'Breakfast' at Roland Garros in Paris   :eclol

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 05, 2011, 11:46:11 AM
20: 46ppt now!  Ellies 5 at least

Or 8:46 pm petes pond time
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 05, 2011, 11:51:36 AM
Thanks BBE for the pics and videos. Glad you got to see the ellies finally.  And some little ones  :eclove

Eland were seen earlier today, but I didn't get an exact time, 9:40 pacific time. The time is confusing to me  :eclol :mconfused

Time would be 18:40 ppt
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 05, 2011, 12:03:15 PM
There ended up being around 8 ellies. Now 12:04 pacific time, more ellies arrive

9:03 pm ppt or 21:04 for archives
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 05, 2011, 02:28:35 PM
It has been an ellie parade today. Some come and then leave, more come. One ellie stayed at Rocky point for the longest time filling up with the fresh water.
There are 4 there now, one a wee one. Zoomie gave a nice brief closeup of it,
.  Make that 5 ellies, one wading, and msybe more of the herd coming.  :biggrin6 Time of the wee close up approx 11:28 ppt  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 05, 2011, 04:20:55 PM
Monday June 6 was not even an hour old when an Knob-billed Duck (a.k.a. 'African Comb Duck') put in an appearance at 00:48:45.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5101/5802229406_1657e83fd3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5802229406/)
June 6 @ 00:48:45 CAT Knob-billed Duck (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5802229406/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/birds/Anseriformes/Anatidae/Sarkidiornis-melanotos (http://thewebsiteofeverything.com/animals/birds/Anseriformes/Anatidae/Sarkidiornis-melanotos)

http://www.thebigzoo.com/Animals/African_Comb_Duck.asp (http://www.thebigzoo.com/Animals/African_Comb_Duck.asp)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 05, 2011, 05:18:43 PM
I really need to find a large photo of Pete's Pond.  Over the past week I have learned the names of two other areas at the Pond for my post HERE. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg55727#msg55727)  I will edit this post after I finish here.

These were given to me by a member of the 'Pondies'. The 'rocky spot' refers to the area filled in by gravel.  So right now in the video I posted of the adult ellie having a dust bath and then sitting down is currently 'Re-appearing Island'.

(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/ONZ%20Forum/NamespostbySG.jpg)

This is the 'Reappearing/Disappearing' Island.  If water filled the ellies will continue to walk across the foreground path and behind the bushes nearer the 'hide'.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5317/5802478152_5ee1d88899.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5802478152/)
'Reappearing' or 'Disappearing' Island' (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5802478152/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 05, 2011, 11:38:23 PM
8:36 ppt Kudu one drinking!!!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 07, 2011, 04:53:50 PM
June 8 at about 1:09 am CAT - three small groups of ellies (totalling 9 or 10) came for a very quick drink and left. One group may have contained the twins  :question  

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2130/5809635911_f6e688d6d3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5809635911/)
June 8 @1:08 am ~ Ellies  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5809635911/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2506/5809635941_eeabfd3e77.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5809635941/)
June 8 @ 1:09 am (1) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5809635941/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Aw, I love you Mum, and will do as you do  :eclove
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3359/5810201336_cf475f141c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810201336/)
June 8 @ 1:09 am (2) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810201336/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Maybe the twins ?
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2471/5810201366_35e2fdc78d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810201366/)
June 8 @ 1:11 am ~ twins maybe (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810201366/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


And then they left.  :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 07, 2011, 11:54:22 PM
Wednesday June 8, 2011 Morning at the Pond

Just a quick visit there before heading off for  :sleep  Three  impalas came for a drink, but couldn't decide whether to stay or not. One or two Egyptian Geese being extremely loud.  :eclol

Impala can be very skittish. Two decided to stay and the third did too. Then more appeared. Safety in numbers. At one point the goose or geese (on Rocky Point0 were so loud that some of the impala looked at them as if to say 'Be quiet'.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2186/5810616041_f00446dc3e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810616041/)
June 8 @ 7:59 am ~ Unsure impalas (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810616041/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3255/5810612241_0c108d489e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810612241/)
June 8 @ 8:01 am ~ Two decide to stay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810612241/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Look at the length of the horns / antlers on the ram.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2329/5811176664_0d63c78bf7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5811176664/)
June 8 @ 8:02 am ~ Three stay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5811176664/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5198/5810612287_fa7453daef.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810612287/)
June 8 @ 8:04 am ~ Even more impalas (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5810612287/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2388/5811176700_8f27cf55d3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5811176700/)
June 8 @ 8:06 am ~ Please be quiet ! (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5811176700/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on June 08, 2011, 07:55:05 AM
A large Ellie herd at Pete’s Pond (more than 30) arrived at Pete's Pond on June 8, 2011.  There were at least 10 young calves, many juveniles and several large females.  (My favorites are the very tiny babies.)


Mom and Calf at Pete’s Pond
(http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx7/Tigerlady105art/Petes%20Pond%202011/MomandCalfatPetesPond.jpg)
©2011 WildEarth.tv


Part of a Large Ellie Herd at Pete's Pond
(http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx7/Tigerlady105art/Petes%20Pond%202011/LargeHerdatPetesPond.jpg)
©2011 WildEarth.tv


Many Babies - Ellie Herd - Pete’s Pond
(http://i736.photobucket.com/albums/xx7/Tigerlady105art/Petes%20Pond%202011/ElliesatPetesPond.jpg)
©2011 WildEarth.tv



Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 08, 2011, 09:02:00 AM
Thanks Tiger, you know my love of the ellies.  Wonderful to see all the younsgters.   :biggrin3

I won't be around much today to watch either PP or go on the next Game Drive.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 08, 2011, 10:44:43 AM
Natura posted a fantastic 20 min video of the large group of ellies on their facebook page. Try this link to the video

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1390255731870&oid=160090340710917&comments
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 08, 2011, 01:36:47 PM
Beth, thanks sooooooo much for posting Natura's video.  :biggrin3   To watch it one needs to be signed into Facebook.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: watermaid on June 08, 2011, 07:25:47 PM
Can anyone tell me how the water is replenished in this pond?  Great pictures and videos from everyone.  Thank you.   :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 08, 2011, 09:20:15 PM
I believe it is well water. It comes into the pond at Rocky Point. You will see the ellies put their trunks down into this fresh water source. The prized water that the ellies really prefer.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: watermaid on June 09, 2011, 08:41:02 PM
Thank you, EMC.  I had noticed their preference for that spot and I wondered if this was a place where the water is fresh and perhaps colder.  :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 09, 2011, 10:02:41 PM
Hello watermaid and welcome aboard .  I agree with what 'emc' said about the water.

I it now Friday June 10, morning at the pond and the sun is rising and the birds are waking up.

The Grey Heron has been flying hither, thither and yon around the pond.  I heard some jackals 'singing'.  Also one young ellie appeared had a quick drink and left.  But I saw him leaving. I think that there was probably an older ellie with him. Why, there was considerable evidence on the shoreline that there had been more than one.

It is now 6:55 am there, the sun is rising, the Grey Heron is still about and as I have an early start tomorrow I am heading off for zzzz's.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2487/5817397884_f555f0f652.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397884/)
June 10 @ 4:50 am ~ Grey Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397884/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5062/5817397902_2f94ace997.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397902/)
June 10 @ 4:58 am ~ Heron Flies Away (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397902/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5315/5817397922_91e3b288c6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397922/)
June 10 @ 5:56 am ~ Main area (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397922/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5263/5817397940_6204368d45.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397940/)
June 10 @ 6:08 am ~ Moving toward the 'eye of the needle' tree. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397940/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3034/5817397962_e0164dc7eb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397962/)
June 10 @ 6:09 am ~ 'Eye of needle' tree  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5817397962/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


G' night   :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 09, 2011, 11:27:35 PM
I need to do better posting real time on sightings.  :mhihi.  I'lll work on it.

There was a lot of neat sightings during their last day. Of note was a juvenile black crake, genet, bush pigs, zebra, and ostrich.

You can see pics and videos on their facebook, till we do better here....  Petes pond on Mashatu.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 10, 2011, 12:11:40 AM
Hi Beth, we keep missing each other at the Pond  :eclol  

Yes, some great photos and videos on Pete's Pond On Mashatu.  (http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu) Pamela Bell's of the small genet was super. The pictures one's yesterday or maybe the day before of the Kori Bustard were beautiful. With CAT one never knows what day it is :puzzled2

I've been bad, instead of turning in early, I finished my book.  :ecwink  

TTFN  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 10, 2011, 08:42:44 AM
5:38 two waterbuck at the beach. 3 warthogs came in there and then went towards rocky point.

One little warthog came back towards the beach and almost got run over by a skittish waterbuck. Lol

5:45 waterbuck are still there in the trees left of beach. They want a drink, but are skittish. They finally got a little drink.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 10, 2011, 01:41:22 PM
Two waterbuck there now, one a youngster
10:41 ppt

And a jackal a few min ago.
cam down...

Cam back up

There has been jumpy feed often today.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 10, 2011, 11:07:52 PM
At some point on June 9th  CAT a white Chacma Baboon was seen at the pond.  Rare indeed.

Several photos posted - these two by long time pondie 'Laura Santos'.

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2473/5819848551_4e9cd6faea.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5819848551/)
White Chacma Baboon by Laura Santos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5819848551/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2480/5819848565_3a07d1b0bf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5819848565/)
White Chacma Baboon by Laura Santos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5819848565/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And, another member Janet Jones, found this article. She thought that the white baboon who was at the pond might be 'Snowball'.
http://www.conservationafrica.net/news/post/51 (http://www.conservationafrica.net/news/post/51)

G'night.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 12, 2011, 02:14:58 PM
Beth, you are welcome. When I have time I am going to do likewise with the blogs for Karula's new cubs.


I just checked in at PP for a few minutes at 10:45 pm CAT Sunday. It appears to have been a ellie evening.

All of a sudden, a trumpet call and four ellies appear - seemingly four generation, including a baby, who as well as a short suckle from Mom, tried to drink from sisters mouth?

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2326/5825530153_371a9028e2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5825530153/)
June 12 @ 10:45 pm ~ Ellies (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5825530153/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

VIDEO - 20 sec. of the Ellies x 4 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5825530481/)

 :ecsmile  :eclove


Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 12, 2011, 02:33:05 PM
There was over an hour of ellies today at Petes.  :biggrin6   Starting at 20:17 and going a little past 21:17 as a few more came in then.

Lots of interesting interactions.

BBE is responding to some posts in the Safari Drives topic. I thanked her for gathering the blogs re: Karula's family.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 12, 2011, 02:36:38 PM
Nancy Indiana and I worked on a map with points of discussion marked.  Hope it helps everyone know what is being discussed where... Lol

Landmarks at Pete's Pond
Hey Pondies,   Elizabeth Cave (a.k.a. emc) and I put together some pictures to show the features at the pond that have been named by Pondies over the years.  If we missed any, please send either of us a private message.   For a more legible full-sized view, go to this link and click on the picture that comes up: http://i54.tinypic.com/2rdhjif.jpg     Cheers, Beth & Nancy
By: Nancy Indiana

(http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc6/249508_2006561438238_1069732950_2303627_953917_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 12, 2011, 05:21:09 PM
Beth, to you and Nancy go many thanks for your time and effort to create a new map for us.

I have 'modified' Reply # 1 to include the map:
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg54888#msg54888 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg54888#msg54888)

And I removed my post in what was Reply #72 with the stretch photo from 'Pondaholics Anonymous' and my attempt to write in names on another map.

 :thumbup:  :ty  :wub
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 12, 2011, 11:04:28 PM
Monday June 13, 2011 ~ Morning at Pete's Pond

The pond was a busy place for the almost hour I watched it.  Egyptian Geese, a grey heron, two hammerkops, and one handsome impala.  And a beautiful sunrise.

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5311/5827116923_42f5eb1c5c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827116923/)
June 13 @ 6:26 am ~ View of sunrise (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827116923/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Just before I took this photo, there had been a pair of hammerkops very close to the grey heron. But the cam pic. froze momentarily and was a little pixelated. By the time it was back, one hamerkop was just going out of the photo, walking away from Rocky Point.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2536/5827116957_f1a32c2caf.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827116957/)
June 13 @ 6:45 am ~ Heron and Hamerkop (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827116957/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2277/5827667308_85e699f273.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667308/)
June 13 @ 6:46 am ~ Heron and Hamerkop (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667308/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


And then onto the pair of geese. One, I think the male, was really ticked off about something and was letting everyone know about it. :eclol

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3302/5827667356_cab5cee10b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667356/)
June 13 @ 7:01 am ~ Egyptian Geese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667356/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_pkRGwxOCtE   


A few more > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 12, 2011, 11:27:46 PM
More from Monday June 13, 2011 ~ Morning at Pete's Pond

The grey heron has moved on from Rocky Point and there is an impala standing at a bush behind him.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3009/5827117069_73284b2b39.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827117069/)
June 13 @ 7:04 am ~ Heron and Impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827117069/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


What a handsome impala ram.  Clearly on view are the large tufts of long, coarse black hair which cover a scent gland just above the heel on each hind leg. These help solitary animals find their way back to the herd, or spread their own scent by stamping or scraping their hooves in a fight.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5120/5827667436_ff8b3984d1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667436/)
June 13 @ 7:12 Handsome impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667436/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


The impala was there for several minutes nibbling on the leaves.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2440/5827667482_9b1950d5b8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667482/)
June 13 @ 7:15 am Impala Nibbling at Bush (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667482/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


A beautiful view of the pond
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2573/5827667508_97e8435b43.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667508/)
Jun 13 @ 7:21 am ~ View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5827667508/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 13, 2011, 07:46:18 AM
4:43 ppt beautiful bull elephant came in quietly, took a short cut thru the water to Rocky Point, drinking now
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 13, 2011, 11:01:53 AM
20:00 ppt Ellies there now
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 13, 2011, 04:19:49 PM
Another ellie day and I missed them. But ~ ~ they were head about midnight and guess what?  Three of them came for a very brief 'drink stop' at 00:45:47 a.m.


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3474/5830767954_90bb046e11.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5830767954/)
June 14 @00:45:47 am Ellies x 3 Arrive (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5830767954/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5034/5830218303_cd05aed9be.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5830218303/)
June 14 @ 00:47:42 ~ One Ellies Heads for Rocky Point (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5830218303/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3097/5830218329_7c60a4c2e5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5830218329/)
June 14 @ 00:49:48 ~ Ellies Drink (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5830218329/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


VIDEO of them leaving, as quickly as they arrived ~ Ellies leave (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5830749386/)


I won't be back at the Pond until later this evening, if then. Hockey game !
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 13, 2011, 11:57:21 PM
Scanning the page on FB there were visits from ellies, the heron, and elands.

So far on Tuesday morning (June 14) We have seen:

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3043/5831320393_a904856772.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831320393/)
June 14 @ 7:52 am ~ View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831320393/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


A 'potpourri' of a troop of baboons, a warthog through the troop and a guinea fowl  :eclol
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5831320413_207d9ee082.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831320413/)
June 14 @ 8:11 am ~ A mixture (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831320413/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Some stationary guinea fowl
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5111/5831333377_846a8cf733.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831333377/)
June 14 @ 8:26 am ~ Guinea Fowl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831333377/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


And the grey heron
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3175/5831333403_cd80effc05.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831333403/)
June 14 @ 8:30 am ~ Grey Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831333403/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And a member, Jennifer W. Watson posted a super photo of Blacksmith (lapwing) Plover.  A reference for you about the bird is http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacksmith_Lapwing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blacksmith_Lapwing)

VIDEO of the baboons in retreat from the pond
http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831311089/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5831311089/)

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 14, 2011, 02:15:15 PM
Giraffe 11:15. PM it stayed to drink and the zoomie did a great close up! :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 14, 2011, 07:05:39 PM
Today was a busy day at the pond: countless visits by elephants, numerous visits by wildebeest in small groups and large, 2 visits from Eland 2-5, a giraffe, waterbuck,baboons, vervet monkeys, wildpigs, water monitor,zebra,warthogs,hammerkop,  and the usual visitors,impala, grey heron,egyptian geese, blacksmith plovers, doves, and guinea fowl. And one very large bird in a tree without ID.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 14, 2011, 11:54:28 PM
Wednesday June 15,  Morning at Pete's Pond was pretty, noisy and active. I am surprised the geese don't get laryngitis  :eclol

4:38 am Do you see the star?
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3375/5834878201_6808db36fc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5834878201/)
June 15 @ 4:38 am ~ Twinkle twinkle (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5834878201/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2681/5835430542_4850486197.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430542/)
June 15 @ 4:42 am - All is quiet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430542/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

5:54 am and daybreak starts in earnest x 3 photos
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2475/5835430496_ed5fd3930d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430496/)
June 15 @ 5:54 am - Daybreak is Starting (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430496/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5147/5835430514_309c640a71.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430514/)
June 15 @ 5:59 am ~ Daybreak (2) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430514/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3374/5835430468_05f57948ac.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430468/)
June 15 @ 6:01 am ~ Daybreak (3) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430468/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


More > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 15, 2011, 12:07:30 AM
More from Wednesday morning at the pond

6:06 am and the grey heron arrived.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3636/5835430626_7b6e1c254c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430626/)
June 15 @ 6:06 am Grey Heron Arrives (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430626/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


6:08 am and the heron has made his way past the beach area. Are these perhaps two geese with him. They do seem to go in tandem.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5231/5834878229_c3effc3731.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5834878229/)
June 15 @ 6:08 am Heron and smaller birds x 2. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5834878229/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


6:20 am the geese
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2469/5835430648_8590ff9f16.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430648/)
June 15 @ 6:20 am ~ Geese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430648/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


And there is a Blacksmith (Lapwing) Plover in the foreground at the water's edge.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3533/5834878267_feeedf40d7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5834878267/)
June 15 @ 6:20 am Geese and Plover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5834878267/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


6:28 am A beautiful close up of the heron -  :thumbup: to the 'zoomie'.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5320/5835430578_62b01b9bfa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430578/)
June 15 @ 6:28 am ~ Grey Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5835430578/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Heron goes fishing, it does appear he is swallowing something?  And one of the geese making a racket.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3nwfGDlOsQ

I then went to the WE drive. In looking back at the Pond discussion it appears that the geese may have had a row.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 15, 2011, 11:45:43 AM
June 15 8:47 , I saw an otter surface, and then again a few min later. Right at the peak of Rocky Point. Pat Nebraska has worked on getting some images of it at PetesPond on Mashatu Facebook Wall. Cape Clawless Otter we think.

http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu

Pat's flicker pics of otter

http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretgarden1/5836823978/in/photostream/

Giraffe were seen during our night, 5 or 6 and then one this morning our time.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 18, 2011, 11:29:03 PM
It has been a couple of days since I have dropped in on Pete's Pond. It has been busy.

Sunday June 19 2011 ~ PP ~ my sightings from 1:09 a.m. and 7:12 a.m.

At 1:09 a.m. CAT, I went to start a new Discussion Topic for the day and just saw and Eland leaving.

(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3264/5847295841_ba47f40b40.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847295841/)
June 19 @ 1:09 am ~ Eland (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847295841/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

1:13 a.m. A night time reflection
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3421/5847295861_e9be7a8ecb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847295861/)
June 19 @ 1:13am ~ Reflection (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847295861/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

At 5:58 a.m.  as regular as clock work,   :eclol  the Grey Heron appears at Rocky Point.
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5226/5847854404_4a079f86ef.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854404/)
June 19 @ 5:58 am ~ Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854404/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

About 6:25 a.m. one the PP folks posted a photo (long shot) of a bird in the dead tree. We wondered what it might be, I went back into the archives and recorded the section. I think it was one of the geese. But there was also another bird to the right and down a smidge ?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3e78v_ftCw4

More for another post > > > >
 
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 18, 2011, 11:37:18 PM
Sunday June 19 2011 ~ PP ~ my sightings from 1:09 a.m. and 7:12 a.m.  Pt. 2

6:12 a.m. and the colour of the sky is changing.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2614/5847854410_f1ecae17d3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854410/)
June 19 @ 6:12 am ~ Sky changing colour (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854410/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:19 a.m.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3396/5847854426_df8b80d142.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854426/)
June 19 @ 6:19 am ~ Sky (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854426/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:32 a.m. While recording the bird in the dead tree, a Wildebeest and Impala were on the beach.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2710/5847295961_83e8c6a90b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847295961/)
June 19 @ 6:32 am ~ Wildebeest  and Impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847295961/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:12 a.m. and the heron put in another appearance.
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2697/5847854446_54225a6e39.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854446/)
June 19 @ 7:12 am ~ Grey Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5847854446/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

At which point I moved to the game drive a little time.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 19, 2011, 04:31:49 PM
Dark and early on Monday June 20, 2011

I had spent a few minutes at the start of June 20th at the pond.

00:29:28 and all is quiet
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5026/5850809930_ca03546335.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850809930/)
June 20 @ 00:09:28 - View (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850809930/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

00:23:28 - does the heron never sleep  :question
(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5033/5850259339_2797e51b08.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850259339/)
June 20 @ 00:23:58 - Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850259339/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

00:24:14 Reflection
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2511/5850259401_7af5b2f809.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850259401/)
June 20 @ 00:24:14 - Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850259401/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

00:29:46 - an eland came to drink
(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2768/5850809958_ca15c0ed7a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850809958/)
June 20 @ 00:29:46 - Eland (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850809958/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Just as he started drinking it sounded like an airplane overhead, which startled the eland and he left.

00:30:14 - Eland leaves
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3345/5850809978_8c1ac34f49.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850809978/)
June 20 @ 00:30:14 -  Eland (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5850809978/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

But the noise level increased and it certainly wasn't an airplane.  Maybe 'someone' behind the trees clearing the beach area?  This is what it sounded like (I stopped recording before the noise stopped)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvraV7ZBD7c

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 20, 2011, 11:58:10 PM
Tuesday June 21, 2011 Early Morning at Pete's Pond

I didn't stay as long as I would have liked once daylight broke, as there was action the Game Drive (to be posted shortly, I hope  :yawn)

5:29 am - Reflection
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3197/5855462717_3be476cb0c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5855462717/)
June 21 @ 5:29 am Reflection (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5855462717/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

At about 7 a.m. a Blacksmith (aka Lapwing) Plover appeared by Rocky Point and was busy preening.(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5228/5855462737_42236dfb2b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5855462737/)
June 21 @ 6:59 am Blacksmith Plover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5855462737/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5315/5855462749_f5d51e6034.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5855462749/)
June 21 @ 07:00 am Blacksmith Plover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5855462749/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

I was recording the plover, when a pair of geese sauntered by in front of the plover - wanted their 5 minutes of fame ?

(http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5157/5856015224_de9720e6ce.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5856015224/)
June 21 @ 07:00:30 am Geese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5856015224/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

All the above pics are from my video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aC8u5DWjh6U

Enjoy.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 21, 2011, 05:15:36 PM
'watermaid' sent me a PM asking what the small bird with the long beak is that has been at the pond for a few hours.  It is a pied kingfisher and it is still there, down by the light next to the hide.  I wonder if the light is keeping it warm?

The bird is actually blue with minimal black and also white.
http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/pied.htm (http://www.kenyabirds.org.uk/pied.htm)

http://www.mangoverde.com/birdsound/index.html (http://www.mangoverde.com/birdsound/index.html)


June 22 (CAT) at 1:53 a.m.
(http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/5858026487_028f4bf43e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5858026487/)
June 22 @ 01:54:35 - Pied Kingfisher (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/5858026487/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_r2rFwVkuo


Thanks watermaid  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 22, 2011, 12:34:34 PM
genet alert!
some good looks now still
9:27 starts, 9:30 genet stops and zoomie gets fabulous view up until 9:32
dark tip tail for specific species ID
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 22, 2011, 06:56:33 PM
Hi Beth,

I just found the archived segment with large spotted genet.  I haven't seen one hang around as long as this one.  Great work by the 'cam zoomie'.   I recorded the genets visit for here and the PP site.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jlvPy3yUOoA
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 23, 2011, 08:43:29 PM
Wonderful video BBE, thank you for the effort it took. it was worth it!  The best genet view we've ever seen! The genet stops, and turns its head, moves slowly to see its tail. Oh, oh, so special.
 :eclove :wub


Large Spotted Genet
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 23, 2011, 08:50:57 PM
I haven't found a reference to pied kingfisher's blue color yet. Do you have something I can reference? Thanks

The first year I posted on Petes Pond, after watching a while , the beautiful Malachite Kingfisher was on view frequently. The Pied Kingfisher rarely. So I chose the Pied Kingfisher for my avatar. Since that year, the Malachite has been rare and Pied Kingfisher frequent. I hope very much that we get to see the magnificent Malachite Kingfisher a lot this season. It sparkles, is luminescent and so gorgeous!!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 23, 2011, 10:23:58 PM
Beth, re Pied Kingfisher.

I see that one of the two links I included with my post above turned back to the main link for the reference after I posted it. Weird indeed.

And I misquoted in the other link re the PK being blue. It is black and white as per this reference, which I included.
And here is the link to 'Birds in South Africa (the Roberts listing):
http://www.birdsinsa.com/birds/cerylerudis.htm (http://www.birdsinsa.com/birds/cerylerudis.htm)

Depending on the light the Pied Kingfisher is in, they may look blue. I remember when I saw my first on my 2008 Safari, it was a beautiful sunny day and the pair I saw did appear to be blue.  :nod2

Yes, the Malachite Kingfisher was and still is my favourite. And you're right it was there a lot one year and seldom the next.
http://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/birds_kingfisher.htm (http://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/birds_kingfisher.htm)


Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 24, 2011, 07:23:07 PM
Thanks Ann, and your Safari was actual, live! No wonder that would be the image you have in your mind. So glad you got to go and see so much! Appreciate the explanation alot!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on June 26, 2011, 07:42:44 AM
stream is down periodically, but there have been fantastic sightings when up!
Zoomies have learned fast and we get lots of great closeups.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on June 30, 2011, 08:47:59 PM
I haven't been able to watch PP too much in the past few days.  Ellies, Elands, Zebras, Kori Bustard, Ostrich and on:

June 30 - video of a visit by two leopards Posted by Pat Nebraska.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/secretgarden1/5887850157/
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on August 13, 2011, 03:44:52 PM
One of my favorites visited the pond yesterday.

Kudu bull
(http://i93.photobucket.com/albums/l50/birdsbeth/Petes%20Pond%202011/PreviewScreenSnapz079.jpg)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on August 13, 2011, 08:42:47 PM
emc, cool pic of a handsome kudu bull.  :thumbup:   

I haven't visited the pond for at least three weeks now.  I did have a PM today from watermaid, who knows I love elephants, I guess earlier today there were oodles of ellies?

I was answered her question about the low rumbling / growl sound they were making. Communicating with each other.

 :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on August 15, 2011, 10:27:34 PM
Yellow billed stork fishing at 7:26 am while grey heron rests at rocky point
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: watermaid on August 16, 2011, 07:44:53 PM
I saw this bird too, emc.  I noticed that the bird would stir up the bottom with one leg while he had his bill deep in the water. :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 08:02:39 PM
It is fascinating to watch the different techniques used by different species.  :biggrin6. Did you see the spoonbills? And the heron and egret, they stalk and spear.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: watermaid on August 16, 2011, 10:02:06 PM
Yes, emc, I did see them too.  This is an interesting site also but so many times the buffering is not working.
This evening it is not working again.  I like to watch at this time as it is just before sunrise there and also I like to watch just afater sundown.  Good time to see different animals then what you catch during the day.
I have seen so many different animals and birds.  One night I saw one of those big owls but the camera person was not very good and moved off of him and when the camera moved back he was gone.  I think the giraffe gives me the most excitement.  It just takes my breath away in the way it moves.  :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on August 16, 2011, 10:49:11 PM
They do have problems being way out in the bush. Usually about now it comes back live. After daylight in Mashatu.

It sure is a special treat tho.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on August 27, 2011, 09:55:20 AM
18:36 Leopard drinking today :). We also saw two Kori Bustards earlier and a cute Black Crake, which is a small black bird with red legs and feet, and a yellow bill :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on August 28, 2011, 10:33:14 PM
NebraskaPat made a great video of  highlights of the day. Including elephants and

A Late August Day at Pete's Pond August 28, 2011:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_djqlcoIdY
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 01:53:59 AM
Sept. 29 morning 9:05 - 10:46 a.m. CAT

With the Djuma Safari Drives on 'vacation' for two weeks, I finally after almost two months found some consistent time to watch Pete's Pond.  Wonderful to see it again and active.  Now if some ellies should wander by :ecsmile :eclove

First up was a family of warthogs.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6122/6194642684_d4c015400a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642684/)
Warthog family (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642684/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6166/6194125785_d27d1a9c8c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194125785/)
Warthog family (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194125785/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Then the resident pair of geese came to the beach.  I had read that Gracie had had a wing injured. Indeed she has.  On Sept. 14 they were there, and it reads as though Gracie was in the water. Suddenly a large slap of water and a screaming geese. One or two of the fish had Gracie by her right wing. She did get away and George was right there to help her. Her wing apparently was broken or badly sprained. You can see how swollen it is, and she does seem to be in some discomfort.  
Some people are asking why nothing is being done to try and catch her, but as with the animals on Djuma, if human provoked, yes they will; if caused by nature, unlikely to have human intervention.
There is a video in the Archives for Sept. 14 event - labelled. But it is not for the faint of heart.  One time when not being able to post links is a good thing.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6151/6194642668_107e861ab2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642668/)
Egyptian Geese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642668/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/6194642724_8222fb37ef.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642724/)
Gracie, with injured right wing (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642724/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

On Sept. 19 Peter LeRoux did go to the pond to check on the geese. He thought the injured goose was the male, until 'Pondie's' corrected him.   :nod2   On the Pond's FB page he wrote:

Quote
I went to the pond last night and watched the goose for a while. Firstly he is going to be very difficult to catch. The reason they remain close to the waters edge at night is so that if attacked from the land they can slip into the water and vice versa if attacked from the water. So if I try and catch him he is going to go into the water and out of my reach.
Secondly, if I do manage to get my hands on him I may injure his wing even more in the ensuing scramble. Thirdly, I noticed that he is starting to move his wing up and down a bit, which may mean that it is only a muscular sprain which will heal.

I would rather leave him for the moment and see what transpires. I have learnt in the past that sometimes to interfere is not in the best interests of the wild animal concerned.
 
Pete's Pond on Mashatu --Pete"


So we will have to be patient and observe.

A large herd of Wildebeests came for a morning drink, along with many impalas
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6005/6194125837_51a735bb31.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194125837/)
Wildebeests and Impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194125837/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Don't go away yet > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 02:04:08 AM
Sept. 29 morning 9:05 - 10:46 a.m. CAT ~ Pt. 2

Just to prove that animals and birds do co-exist  :nod2

Warties, 'fleas', and a grey heron
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6179/6194642762_84a3f01cf9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642762/)
Warthog, 'Fleas', Heron and a Spoonbill (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642762/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And add in a spoonbill  :ecsmile
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6179/6194642762_84a3f01cf9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642762/)
Warthog, 'Fleas', Heron and a Spoonbill (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194642762/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And so do Zebras and Baboons
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/6194703828_64721f12a0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194703828/)
Zebras and Baboons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194703828/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

The grey heron came back
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6162/6194186645_92a3d253ba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194186645/)
Grey Heron  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6194186645/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Two videos almost ready to post  > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 02:07:35 AM
Sept. 29 morning 9:05 - 10:46 a.m. CAT ~ Pt. 3

Two Videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8VbIHraWT6U


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kgf0gcvz5Tk

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on September 29, 2011, 09:52:34 AM
BBE, you got some nice multiple species there. Love the spoonbill and a great portrait of the grey heron.
Gracie's wing is held much, much higher in your pictures than when I last saw her a week ago.  :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 12:41:38 PM
Beth, I agree re Gracie holding her wing higher. I finally took the plunge and watched a few videos with the geese since the incident, it is higher.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 06:31:00 PM
I was just catching up on Pete's Pond page.  Today, (Thurs. here and there) Pete Leroux apparently captured both Gracie and George and has taken them to a clinic.

More news 'tomorrow'. ( Fri. CAT). which it is already as I type, but the middle of the night.

Fingers crossed.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 06:48:31 PM
In the wee, wee hours of Fri. Sept. 30 (CAT). Posted by Ulrike Wolf.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6196340649_5c5f6cb86d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196340649/)
Wee hours visit by ellies (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196340649/) posted by Ulrike Wolf on PP. (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/)

 :eclove   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on September 29, 2011, 08:16:28 PM
What a great picture of the great and small all lined up together.  :biggrin6

Wonderful news re: Gracie and George. Wonder how he caught them? Or how many people it took? Lol
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 08:20:29 PM
Hi Beth, the last I read on PP page at FB was that Pete or someone on his behalf will post more info tomorrow.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: birdvoyer on September 29, 2011, 09:53:54 PM
Hi BBE! I really like the elephant photo as well. It's like they posed for a family portrait!

It will be interesting to read more about George and Gracie. I'm afraid to watch the video.  :ecnono  But I just can't imagin a fish breaking a goose's wing! Of course, I guess if the fish is big enough...

Thanks for the PP update.
  :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 10:11:49 PM
Hi Birdv,

How are you? Nice to see you here.

It seems that 'George' is back at the pond. No word yet as to what transpired yesterday with taking both of the geese. Maybe took George too just to check him out?

Until over a year ago there was a resident crocodile at the pond, by the name of 'Fatty'.  When he was there, the catfish numbers were kept under control, as they were his main food staple.  Now without him their numbers are substantial, and they are big.

Quote
average adult length of 1-1.5 meters, a broad, terminal mouth with four pairs of barbels. They can weigh up to 29 kg.

Ref.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarias_gariepinus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarias_gariepinus)

3.28 feet - 1 meter     29 kg (kilograms) = 63.8 pounds

One of the members on the Pete's Pond FB page is a volunteer at IBRRC and has contacted them to see if they can help set up a fund to help care for Gracie. 

Added later - the person referred to in my previous paragraph said in one of her post's on Pete's Pond FB page that she is one of IBRRC's  'volunteers'.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 29, 2011, 10:22:45 PM
Friday Sept. 30 Morning  (CAT) at the Pond.

I have been multi tasking with half an eye on the pond and the FB page for same.

So quiet without raucous geese about. A solitary goose was seen about 5:30 a.m. - believed to be George.
While the pair are called 'Gracie' and 'George' they are unlikely to be the pair that were so named a few years ago.

6:20 a.m.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6027/6197188182_e5c30e7e74.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197188182/)
6:20 am  So quiet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197188182/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:24 am Impala and 'fleas'
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/6196673621_8f257f3b93.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196673621/)
6:24 am  Impalas and 'fleas' (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196673621/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:37 a.m. Baboons Vervet Monkeys cavorting, there were two wildebeests way of to the right, but not on cam.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/6197188214_853337a22b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197188214/)
6:37 am Vervet monkeys play 'catch me if you can' (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197188214/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And at 6:45 a.m. George re-appeared, fluffed his feathers and then stood on one leg to preen.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6017/6197188228_910d3bf8e9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197188228/)
6:45 am George fluffing up feathers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197188228/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6170/6196673707_9a468f78fd.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196673707/)
6:45 am George Preening (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196673707/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :ecsmile

I thought the 'baboons' looked too light   :eclol    :eclol
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on September 29, 2011, 11:26:46 PM
Besides the large catfish, there are also terrapin and water monitors who could have grabbed Gracie's wing.

There also have been as many as 3 or 4 Egyptian Geese at the pond, so we should just wait for an update.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 30, 2011, 12:26:44 AM
Beth, you are right.  I did finally watch the video from Sept. 14th incident. It is not gruesome, some goose calls and a lot of 'flapping' sound. I would go with catfish theory from what I saw. But time will reveal all, or not.

I found a video of an egret I had not seen before. From Sept. 29 morning - it is a 'Slaty Egret'. As well as taking a photo from the WE video, I recorded a small portion.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6159/6197401888_0595be6ab1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197401888/)
Slaty Egret (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197401888/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Video - http://flic.kr/p/arDbxq

Ref.  http://www.birdlifebotswana.org.bw/conservation/slaty_egret.html

And before I took my leave of the pond:

A very graceful grey heron
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6158/6197366596_2369b34cc1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197366596/)
8:31 am - Graceful heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197366596/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Grey heron, Egyptian Goose and Monitors x 2
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6176/6197366610_128c17e466.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197366610/)
8:31 am - Heron, George and Monitors x 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6197366610/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Egyptian Goose
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6196850805_f9e71c425b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196850805/)
8:32 am - George (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6196850805/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Now, if I'd just be at the pond when the pachyderms I love so much come    :biggrin6

 :ecsmile   :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 30, 2011, 11:00:00 AM
Good morning all,

Evening now at Pete's Pond on Friday, and there has been word re Gracie.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6198052761_66dbc13b52.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6198052761/)
News re Gracie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6198052761/) posted on Pete's Pond Mashatu by them  (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr by BBE2009.

When I tuned in there was huge frog croaking like crazy - for about 15 minutes. Maybe hoarse and stopped  :eclol
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6175/6198572154_afc46ba41e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6198572154/)
Bull frog  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6198572154/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

For the past few days a notice from Adobe Flash about space for videos now appears on videos posted with the [youtube   ]   [   /youtube].  I don't know whether you see it or not.  I posted in Tech Help yesterday about seeing it in text and it is OK to click on 'allow'.  BUT to cover myself from now on I will post the link without the [ youtube] video   [/youtube].

I am going to post both ways this time and ask any viewers to post if they see the notice from Adobe too - thanks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjfUd6yQBps

Link only   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjfUd6yQBps

Later, both OK.   :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: birdvoyer on September 30, 2011, 12:57:47 PM
BBE, I do not know what version of Adobe Flash I have here at work but I did not receive any pop up notifications in either case. I will check my home computer when I get home.     :puzzled2

ETA Just read posts in tech topic. Apparently, it would not be on my computer but yours? I don't post videos normally other than an occasional YouTube one but have never seen the notice that you mention.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on September 30, 2011, 02:13:52 PM
Seems to be that I am seeing the box due to conditions on my computer. I just recalled that three, maybe four days ago I did a minor tweak in screen resolution, but changed it  back. That would likely do it.  Will double check things.

I'm pleased to report, that all appears to be is ok. No notices etc.

 :blush
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2011, 12:34:42 AM
Saturday morning, October 1, 2011.  I spent about two hours there, on my Friday evening. A busy and bird filled venue   :nod2   :ecsmile

6:10 am and a Great Egret (aka Great White Egret or Common Egret) arrived.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6177/6200097928_64d382c78e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097928/)
6:19 am  Great Egret (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097928/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Ref.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Egret (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Great_Egret)

6:37 am One of two Wildebeests.  This one came close to and scared some vervet monkeys.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6145/6199585077_8960d2a634.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199585077/)
6:37 am One of two Wildebeest (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199585077/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Adult Vervet monkey - at least i got the specie correct this time  :eclol
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6007/6200097944_82fd6f183a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097944/)
6:37 am  Adult Vervet monkey (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097944/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:49 am Overcast start to the day
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6001/6199584843_2bf9c66bb2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584843/)
6:49 am  An overcast start to the day (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584843/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Next up - some great sightings  :nod2  > > > >
 
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2011, 12:46:32 AM
Saturday morning, October 1, 2011.   Post # 2

Oh my goodness, :thumbup: out of the corner of my eye four large birds. No I said not Saddle -billed storks, but kissing cousins, the Yellow-billed Storks, who have a red band at the top of their beak.  i wasn't quick enough to get all four, then three turned their backs.  :eclol

7:17 am one Yellow-billed stork grooms another.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6159/6200097784_9bc892bee1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097784/)
7:17 am One stork preens another (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097784/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:18 am 'Excuse me, but I have to reach behind me'
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6156/6200097774_b9ed07cb9d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097774/)
7:18 am Excuse me, but I have to reach behind me (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097774/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:28 am We have the egret, and four storks. The egret flaps his wings, as if to take off, but decides to stay. (http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6172/6200097822_279efe3fe0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097822/)
7:28 am  Egret flaps wings but decides to stay (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097822/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:30 am A pair of geese, could be the other pair we have seen there.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6200097792_156445626c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097792/)
7:30 am  A pair of geese. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097792/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Anything you can do, I can do better
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6199584895_62775b12a2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584895/)
7:30 am Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584895/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Don't go away yet  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2011, 12:57:06 AM
Saturday morning, October 1, 2011.   Post # 3

7:35 am  and wow, did we ever have a large herd of wildebeests there for a drink.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6179/6200097850_f493056de9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097850/)
7:35 am  A large herd of Wildebeests (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097850/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:45 am and a graceful grey heron arrived and moved across the pond showing us his reflection.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6178/6199584917_33fb6ed001.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584917/)
7:45 am  A graceful grey heron and reflection (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584917/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:47 am Stork x 4, Egret, Goose and Guinea Fowl
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6136/6200097872_120ebf782a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097872/)
7:47 am Stork x 4, Egret, Goose and Guinea Fowl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6200097872/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

:biggrin6  :thumbup:  :clap

Finally, at 7:49 am some ellies come to the pond. The first I've seen while watching in past four days.   :eclove  There were five, but the lead one just 'walked right on by'  :nod2
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6011/6199585017_54acb69121.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199585017/)
7:49 am  Finally,an elephant sighting (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199585017/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:53 am - here come four more
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6156/6199584995_f99aa86e10.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584995/)
7:53 am  Ellies (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584995/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

One more post and that is all > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2011, 01:44:08 AM
Saturday morning, October 1, 2011.   Post # 4 (the last)

More of the ellies at 7:54 am, one had already moved off the point.

Three at Rocky Point. The young one was trying to push the middle out of his way  :eclol
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6176/6199584979_508cb2d81c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584979/)
7:54 am ellies x 3 at Rocky Point (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584979/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6199584961_0b09d74d6a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584961/)
7:54 am Three at Rocky Point (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6199584961/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And that was my evening.  Hope you enjoy the time too.

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on October 01, 2011, 02:45:36 AM
Thank you for the excellent scaps, BBE!  I love the ellies...and the birds, too.  When I last watched Pete's Pond awhile ago, there weren't many special kinds of wildlife to see.  Several years ago there were some male Weaver birds making intricate nests to lure mates. That was fascinating to watch. They work fast.  Have you seen any lately?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: NancyM on October 01, 2011, 10:49:57 AM
OH!  I love the YBS pics, BBE - especially the pic of one preening the other.  Years ago I watched one fishing on  the pond.   :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2011, 09:19:18 PM
I am so glad to see folks are enjoying the pond snaps.

Nancy, I too remember waaaay back when we first started watching the Pond a YBS fishing.  There was one doing so later on; at first I thought a Spoonbill had joined them. The YBS do 'troll' like the Spoonbills for fish.

Tigerlady, one time I sat at my computer (and I think Nancy did too) as a male made a nest from scratch.  I haven't seen any as yet, mind you they start as early as Sept. to build them
Some where I probably have a recording, and there are photos on the 2006 /2007  Pete's Pond and Djuma topics in archives on HWF. Give me time and I'll see if I can find them.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Masked_Weaver (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Masked_Weaver)

http://www.greglasley.net/lessermasked.html (http://www.greglasley.net/lessermasked.html)

video of nest building    http://birdcinema.com/view_video.php?viewkey=57abe65bb145000b5871

Off to see what is going on on Djuma Waterhole cam and at Pete's Pond.

:thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: fol-di-rol on October 01, 2011, 10:16:55 PM
Thanks, BBE - this is where I came in!  I used to watch Pete's Pond years ago - in fact that is what got me started watching live cams and eventually ended up watching eagles in 2006!
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 01, 2011, 11:23:59 PM
Foldi, hello and welcome back to the Pond.  It is always so soothing and uplifting to visit here.  It never ceases to amaze me how the animals co-exist.

I am in the process of uploading some pictures from a brief 'look-in', and I was about to leave as no-one was there. It is now 2 hours later :eclol   I have had too dig out my two books on African birds - need a brush up.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2011, 12:02:44 AM
Sunday Oct. 2, 2011 ~ Morning at Pete's Pond

Almost 3 hours ago I popped over to the Pond to see if anyone was about. Nobody about except the occasional 'flea'. So I started to leave  :eclol  It has been a great morning.

As I type there has not been an update about Gracie. George is about the area, last seen with a Cattle Egret.

7:19 am~ A couple of Wildebeests soon become an 'implausibility' (or herd).
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6180/6202890828_50c79fa92a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890828/)
7:20 am  An 'implausibility' of WBs (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890828/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:26 am~ Two Black-backed jackals came for a drink, skittish as usual and soon left.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6202890860_7dda73cc4b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890860/)
7:26 am  Black-backed jackals (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890860/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:30 am ~ Goose with Wildebeest (folks think and so do I, that this was 'George'
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6174/6202890876_966798d104.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890876/)
7:30 am  Goose and Wilde Drink together (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890876/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:40 am ~ Cattle Egret Distinguished from the other egrets by white/ light brown legs and buff/ orangey top of head.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6160/6202378417_19675306c6.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202378417/)
7:40 am  Cattle Egret (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202378417/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Ref. for Cattle Egret  http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/45/overview/Cattle_Egret.aspx (http://identify.whatbird.com/obj/45/overview/Cattle_Egret.aspx)


7:58 am ~ Zebras (5 or 6)
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6202890932_d8db965aa2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890932/)
7:58am  Zebras (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202890932/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

More to come > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2011, 12:12:07 AM
Sunday Oct. 2, 2011 ~ Morning at Pete's Pond ~ Post #2

8:06 am ~ Goose and Cattle Egret share space and simultaneously stretch their neck  :question
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6152/6202901776_16201d4744.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202901776/)
8:06 am Goose and Egret Stretch (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202901776/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:08 am ~ Book-ends   :ecsmile
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6169/6202901792_ed17ddf01d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202901792/)
8:08 am Bookends (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202901792/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:22 am Impala lined up for photo op  :eclol
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6165/6202946150_7fe7f14384.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202946150/)
8:22 am Impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202946150/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:28 am Laughing Doves. There might be an African Mourning Dove in the group?
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6171/6202429641_567ee5f25a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202429641/)
8:28 am Laughing Doves (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6202429641/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Enjoy   :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on October 02, 2011, 09:45:18 AM
Gracie the Egyptian Goose is back with her mate George. I haven't seen an update on the findings during her exam, but she is back. :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2011, 11:55:48 AM
Beth,

Many thanks for your post. needless to say I took a quick trip to Mashatu. Under 'Discussion' tab there is a new a new topic  Gracie.  (http://ttps://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu#!/topic.php?uid=160090340710917&topic=324)

This is the post, without all the subsequent comments from folks.

Quote
Most of you will know that after a couple of failed attempts Pete Le Roux finally managed to capture Gracie on Thursday and since then her injury as well as her behaviour have been examined and observed carefully. It seems her wound has healed and she's not in pain, but that the damage can not be repaired. She is also taking very badly too being kept in captivity and keeps beating herself up against the wires.
 
Having considered all this carefully, and feeling it would be unfair to Gracie to either keep her captive like this or to put her down, Pete decided it would be best to release her back to the Pond to give her a chance and let nature take its course.
 
Some will be happy with this decision, others will undoubtedly be very upset. As we have all grown attached to Gracie and her plight, and most of us have strong opinions on whether or not humans should intervene in these situations it is bound to spur heated debate for and against.

There are lots of arguments that can be brought forward to argue either side in general or for this specific case. I've started a new topic in the discussion section and would ask to contribute there to avoid the start of many separate threads on the main page that will quickly become invisible as new postings are being made on the Wall.

Whatever your views are, please be sure to share them in a manner that is appropriate and respectful to others expressing viewpoints that might be different from your own.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6161/6204253215_748edb1401.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6204253215/)
Oct. 2 ~ Gracie and George reunited. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6204253215/) Photo by Bev Clarke (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), posted on Flickr by BBE2009

I hope all goes well for the pair.

 :ecsmile  :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2011, 03:03:34 PM
Sun. Oct. 2 at 23:38 p.m.  Danger Lurks in the Pond

Warning - Large fish in the water with mouth open
 
Between cleaning tasks, I  popped over to the pond. In time to see what might have caught Gracie by the wing.  Huge, ugly looking fish for sure.

One member watching managed to snap a great photo of the ugly looking dude. My program is too slow.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6169/6204891897_9bb9e1b7d0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6204891897/)
23:38 pm by Bonnie Krummel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6204891897/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7LMZCvSaNU

What a sighting.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 02, 2011, 04:39:30 PM
Mon. Oct. 3 very early in the morning. All appears well

Cleaning be dashed, pond is more fun.  :nod2

At about 00:29:38 a goose appeared to be swimming very slowly. Centre of photo, just in front of a rock and headed to the left.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6159/6205513530_6b5a021799.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6205513530/)
00: 29:28  A goose in the water ? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6205513530/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

After a phone call I went to the archives and made a video mark titled 'Goose in Water'.  I paused the recording when the zoomie focused on the beach area for about 5 minutes. Then we went to near Rocky Point and there were two gees.  One upright and just in front of one lying in the water, seemingly looking for a snack. I am positive they are 'G and G'. Twice in the background I think it is another goose doing a quick fly and out. Maybe the one we have seen in past few days.?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P_m9b9nA9I8

Then at 00:48:50, yes indeedy, it is Gracie and her protector George.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6132/6205683996_021bb872cc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6205683996/)
00:48:50  Yes, it is George and Gracie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6205683996/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

OK - back to work for another hour and that will be it for today.

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 03, 2011, 01:40:28 PM
Monday Oct. 3, 2011

A major thunderstorm occurred at some point, (about 4:20 p.m. CAT)   followed by bucketing rain, which is needed. All power was lost in Mashatu. As I type (10:33 p.m. CAT) the cam is still off.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=du8jdRhrCig

Gracie before the storm. You can see how her broken right wing hangs.  She appears to be doing alright. George is very protective.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6005/6208421489_0229fdfe48.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6208421489/)
Oct. 3 (CAT) 'Gracie'  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6208421489/) by G. Hossain (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), posted on Flickr by BBE2009

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 04, 2011, 09:37:24 PM
Wednesday, October 5, 2011 CAT

It is now 6:10 a.m. CAT at the Pond, and the cam is still off.  Eight hours shy of 48 hours.  apparently the Pond 'zoomies' are maintaining their scheduled shifts, in case the cam comes back on.  Thank you 'zoomies'.

Nancy Indiana posted a very interesting video disproving the comment some people have written / said "Who said male lions are not good hunters? Watch how Matswane brings down an eland all by himself... "

You will not see any gore etc. After the lion brings him down by a bite to his shoulder area, he moves to keep him down by biting the elands throat (which is usual for lions and leopards to do)..
 
http://tulipredatorproject.ning.com/profiles/blogs/male-lion-killing-an-eland (http://tulipredatorproject.ning.com/profiles/blogs/male-lion-killing-an-eland)

Map of Botswana, showing the Northern Tuli region. Thumbnail; click on the photo for larger image
Mashatu Game Reserve is on the far right of Northern Tuli were the Shashe and Limpopo rivers meet.

(http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/th_TuliRegion.jpg) (http://i819.photobucket.com/albums/zz114/SafariGal2010/Petes%20Pond%20%202011/TuliRegion.jpg)

Good thing I just checked in here as all three photos in initial post said 'Image not available or Removed from Photobucket'.   Not so, they were all in my PB album, and are now back in the post.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 05, 2011, 06:09:41 PM
Wed. about noon CAT, from Peter Braat of WE:

Quote
Status Update:  By Pete's Pond on Mashatu
There are still issues with the camera at the Pond. Pete will go in in the AM to do some further checking. -- Peter

That must have one doozy of a storm that went through there.  I hope the folks who live/work in the area are OK.  Fingers crossed for Thursday, but not counting on it.



Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 06, 2011, 01:38:25 AM
Wed. evening I watched a program on OASIS HD (http://www.oasishd.ca/); one of many they have shown related to African nature. This one was titled 'Diving with Crocodiles' - incredible story, filming and heart racing.  :nod2

I posted more info on Share A Link (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=129.msg76600#msg76600)

BTW - still no cam at PP.  If they received as much rain as indicated on the weather link for the area, don't be surprised if we don't see as many animals for a while.  They tend to go where the nearest water is. And there are several waterholes, ponds etc. north of Mashatu.

TTFN   
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 06, 2011, 10:21:06 AM
The pond cam is back on. 

So far folks have seen Gracie and George, wildebeest, impala, fleas, one warthog, 3 kudu ladies, 2-4 monitors, baboons...one group after another and zebra. One dead tree was blown down on the warthog spa area, which will change the pathway around the pond.
 
 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 06, 2011, 11:43:58 PM
Friday October 7, 2011 ~ Catch up from Pete's Pond

Shortly after the cam came back on Peter Braat posted this: 
Quote
'The cam is back. Pete Le Roux checked it out this morning. Turns out it had completely reset itself to factory defaults. Probably as a result of some power surge. No lasting damage fortunately. Enjoy. --Peter'


Technology is great, and the world lost one man who made such a major impact on same.  Steve Jobs, rest in peace, you will be remembered.

From Thurs. Oct. 6 after cam back up.
It is truly amazing how Gracie is coping with her broken wing. She is walking better today and at times seems able to hold her injured wing up off the ground.
 
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6116/6219071013_d8f955aaa9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219071013/)
Gracie, taken by G. Hossain (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219071013/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6165/6219070997_aac7ef5b50.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219070997/)
Sunset, taken by B. Krummel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219070997/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr


Friday Oct. 7 morning

Trees
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6216/6219592790_39d0e7dfa8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592790/)
Trees, taken by Bonnie Krummel (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592790/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Blacksmith Plovers
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6219/6219592754_64c4b965ce.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592754/)
Blacksmith Plovers, taken by Natura Osservatore (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592754/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Tree damaged by the storm
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6048/6219592832_e68d6958f2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592832/)
6:46 am ~ Damaged tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592832/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

A few more > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 06, 2011, 11:58:44 PM
Friday October 7, 2011 ~ Catch up from Pete's Pond ~ Pt. 2

6:50 am - Spoonbill searching for 'brekkies'. It was difficult to get a good photo, as it had its back to the camera.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6042/6219592852_51c61946de.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592852/)
6:50 am ~ Spoonbill Looking for Brekkies (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592852/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:56 am - A small tree or bush to the left of the green bush appears to have been toppled in the storm.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6212/6219071051_d1b07b7b0e.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219071051/)
6:56 am  ~ Another tree with damage (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219071051/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:05 am - the spoonbill, a heron and our favourite pair of Egyptian Geese.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6119/6219592906_53f1f35ba3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592906/)
7:05 am ~ Heron, Spoonbill, George and Gracie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219592906/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:07 am - Gracie out for a stroll
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6096/6219071087_6f1ecf1aaa.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219071087/)
7:07 am  ~ Gracie (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6219071087/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfFmnWlAaB0


 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 08, 2011, 10:15:01 PM
Sunday Oct 9, 2011 ~ Morning at the Pond Update

Unfortunately the cam is still not operating.  

Are you in 'African withdrawal'  :question   wander over to the Djuma Game Safaris. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=879.0)    I am heading over there to post some links to DPGR's posts of photos from some Vuyatela Lodge's guest drives.

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 09, 2011, 06:57:54 PM
More from Sunday, Oct. 9th

About 3:40 pm a herd of ellies came for a drink.  We've seen this before, a couple of young ellies playing in the water by the shoreline. The younger of these two needed help getting up and out.

3:42 pm CAT~ I'm stuck   :ecrolleyes    :help
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6226/6228768328_3a989dde10.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228768328/)
Oct. 9 at 3:42 pm ~I'm Stuck ~ by Dorothy Hanning (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228768328/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

3:43 pm CAT ~ Almost out  :nod2
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6117/6228251271_ace15b00ec.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228251271/)
Oct. 9 at 3:43 pm ~ Almost Out ~ by Dorothy Hanning (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228251271/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

3:44 pm CAT ~ I'm out  :ty
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6058/6228251225_2cccb6f051.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228251225/)
Oct. 9 at 3;45 pm ~Whew, I'm out ~ by Dodgy Digger I'm out (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228251225/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

I recorded this from the archived segment:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trTa-Bers_8

All's well that ends well.  :eclove

Later on it was a beautiful sunset with pink to purple colours.

Sunsets x 3, colours like I've never seen them before  :thumbup::

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6236/6228803194_6fc3f5a7ba.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228803194/)
Oct 9 Sunset by Gabi Hossain, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228803194/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6238/6228803224_a742289193.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228803224/)
Oct 9 Sunset by Nancy Indiana, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228803224/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6046/6228803148_33209ca7fb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228803148/)
Oct. 9 Sunset by Karen Nitz, (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228803148/)posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 09, 2011, 07:34:50 PM
Monday Oct. 10. 2011 - Early Morning Hours at the Pond

You know me and my love for ellies; well I never did get out for my 2nd walk of the day.  :eclol

Five ellies, two of which were youngsters came for a visit. They came between midnight and about 12:15 a.m.  Do they look like some of the ones from my previous post for the 9th?

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6166/6228858170_c0e0d886e1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228858170/)
Ellies 1 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228858170/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6161/6228342015_4517343669.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342015/)
Ellies 2 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342015/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6019/6228342063_307aec7674.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342063/)
Ellies 3 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342063/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6052/6228858302_807316888d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228858302/)
Ellies 4 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228858302/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6043/6228342107_59f1f557e5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342107/)
Ellies 5 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342107/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

This youngster was keen to get a drink. A slippery slope required some leg moves, resembling ballet.  :eclol
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k2u3axoaw-w
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 09, 2011, 07:41:24 PM
Monday Oct. 10. 2011 - Early Morning Hours at the Pond ~ Pt. 2

4:05 am. The moon above the bushes
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6164/6228342207_b80963c2f3.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342207/)
405 am Moon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228342207/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

4:12 am. The moon is now behind the bushes and almost invisible
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6116/6228899210_589735eceb.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228899210/)
412 am Moon (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228899210/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

4:14 am.  Wildebeest comes for a drink. Love his shadow behind him.(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6227/6228899254_578cfddd5f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228899254/)
Oct. 10 ~ 4:14 am WB and its shadow (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6228899254/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Bye for now.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 09, 2011, 08:15:29 PM
A Green-backed heron just paid a visit to the pond. I haven't seen one for some time. The Zoomie did an awesome job of recording it.  The heron moves oh so slowly.  :nod2

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yd-NOONrcE0


References:
1. http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-green-backed-heron.html (http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-green-backed-heron.html)
2. http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/ardeidae/butorides_striatus.htm (http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/ardeidae/butorides_striatus.htm)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 10, 2011, 09:56:58 PM
Tuesday Oct. 11, 2011 from 1:22 am - 1:25 am  A Green-backed heron revisited.

From bottom to top. Check out those feet.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6233466582_47d5e56d1a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6233466582/)
01:22 am ~ Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6233466582/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6168/6233466642_fc9f822213.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6233466642/)
01:24 am Heron (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6233466642/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And back view
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6054/6232947053_3b27071552.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6232947053/)
01:25 am ~ Heron ~ back view (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6232947053/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 10, 2011, 10:12:50 PM
And before I head off to bed ~ ~

6:46 am - a handsome impala munching leaves from the tree.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6219/6233524354_3dcdd89735.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6233524354/)
6:46 am - Impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6233524354/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:57 am - a 'confusion' of guinea fowls (aka 'fleas').
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6044/6232999977_58bb34e49f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6232999977/)
6:57 am ~ a 'confusion' of guinea fowl (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6232999977/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Bonsoir mes amis.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 11, 2011, 09:38:41 PM
Wed. Oct. 12, 2011 ~ Wee hours of the day at the pond = Excitement   :nod2

I didn't check into the pond until late afternoon Tues. here (Wed. wee hours at the pond).

Two great sightings. Not common to see either, but two with less than 10 minutes - WOW  The photos are by other folks. The videos I made after making a 'video mark' in the archives and then recording it.

3:26 am - a 'Genet'. Whether it was 'Small-spotted' or a 'Large-spotted', I don't know. Look at the branch (on the right of the tree) going down to the ground; you will see a tail.  he didn't stay very long, likely moved o as he sensed a larger animal ?

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6214/6236778734_9c7d4e60c1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6236778734/)
3:26 am Genet by John Paulsrud (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6236778734/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

3:37 am - a 'Civet'. It wasn't the least bit concerned about the bird.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6114/6236255233_546b9aeb0a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6236255233/)
3:37 am Civet by Loriss Barnes (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6236255233/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

About 5 a.m. beautiful view of the full moon.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6230/6236255209_ee9b3b0dd9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6236255209/)
About 5 am Full Moon by Natura Osservatore (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6236255209/) posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Reference for the Genet and Civet:
http://www.djuma.com/gallery_animal.php?thePGID=7 (http://www.djuma.com/gallery_animal.php?thePGID=7)  and go to the group name 'Viverridae'. The list includes the African Civet, the Small-spotted and the Large-spotted Genets. Click on the name and then the thumbnail for the information.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w64sELHZPyY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhJqw56PcHk
 
  :thumbup:     :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on October 11, 2011, 10:54:21 PM
Thank you for all the updates, BBE!  It is so exciting to see the civet and the genet!  Pete's Pond is certainly a wonderful place to visit, even if only through the internet!  It is a very special place.  :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 12, 2011, 10:44:09 PM
Thursday October 13 CAT~ Morning at Pete's Pond

A bright and sunny day. I was between the pond and the game drive. At the pond before I left i had seen 2 adult and a young ellie, eland, our favourite pair of geese, and a starling.

5:03 am - Eye of the Needle
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6219/6239460429_faa1c2e10b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460429/)
5:03 am - Eye of Needle Tree (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460429/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:10 am - Blacksmith lapwing (Plover)
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6178/6239976986_3ce53e1628.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239976986/)
6:10 am Blacksmith Lapwing (Plover) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239976986/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:25 am - our favourite pair of geese. Gracie on the left, George on the right. As I snapped it a starling wanted to join in.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6222/6239977008_30bc547e2a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977008/)
6:25 am - Geese and a Starling (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977008/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Then two adult and a young ellie came for a drink. The youngster was using his trunk extremely well. Did a little cross step with his front legs while drinking  :eclol

6:32 am
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6054/6239977034_e819958bae.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977034/)
6:32 am - I'm OK Mom. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977034/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:32 am
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6052/6239977052_ac3a51db46.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977052/)
6:32 am - A foot behind the other helps (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977052/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

One more set > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 12, 2011, 10:55:19 PM
Thursday October 13 CAT~ Morning at Pete's Pond ~ Pt. 2

6:36 am - a small herd of elands. It was great to see them, as I've not seen many when I have been watching.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6093/6239460519_124154e977.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460519/)
6:36 am - Elands (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460519/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:40 am - and the ellies came back. The youngster was running as quick as he could to keep with the leader.  :eclove
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6059/6239460535_4774e4c003.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460535/)
6:40 am (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460535/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

The youngster decided when he was ready to go. He and Mom were seen behind a tree for a few minutes where I think the young'un was nursing.

6:45 am - the youngest is determined he is going to the right(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6109/6239977104_4606190ebc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977104/)
6:45 am - Mom, I'm going this way (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239977104/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:48 am - Mom and youngster came out from behind the tree, and the young one continued to suckle for about 5 seconds.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6096/6239460555_ffa337baa1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460555/)
6:48 am Suckling (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460555/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:52 am - one more drink and they were off.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6231/6239460575_8c489c8b6c.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460575/)
6:52 am (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460575/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And, I'm sneaking one more in from 6:53 a.m. - view of the beach. George is on the shore keeping an eye on Gracie who is 'just' in the water.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6239/6239460583_22bb9bc520.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460583/)
6:53 am (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6239460583/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 13, 2011, 08:52:10 PM
Friday Oct. 14, 2011 02:33 - 02:40 H.

Before dinner I thought I'd check out the pond.  On a plant near the hide was a white blob which was moving.

2:33 am
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6034/6242455978_de4380b78f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6242455978/)
2:33 am What is this? (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6242455978/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

So I also recorded it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FLn-NYw7o_s

2:39 am this is likely what was seen on the plant, now on its stalk - a Grammodes stolida moth.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6175/6242456386_5ac09256e4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6242456386/)
2:39 am Grammodes stolida (moth) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6242456386/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

2:44 am - plant where moth seen is located to the right of the hide.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6047/6241940117_6b9c5607a8.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6241940117/)
2:44 am Plant where insect was seen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6241940117/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

The Geometrician (Grammodes stolida) is a moth of the Noctuidae family.
http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/ProdoStoli.htm (http://www.leps.it/indexjs.htm?SpeciesPages/ProdoStoli.htm)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on October 14, 2011, 05:52:17 AM
Munch munch munch. Lol. Just before it flew away it came into focus. Nice catch BBE.

In your last picture, do I see a dragonfly?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 14, 2011, 08:32:03 PM
Hi Beth,

Yes that is a dragonfly in the last photo.  The zoomie was beginning to pull away from the plant,  so I was concentrating on getting a shot of the plant.
   
A couple of folks on the 'wall' for Pete's Pond page on FB noticed it, but I didn't until long after I posted the series of photos. 
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 17, 2011, 10:41:02 PM
No drive for Tuesday morning CAT, so I hiked all the way to Pete's Pond.  In time to see two Yellow-billed Storks think they owned Rocky Point. George was not amused as he thinks that is his and Gracie's turf.   :eclol

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YqgFer2rwjg

 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 26, 2011, 11:48:23 PM
Thursday Morning (CAT) Events at the Pond

Like at Djuma, a major storm swept through the Mashatu area and knocked out the power sometime late Wed.  But all is OK now.  As a morning drive on Djuma didn't happen (there hadn't been enough time to fully re-charge the batteries after the power returned) I hiked my way to the Pond.  I refrained from a dip in the pond, as many catfish were about.

Right at the beginning of Thursday - George and Gracie were about.  
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6101/6284987641_007e3c04c4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284987641/)
00:02:29 ~ G and G  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284987641/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

When I returned to the pond this is what I saw:

5:21 a.m.  a plant with flowers, or stand alone flowers?
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6220/6284987665_388a30957f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284987665/)
5:21 am ~ Flowers or a plant with flowers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284987665/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

5:39 a.m. I was so busy trying to identify this bird, I forgot to take a photo. So this is from the Archives.  After looking in my books I thought it was a 'Common Greenshank' - which was confirmed by another viewer.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6228/6285508262_fc9962b21b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285508262/)
5:39 am ~ Common Greenshank (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285508262/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Ref:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Greenshank (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Greenshank)

5:41 a.m. Looking from near the hide to the beach
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6226/6285508252_622a7b3a47.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285508252/)
5:41 am ~ Long view of pond (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285508252/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Keep going > > > >


Added - see new post re change in ID of the Comon Greenshank at:
 http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg80371#msg80371 (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=797.msg80371#msg80371)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 27, 2011, 12:03:06 AM
Thursday Morning, Oct. 27 (CAT) ~ Part 2

6:43 a.m.  Raindrops started again
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6097/6284998293_87a369a3c0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284998293/)
6:43 am ~ Raindrops (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284998293/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Which really upset George and Gracie, as you can hear in this short video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqpLiIFiyyE

Then 3 or 4 Southern-masked Weavers came to a bush. There were some other small birds too.  It was fascinating to watch them. I picked the best photo I took of them and I also have a video.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6229/6285510136_49347a102b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510136/)
712 am ~ Weavers and other sp. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510136/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

In the background, G and G are still upset about something.  Video of the weavers and friends

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VSPKl7vQcCQ

And one more > > > >
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 27, 2011, 12:11:45 AM
Thursday Morning, Oct. 27 (CAT) ~ Part 3

I don't know who it was, but the zoomie on the cam did incredible work to show us this monitor lizard.    :thumbup: :clap

7:27 a.m.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6033/6285510178_16d44bc3b9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510178/)
7:27 am ~ Monitor lizard (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510178/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:38 a.m. Head and neck
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6235/6285510156_04a13510c2.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510156/)
7:38 am ~ Head and neck (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510156/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

7:40 a.m. Arm, elbow, hand and fingers
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6111/6284989723_fe8b59c5d4.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284989723/)
7:40 am ~ Arm, elbow and fingers (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6284989723/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

8:04 a.m. I looked twice and yes the big one is still on the branch, but there is a smaller/ younger version on the ground. Or a different sp. of lizard?
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6117/6285510196_783bc7336f.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510196/)
8:04 am ~ A young one on the ground (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285510196/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Good night my friends. I need some  :sleep
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 27, 2011, 04:16:09 PM
Thursday Morning (CAT) Events at the Pond

5:39 a.m. I was so busy trying to identify this bird, I forgot to take a photo. So this is from the Archives.  After looking in my books I thought it was a 'Common Greenshank' - which was confirmed by another viewer.
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6228/6285508262_fc9962b21b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285508262/)
5:39 am ~ Common Greenshank (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6285508262/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Ref:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Greenshank (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Common_Greenshank)

Today, on Pete's Pond a member suggested that the above bird was more likely to be a Marsh Sandpiper for the following reason
Quote
look at the black primary coverts and the white *shoulder*. Greenshanks don't have the black primary coverts.
These are two of many photos I found on the internet of a Marsh Sandpiper and agree that is what it is. 
http://www.pbase.com/image/54309112 (http://www.pbase.com/image/54309112)
http://www.markeisingbirding.nl/AfricaHeronsStilts.asp#MarshSandpiper (http://www.markeisingbirding.nl/AfricaHeronsStilts.asp#MarshSandpiper)

Page 4 in the following PDF file documents the difference between the two birds. Body size, height, and differences in the bill are of note. Ignore the second bird on right hand side of the page.
http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/africa_birds/ABB03(2)63-69.pdf (http://www.fitzpatrick.uct.ac.za/africa_birds/ABB03(2)63-69.pdf)

Page 4
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6095/6287012445_a510d39313_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6287012445/)
Sandpiper and Greenshank (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6287012445/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 28, 2011, 10:24:36 PM
Saturday morning Oct. 29th (CAT), 2011 at Pete's Pond

I watched for about hour before my TV program came on  :eclol

5:57 am  A lone eland came for drink George and Gracie were there too (on the right). And I think I saw a plover just in the water by the eland's right front leg.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6112/6290896150_88d3daac9c_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290896150/)
5:57 am ~ Eland, geese and maybe a plover (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290896150/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Next up at 6:04 am, was one of emc's favourite birds at the Pond  :nod2  A pied kingfisher out on a limb preening and perhaps looking for breakfast? he was there for about 2 minutes.

(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6237/6290896172_39f1441048_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290896172/)
6:04 am ~ Pied Kingfisher (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290896172/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Zoomie did a great close up of the kingfisher:
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6115/6290376487_eac1b8a0ce_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290376487/)
6:07 am ~ Pied Kingfisher (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290376487/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

6:14 am and there were a couple of weavers among the other birds in the bush. Some of the others may have been quelea?
(http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6047/6290896846_165822c5e3_o.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290896846/)
6:14 am ~ Weavers and maybe some quelae too (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6290896846/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

And a video of the pied kingfisher  :ecsmile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyylCrt_wuQ

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on October 28, 2011, 10:52:52 PM
Thanks BBE for pic and video of Pied Kingfisher. :). I hope we get to see the Malachite Kingfisher this year. I really miss that gorgeous bird, oh and the bee eaters too.  :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on October 29, 2011, 12:41:40 PM
Malachite Kingfisher, my other favourite.  I remember that they weren't seen very often just before Nat. Geo. pulled the cam.When I was on my safari in Sept. 2008, I think we saw three. Our guide said that for whatever reason that in the area our trip took us to they weren't seen that often any more.  :question

Last week (I think it was) there was one at Djuma - briefly.

For those of you who haven't seen a Malachite Kingfisher:

http://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/birds_kingfisher.htm (http://www.sa-venues.com/wildlife/birds_kingfisher.htm)

TTFN
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on November 07, 2011, 10:22:35 PM
Spoonbill eating at pond now :)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on November 11, 2011, 11:20:40 AM
Fantastic porcupine sighting at 20:25 till 8:53 PM.  Two porcupines seen. You can go to the archives at wildearth.tv, or to PP facebook to see pictures and video.  :biggrin6

I'll try and post one later.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on November 12, 2011, 09:38:40 AM
Well the laugh is on me.  :eclol. This post on fb is from Pamela Bell re: the "insect" pic just before this post.


Quote
Pamela Bell It's not an insect. It's a sleeping gecko. If you watch the video in the archives, the zoomie zoomed in very close and you can see the feet pulled up close to the body. Its head is at the bottom, and its tail is at the top.



I had noticed the leg and was really, really confused by it.  :mconfused :eclol
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on November 12, 2011, 11:26:16 PM
I am hoping we can have an area here for Petes Pond now that facebook has removed the Discussion Topic.
So much research information was lost. Good comparisons of animals to help with ID. Discussions of what we saw and what IS that we're seeing. Tips on what to look for with some of the raptor species.  :sigh
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on November 12, 2011, 11:51:14 PM
Let us know you are interested in having an area (board) for Petes Pond here.

Note this topic wasn't used much as facebook was working out so well.....  Things have changed now..  :sigh
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on November 13, 2011, 02:01:32 AM
Beth,

What and why has happened that Facebook has removed the Discussion Topic on  Pete's Pond on Mashatu. (https://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu)
 :puzzled2   :question

I haven't been able to spend much time there the past few weeks, but I do scan the photos every day.  There was so much valuable information in the Discussion Topics. I do hope that NancyIN and others were able to save some of the information before it ws removed.  Luckily I saved the map of the area that you and NancyIN put together and posted in a topic.

A sad day indeed. That would be wonderful if ONZ will accommodate a board.

:ecsad   
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on November 13, 2011, 10:38:11 AM
On Nov 9, the Discussion Option was removed, including all of the information that was there. This is something facebook wide. They have decided to get people to post more on their Walls and chose this action.  :sad

Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 15, 2011, 10:17:48 AM
Facebook doesn't seem to care about what it's "members" want.  That's terrible that they didn't give anyone a warning so valuable information could have been saved.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on November 15, 2011, 09:29:02 PM
Hi Tigerlady,

So sad about the Discussion topics, as there was so much information in them. References, descriptions of comparisons between two similar birds, etc. etc.    :ecnono

Getting too big for their britches. The worst part it appears this was an arbitrdecisionsion by TPTB at Facebook, with no consideration as re giving people a chance to save any of the information.  :gaah   

Don't get me going  :mgritted
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: NancyM on November 15, 2011, 10:44:59 PM
TigerLady and BBE,  Facebook notified Page Administrators over a month (possibly 6 weeks) ago about the decision to do away with the Discussion - the fault lies with the Page Administrator in not letting posters know what was coming.  That would have been someone at WE or PP, I believe (?)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on November 15, 2011, 11:46:51 PM
Nancy, thank you so much for your post. That certainly clarifies what happened. I retract my angst to Facebook.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on November 15, 2011, 11:56:49 PM
Sorry, I am still upset at facebook for removing such a useful tool, without consulting users. And  for chosing what comes to us from our friends.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Tigerlady105 on November 16, 2011, 02:26:36 AM
Nancy, thank you for explaining about FB notifying the individual page Admins about the pending changes in the Discussion areas.
 
It looks like someone dropped the ball and didn't notify the Pete's Pond page members.     :ecrolleyes
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on December 03, 2011, 12:23:55 AM
Dec. 1 (CAT) - a Nile Monitor


(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7174/6445605441_44e9796ee5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605441/)
Dec. 1 at 7:36 am Monitor (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605441/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

On the Move
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6445605499_2571d8fe1a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605499/)
Dec. 1 at 7:36 am Nile Monitor on the Move (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605499/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NDsMM7r-3E
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on December 03, 2011, 12:28:27 AM
Dec. 3 Morning - Rain and Birds

I went for a visit at about 9:30 am (CAT). I t was pouring room and had been for some time. I could hear thunder in the background. The rain is turning everything the leaves and grass to a lush green.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7027/6445605533_fcfa865c10.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605533/)
Dec. 3 at 9:33 am Raining (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605533/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Here we have a pair of Egyptian Geese - but not G and G as I had thought. There was a rock behind one of them making me think one was Gracie with her injured wing. Folsk say they haven't been seen for a while.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7027/6445605567_bed1dbb802.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605567/)
Dec. 3 at 9:44 am  Egyptian Geese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6445605567/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

In this video we see either a 'Little' or 'Great' Egret, the geese and other birds wading in the water.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rpMSaosHCc

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa - General Info / Updates / News
Post by: BBE on December 31, 2011, 08:00:50 PM
On Friday I saw a link to a video taken at Pete's Pond on Christmas Day, just after 12 noon CAT.  It was of two monitor lizards having a snack, with an African Fish Eagle nearby eying the action.   I couldn't determine what they were eating.

After going to Pete's Pond and scrolling through photos and videos I learned the story.  Apparently a fish eagle swooped down to the pond and came up with a dead vervet monkey; which it took to the beach.  Two monitor lizards appeared and challenged the fish eagle.  The lizards really weren't too sure how to handle the vervet.

Others at the pond think the vervet may have been in the water for some time as it didn't appear 'fresh'.

WARNING  - if you are squeamish about seeing animals eating other animals, the video may not be for you.

Great series of action photos by Pamela Bell of the fish eagle with his catch.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/6610179507_7a1e6d2e89.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179507/)
African Fish Eagle with catch. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179507/#) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Fish eagle not enthralled to see a monitor lizard on a termite mound.  Photo by Caroline Monk(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7172/6610179551_73f15373f1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179551/)
African Fish eagle and monitor lizard on termite mound. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179551/#) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

There were actually two fish eagles and at one point 3 lizards (only two in this photo by Gabi Hossain):
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6610401311_856aee76a1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610401311/)
Two fish eagles and two monitor lizards. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610401311/#) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Video: by 'mpicsvideo' (forgot to note her actual name)

Short version - 4 minutes
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Long version - just under 1 hour
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Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on December 31, 2011, 08:14:41 PM
December 25, 2011 - photos of other sightings

Green-backed/Striated Heron by Caroline Monk
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7151/6610430943_07bdf9c3ed.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610430943/)
Green-backed/Striated Heron  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610430943/#) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Wildebeest and extremely young calf by Pamela Bell
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7033/6610179639_f82f378712.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179639/)Wildebeest and calf  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179639/#) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7023/6610179687_fa181ec676.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179687/)
Wildebeest and calf  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179687/#) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Beautiful 'Meve's Starling' by Dorothy Hanning
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7034/6610179763_89dd677095.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179763/)
Meve's Starling (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179763/#) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on December 31, 2011, 08:21:24 PM
December 31, 2011 ~ just past noon CAT when I was watching:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7148/6610179817_05d8972dfc.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179817/)
12:41 pm CAT ~ So lush (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179817/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7018/6610179855_ec69a3318a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179855/)
12:44 pm CAT ~ View  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179855/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7157/6610179895_d520086d2a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179895/)
 12:48 pm CAT ~ Warthogs and Baboons (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610179895/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Last photos from 2011 and now we will see what 2012 brings to Pete's Pond  :nod2   There is a possibility that a forum type page may be forth coming on Facebook to reDiscussionDiscusssion Topic'. This would be great.

Wishing viewers here a Very Happy 2012.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on December 31, 2011, 10:18:18 PM
HAPPY NEW YEAR

And what is more fitting for a new year, than new life  :eclove  by Julie Woods

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7034/6610549655_65205dbfb9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610549655/)
New year = new life.  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6610549655/#) Posted byBBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: cinnemon on January 02, 2012, 10:09:10 AM
really enjoyed these from Petes pond I can't seem to get on it, stays black
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on January 02, 2012, 12:17:17 PM
Cinnemon, are you going to wildearth.tv and then to Petes Pond?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on January 02, 2012, 01:27:46 PM
Welcome Cinnemon, I hope you are now able to connect to the Pond.  There was a storm there in past few hours, it is possible the cam was down when you tried to connect?

http://www.wildearth.tv/petes-pond-mashatu-botswana-africa-waterhole-wildlive-webcam-live (http://www.wildearth.tv/petes-pond-mashatu-botswana-africa-waterhole-wildlive-webcam-live)

Keep us posted.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on January 02, 2012, 01:51:39 PM
Januay 1, 2012 some interesting photos by the 'Pondies'.

By Cam Masters Miller:
Discussion as to whether it was a "Zitting Cisticola', a 'Reed Warbler' or a European Warbler.  I looked  a while ago and odds are on a warbler.  On the Nat. Geo. forum, when in doubt we used to call small birds 'LBJ' = 'Little Brown Job'  :eclol

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7020/6622766183_04b0a215e1.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622766183/)
A Cisticola or a Warbler (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622766183/) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

By Nancy Indiana:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7024/6622766075_3845c0a218.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622766075/)
 Back view of a Crested Barbet (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622766075/) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

By Laura Santos:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7026/6622766027_bc9e70c9ff.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622766027/)
[color]Young wildebeest napping[/color] (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622766027/)[/url] by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

By Pamela Bell, four photos stitched together showing a Kori Bustard displaying when a skittish impala scurried past the bustard.  Pamela does some awesome 'stitching'.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7158/6622765851_452293b63a.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622765851/)
 Kori Bustard Displaying (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622765851/) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Evening sunset by Gabi Hossain:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7163/6622765695_c507bc930b.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622765695/)
 Beautiful Sunset  (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6622765695/) Posted by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: luvthebirds on January 02, 2012, 02:33:31 PM
BBE, thank you for keeping us up to date with the sightings at Pete's Pond.  The screen caps are so clear and and interesting.  I love seeing the new life. :heart
I must get myself over to Pete's Pond. I am still so sad about not having the safari drives. :eccry   I suspect that some time at "the pond" would help.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: cinnemon on January 02, 2012, 04:22:15 PM
wow whay beautiful shots. thanks for sharing. for some reason I can never get petes pond to come on just freezea my computer
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on January 02, 2012, 05:41:57 PM
I don't know for sure what the problem is cinnemon, but we always try: rebooting the computer and delete cookies and cache.  Do you have a high speed internet connection?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on January 03, 2012, 09:32:59 AM
January 3rd, 2012 morning between 7:56 and 9:18 a.m. CAT

I stayed up late to peek at the Pond  :ecsmile

I haven't seen an ostrich since the pond cam returned.
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6629023803_e83171f0d7.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629023803/)
Ostrich walks the beach. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629023803/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

The ostrich didn't stay very long:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7021/6629023979_319cfe86c0.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629023979/)
2. Ostrich decides to leave. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629023979/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Next up; an interesting combo. A lone Wildebeest came for a drink as an adult and young warthog(hidden behind the adult were leaving. In the meantime a pair of Egyptian Geese were just observing. :eclol
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6629024045_e5f34ea6ee.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629024045/)
3. Wilde, Warthogs and Geese (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629024045/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Idyllic scene:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7160/6629024133_c71ca6e9ab.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629024133/)
4. View and Impala (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629024133/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

This warthog appears to have had a mud bath  :ecsmile
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7029/6629024173_3e460107a9.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629024173/)
5.  Warthog (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6629024173/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: cinnemon on January 03, 2012, 10:57:43 AM
wow I can finally get it on wild earth, never could get it with u stream
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on January 03, 2012, 11:07:35 AM
Yea, cinnemon!  :biggrin3
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on January 03, 2012, 09:27:11 PM
cinnemon, dittto what 'emc' said above   :thumbup:  Enjoy the pond.  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on January 04, 2012, 11:10:04 PM
Wed. Jan. 4,  2012 Morning ~ 7:49 - 7:58 am CAT

Impalas are very skittish.  Maybe this was a case of "I'll guard while you drink" ?
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7015/6639712773_f999050799.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6639712773/)
 I'll guard, you drink'. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6639712773/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Warthog family in front of an impala. Check out the really small one in the center  :eclove
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7163/6639712719_96be62be98.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6639712719/)
Warthog family and impala. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6639712719/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

Peaceful co-existence. It never ceases to amaze me that the animals do this so easily. If only countries and humans would do likewise.

The wildebeest in the background was rolling around in the sand/dirt.  :nod2
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7147/6639712677_aeee367d71.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6639712677/)
Peaceful co-existence. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6639712677/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on January 07, 2012, 04:56:33 PM
January 7, 2012

I've been busy the past few days, so I haven't been at the 'Pond'. I have just been looking at the FB page and the 'usual' suspects have been about. Xebras, elands, wildebeest, impalas, and assorted birds.

Cam site is at:
http://www.wildearth.tv/petes-pond-mashatu-botswana-africa-waterhole-wildlive-webcam-live (http://www.wildearth.tv/petes-pond-mashatu-botswana-africa-waterhole-wildlive-webcam-live)

Facebook page is at: https://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu (https://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Ellies, ellies, and more ellies at Pete's Pond
Post by: BBE on February 20, 2012, 04:33:26 PM
I know the sound wasn't working at Pete's Pond at some point, this might have been when. Monday evening Feb. 20th CAT - a large breeding herd of elephants. And I missed them, but luckily a colleague had recorded their visit.   :biggrin6  :thumbup:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXXMwHNRBBA&feature=youtu.be
Title: Re: Cheetahs x 6 at Mashatu Reserve in Botswana, Africa
Post by: BBE on March 04, 2012, 04:55:13 PM
Of late I haven't spent much time at Pete's Pond.  I've popped in and out and read the FB page at:  https://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu (https://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu)

However, on Feb. 17, 2012 at the Mashatu Reserve:
https://www.facebook.com/MashatuGameReserve?sk=wall (https://www.facebook.com/MashatuGameReserve?sk=wall) - - - - - - -
Cheetahs x 6 were seen. :biggrin6  at: http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/02/cyberdiary-17-february-2012/ (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/02/cyberdiary-17-february-2012/)

 :thumbup:
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on March 04, 2012, 07:23:55 PM
Wow,a cheetah mom with 5 cubs. I thought 3 was an unusally large litter for cheetah's.( From watching Big Cat Diary on Animal Planet)

Three males were trying to "herd" her away for a rendevous. The cubs were trying to help mom it says.

Sure wish she and her cubs would make an appearance at Petes :biggrin6
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2012, 01:34:07 PM
March 5, 2012 Update: The cam has been and still is down.  The team at Mashatu is aware and today the following comments were posted on the Pete's Pond DPGR page:

SG: No updates have been posted yet, but someone at Mashatu was planning to check out the situation today, and we are hoping for news.... good news, preferably!. As soon as any of us hear any updates, we'll post them!

SM: Seems like they are busy at Mashatu with the guests - clearly they are their priority. We have to hope someone will have time tomorrow. We'll get there eventually!

And my comment was: 'While difficult 'Patience is a virtue'.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on March 05, 2012, 03:05:07 PM
Look what Pat Nebraska posted on facebook! Afke has published some photographic journals of her time there.  :biggrin6

I don't know how to post it better. Maybe someone can help with that.

Edit: I removed my link, it just went to facebook page. Thanks BBE for a proper link.
Title: Re: Afke's Books re Pete's Pond
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2012, 07:18:19 PM
Beth, you beat me to it  :eclol   I had seen that mentioned on PP's Facebook page.  I had some trouble accessing the link, so asked if there was another link.  Pat N. messaged me a couple of hours ago.

Here is a link to the actual listing etc. at Blurb:
http://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=afke+timmermans&filter=bookstore&commit=Search&fb_source=message (http://www.blurb.com/search/site_search?search=afke+timmermans&filter=bookstore&commit=Search&fb_source=message)

Seven (7) books in total.  I believe there are some blank pages where on can add their own photos if they wish. In her message to me Pat wrote
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Each one only previews a few of the photos, but the details show there are about 80 pages for each of the ones I checked.  


The cost of the books = Cdn.$26.50 each.   I think the one of Elephants will look great on my coffee table  :eclol

The Pond: Bird 1 Journal

The Pond: Birds 2 Journal

The Pond: Elephants Journal

The Pond: Fatty The Crocodile Journal

The Pond: Mammals Journal

The Pond: Hide Visitors Journal

The Pond: Scenery Journal

Well done and thank you Afke  :biggrin3   :eclove
Title: Re: More about Afke's Books
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2012, 07:50:28 PM
Addendum to above post.

Pat posted again to say:
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It looks like they are each 80 pages, so they must be chockfull of great images.


 :ecsmile
Title: Re: More from Afke re Journals
Post by: BBE on March 05, 2012, 11:50:31 PM
Afke is such a caring, willing person and dynamo. Her zest for life is phenomial. She received many questions about her journals. She has just posted the following on her FB page.

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Afke Timmermans
 
Right... thanks to me being so nervous about launching the journals yesterday, I pretty much messed it up didn't I? So I'll try again today and hope to do better :o)

The link below will take you to seven journals with different subjects of sightings at The Pond, Tuli Block, Botswana. Every journal has 15 of my pond photo's. The rest of the pages are blank so you can use the journal to write your own stories, draw your pictures or use it as a diary.

I want to make up for not having any of my stories in the journals by offering everyone a story linked to one of the photo's in the journal you chose. I can send it by email or by post. My email address is in the journals. Simply send me an email with a picture of you with the journal and let me know how and where you want me to send the story and I'll make sure you'll get it as soon as possible. Including a personal message if you'd like.
 
I hope you'll enjoy the journals as much as I enjoyed making them, with lots of fond memories coming back. And I do hope journalling will give you as much pleasure as it does me. It really is a wonderful thing to do and it's lovely to read back and re-live the moments. Enjoy and thank you so much for all your support!!
 
http://www.blurb.com/search/​site_search?search=afke+timmerm​ans&filter=bookstore&commit=Se​arch


 :offtobed
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 16, 2012, 12:43:39 AM
I have reviewed my posts here as some links to references re wildlife no longer exist. Also some links given to specific photo on Facebook no longer work since all the updating there.  :ecnono  
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 27, 2012, 11:35:16 PM
I was just on Facebook checking out if the cam at Pete's Pond was up yet.  Unfortunately it is still down.

While there I found some interesting information related to events at Mashatu on their FB page related to 'C4 photos and photographic hides'.

Note: May 10, 2012 / BBE:
Please see this post for corrected and a new link  HERE.   (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.msg107955#msg107955)

- - - - - - - - -

Also  :thumbup: to Mashatu Game Reserve
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The Big Cats of Mashatu were featured in Nat Geo Wild's Big Cat Week at the end of February 2012. Read about this incredible initiative, and see some riveting footage of the Big Cats of Mashatu. Enjoy!
http://blog.mashatu.com/​index.php/2012/03/​big-cat-week-at-mashatu-with-na​tional-geographic/  (http://blog.mashatu.com/​index.php/2012/03/​big-cat-week-at-mashatu-with-na​tional-geographic/)  


 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 28, 2012, 11:00:42 PM
The cam at Pete's Pond has been 'down' since March 21.  People are thinking the likely suspects who may have caused the damage to the wires (but no substantiating proof) are  - - - -  the baboons.  :eclol

Updates on status by Sandra Getgood on Pete's Pond FB page at: http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu (http://www.facebook.com/Petes.Pond.On.Mashatu)

March 21, 2012
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7208/6879840012_ba6dae7373.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6879840012/)
Mar 21 from Sandra Getgood on PP's Facebook page. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6879840012/#) Posted here by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

March 23, 2012
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7068/7025939439_03b7e4f603.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7025939439/)
Mar 23 from Sandra Getgood on PP's Facebook page. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/7025939439/#) Posted here by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

The link to the video (in above post) by Andrei Snyman (of Mashatu) of the relatively new leopard cub with Mum ("Slow down Mum, I can't keep up with you")    is at:
#Invalid YouTube Link#

March 24, 2012 message from Peter Braat via Sandra:
(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7272/6879840060_b0150b68c5.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6879840060/)
Mar 24 from Peter Braat via Sandra Getgood on PP's Facebook page. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6879840060/#) Posted here by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: Cawatcher on March 29, 2012, 04:28:25 AM
Ty for Posting BBE omg love too see the young ones  :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 29, 2012, 07:06:11 PM
 :s*   I have watched that short video of the Mum and her baby leopard x 5.  I just think about the video and ear to ear grin appears on my face.  :biggrin6

We are so lucky to see / be shown the wildlife from Africa.   :nod2
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 29, 2012, 11:59:05 PM
March 30 Morning - the cam appears to be back in operation  :thumbup:  

There were some 'fleas' (guineafowl) there about a half hour ago.

(http://farm7.staticflickr.com/6050/6882691242_15d6cc3d3d.jpg) (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6882691242/)
Mar. 30 at 8:53 am - Cam is back (http://www.flickr.com/photos/44598433@N07/6882691242/#) by BBE2009 (http://www.flickr.com/people/44598433@N07/), on Flickr

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
Post by: emc on March 30, 2012, 12:54:41 AM
The leopard cub looks so young. Have we seen them quite this young before? Can I say, oh, sooo cute? It was looking around inquisitively when it stopped.  :heart
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 30, 2012, 01:46:48 AM
We have infrequently seen adult leopards quite close to the pond.   I interpreted Andre's video as being taken farther away and nearer lodge ?
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on March 30, 2012, 08:05:44 PM
Sights from the Mashatu Game Reserve on March 30, 2012. I believe it is this area where Andrei Snyman took the short video of the female leopard and her cub.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on April 05, 2012, 12:18:32 AM
The other day I posted a video in this topic of a female leopard and her cub recorded by Andrei Snyman from Mashatu Reserve.

I thought to post some information about Andrei. He is the 'predator scientist' at Mashatu Game Reserve, and runs the 'Northern Tuli Leopard Project'.  
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The project studies the population dynamics, movements and home range sizes of the Northern Tuli Leopard population. He is also conducting a lion research project focusing on the socio organisation of the Tuli lions.
 
References:
In the past day or two, Andrei posted a wonderful photo of four (4) cheetahs seen on the Mashatu Game Reserve in March. His photo of the cheetahs is the third one down in the Mashatu's Game Report for March (by Andrei).  (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/04/march-game-report/)
 
 :eclove
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on April 05, 2012, 03:00:36 PM
Recently we have included 'Updates / News' here related to the Mashatu Game Reserve itself (in which Pete's Pond is located).
As such 'emc' and I have opted to change the title of this topic from 'Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa' to Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News.  The photos from May 11, 2011 to March 29, 2012 are still in this topic.

Posts of and questions about sightings and sounds at the pond are to placed in the topic Petes' Pond - Sights and Sounds.  (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1084.0)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 10, 2012, 07:35:32 PM
May 10, 2012

Please see replies # 60 and 61 for updated information about C4 photos and 'hides' on Page 3 of the topic  Sights and News From Game Reserves Other than Djuma.   (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.0)

 :ecsmile
Title: Re: WildEarth.tv
Post by: BBE on May 27, 2012, 01:33:28 AM
I was on WildEarth's list of Cam sites and noted this posted on May 10, 2012  WildEarth is on the Move.   (http://blog.wildearth.tv/2012/05/wildearth-is-on-move.html)

At that time the next to last paragraph said
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The existing pages will continue to be available for a while longer, but we would advise you to update any bookmarks you've created.

I followed the link they gave and was re-directed to obviously the new site with
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 27, 2012, 06:00:07 PM
The old link to PP is still working. The new one is: http://lite.wildearth.tv/petes-pond/  I have added it to the first post in this topic.
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: Rajame on May 28, 2012, 12:02:02 AM
Thank you BBE! :hug
Title: Re: Pete's Pond and Mashatu Game Reserve - General Info, Updates, and News
Post by: BBE on May 28, 2012, 12:23:20 AM
Hi Raj, you are most welcome.

I was just checking the Djuma Djunkies page on FB and Dave Barnes from Mashatu Game Reserve has posted some awesome photos. They now have constructed an 'Elephant Hide'; so some of the photos aretruly amazing when seen looking from the water/ ground up at the elephants and other animals.

1. 'Elephant ballet at the c4 photo hide'. Takes a few seconds to load, and you may need to use your 'Refresh' function.  Very short, but cute clip to one of my favorite pieces of ballet music.   :eclove
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=415357995153805 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=415357995153805)

2. Mashatu 2012 - updated May 28, 2012 CAT morning.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.358070297584325.79319.100001440737383&type=3 (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.358070297584325.79319.100001440737383&type=3)

3. This is the link to info about the c4 photos: http://www.c4photohides.com/ (http://www.c4photohides.com/)  and click on the one labeled 'Underground Elephant Hide'.

Enjoy  :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond & Mashatu Reserve: 2011 & 2012
Post by: BBE on May 29, 2012, 05:03:00 PM
Tha Mashatu Game Reserve folks are having a great time using the hides. They are have posted some awesome photos.

This their latest  Cyberdiary, May 22, 2012   (http://blog.mashatu.com/index.php/2012/05/cyberdiary-22-may-2012/)

In the paragraph under the photo of 'Lioness Drinking by Andrei Snyman', click on the red link 'Documentaries' and watch this video.
The 6:22 minute video with Andrei Snyman and Ben Britton from Nat. Geo.

 Matswane, King of Mashatu,  (http://natgeotv.com.au/videos/big-cat-week-microsite/matswane-king-of-mashatu-D6D939AC.aspx)which shows
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Ben and Andrei (Project Manager of the Northern Tuli Predator Project) looking for Matswane, the male lion and head of the pride at Mashatu. They will put a satellite collar on him to monitor where he goes, and learn more about him.

And a block of photos on Mashatu's FB page HERE.   (https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.308575232564907.76530.115625618526537&type=1)

Title: Re: Pete's Pond & Mashatu Game Reserve: 2011 & 2012
Post by: BBE on April 23, 2013, 10:07:33 PM
Since December 2012 sightings and news from Mashatu Game Reserve are posted in the topic Sights and News from Other Reserves. (http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1120.0)

Since March 2012 sightings and news from Pete's Pond are posted in the topic Pete's Pond: Sights & Sounds: Mar. 2012 -   (http://[url=http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1084.0)
Title: Re: Pete's Pond & Mashatu Reserve: 2011 & 2012
Post by: BBE on April 24, 2013, 03:13:10 PM
Should you come across any posts in this topic with the words  #Invalid YouTube Link# would you please send me a PM with link to the post and I will fix it.

That has happened because when I posted was before we removed then replaced the icon in posting area.

Many thanks :ecsmile
Title: Re: Pete's Pond & Mashatu Reserve: 2011 & 2012
Post by: BBE on April 25, 2013, 10:02:21 PM
I am locking old, no longer in use topics.  You can still read in them, but you can't post.

BBE  :ecsmile