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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #30 on: November 03, 2014, 04:20:10 PM »
Nov. 3 PM (CAT) drive with Pieter and Hayden found them on Arathusa. I was unable to be duct-taped onto one of vehicles! Things to do and places to go.     :eclol  Hayden was ecstatic about see a pride of lions.

Hayden has his own Wikipedia page at   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hayden_Turner

Pieter and Hayden set to head out on drive.
Pieter and Hayden

From what I have read there was a fair amount of stop and go. They did come across a 13 member pride of lions. They had obviously made a kill as they were stretched out and sleeping with full bellies. 4 adults and 9 younger ones. They were the Breakaway Pride from the Tsalala pride. I wonder if they are the group who was renamed in Aug. 2013 as the 'Mhangeni (Taslala/Breakaway) Pride'?
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1088.msg137012#msg137012

http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1088.msg137013#msg137013

Breakaway Pride x 2




Pieter looking for tracks at Twin Dams (Djuma)


Video from Snow Leopard of Nov. 3 PM drive
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qau-_BMiPfM" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qau-_BMiPfM</a>

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #31 on: November 03, 2014, 09:31:29 PM »
Morning drive for Nov. 4 was rain delayed for about an hour. Hayden is now on drive. Reception is on/ off.
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #32 on: November 03, 2014, 10:45:47 PM »
This Ellies' Pool Party was at a different So. African Waterhole (Kwa), but it's too good to miss out on watching it...enjoy!

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #33 on: November 03, 2014, 11:00:17 PM »
Thanks Tigerlady, I saw this live and it was awesome. You know my love of ellies!
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #34 on: November 03, 2014, 11:16:49 PM »
Nov. 4 Morning Drive with Pieter and Hayden

Once WE was on the road sound etc. cleared up for most of 3 hours.

Pieter on Quarantine area re-introduced us to a Dwarf Mongoose, a Yellow-billed Hornbill (YBHB), and a  Fork-tailed Drongo (FTD):



Dwarf Mongoose


YHBH


Fork-tailed Drongo (FTD)


And another look at the YBHB


Then we went over to Hayden > > > >

 
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #35 on: November 03, 2014, 11:25:45 PM »
Nov. 4 - second half of the Morning Drive with Hayden. I am not sure where he was driving? However we did see a male Nyala, and a female Nyala, and a Giraffe.

Male Nyala


Female Nyala I love their small ears.



Giraffe

 

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #36 on: November 04, 2014, 02:33:42 PM »
Tues. Nov. 4 Afternoon Drive

Lucky the rain appears to have lessened, but some power outages. Muddy roads. I wasn't here for entire drive.

Blacked-bellied Koorhan was seen. As were a moderate sized breeding herd of ellies which pleased Hayden- before he lost power. Viewers switched to Djuma Waterhole cam to see them. Beautiful sunset
 
Black-bellied Koorhan by Helene van Dijk  :v


Hayden with ellies - before power went off  :ecsad


Ellies as seen from Djuma Waterhole Cam - thanks Djuma.


Sunset with Pieter


P.S. On Oct. 23, Craig Hamilton of Cheetah Plains posted photo of Karula, indicating she might be pregnant. Since then she hasn't been seen much.  If so her 5th litter in her 10 years with us.


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Later in the day - video of the drive by Snow Leopard:
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyR-p7raDNA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZyR-p7raDNA</a>
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #37 on: November 05, 2014, 12:56:08 AM »
Nov. 5 Morning drive.

Pieter is in Jigga on Arathusa and 'HT' (as Hayden is known; last name is Turner) is on Djuma.

Pieter found a small breeding herd of ellies at red Dam, which is on Arathusa. One ellie appeared to be wearing a collar (usually used for tracking purposes)

Ellie with possible collar


Another ellie


Feed was bad, and then went off. I was tired and started for bed.

More > > > >
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #38 on: November 05, 2014, 01:19:00 AM »
Nov. 5 Morning Drive: Part 2

Cam back up and we from HT that there was a leopard on Djuma. Needless to say Pieter went and joined him.

Yes, indeed a female leopard.   HT, Pieter (and many, many viewers) could hardly contain their excitement.

 :hooray :woohoo2  the Lady of Djuma in person. Karula hasn't been there for sometime now.

The following all happened about 30 minutes from the end of the drive - but true to form Pieter said we'd stay to watch as Karula was stalking a meal.

She rubbed a tree and kept coming down the path. She stopped and was looking very intently at? Karula was to Pieter's right and a few metres to his left were some Nyala (ladies I think). K. started to stalk and stop,, then inch closer and stop x 3 in total. Then the Nyala sensed something was wrong and started barking. Karula decided to give up for now and sauntered away.

Here comes Karula




Looking very intense - she had spotted the Nyala


Stalking closer to prey.


And a little closer


Nyala spooked, (perhaps by Pieter moving the Jigga) and started barking and Karula moved off.

And an ecstatic Pieter waxes poetic about his time with his favourite leopard and says good bye until the afternoon drive. I am sure one of them may be out before the afternoon drive to see if Karula is still around.



And I was going to go to bed early and sleep in until about 9 a.m.  1;16 a.m. but I will set the alarm for afternoon drive.

What a wonderful drive with Karula. Bush drums must have told her to go to Djuma.  :heart  :eclove

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #39 on: November 05, 2014, 01:32:31 AM »
Video of Karula Sighting stop and start from SuzHar of Karula and the back of HT's head.  :ecsmile

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #40 on: November 05, 2014, 03:27:40 PM »
Thank you, BBE!  What fun...like old times.   Karula and Pieter look great.

What times are the drives in our PST zone?  I'm having trouble figuring them out. 

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #41 on: November 05, 2014, 04:15:34 PM »
Hi Tigerlady,

Morning drive is at 8 p.m. Pacific time.

Afternoon drive is at 6 a.m. Pacific time.
http://www.ournaturezone.com/index.php?topic=1545.msg157335#msg157335

The topic of Karula and her offspring is now completed. The other leopards is coming - slowly.

Bye for now.

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #42 on: November 06, 2014, 06:43:30 PM »
Thank you, BBE!  That really helps!   :thumbup:    :eclove
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #43 on: November 09, 2014, 07:10:34 PM »
Hello, life has been a tad hectic the past week; as I have added two game drives to my daily viewing.

We have continued to have excellent sightings and hopefully more leopard sightings to come. We did have one drive which was emotional and draining for Pieter and HT as well as those of us watching. Wild Dogs/Painted Dogs (WD) have been around Djuma. Two or three drives ago two of WD pups were intently watching something. Turned out to be a pregnant impala and she was swimming trying to escape them. The impala was becoming more and more tired and while she would get close to shore the dogs were there. She did her best to get on shore and leave. But the pups had other ideas. One went to fetch the 2 adults and other 4 pups. As you can guess the outcome was not what we would have hoped for.

We have seen magnificent Mvula, and yesterday Tingana (Shadow) was seen under a tree in a gulley. A guide from Arathusa who came by that they have seen her now almost 3 month old cubs, but not out in the open. We hope she will bring them to us?  Then we need her twin sister, Saseka (Thandi) who also has cubs, who have been seen elsewhere, and the male Bahuti and Xivambalana.

Ellies and babies, impalas and babies, Giraffes, Cape Buffalos, Zebra and some of the birds have also been seen.

As you know I love the drives, but find I am finding watching two a day difficult. Life is busy here at 'The Maples'.  I have to also acknowledge that once I sort, choose, resize, upload pics to Flickr and then post them here with a narrative is taking too much of my time. Also the eyes don't like all that computer time.

I wish to make my life easier and am opting to post links to videos being done by three people. They are a combo of full drive, part of a drive etc. They are very good at what they. Also a few 'Video marks', from the WE cam site.

The links to the YouTube page for three people are:
And - - - - - I haven't forgotten about my post of other leopards we may see. I have been scrounging up photos for the post.  :biggrin3

Thank you Ann
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - Jan. 31, 2015
« Reply #44 on: November 09, 2014, 07:50:48 PM »
Nov. 5 PM Drive

We saw Quarantine Male leopard. One of the two boys from Karula's last litter. He is a handsome dude, and a ladies man, although only 20 months old.  :ecwink

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ-IxOvzofs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iJ-IxOvzofs</a>
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