Author Topic: Pete's Pond & Mashatu Reserve: 2011 & 2012  (Read 125037 times)

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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #30 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!
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #31 on: May 13, 2011, 09:46:55 PM »
Big bird on top of tree.  Here come the guinea fowl :)
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #32 on: May 13, 2011, 09:48:38 PM »
No wonder so many people loved this cam!  Loving the guinea fowl!
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #33 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
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #34 on: May 13, 2011, 10:01:43 PM »
Might have been a jackal just behind trees.
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #35 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. :)
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #36 on: May 13, 2011, 11:20:48 PM »
A hammerkop bird
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #37 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


Baboon at Pete's Pond 05-14-11 am sa by luvthebirds, on Flickr
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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)

May 14 @ 8:42 am 'Fleas' & Plovers by BBE2009, on Flickr

Followed quickly by a great view of the area.

May 14 @ 8:45 am CAT ~ Pete's Pond by BBE2009, 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.
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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.


Black-backed jackal


Nile Monitor Lizard


Spotted Hyena


Crocodile - 'Fatty' was a permanent fixture  :eclol


Terrapins


 :blush   (six photos)  :eceek
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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.


Pied Kingfisher ('emc' bird ) also the Woodland, Brown-headed, Grey-headed, and my favourite - the Malachite.


Fork-tailed Drongo


Grey Heron


Kori Bustard


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And a few more commonly seen birds

Burchell's Starling - has red eyes. also a 'Glossy' Starling.


Burchell's Coucal






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.


Just to whet the appetites.  :offtobed
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Re: Pete's Pond in Botswana, Africa
« Reply #42 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
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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.
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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.
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