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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #120 on: February 03, 2015, 12:31:16 AM »
Feb. 3, 2015 AM Drive from DPGR - Part 2.

Marc and Tara met up briefly and chat for several minutes, before going their separate ways.


Short video from 'SuzHar' of the brief meet up.
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwj7POyGNeA" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwj7POyGNeA</a>

Tara drove for little longer. Saw a crested Francolin on the road, and then hald way through she drove away for this drive and Marc took over.
Sky looking very ominous


Marc came across 6 bachelor Kudus and spent some time watching and chatting about them.




Adult and 5 young Crested Francolins (blend in with the soil)


And I left about an hour before the drive finished - to get the drive synopsis here.

Truly wonderful to see Tara again.  :eclove :nod2

You know me by now - I will not be up in 6.5 hours to watch the PM drive.

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #121 on: February 03, 2015, 07:19:13 PM »
Thanks for posting the new updates, BBE.  Nice to have Tara back.  She was well-received by the chatters on her first drive on Monday (Africa time).    :thumbup:

Looking forward to learning more from her.  She's going to start "Who dung it?" quizzes. (Inside joke about her interest in animal poo and what can be learned from it.)    :nod2
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #122 on: February 04, 2015, 08:43:40 PM »
Feb. 4, 2015 - AM Drive - Tara and I think cam-man was Andrew?

A rather quiet drive. We spent considerable time at a hyena den with a spotted hyena pup, Mom and older sibling (?). Pup was only about 2 months old - so no spots as yet. Very active, running from hole to sibling, Mom and into the bush etc.  Tara chatted about 'Teddy' for a few minutes.

Pup very curious when we arrived - but in the bush. Then Tara drove around to other side.


Adult


All three


Wildebeest and several young calves (still slightly brown)


Impala


Wildies and Impalas both cause about a 5 minute road block.   :eclol

Wahlberg's eagle  WE cam needs to be worked on as some pics I needed to darken.


Tara did her first 'Who dung it?' and even I guessed correctly - 'pachy-candy' (elephant).

Both the following ladies are continuing to post synopsis and videos. Beth has now completed the January synopsis'.

I may not be watching all the morning drives as life is a tad too busy for me these days.

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Re: KARULA SIGHTING
« Reply #123 on: February 05, 2015, 06:45:45 PM »
We don't need another topic - so while not on a current drive - good news of Karula.

Chitwa had reported this leopard as being Thandi. Now corrected to say it was a couple of days ago from Chitwa property, posted on FB by Cheetah Plains - Karula. She looks well.  So Mother and daughter were in same area??


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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #124 on: February 06, 2015, 12:35:20 AM »
Feb. 6 AM Drive with Tara and Andrew

I had to leave shortly after the drive started. Missed a long visit with one of the Matimba Lions.

Here are 'SuzHar's' 5 videos of the event. 'Hairy Belly' was so close to Tara and Andrew.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc7WaSTyf68" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cc7WaSTyf68</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUvZqy9QOLQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUvZqy9QOLQ</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl6LHRaQN4c" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tl6LHRaQN4c</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r-bF_uUpW4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r-bF_uUpW4</a>

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3kIoBBhi1M" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3kIoBBhi1M</a>

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #125 on: February 08, 2015, 02:49:03 AM »
Feb. 8, 2015 AM Drive - Tara and Andrew

Tara and Andrew spot a bull ellie in musth coming down the road.  They promptly stopped the vehicle and sat still to see what might happen. No charging behaviour.

Tara was extremely cool and even chatted quietly as the ellie checked them out up very close and personal, then kept on walking. 

His tusks were very long and if ticked off would have caused major injury and much damage to the vehicle.  Um - I wonder if ellies in musth can differentiate the sex of humans?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox5jRHeb60k" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ox5jRHeb60k</a>

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #126 on: February 08, 2015, 12:05:04 PM »
Wow    :eceek

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #127 on: February 09, 2015, 03:50:35 AM »
All of us watching (blog) were holding our breath!  A Close Encounter of the Ellie Kind!   :pray
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #128 on: February 10, 2015, 09:11:50 PM »
Feb. 9, 2015 - PM Drive by MsDebbieB.

Impalas, Ellies, Wildies, Buffs, Giraffe and - - - - - - - Q-Male has re-appeared. He has been MIA for a week or so.l !

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7clDvAcmPo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o7clDvAcmPo</a>
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #129 on: February 10, 2015, 09:18:37 PM »
Feb. 10, 2015 - AM Drive by MsDebbieB.

Opens with Tara and Andrew fixing tire. Then about half the drive with Q-Male who was playing hide and seek with 2 - 4 hyenas. Then up a tree he went of security and back down after a while. Moved onto a dazzle of 6 or 7 Zebras who entertained us with their 'Hi-Jinks'.  Dwarf Mongoose, Kudu Bulls were also seen and a Lilac-breasted Roller and a Hammerkop.

I left after the zebras!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r68aRyCi-No" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r68aRyCi-No</a>
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #130 on: February 10, 2015, 09:26:22 PM »
Feb. 10, 2015 - PM Drive by MsDebbieB.

Hyena den, with twin cubs/pups, ellies, a Bateleur, Slender Mongoose, Giraffe, and a Juvie Wahlberg.  Then Q-Male still on a kill with hyenas waiting under the tree for toidbits

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJOnaup18PY" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JJOnaup18PY</a>

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #131 on: February 11, 2015, 01:16:03 AM »
Feb. 10 AM Drive  Sorry, posted after the PM one - time changes getting to me. :really

A 'dazzle' of 4 - 6 zebras were cavorting and having 'high jinks' - as in nipping, nudging and pushing each other down into the grass.  :eclol

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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #132 on: February 11, 2015, 01:51:06 AM »
I have some sad news, but also some good news re leopards.
I have added the news to their respective areas

The sad news is that one of Thandi's two cubs has been killed. HERE.

The good news is that Karula was seen in her old stomping grounds - Quarantine, close to Cheetah Plains who reported the good news with a photo.  Scroll down the bottom of the bio about Karula HERE.

May Thandi and her one cub and Karula stay safe and continue to be well.    :pray

Added Feb. 11, 2015. at 11:42 p.m. PST.  Several people on FB expressing concern that it may not have been Karula who killed Thandi's cub. No-one actually saw the event happen - so no confirmatory proof.
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Re: WE Game Drives Are Back - Nov. 2, 2014 - ?? 2015
« Reply #133 on: February 11, 2015, 03:48:43 PM »
Hi BBE! Hope I find you well. I have been watching Tara on the drives this last week. I thought I heard her say that Thandi's cub may have been killed by Karula. Have you heard the same? It's a tough life those animals have, for sure.

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« Reply #134 on: February 12, 2015, 12:41:20 AM »
Hi 'dizzymom' (aka 'M'). Other than a few aging aches and pains I am doing well. How about you?

Re Thandi's cub. All I know is what I posted above your post. However one member of the Private Group I belong to on FB (folks from Hancock days) read somewhere on Wed. that it may have been a snake that killed the cub?

A lot of speculation but no confirmation of what occurred and who saw what and when. This sadly reads like a recent press story in which the information had not be sussed out and verified before going to the media. And it was not true.   There must be absolute confirmation of details before reporting on a story before one 'opens mouth and inserts both feet'.  And the reporter, company etc. lose credibility.

We may never know the truth of what happened.  A sad event in any case.

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