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  1. That is good as we have been to the north in October 2016. 10 nights staying at Punda Maria, Shingwedzi, Shimuwini and Olifants. We liked the Bush Camps more then Main Camps. We could have 4 more nights in April/May. Your suggested itinerary would be ? We like them all but birds more then elephants.
  2. The Kruger part of your trip was equally impressive with sightings. If you would have 2 weeks only, which part of the Kruger park would you chose: north or south?
  3. 9 weeks ... epic! Kgalagadi last September/October was filled with big cats sightings; I am surprised by the number of snakes you were able to see. Now to Kruger part.
  4. From above linked article. "Police say the couple was following a GPS for the shortest route ..."; it is not the application or the map, it is how the user is using the tool; setting it to the shortest route, tool will chose the shortest route ... no matter what that road(s) condition(s) might be! My grip with Google Maps application is that it puts a thick blue line on forecasted route and the roads below are difficult to be recognised. Thus I prefer those navigation applications that only shows me my current position; that allows me to decide if the "turn left" is really the one I wanted to follow.
  5. The moral of the story is that people (younger mostly) are trusting the electronics (GPS, apps, etc) way more then their common sense! There are almost weekly stories from Costa Rica about folks driven through mountains and rivers because they have followed the sweet voice of GPS device (mostly Google app on smart phones). While driving a narrow (but paved) road in Sri Lanka, Google on Zvezda's iPad wanted to get us off that road ... and into the valley ... where only a river was visible (and yes, there might be a path down there but reachable only by foot or on a mule). As a newbie I am always buying myself a paper road map, and plot the itinerary on it. Sometimes approach roads to specific locations are not that obvious ... but one can always ask directly the lodge for specifics, before starting that drive. And yes, when one think it might be lost ... he/she is already lost! Those Germans has been very lucky for you to be around; they might be stuck there for quite a long time.
  6. Might not be the same quantity as before, but for sure it will be the same quality ... if not even better, judging by these photos! Tufted Duck is so hard to nail the exposure, yours showing the different colours are exceptional. And the Dipper ...
  7. I think Kruger would be too much. But it depends on your specific itinerary. Real deal Africa from 50 years ago ... is 50 years ago. Time changes everything. Personally if going from Jo'burg to Windhoek and would have 3 weeks (how much is the one-way fee for your rental car? Which company??) I would go via Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Augrabies , Fish River Canyon, Sossusvlei and Swakopmund.
  8. Having a love affair? Political emigrants?? Found better social life???
  9. On the way back home we have done our first drive of the year on Ljubljansko Barje. BY183 / SI010 Jay (Eurasian) - Garrulus glandarius BY184 / SI011 Reed Bunting - Emberiza schoeniclus Barje, 27.01.2018
  10. On that same day we have also paid a visit to another wintering home: Zbiljsko jezero. BY180 / SI007 Mallard - Anas platyrhynchos BY181 / SI008 Red-crested Pochard - Netta rufina BY182 / SI009 Mute Swan - Cygnus olor Zbilje, 27.01.2018
  11. Birding along Kamniška Bistrica river always produces results. BY177 / SI004 Goldfinch (European) - Carduelis carduelis BY178 / SI005 Grey Wagtail - Motacilla cinerea BY179 / SI006 White/Pied Wagtail / Motacilla alba Domžale, 27.01.2018
  12. Next task was to see if ducks are still "home". The lady obviously has found a new admirer . BY175 / SI002 Rosy-billed Pochard - Netta peposaca BY176 / SI003 American Wigeon - Anas americana Domžale, 27.01.2018
  13. This move proved to bear results i.e. attracting the local birds almost immediately. BY174 / SI001 Blackbird (Common) - Turdus merula female Barje, 25.01.2018
  14. Thus no new addition to South Africa, and ready to move on with European birds. For naming the birds I will be using denomination as found in Collins Bird Guide 2nd Edition. To improve our "balcony birding" Zvezda has ordered a bird feeder directly from the UK!

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