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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 14 - At a Distance -
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That's about all of them.... :lol: :lol: :lol:

anne-marie wrote:
like the baby Rhino... your first sighting :clap:
Elephants and Hippos :clap:
big group of Long necks :clap:
big Ellie coming in front... :clap:

and love Ellies in the mist and of course the Cheetah :clap:

and the sceneries :clap:

thank you :dance:

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Thanks Pumbaa, While preparing the pics my mind was in kruger , specially with the views on the letaba riverbed.... almost dreaming away seeing tuskers...tuskers and tuskers..... wake up !! it's july 2013 and far away from kruger.... :wink: :wink:

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As much as I love close up of animals as much I love such distance shots where you also can see the landscape and trees -

Simply WoW, Aat, love the dust the ellie herd was raising or the mist in the picture of the ellie boy coming closer and for sure these view around Olifants / Letaba - Sigh :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Thanks !! :)

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Aat, you tell the story of Kruger so well. :D :D

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Aat, I wish I could be there right now. I have just loved your pictures, so evocative, so typical Kruger. I think I love each and every picture of a little one. It reminds me that new life brings new promise.

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thank you.

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OWN - Let's say.... ehhhhhh nothing :redface: :redface: :redface: (thanks my friend !!)

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Aat, you have an eye for beauty, pattern, and appreciation. Magnificent series of photos that do exactly what you set them out to do: show wild Africa, and especially wild South Africa, as it was before the humans arrived. I can entirely relate to the value you bring with your stories underpinning superb photographic events. I always love being absorbed for aeons in that wonderful world of nature, and I often forget where I am and what sounds are around me when I settle into your glorious TRs. Thank you for these enrichments; they always restimulate me to make our next booking.
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M M, like with OWN.... :redface: :redface: you're so kind :) :)


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Aat, I wish I could be there right now. I have just loved your pictures, so evocative, so typical Kruger. I think I love each and every picture of a little one. It reminds me that new life brings new promise.

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

thank you.

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Aat, Can't believe i only just got up with you TR
nu pas (what took me so long)

Really wonderfull pictures, I'm finally planning my next trip to Kruger next year
hope you can give me some of that DUTCH luck :) :) :)

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:mrgreen: Thank you for sharing these Stunning sightings and pics. Don't even need "words". :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: The Rhino and little one...AWESOME!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Everybody makes mistakes.... (just joining :twisted: :twisted: ) :lol: :lol:
Welcome on board (je bent natuurlijk altijd welkom)
Maybe you plan your trip for same period as we do... nov/dec and just join us...
Keep reading...many more stories to come

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Aat, Can't believe i only just got up with you TR
nu pas (what took me so long)

Really wonderfull pictures, I'm finally planning my next trip to Kruger next year
hope you can give me some of that DUTCH luck :) :) :)

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Thanks Philip1.
I thought it was a good idea to post something different , kruger is too beautiful for just showing the animals :wink:

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:mrgreen: Thank you for sharing these Stunning sightings and pics. Don't even need "words". :mrgreen:
:mrgreen: The Rhino and little one...AWESOME!!! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Wow Aat :big_eyes:
What amazing sightings with spectacular views you bring to us...
I just love looking at the serenity of the scenes and how peaceful and calm it is there-how great to have experienced it :mrgreen:
You know how to show Kruger at its best :thumbs_up:
As always lovely pics :clap:

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Heksie,
Thanks. It was just an idea showing kruger this way as it is and most of us seeing it but maybe forget to capture it... nice change next too all animal portraits ... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Wow Aat :big_eyes:
What amazing sightings with spectacular views you bring to us...
I just love looking at the serenity of the scenes and how peaceful and calm it is there-how great to have experienced it :mrgreen:
You know how to show Kruger at its best :thumbs_up:
As always lovely pics :clap:

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 Post subject: A&E Story 15 - Wings over Kruger -
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*** NEW Stories ***
Like my previous TR’s, this is not going to be a day to day TR, but a series of stories about animals and special situations based on our last trip from november 11th 2012 till december 9th 2012.

Story 15 – Wings over Kruger -


Hellooooooooooooo mites,

I was thinking about next story and going through my pictures the idea was born.
No cats (probably next time) but wings…… with other words… Birds

After many trips I am still a “nono” with birds. I always stop when I see birds sitting on a branch, I like the raptors and the very small ones. But I am not a birder, no stiffneck.

So this story is about birds and I selected next series of photo’s for you. Hope you like it

As introduction to all the birds in this story, this is your guide “Blacky” the Snake Eagle

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Blacky flies from tree to tree and shows you a number of birds… if he knows the name he will mention it…no name then Blacky does not know and asks you to help….

Not far from Blacky’s position another beautiful Eagle showed himself, the Bateleur Eagle

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Flying over one of the rivers this Saddle-billed Stork was waiting for a meal

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Unknown to Blacky…. But worth to share. Almost looks like a bird-painting

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Maybe you recognize… you see a bird , like to capture it and gone, or moving or just flies away. This time lucky with this Giant Kingfisher

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On the list of Sanparks as one of the endangered birds…the Secretary Bird. Saw him a few times and this was the first encounter. “Thanks Blacky” for your help to find him.

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There are several storks in kruger. “Blacky” found this small group of Woolly-necked Storks close to Tshokwane.

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Blacky is flying towards Satara area and found another group of storks, the Yellow-billed Stork

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Allthough vultures are not Blacky’s favorites he likes to show you the Whiteheaded one

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Blacky forgot the name of this raptor, but worth to show him in this series

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And then…. Blacky was a bit afraid of another raptor, the Martial Eagle…
This is a small story within this story about birds. Saw this one late afternoon along the famous S100. Martial Eagle with a kill. Noticed him first in a tree

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Then it was going fast, too fast for me… Martial Eagle left the tree and killed a (I think) duck

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That’s another kill along this S100 then the expected kills by lions

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He was “cleaning” the kill before dinner

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Impressive bird, this Martial Eagle, just at a distance of about 50 meters.

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Blacky is flying again and takes us to one of the many small rivers. Just before landing he noticed this African Spoonbill

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While flying towards the more northern sections of kruger Blacky met his brother “Browny”

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And in one of the many many trees this nice raptor

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Coming closer to the Letaba river this African Fish Eagle, a cute one

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On the bridge this Pied Kingfisher was stealing the show

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Flying towards Mopani this eagle (name?) was posing and asking to be posted here

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Bateleur Eagles are mainly photographed when they are in a tree, this one was on the ground near Tihongonyeni near Mopani

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Flying over kruger Blacky has seen a lot of these Ground Hornbills but posing nicely without moving too fast and without hiding in the high grass… this time more lucky

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Another Bateleur Eagle

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If you fly around you see many birds, this time also many Saddle-billed Storks but this one was posing at just about 10 meters so a portrait was possible. This way you can see the details of colours very well

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This Eagle (?) is the beautiful sunset light

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Blacky just arrived in the northern section of kruger and was about taking a nap near Pafuri picknick place along the river where this Kingfisher was looking out for a catch.

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Talking about Kingfishers. Another one “Woodland Kingfisher” appeared in the bush in same area

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A young Martial Eagle was not far away , waiting for the spots on his body

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Allthough Blacky could not really focus well on this small group of Bee-eaters because of the distance they are worth to be shown, covering the differences between large raptors and small bee-eaters.

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Flying back towards Mopani, Blacky was saying hello to this Bateleur Eagle and another Eagle (?)

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Almost action with this Giant Heron

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And finally…. Coming to the end of this story one of my favorite birds. I must say I have seen them several times this trip but almost never posing this way. Most sightings were from bigger distance or I was no table to capture him well because they walk / run most of the time. A bit of whispering helped me out again …smileeeeeeee

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End of this story and I really hope you liked this too. If not and more interested in Cats…then welcome next time with a special one about forming a coalition of Lions

Regards
Aat & Elly


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Aat and Elly, again wonderfully inventive and displaying beautiful birds to drool over. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Aat....What a wonderful way to start a Monday morning... viewing all these beautiful birds..they are fantastic. :thumbs_up:

Loved the Martial sequence pics of the kill. :dance:

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