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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 15 - Wings over Kruger -
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:mrgreen: Amazing pics. WOW!!!! :mrgreen:

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Thanks.... for the nice and warm comments.

I was really happy with the secretary bird posing this way... does not happen that much seeing them standing still for a few seconds... :) :)

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 Post subject: A&E Story 16 BC Diary -Forming a Coalition-
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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 16: BC Diary -Forming a Coalition-

Welcome to the Big Cat Diary stories,

Time again to focus on the Big Cats. Your “reporters” are inviting to you to be witness of the forming of a Lion Coalition.

But……. The ones who know me a bit will not be surprised that I want to inform you about the updated Tusker documents. Available on my Tuskers of Africa site. Link given at the end of this story.
And next to this I like to ask you to post possible (big) tusker sightings on the Mammals >> Big Tusker thread and / or let me know you have seen (big) tuskers to keep the tusker site updated. Thanks !!

Getting back to the subject of this story. Another morning in Satara, ready to go for a early morning trip and like all other times, decision made where to go just by 6th sense. This time following the main road towards Tshokwane.

Introducing Big Dad and one of his ladies

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Maybe you recognize this picture from a previous story about –Love- on fathers day.
This was the beginning of a wonderful story, well that was our opinion.

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and love making results in sleeping….dreaming….snoozing….

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and

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Here the other story really begins…
Un-aware of what was going to happen Big Dad was still snoozing

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Getting up and next to his lady they were just about walking away into the field.

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One of his other girls was just coming to the road. She looks a bit irritated or jealous ?

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While this other girl was just going off the road , knowing she was not welcome at that moment to chill with Big Dad.

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Then…….. and it went very fast.
The love couple including the other girls start running away into the field. Why…?
Well, coming from Tshokwane another pride or group of Lions were running towards the others ones… roaring …

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The first 4 lions, young males were running fast following / chasing Big Dad and his ladies.
But members of the other pride were still coming…. Here another 6

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Pfffffffffttttttt… Elly and I almost could not follow what was going on… looking back we saw Big Dad and his ladies running away… quit far already…. We saw about 4 chasing them and in front of us more and more lions coming down from Tshokwane…
I show and share it exactly as we saw the whole thing. These were following the chase with their eyes and stayed on the road… I said “thank you” to them.

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Added this photo because it shows how curious these lions were following their “family” chasing the other lions.

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Less then 10 meters away… young male lion roaring… just in front of us. How great can it be in kruger….smileeeeeeeeee

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All looking at what happens in the field ….hundreds of meters away in the mean time

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Looking….smelling…roaring….all in one picture… lions can be soooo nice.

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Now the ones on the road were calming down so let’s have a look at some members of the pride.
Have to add here that the sunrise (backlight) did not make it that easy but will show you some to get familiar with this pride…

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Two of them walking towards me… with very friendly looks

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More friendly and posing well. He came towards me…looked at me and decided to lay down

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I was looking at some of the lions on the road and they made it easy for me to make some portraits …. I loved the expressions on their faces.

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and this one…

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and this cute looking guy….

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And finally this beauty…. His eyes…the golden sunlight…what else do you wish on an early morning in kruger.
Spending a bit more time with them before they decided to follow the one who were chasing Big Dad…..

So far breathtaking for us… getting hungry so moving on to Tshokwane for having some breakfast… and still 6 o’clock in the morning so glad we had our breakfast with us…

To all of you…. It’s time for a break before Part II begins…see you back after the break

Part II…
We spent lovely days in kruger…going north Shingwedzi…Mopani and after 13 days we were back in Satara. Early morning again…. Decision that day… main road to Tshokwane, coming to the junction

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And what did we see near this junction…?????????
Yessssssssssssss Big Dad and ….. his ladies and….. yesss… the chasing pride , now all together… a new coalition. We looked at each other and saying something like huhhhhhhhhhh …. Nooo…yessss…. It’s them

Big Dad with all the others…. With a look like “business as usual” and winking to me like saying…. “that chasing group did not have a chance”

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As you can see Big Dad is still in love with his lady… 13 days later and seeing them again… weird but fantastic

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Overview on this new pride… We counted about 17 lions in total.. on and near the road

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All flat…. Well… 5:30 in the morning… we were having some milk and a sandwich… early breakfast with the lions… kruger is not that bad….smileeeeeeeeeee

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If you have to…. Yes, NEAR the road

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Sleeping and socializing…

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Mhhhhhhhh….that feels good

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Isn’t it great to have a Lion roadblock in front of you….

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Big Dad is checking his new formed pride….

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And checking his lady if she is still…..ehhhh

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Some ladies together and some gossip… ohhh, is Big Dad that good… ohh tell us…

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another look into the pride… cats are cats…

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Thanks Big Dad… it was wonderful and impressing to meet you twice and to meet the whole pride, the new pride.

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Thanks all for joining Elly and me with this special story about a new coalition or whatever you call it…. Big Dad making love…. On the run with his ladies …. Probably a fight about who is the strongest and then …. 13 days later back on the road to show us his new big pride…. A Big Dad to be proud of. Kruger can be generous !

End of this story and I really hope you liked it.
Next…? Maybe another Big Cat Diary story….

Regards
Aat & Elly


Many other pictures of last en other trips:
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 Post subject: Re: A&E Story 16 BC Diary -Forming a Coalition-
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Aat,

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

Fantastic....This coalition sure consists of magnificent specimens. :thumbs_up: ..Each one more beautiful than the next...what a special family. :thumbs_up:

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Aat what a wonderful experience. It must have been quite something to listen to as well. Spine chilling stuff.

Thanks for sharing this moment and giving us a chance to enjoy the moment.

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Absolutely stunning!! So many beautiful lions together!!! U lucky lucky lucky fish

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magnificent episode Aat :clap:
I specialy love some of the group looking far away to know what happen with the chase :dance:
a regal for the eyes and for the head :thumbs_up:

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How wonderful to be able to witness the interaction between the lions and to capture it with your beautiful photographs.


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Thanks,
Looking at them it was great to see all the different faces, expressions and observing their behaviour. :)

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Aat,

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

Fantastic....This coalition sure consists of magnificent specimens. :thumbs_up: ..Each one more beautiful than the next...what a special family. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn: :popcorn:

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M M , it really was...1st sighting was great but to see the whole pride again 13 days later was kind of weird experience. The roaring so close was quite special too. Having breakfast 2 times with same lions ... can it be better ? :) :)


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Aat what a wonderful experience. It must have been quite something to listen to as well. Spine chilling stuff.

Thanks for sharing this moment and giving us a chance to enjoy the moment.

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Thanks for sharing Aat, what a wonderful set of photos.
To experience all of that must have been an amazing :thumbs_up:

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Some more than magnificent shots, here, Aat :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

especially that very special road block must have been stunning with so many cats on the road :mrgreen: and no disturbing grass hiding them :D

BTW - Some tuskers might come up soon in my report.....so keep an eye on the tusker thread :hmz:


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Loved it Aat! Excellent.


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C o S , thanks ! Lucky fish.... probably something to do with my zodiac sign.... Fish and born on a sunday... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Absolutely stunning!! So many beautiful lions together!!! U lucky lucky lucky fish

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Hey Aat and Ellie!

Oh WoW, what a lot of LIONS! Looks like big Lion party and everyone came.... This pride is really something special and what a 6th sense you have Aat!

Stunning photos!!!!

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