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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Classic Pumbaa back again :D

I can imagine your frustration with the keys. Everyone has a patience limit and tired and hot is not a good place to be.

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Just in time for another lovely trip report from Pumbaa & Timon! :dance: :dance:

Awesome sightings, beautiful pictures and usual, especially the Bee-eaters! :clap: :clap:

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Pics of the birds are :thumbs_up: :cam: , especially the bea-eaters ... and thanks to the rain that made a difference.

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

How wonderful to be back in Kruger with you again :dance: :dance: :dance: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Yours and Timon's bee-eater portraits are simply stunning :cam:
Such a pity the sunbird got away without being photographed, but still you got a great variety of other birds to keep you busy :thumbs_up:

Really looking forward to your 1st full day in the park :popcorn: :popcorn:

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brilliant birdies 8)


Thanks Bert - More birdies are coming up :thumbs_up:

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Reading the intro it is going to be a very very nice TR.
Curious about your "never seen before animals" and all other stories so I am ready :popcorn: :popcorn:


Especially our very last day in the park was compared to the previous ones an extreme successful one but the other days were not that bad either :tongue:

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Wonderful start to your TR - and some lovely pics of the bee-eaters :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to see the pics of the painted ones :popcorn: :popcorn:


I am still struggling in which pictures to leave behind as we took so many of the painted ones :hmz:


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Bee Eeters are awesome!!! Thank you for these stunners


Hopefully you like the other bee eaters as well we took :P

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:clap: Great and awesome start. Worth the waiting. :great: Stunning array of pics with all the Beautiful Birds (and other Animals) :thanx:


The often we visit Kruger the more we turn into birders - So believe me still a lot of them to come 8)

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Lovely Bee-eaters - they are just such lovely birdies! :thumbs_up: And you captured them really well. :clap: Sunbirds can be extremely difficult to catch :cam: ! Know that from a lot of personal experience... :slap:


In Biyamiti camp we were successful in capturing some sunbirds - However, they do not sit still for some decent shots :wall:


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Pumbaa,

What an amazing start to your TR..I am so home sick. :mrgreen: ...

It is really so lush and green.. :dance: gorgeous pic of the steam flowing through the grass. :clap:

Awesome pics of all the birds...they are just amazing...and special. :thumbs_up:

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I am homesick as well - Do also love that shot of the stream - Sigh :thumbs_up:
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Classic Pumbaa back again :D

I can imagine your frustration with the keys. Everyone has a patience limit and tired and hot is not a good place to be.

:popcorn:


Thankfully the matter was solved nearly immediately and do not happen often :dance:

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Just in time for another lovely trip report from Pumbaa & Timon! :dance: :dance:

Awesome sightings, beautiful pictures and usual, especially the Bee-eaters! :clap: :clap:


Yiep, Hopefully same will be finished a bit faster than the previous one :tongue:


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Pics of the birds are :thumbs_up: :cam: , especially the bea-eaters ... and thanks to the rain that made a difference.


Yes, the rain did indeed make a difference - The park looked sooooooo beautiful :dance:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

How wonderful to be back in Kruger with you again :dance: :dance: :dance: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Yours and Timon's bee-eater portraits are simply stunning :cam:
Such a pity the sunbird got away without being photographed, but still you got a great variety of other birds to keep you busy :thumbs_up:

Really looking forward to your 1st full day in the park :popcorn: :popcorn:


I still think that this was the best bird trip ever - Okay we also saw a lot other animals too :wink:


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and we also met two extreme sleepy rhinos

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who were not willing to even raise an eyebrow – it was still far too early.

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several herds of zebras were up and around and it was once again more than a pleasure to simply press the button

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especially the little foals are always Timons favourites

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He snapped away as if these were the first zebras he ever saw but I think it is simply because we missed them so desperately.

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The noisy glossy starlings could be found everywhere in the park not only on picnic spots

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followed already by some well hidden kudus and more magpie shrikes and our first never seen bird before – a colourful Common Waxbill – which unfortunately kept to well hidden in a dense bush. Whilst we stopped to admire this beautiful fluff ball we realized more birdies in a nearby bush and also captured one of these foam frog nests which this year could be found everywhere in the park due to the wet weather.

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For us it is a rarity to spot black eye bulbuls in the park itself as they are much easier to be captured in camps and on picnic spots.

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A large group of helmeted guinea fowls forced us to stop

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with lots of chicks

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we met our first naughty vervet monkeys, more European bee eaters and the ever present lilac breasted rollers

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and soon stopped for this lovely posing lesser masked weaver lady

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and a juvenile ground scraper thrush which was also a new one for us - already No 2 during that trip -

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and we simply stopped for one bird and did not move and now the birds came to us or simply wanted to say hey to us or saw Timon’s huge lens and wanted to take a closer look.

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We stood still at the same spot when a blue waxbill came closer unfortunately too well hidden in another bush but Mrs. red backed shrike was ready to pose for us only another branch away.

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Well if the birding will continue that way as it already just started it will be a great trip for us – Believe me the wet weather, heavy rains and floods especially this year was indeed the best birding trip we ever had!

Another advantage where all the flowers which could still be found on the roadsides

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The rest of the drive on the H3 until we reached the turn off to Renosterpan was quiet but we simply enjoyed the smells, the noisy woodies, the gentle breeze simply everything but this was obviously only the calm before the storm as whilst slipping on the muddy road to Renosterpan only to realize half way through one parked car and some unmistakable ears popping out of the high grass......

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Wild dogs already on our very first full day in the park – What a chance!!!

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to be continued with our 1 1/5 half hours with the painted ones......


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The best trip ever,Pumbaa.....this is promising :dance:
Just the beginning,and Timon already managed a lot of brilliant captures of feathered friends :thumbs_up:
I see one more time you had the chance to see the Wild-Dogs :dance:
Waiting to hear more about this lovely sighting :D


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Stunning pics of the Zebras :thumbs_up: ... they always make for super pics...love the little ones hair style :dance: , must use a special hair gel...may be called "Oh natural". :hmz: :lol:

Wow!!! ..the birdies are all absolutely stunning..all are so crisp and clear. :clap: :clap: ...such a huge variety and you hardly moved to find them. :wink:

:big_eyes: Wild dogs....on day 1... :mrgreen:

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Wonderful start Pumbaa and how lucky you were to find doggies so early on in your trip!
Love all the bird pics! :thumbs_up:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Absolutely stunning photos of all your feathered friends :cam: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

And then you come upon the wild dogs!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Oh WOW, I can't wait to see and hear about the time you spent with them :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Unbelievable how many different kinds of birdies you already saw Pumbaa and Timon! Beautiful pictures of all of them too! :clap: :clap:

The baby Zebras are absolutely stunning, one simply cannot get enough of them! :dance: :dance:

Love those sleeping Rhinos too, and also the Guinea Fowl family! How cute are those chicks! :clap: :clap:

You were so lucky to already have found Wild Dogs on your first full day! Looking forward to read all about them! :dance: :dance:

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What a cutie Zebbie :D and more feathered friends... :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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