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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa,

Those doggie pics are all just so stunning :clap: :clap: ...love the snarling face one as if to say beware. :hmz:

Gorgeous pic of the Rhino :clap: :clap: such a pity she would not let you get a pic of the little one. :(

Cannot agree with you more the S23 is a great road to travel. :thumbs_up:

Lovely birdie pics. :dance:

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Wow Pumbaa and Timon! More awesome pictures of the lovely Doggies! :clap: :clap:

A not so friendly Ellie? Oh my goodness! Just look at those flapping ears! :shock:

Beautiful Rhino, and Dagga Boys always walking away! :lol:

Lovely bird pictures, especially the Hamerkop! :dance: :dance:

Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:

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Hi Pumbaa,

With our companies financial year-end closure behind and our TR done and dusted, I have the time to enjoy our TR as well.

Stunning birdie sightings all around and then painted doggies as well :clap: :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Pumbaa,
Great show of the AWD and so many other species. It looks a bit rainy :wink: :wink: but I am happy for you they showed themselves with this weather condition. :dance:

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Wow :shock: Stunning pics...and sightings :D :clap: :clap: :clap:
(whish we could get such nice photos :( )

Nice doggies :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


Waiting for the next lot :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Excellent sightings Pumbaa. :thumbs_up:
and no I don't think we will ever forget that valentine's day doggie sighting and our hand signals to each other trying to set up a meeting! :lol:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

That was indeed a dream doggie sighting :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Plus all the cars and even the JJ were behaving nicely :thumbs_up:
I can imagine it was very hard to leave them....

But then you got to see some big grey animals that were also very impressive 8) 8)

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Love all the doggies! :clap: And the Hammerkoppe - always nice to see. And the curly-tailed rhino-mom! :lol:

Looking forward to more... :popcorn:

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Lovely series of wild dogs and the story that goes with it, Pumbaa :thumbs_up:

That ellie got some big ears - beautiful shot :cam:

Love the birdies and the hammerkop & plovers.

A pity the Weir was closed. Would love to see it overflowing. :hmz:

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Love all your sightings! What a trip !! But "sigh" I love those doggies so !!

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Just caught up....stunning doggie pics Timon :clap: :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance: :dance:

KNP very green compared to KTP.

Also great bird pics :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Pumbaa,

Those doggie pics are all just so stunning :clap: :clap: ...love the snarling face one as if to say beware. :hmz:

Gorgeous pic of the Rhino :clap: :clap: such a pity she would not let you get a pic of the little one. :(

Cannot agree with you more the S23 is a great road to travel. :thumbs_up:

Lovely birdie pics. :dance:

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That is also one of my favourites although the dog looked soooo cute on it :thumbs_up:

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Wow Pumbaa and Timon! More awesome pictures of the lovely Doggies! :clap: :clap:

A not so friendly Ellie? Oh my goodness! Just look at those flapping ears! :shock:

Beautiful Rhino, and Dagga Boys always walking away! :lol:

Lovely bird pictures, especially the Hamerkop! :dance: :dance:

Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:


It was the trip of the hamerkops this year and nearly each day we met at least one so you will get so see a lot more of them :dance:

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Hi Pumbaa,

With our companies financial year-end closure behind and our TR done and dusted, I have the time to enjoy our TR as well.

Stunning birdie sightings all around and then painted doggies as well :clap: :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


Being also presently busy with only month's end so I know how the year's end is feeling......Great to have you on board and believe me the birding has only just begun 8)

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Great show of the AWD and so many other species. It looks a bit rainy :wink: :wink: but I am happy for you they showed themselves with this weather condition. :dance:


It was not rainy on that day all the water was still coming out of the bush I guess it was still because of the floods but the doggies loved that refreshing water :dance:

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Wow :shock: Stunning pics...and sightings :D :clap: :clap: :clap:
(whish we could get such nice photos :( )

Nice doggies :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Waiting for the next lot :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Thanks so much :gflower: but your pictures are as well great :thumbs_up: but happy to have you on board :gflower:

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Excellent sightings Pumbaa. :thumbs_up:
and no I don't think we will ever forget that valentine's day doggie sighting and our hand signals to each other trying to set up a meeting! :lol:


When looking at you at that sighing I knew it could only be Elsa :thumbs_up:


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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

That was indeed a dream doggie sighting :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:
Plus all the cars and even the JJ were behaving nicely :thumbs_up:
I can imagine it was very hard to leave them....

But then you got to see some big grey animals that were also very impressive 8) 8)

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Sometimes it works with the great behaviour on a sighting like that and sometimes not. :? We just started with the big grey ones but during the trip they got more and more :dance:

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Love all the doggies! :clap: And the Hammerkoppe - always nice to see. And the curly-tailed rhino-mom! :lol:

Looking forward to more... :popcorn:


I just love it when they do the curly tail dance - It looks so cute :P

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Lovely series of wild dogs and the story that goes with it, Pumbaa :thumbs_up:

That ellie got some big ears - beautiful shot :cam:

Love the birdies and the hammerkop & plovers.

A pity the Weir was closed. Would love to see it overflowing. :hmz:


It was only on one part still overflowing but for safety reasons they kept this crossing closed - Hopefully after last year's closure we will be able to visit the weir again next year :big_eyes:

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Love all your sightings! What a trip !! But "sigh" I love those doggies so !!


Yes, what a trip and same only had just begun :lol:

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Just caught up....stunning doggie pics Timon :clap: :clap: :clap: :dance: :dance: :dance:

KNP very green compared to KTP.

Also great bird pics :clap: :clap: :clap:


It was awesomely green especially after all the snow and frost we had prior to our trip and still had only recently so when we entered it was so unreal for us :thumbs_up:


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Meanwhile it was early afternoon but we still had not enough and decided to give the Mlambane loop also a chance but before we could turn into same we had to stop on the bridge on the tar road where you can spot into the Mlambane riverbed itself as there was a huge buffalo herd spread all over.

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Lots of them were resting in the water and others were grazing and although this was not our first buffalo herd we ever saw it is always again a magnificent spectacle to spot so many of them so close together

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and I even can promise you more of those spectacles later in this trip report. Lilac breasted rollers, kudus, European bee eaters as well as lots of magpie shrikes accompanied us nearly the whole drive back to Berg en Dal.

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Whereas we enjoyed the ride on the Mlambane loop with again stunning views into the river we had to stop because of an impala herd out of which most members were resting under a shady tree

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and in a bed of flowers.

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Their obligatory feathered attendants were not far

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and allowed us once again some nice shots.

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After we also rested a bit together with them it was time for us to carry on but in fact we did not travel far until a horde of vervets forced us to stop again.

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On our way back we also enjoyed the presence of a sunbathing terrapin,

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saw our very first black-bellied bustard of the trip and could not get enough from the many wattled plovers.

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After this already very exciting and successful first morning drive in the camp we relaxed a bit on our verandah and whilst we were already busy in packing everything back into the car for our afternoon drive we realised another never seen bird (No. 4 during that trip) which was busy in feeding a juvenile in the tree close to our bungalow – a black headed oriole!

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Although it was a bit tricky to at least get one decent picture as the birds were moving permanently and to juggle with the heavy lens from right to left was another thing. Needles to say that we chose Matjulu waterhole for our afternoon drive where we so much hoped to find our bee eaters as well as swallow friends again and gladly they decided to entertain us once again.

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Both species could be spotted once again plentiful and all were busy in catching a lot of insects for dinner.

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The sunbird also arrived and landed on the very same flower as yesterday but same was once again gone before Timon had the camera handy – There were once again so many birdies to be watched that you could not have your eyes everywhere but this one was so cute and fluffy and so patient that we had to press the button - a spotted flycatcher - also a new tick for us

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Only one full day in the park and already five new ticks – we were already curious to know what still might come next featherwise. Time for an excessive photo shooting with some white fronted bee eaters – especially this trio was so cute.

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Another pin tailed whydah still without the long tail feathers so I guess it was a younger respectively not yet breeding male entertained us by landing on one blade of grass which immediately fell down on the ground with the bird on it and I already thought that this whydah might be stupid as he was miscalculating his weight on the grass so wrong

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but whilst observing this behaviour more and more I noticed that I was stupid and the bird was clever as so he was able to pick up the seeds of the grass easily!

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That’s why I love to watch all kind of animals so much as you can learn so much from their behaviour much more than you can ever get from reading books about them.

The bee eaters once again landed close by and offered another crazy dust bath.

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Pity was that it was meanwhile time to return to camp as otherwise we might be too late so we had no alternative than to say good bye to all our feathered friends there but another one of them crossed our pass on our way back in camp – One of the many hamerkops we spotted this year in the park – Sigh!

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The braai tasted even better than the evening before and we still sat a while on our verandah and enjoyed the quiet evening until we were far too tired to even keep our eyes any longer open.

to be continued with some bellies in the morning light......


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Wow!!! the afternoon driver sure was kind to you with awesome sightings all round. :thumbs_up:

Gorgeous pic of the little vervet too cute for words. :dance: ..and all the bokkies surrounded with flowers. :tongue:

Stunning birdies with marvellous pics :clap: :clap: ...I just love the :cam: of the swallow beautiful :hmz:

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