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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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idem and also the Grey-headed Sparrow :clap:
and magnificent Speckled Mousebird :clap:
and... and... :clap:

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an amazing selection of birds Pumbaa, well done

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We somehow turned during the visits into the typical birders :dance: :dance: :dance:


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:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Magnificent Pied Kingfisher sequence pics...Pumbaa. :thumbs_up:

Gorgeous birdie Image :thumbs_up:


Giant and Malachite kingfisher pictures also to follow in a later instalment :thumbs_up:


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idem and also the Grey-headed Sparrow :clap:
and magnificent Speckled Mousebird :clap:
and... and... :clap:


The speckled mousebirds were already high on our wish list - Finally we got them :thumbs_up:


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Congratulations on finding the Speckled Mousebird Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

What a lovely variety of birds with the most beautiful pictures of them! :dance: :dance:

The sequence of the Pied Kingfisher with that big fish is outstanding! :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:

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An amazing array of beautiful birdie sightings Pumbaa :clap: :clap: .

Just love them all :dance: .

Thanks so much for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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:gflower: Thank you once again. (Both) It is awesome to see how people like you enjoy Nature.....and sharing. :thanx:

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Congratulations on finding the Speckled Mousebird Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

What a lovely variety of birds with the most beautiful pictures of them! :dance: :dance:

The sequence of the Pied Kingfisher with that big fish is outstanding! :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing! :thumbs_up:


Birding was this year more than excellent and especially causeways attracted a lot of them - We could spend hours in watching them :thumbs_up:


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An amazing array of beautiful birdie sightings Pumbaa :clap: :clap: .

Just love them all :dance: .

Thanks so much for sharing :thumbs_up: .


Great to know as also during our afternoon drive a lot feathered friends appeared :thumbs_up:


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:gflower: Thank you once again. (Both) It is awesome to see how people like you enjoy Nature.....and sharing. :thanx:


Thanks for the compliment :k and be rest assured with each visit our love for the bush grows more and more :dance: :dance: :dance:


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For our afternoon drive we once again chose the S25 as this is simply the best option from camp. It did not take long until you reach the causeway and here you can stay until you have to return or you may drive a bit further into the direction of Crocodile Bridge which we did after a short stop at the causeway where our pied kingfisher friend was still or once again in hunting mood.

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But now we got a better view onto the hamerkops which were now to be seen walking around in the riverbed

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and not far away from them we had the honour in spotting as well two wooly-necked storks

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a specie we definitely did not see that often and so we were again delighted and only whilst turning our heads we could see a large ellie bull feeding in the riverbed.

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Sometimes you really did not have to drive far – you simply had to be patient as the animals will for sure come to you. Nevertheless we were in the mood to drive a bit further and although the obligatory lions did not show up we had a great time and soon stopped for this couple of banded sandgrouse

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only to be followed by some more mini-me’s

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which were hiding behind each other whilst approaching them

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but later on they more and more relaxed by our presence and started to feed again.

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Although the sun still was shining but with the deeper going sun the light started to get dimmer in the dense vegetation in that area and from time to time only a couple of sunrays could made their way through the bushes and turned everything into a magical forest like in a fairytale – At least this is my imagination of a wood in a fairytale! And a fairytale without birds is unthinkable so on one of these overflows a hamerkop couple was busy in bulding a huge nest – disproportional large in comparison to the size of the hamerkop itself but in fairytales

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nests could not be large enough and with the size of a candelabrum they hit the nail on the head.

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One of them was busy in collecting nesting material and the other one was busy – which for sure must have been the female – in putting everything at the right place in order to turn it into a cosy home for the little ones.

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Although we often do see these huge nests in the park we have neither at least up to now saw the hamerkops itself in the nest nor being still busy in building one and then even so close to the road.

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to be continued.....


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wow Pumba, beautiful little Pumba :clap:
and the birds... the Hamerkop in nest, Double banded Sandgrouse Pied Kingfisher :clap: :clap: :clap:
and nice big Ellie :clap:

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Pumbaa, love all your pics, the warthog hiding is so cute, thanks for sharing :gflower:

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Pumbaa,

Another stunning episode...those banded sandgrouse colours are gorgeous. :clap:

Just love the pics of your "mini-me’s"...they are one of my favourite animals. :thumbs_up:

Lovely description and story on the Hamerkop. :dance:

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I also LOVE the Warties Pumbaa! Beautifully captured! :clap: :clap:

That is a huge Ellie, fortunately not too close to you! :lol:

Awesome bird sightings .... my favourite, the Hamerkop busy building their nest! I have never seen that before! :dance: :dance:

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