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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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That lions is just showing us why it is great t be top if the food chain

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Awesome lion pic's :clap: :clap: :clap: .

Gardenia hide looks totally different after the rains, as MM said normally it is just a mud hole :hmz: .

Thanks for sharing your wonderful trip with us :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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right, I don't know Gardenia like... a lake :whistle:

:shock: lazy, full cats :lol:

and beautiful pictures of the birds :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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I guess, we know the feeling of staring at sleeping lions hoping you stare them awake so they get up for a photoshoot, but again it is all part of the experience - patience. :whistle:

Great to see the Gardenia hide so full of water - great pic. :cam: Been there 3 times and the first time seeing it so full.
The croc and birdies are beautifully captured. :thumbs_up:

And the rhino and calf must have been a great sighting. :cam: :cam:

Thank you for sharing, Phumbaa. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Great pics continue :clap: :clap: :clap:

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A wonderful time spent with the Lion brothers and feathered friends Pumbaa! :thumbs_up:
Nice to see Gardenia Hide so full but as always its either full or just a mud puddle, seems nothing in the middle. :wink:
Beautiful Three-banded Plover pic! :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Hey Pumba, I found your TR! :dance: :dance: :dance:

Thanx, really enjoyed it from the beginning, awesome bird photos, just love all your birds!

And the super doggies just stunning!

Glad I'm on board now!

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What an awesome Lion sighting Pumbaa and Timon! Your pictures are absolutely beautiful! :clap: :clap:

The last time we were at Gardenia Hide, it was just mud and nothing else! Great to see it like this! :dance: :dance:

Timon, the pictures of the Southern White-crowned Shrike and Three-banded Plover are stunning! :clap: :clap:

Lovely Rhinos too! :D

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Awesome Pumbaa :thumbs_up: The thing about lions- when they do look at you, those amber eyes look like they can see right through you. What stunning brothers, even when they are sleeping.
Male Rhino :big_eyes:
Croc :big_eyes:
White crowned Shrike :k
3 Banded plover :k

More please :popcorn: :popcorn:


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What great sightings Pumbaa! :D
And the time you could spend with these special animals :dance:
People don't understand why we sit with certain sightings for hours :slap:
Love the Kings of the bush and your rhinos are so beautiful :clap:

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Great time with the Lions,Pumbaa :dance:
Beautiful birding as usual;love specially the Three banded Plover :thumbs_up:


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Thanks so much for all your comments and compliments john n poppy, melph68, trrp-trrrrrrrrr, Meandering Mouse, Cape of Storms, Barry, anne-marie, Kaapsedraai. RichardJ, Elsa, Super Mongoose, Hilda, noel, Heksie and Anne Catherine you make me really pushing forward in order to show you more from our stunning trip :gflower: :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

I am so happy that I could share the Gardenia hide picture in such vegetaion and I am glad that you liked it - The view was indeed stunning and we enjoyed it there a lot. :dance:


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Needless to say that we again visited Renosterpan but the doggies were roaming around somewhere else today. After a short visit at Afsaal we decided to drive the whole way to Crocodile Bridge via our beloved Biyamiti loop, the S114 and finally via the S26 but what to say obviously someone thought that the majestic lion and rhino sightings utilized our budget already for that day as we only saw very little but to be in the bush was already gift enough.

But it was worth to stop for a stunning tawny although the light was bad much better light predominated at this little pond along the way with lots of water lilies

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and whilst Timon captured this fluffy little friend which I guess is a tawny flanked prinia which is also a new tick for us (No. 6).

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The ever present fork-trailed drongos invited us enthusiastically to stop and shoot which Timon did

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and then whilst I was again fallen a bit asleep as it was getting hotter and hotter and not much was to be seen in the thick vegetation a family of white rhinos suddenly popped us of the dense bushes – This time we had the honour in meeting mom and dad and another calf and I really love it when they stay together.

This was the Big daddy

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and introducing mom as well – The remarkable drooping ear made it easy for us to identify them again only a couple of days later.

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Unfortunately they allowed further shots only from the back whilst galloping in slow trot away and then they disappeared far too soon again between the dense bushes and where no longer to be seen.

After another quiet hour drive we finally reached the Bume causeway – the road to Mpondo dam was as already expected unfortunately closed – and when it comes to water on a hot day like today the usual suspects could be found.

This colourful lilac-breasted roller was worth to stop for

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and as obligatory where a causeway was overflown by water the hamerkop was not far

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and on a small stone in the water an even smaller tortoise was adoring the sun together with its hijacker in form of a dragon fly

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We decided to carry on via the H5 and to stay a bit at Gesanftombi but before we arrived there we simply had to stop for a muddy mini-me

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When we finally arrived at the dam it was already early afternoon and originally we planned to be there much earlier but who cares when thinking back to all the stunning sightings we had already that day. Lots of cars were watching an elephant taking a bath in a dam which I never had seen that full and another ellie was collecting some marulas from the grass.

When the bathing ellie realized that same hastened out of the water and chased the smaller ellie away and tried himself to get also marulas by putting his head against the trunk and pushing the tree

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Needless to say that it works and the just fallen marulas found soon more than a willingly consumer.

In order to at least spend two hours in camp we headed forward but as usual lots of zebra, impala and wildebeests herds plus giraffes and rhinos delayed us further.

We were then rewarded with bungalow No. 11 in Crocodile Bridge (I had requested for No. 10 – 12) as we do here like the bush view more than the river view. A lovely surprise was that same was newly refurbished in the bathroom, sleeping room and the kitchen area without taking away to much of the old charm and even a microwave could be found in the kitchen. Whilst sitting on the verandah and sighing with a hot coffee in hand about being back in our favourite camp visitors arrived at the fence – it was a warthog mom with her piglets – and after trotting away out of sight we finally found her in front of our bungalow with her family.

Timon soon joined them by imitating their eating behaviour with his camera in hand and snapped away.

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The only disadvantage was the garden hose in the fore- and the fence in the background but needless to say that we were honour by their visit.

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As it was already a bit too late and we wanted not to drive that far we only visited the Southern part of the S28 but it was a more than quiet afternoon with the obligatory zebras

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and wildebeests with lots of little ones around. Furthermore we were entertained by a large group of giraffes in the best evening light

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even the waterbucks appeared on the scene as well

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and needless to say that Timon also had to stop for this lovely posing red-backed shrike.

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Back in camp I had to buy some bread and strolled to the shop and nearly stumbled across another warthog mom with her piglets – So there must be more than only one whole in the fence - Nevertheless I really love such visitors as long as they do not raid inside the camp like the vervets or baboons do. Btw the vervets were also there but as all residents took relevant precautions and due to the renovations the fridges meanwhile got a safety grid they had to content themselves with the marulas from the marula tree in front of bungalow No.9.

Today we were extreme tired from the much driving and after another delicious braai it was time for the bed and gladly with the newly renovated roofs also the bats had gone and it was a peaceful sleep.

to be continued with a misty morning and a couple of different birdies........


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Great pics and visitors :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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I love the Ellie shaking the tree :lol:
magnificent serie of birds :clap:
and Rhino, Zebras... and ... and ... :clap: :clap: :clap:

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