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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Rain and all your pics are stunning. :clap: :clap: ..The cold and wet gives the pics another dimension very 8) .

Zebra family are really drenched but still posed ever so nicely. :thumbs_up:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

My goodness, you did have a very wet start to the day :?

But I love the expressions you captured on all the animal's faces - they really do look terribly sorry for themselves :wink:

Now I am crossing fingers that the road to Biyamati was open and on the way you had some amazing sightings :pray: :popcorn:

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Awesome birdie sightings Pumbaa, although a bit wet :clap: :clap: .

Not even the little zebbie looked that happy :hmz: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Poor birdies and animals - they don't look like they're enjoying the pouring rain all that much... :slap: Beautiful shots despite the rainy weather! :clap:

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Catching up time for me, Pumbaa. :thumbs_up:

What a wet drive you had...poor wet birdies and then the zebs with dirty pajamas... :hmz: Lovely :cam: all round and the paradise whydah always a beautiful bird, especially when in flight. :cam: :cam:

The roads to Biyamiti must have been extremely muddy especially with the up and down hills. We experienced it and the car was sliding a bit to get some traction :hmz: . Looking forward to see what Biyamiti will be presenting... :popcorn:

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Beautiful bird pictures, you are a real specialist with capturing them :clap: :clap: :clap:
You're able to make beautiful pictures of them even with rain. Like them very much :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Awesome pictures of the very wet birds and Zebra Pumbaa!

The only thing I like about bad weather is that we can see more raptors in the trees.

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hilda wrote:
Aesome Kudu bulls Pumbaa & Timon! And lots of very wet birds and Zebras! :clap: :clap:

Beautiful image of the BBJ! Plus a very handsome Rhino! :dance: :dance:


The kudu picture of the two majestic males is one of my favourites :thumbs_up:

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Pumbaa,

Rain and all your pics are stunning. :clap: :clap: ..The cold and wet gives the pics another dimension very 8) .

Zebra family are really drenched but still posed ever so nicely. :thumbs_up:


Yes, you are right we all know the park in sunshine but now we also had dense mist and heavy rains :dance:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

My goodness, you did have a very wet start to the day :?

But I love the expressions you captured on all the animal's faces - they really do look terribly sorry for themselves :wink:

Now I am crossing fingers that the road to Biyamati was open and on the way you had some amazing sightings :pray: :popcorn:


At least I can tell you it dried up with each day now :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Awesome birdie sightings Pumbaa, although a bit wet :clap: :clap: .

Not even the little zebbie looked that happy :hmz: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


That little zebra foal was not at all happy but it was cute with the hanging ears :dance:

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Poor birdies and animals - they don't look like they're enjoying the pouring rain all that much... :slap: Beautiful shots despite the rainy weather! :clap:


We experienced also on our previous trip some nice cat as well as bird shots whilst it was raining so we were not at all that disappointed with the weather but that torrential shower was scary indeed :big_eyes:

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Catching up time for me, Pumbaa. :thumbs_up:

What a wet drive you had...poor wet birdies and then the zebs with dirty pajamas... :hmz: Lovely :cam: all round and the paradise whydah always a beautiful bird, especially when in flight. :cam: :cam:

The roads to Biyamiti must have been extremely muddy especially with the up and down hills. We experienced it and the car was sliding a bit to get some traction :hmz: . Looking forward to see what Biyamiti will be presenting... :popcorn:


Must say that the road to Biyamiti was indeed not that worse as originally expected :lol:


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Pumbaa,
Beautiful bird pictures, you are a real specialist with capturing them :clap: :clap: :clap:
You're able to make beautiful pictures of them even with rain. Like them very much :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


The bird photography is getting more and more exciting to us and believe me there are still so many different feathers to follow :thumbs_up:

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Awesome pictures of the very wet birds and Zebra Pumbaa!

The only thing I like about bad weather is that we can see more raptors in the trees.


We also had a very windy, cold and grey day after nearly 40 degrees the previous day - Awesome day raptorwise :dance: :dance: :dance:


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With the detaching heavy rain the animals one after the other showed up again and we soon spotted our first elephant bull for that day and also realized that the S82 was already closed. Sunset dam was still that green as yesterday but a bit more birds could be seen and they even appeared extreme close where we parked with our car. A highlight for us for this green back heron, as we did not know at that stage that this bird will cross our paths a lot more during this holiday as all the previous holidays counted together.

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The small and agile three banded plover was around

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and even a pair of Egyptian goose could be seen

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as well as one of these always busy running around wood sandpipers

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and even a common sandpiper showed also up.

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Time for a short break at Lower Sabie to stretch the legs a bit and nearly already back in the car to once again give the S29 and the Muntshe loop another try but before we could even cross the Lower Sabie causeway we got entertained by a troop of baboons converted into a road block as most of them where sitting right on the tar road and others drank from a large puddle close by.

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Some of them even made it clear that this is for real a no entry road.

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Unfortunately today it was even quieter as the previous day and on the S29 only an extreme wet elephant came across which obviously had the time of his life with the many huge puddles nearly to be found everywhere.

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According to the road closures after the January flood and today’s heavy rain we had not much options in our decision which road to take and although the Muntshe loop might be quiet it is still a very atmospheric road which made me goose bumps all over only when travelling on it. Maybe the following picture can explain a bit better what I mean!

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The only animals which came across today on the S122 were elephant bulls, huge lone bulls which wanted obviously no longer to be alone and wanted to say “Hi” to us. This chap was tremendous and I suddenly did not feel that good any longer!

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as he came closer and closer and the road was far too small to turn the car around so we had to drive backwards and pray that he might decide to turn into the veld sooner or later – I hoped for a sooner decision.......

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Finally he started to get insecure and after some typical elephant gestures he trotted off and gladly for us unblocked the road.

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But not soon the next elephant occurred a bit farer away from the road and he played gardener as he was more than busy in pinching the trees.

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He not only broke once nearly a whole bush out of the tree – We watched this at least three times always followed by an extreme loud cracking and then he started to rip of the bark and munched luckily away on same.

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Lots of grey headed shrikes accompanied us back to the Lower Sabie causeway and now we also could stop for the meanwhile no longer hectically in the water floating crocodiles – Same now could be found extreme relaxed on the small sandbanks in the river with obviously heavily stuffed bellies.

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The nasty smell was also gone and obviously all of them – it must have been more than twenty – had an excessive feast last night.

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Life can be so good!

We enjoyed another short break at Lower Sabie with the obligatory icecream in hand and still had enough time to stroll in snail’s pace to Biyamiti. We stopped for watching the many elephant herds all around in that area

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and stopped also for the many barn swallows out of which at least one of them was willing to pose.

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Although the day started with heavy rain now everything was back to normal at least in the African bush and the sun was baking from above and it got hotter and hotter with each kilometre we drove. We drove back via the S28 now from above and suddenly Timon braked abruptly and we still could see the head of a very alert and angry looking lioness. Unfortunately the grass and bushes in that area were extreme high and although we tried from different angles to at least get a single shot we had to drive away empty handed – At least we could see another lion and I think she ducked into the grass because she might have had some cubs hidden somewhere.

Finally she reminded us how a lion looked but we were confident that we will have later during the holiday enough time to watch more of them.......

Animalwise it was quiet today which was maybe caused by the strange weather but also traffic-wise is was quiet so we enjoyed our drive even more. A beautiful juvenile martial eagle is always worth to stop for

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and then we must have disturbed a giraffe which was about to drink but obviously decided against it and stuck instead its tongue out.

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to be continued...


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Pumbaa,

Sunset Dam delivered once again some beautiful birds..your pics of them all are stunning. :clap: :clap:

Ellie pics are amazing. :thumbs_up: ..Glad Ellie left the road ..major problem averted..With such a narrow road and perhaps having had to reverse for a couple of km's :hmz:

Those crocs really look well fed. :whistle:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:

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I am catching up again Pumbaa.. and as ever it is such a pleasure.

WOW, what a gorgeous :cam: of your juvenile Martial. :thumbs_up:

as ever, the baboons are pure entertainment. :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: love the upside down baby.

More, please.

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wow those Crocs :shock: :clap:
I love the Baboon... upside down Baboon :lol: :clap:
:naughty: Ellie, destroy just for the pleasure
and again, nice serie of birds :clap: :clap: :clap:

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:gflower: What a "Joyride with" Pumbaa and Timon. :mrgreen: :thanx:

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