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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Hey there Kruger-holics
I will be joining a few formites, Honorary Rangers, top notch guides and great people for three nights at Balule from 14 November. We will be hosted by the HR's, meals are included and although we will be there just to enjoy nature, I'm sure we will be doing lots of birding. There is one opening left, which means that if anyone out there can cope with sharing a small hut with me, let me know. If you need more details, send me a message.

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Hey there Kruger-holics
I will be joining a few formites, Honorary Rangers, top notch guides and great people for three nights at Balule from 14 November. We will be hosted by the HR's, meals are included and although we will be there just to enjoy nature, I'm sure we will be doing lots of birding. There is one opening left, which means that if anyone out there can cope with sharing a small hut with me, let me know. If you need more details, send me a message.


I would love to share a small hut with you - no problem here but I guess the airfare is far to much for me but believe me one day in my life I will do such thing :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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:cry: Pity Pumbaa......can't I even twist your arm by saying Johan van Rensburg will also be going and we may go looking for a Pel's. I'll be driving down from Jhb, but the costs are steep. U'll just have to rob a bank!! :mrgreen:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Lovely picture of the Bateleur - and posing so nicely - I can see why he caused a traffic jam! :wink:

Absolutely gorgeous picture of Muntshe mountain with the old buffalo in front - that is a keeper! :thumbs_up:

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perfect bataleur pic ....superb :clap:

and you cant leave without at least one elephants bottom :D

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa,

Your bird pics are just to die for...magnificent pic of the bataleur. :clap: :clap:

Love the bum shot...and the dugga boys. :dance: ..from the pics you can see the grass was very long. :hmz:

Terri is so cute looks as if he is doing exercises. :clap:

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Beautiful pictures of the Green-backed Heron, Coucal, Pied Kingfisher and Bateleur Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

Another beautiful Kudu bull with his impressive horns! :dance: :dance:

I also love the Terrapin stretching himself out in the sun! :clap: :clap:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

All your photos are absolutely stunning so it was hard to find a favourite from your last installment :cam:

Your dagga boy portraits are amazing and of course the photo of the Muntshe Mountain, cottonball clouds, green everywhere, plus buff is just terrific :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

For cuteness factor though my favourite is the tiny little terrapin :cam:

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Just love the interaction with the little ellie you had :clap: :clap: .

Stunning birdie pic's, especially the bateleur :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Waterbuck wrote:
:cry: Pity Pumbaa......can't I even twist your arm by saying Johan van Rensburg will also be going and we may go looking for a Pel's. I'll be driving down from Jhb, but the costs are steep. U'll just have to rob a bank!! :mrgreen:


A pel or even more would definitely be an option :big_eyes:

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Lovely picture of the Bateleur - and posing so nicely - I can see why he caused a traffic jam! :wink:

Absolutely gorgeous picture of Muntshe mountain with the old buffalo in front - that is a keeper! :thumbs_up:


Bateleurs are one of my favourite birds and my heart is jumping when I see so many cars stopping for them - We had some more great sightings of them so I have chosen the title prior our trip not that bad although at that stage it was more than wishful thinking :tongue:

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perfect bataleur pic ....superb :clap:

and you cant leave without at least one elephants bottom :D

john :thumbs_up:


Definitely but there are so many of them and we sometimes only wait to get such a bum shot :whistle:


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Pumbaa,

Your bird pics are just to die for...magnificent pic of the bataleur. :clap: :clap:

Love the bum shot...and the dugga boys. :dance: ..from the pics you can see the grass was very long. :hmz:

Terri is so cute looks as if he is doing exercises. :clap:


Excercises for the hint legs :tongue: Okay in the next installments I only included birdies :redface:

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Beautiful pictures of the Green-backed Heron, Coucal, Pied Kingfisher and Bateleur Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

Another beautiful Kudu bull with his impressive horns! :dance: :dance:

I also love the Terrapin stretching himself out in the sun! :clap: :clap:


You would never guess how small that terrapin was - Only a size of a button and soooo cute 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

All your photos are absolutely stunning so it was hard to find a favourite from your last installment :cam:

Your dagga boy portraits are amazing and of course the photo of the Muntshe Mountain, cottonball clouds, green everywhere, plus buff is just terrific :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

For cuteness factor though my favourite is the tiny little terrapin :cam:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


From the tar road the Muntshe mountain is even closer but same do not fit onto a picture :? But finally I got what I wanted :dance:

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Just love the interaction with the little ellie you had :clap: :clap: .

Stunning birdie pic's, especially the bateleur :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


That ellie was a ones in a lifetime little naughty one but you did not know what he did the next morning :whistle:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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We also could spot two hamerkops but same kept hidden nearly the whole time under the bridge and lots of swallows were also buzzing around our car and under the bridge like torpedos.

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Finally the hunt of the male pied kingfisher was successful and same presented a far too large fish compared to its size.

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But to swallow such a large prey is the easiest task for a bird and with only a couple of hits of the fish with his strong bill onto a branch same fitted somehow and slowly slid into its bill and disappeared until only a small piece of the back fin of the fish was still visible.

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For the time it looked as if this huge lunch must have been enough for the rest of the day. After taking a drink from the river some water drops looked as if same were floating in the air

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and after the thirst was quenched it started the grooming of its plumage and ended in shaking the entire body which looked a bit more like a wet dog than a wet bird.

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Time to puff up and maybe time for a little midday nap as well. Only from far in the far away trees we also saw a giant kingfisher but same unfortunately did not come closer. We could have watched our pied friends nearly for the rest of the day but we also were a bit tired from the whole day in the

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car and decided to take a short break in camp, also to stretch the legs a bit and to come back during our afternoon drive to this bird oasis.

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Although leaving that causeway might not mean that birding was over, as in fact the contrary was fact as more soon whilst having made ourselves comfortable with the chairs again at the braai area three new ticks could be done! The first visitor was this grey headed sparrow

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whilst the scarlet chested sunbird gladly paid another visit

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and a dusky flycatcher said "hi" as well.

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Then at least one of the most wanted to be seen birds appeared – a speckled mousebird!

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Pity was that same kept the whole time nearly hidden in the bush but at least we could spot the head and part of its upper part of the body - Aren’t they look a bit like a cockatoo?

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Finally the last bird whilst staying in camp was a white-bellied sunbird - At least when Timon took this shot everything fitted together - he was ready with the camera and the bird stayed long enough and posed away.

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to be continued.....


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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an amazing selection of birds Pumbaa, well done

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

Gorgeous birdie Image :thumbs_up:

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