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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Finally caught up again with your report Pumbaa!
Amazing sighting of the croc and monitor.
Something one doesn't often see that's for sure. :thumbs_up:
As per usual Timon has captured some incredible pics. :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Wow Pumbaa and Timon! What a terrific sighting of the Crocodile and poor Water Monitor! I can understand your mixed feelings, because I would have felt the same! Beautiful series of pictures too! :clap: :clap:

The nyala was another awesome sighting! One does not see them often! :dance: :dance:

Stunning pictures of the Kingfishers, and they don't seem hungry at all! :D

Thank you for another excellent episode! :gflower:


That was definitely a once in a lifetime sighting :dance:


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poor Monitor :(
but nice pictures :clap:
I love too the Kingfisher... with eyes bigger than the stomac :clap: :lol:
and the "phasme" of course :clap:


You hit the nail on the head, Anne-Marie - the eyes were bigger than the stomac :thumbs_up:


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Very nice episode. What a special moment to see the Crocodile catching the water monitor. Not nice for this animal to feel a few hundred teeth biting you. Very well captured :clap: :clap:


Indeed not nice and it was really hard to watch that :?


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Pumbaa, I share your sentiments with the grass in the way to get a great shot.... :hmz: :wall:

Rare sighting of the croc with monitor, great insect and spider :cam: and nyala as well as the Pied with the catch of the day. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

You have captured some great moments and looking forward to more... :popcorn: :cam:


More is on the way and for us each thing in Kruger is a great moment :dance:


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what a beautiful moth, Pumbaa.

The poor monitor. Fortunately (or unfortunately?) I have never seen an actual kill.


I always wanted to photograph more insects and this was at least a start :lol:


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Those stick insects just blend in so perfectly..their camouflage is truly amazing. :dance:

Wow!!! truly a magnificent sequence of pics of the croc and monitor. :clap: :clap: ..Right place right time and you were rewarded with extra special :cam: of this rare sighting. :thumbs_up:

Beautiful pics of the Pied Kingfisher with the catch of the day. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn:


It looked like a stick which I found extreme fascinating :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Goodness Pumbaa, what a sighting :big_eyes: . It must have been difficult to watch. That is a very big monitor.

As ever, Pumbaa brings the moment to life.

Thank you.

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That was a sighting which brings the sadness and the fascinating of Nature together :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa, great sightings, I can't help but feel soooooo sorry for the water monitor, but that's nature for you, but so lucky to see.
Thanks for sharing your special sightings with us :gflower:


Although a busy camp the areas around Skukuza offers always something very special to us :P


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Heksie wrote:
Yo Pumbaa really enjoyed these past 3 episodes alot and it was a pleasure catching up on your TR :D
Such lekker sightings of the grey beasts-especially the 'unmentionables' great close up kiekies and having been so close to them is just amazing :clap:
I am so envious about your kill!!!!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
I am totally mindboggled about the croc munching on the monitor :big_eyes: YOu guys were very lucky to have seen this and I'm so glad that you shared it with us :thumbs_up:
THanks for a superb TR Pumbaa :gflower:


You cannot believe it but there were also people in the cars at that sighting that even did not stop for such special sighting :wall:


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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

I wonder about the weird posture of that lioness too :hmz:
Did you have a chance to go back and check on her?

But WOW, the sighting of the day was definitely the revenge of the croc on the water monitor!! :shock: :shock:
Incredible scenes but the struggle for life and death is always hard to watch :?

Cute nyala female and fabulous photos of the insects and kingfishers with their lunch :cam:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


No we did not made it back to the lions it was far too late to give that road a try again :?


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Elsa wrote:
Finally caught up again with your report Pumbaa!
Amazing sighting of the croc and monitor.
Something one doesn't often see that's for sure. :thumbs_up:
As per usual Timon has captured some incredible pics. :clap:


Although the park was overpopulated by crocodiles - at least it looked so - we have never seen them so busy and for sure never watched such a kill 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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whilst the one with the fish started to play a bit with her catch.

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Although it was hot and the sun was sparkling on the water it was also windy and funny was to watch how the wind was blowing from the back into the head feathers of the pied.

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Obviously the rivers, dams and even huge puddles presently were overpopulated by fish so that there were more of them to be found that the ones whoever eat them were able to eat. Also lots of debris could be seen and I also never having seen the Sand river so full and only recently same still must have been overflowing the causeway.

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Mrs. pied with the fish flew finally away with same and also it looked like the other one was about to follow her but she first had to do her aerodynamic flight check before taking off.

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Airbrakes - check!

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Left wing - check!

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Elevon – check! and off she finally flew.

As nothing more could be seen we moved forward to the next bulge and could already see a blacksmith plover relatively close

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and finally transformed into a duck – At least it looked so.

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From the recent floods which gladly spared this awesome causeway this year a lot of puddles on the many rocks could be found and whilst still busy in admiring the plover I suddenly realized a shadow above us and then the culprit even landed close to where we parked.

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A yellow billed kite although already often seen we never saw one that close and so relaxed by the presence of our car.

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Same immediately started to drink from one small puddle and it was indeed funny to watch how same drank as it put the head nearly completely under water and whilst coming up most of the water dripped out of its bill.

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Our presence did not disturb the kite in any way but same was a bit irritated about the permanent click noise which came from our cameras whilst running hot.

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Besides their brilliant eyesight these raptors also must do have a more than fantastic hearing as we often experienced already that they react more on the clicks than whilst on our whispers but maybe it is simply because they cannot allocate that strange “click”.

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This guy or girl was indeed very thirsty and drank and drank without intermission and after such a long time its head was completely wet but nevertheless allowed us some more than great close ups and we enjoyed that sighting very much and after a more than slow early morning the day developed once again to a typical Skukuza day as whilst staying in that camp the areas around same do often offer some special sightings in form of leopards, wild dogs or lions and well today it was that crocodile taking vengeance.

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After a long time we were allowed to watch the kite without even being disturbed by any other cars same flew finally away and as it was meanwhile already nearly 3.00 o’clock we with heavy hearts skipped another visit at Lake Panic as we still had to buy some things from the shop and our legs needed a stretch as well.

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Whilst driving back to our bungalow we already saw from far a group of banded mongoose running around and as we do not see them that often I was already a bit disappointed that we missed them and so we hurried to the shop and whilst enjoying our ice cream on our verandah with cameras ready the family of banded mongoose appeared again and with the melting icecream in one hand and the camera in the other we snapped away although same was not that easy.

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I was under a spell how they communicated with each other in such a cute squeaking and whimpering noise and waited for each other not that one might get lost. This once again proved that although staying that often in the African bush already there are still so many things and impressions I still want to experience.

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Between their communication they even stayed a while, looked where the other family members were and so allowed some nice shots and as we stayed with them until the last one of them disappeared completely it was nearly far too late for an afternoon drive.

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to be continued with a couple of different road blocks.......


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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the Kite seems realy very intrigued by the "click-clack kodak" :lol:
again nice Kingfisher with a huge fish :wink:
I love the bird testing its wings :thumbs_up: :clap:
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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Great sightings and photos pumbaa

Especially the mongoose, you can get some great sightings in camps

John :thumbs_up:

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