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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Just love your Scopsie Pumbaa :clap: They are the cutest thingies in the world with those large eyes :thumbs_up:
You must enjoy your holiday in Denmark and we will be waiting for you and your TR :thumbs_up: :popcorn:

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more lovely pics of the cheetahs, Pumbaa. :dance: :dance:

Enjoy your holiday in Denmark.

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WOW, excellent cheetah pics, Phumbaa. :clap:

The grass is a challenge, but often switch to manual focus as the auto focus jumps around when long grass in the way. You managed to get some great shots anyway. :thumbs_up:

particularly love the 2nd impie pic as one can see the flies flying from the face... brilliantly captured. :dance:

The owl pics - love them and the Go-away birdies.

Love the TR and :cam: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:

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Hey Pumbaa, stunning Cheetag sighting and I agree, a Cheetah is a Cheetah, even if the grass is to high. There's so little Cheetah in the park that any sighting is amazing!

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right a Cheetah is a Cheetah... even could be two Cheetahs :mrgreen: :hmz: :dance: :dance: :dance: :clap:

superb serie of birds... again :dance: :clap:


We have been told that it were totally 5 cheetahs :tongue:

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Great to see the big cats and carrying spots they are even more beautiful. :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


More big kittie cats are about to come soon :P


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What an awesome Cheetah sighting Pumbaa and Timon - beautiful images in the high grass and yellow flowers! :clap: :clap:

I love the Scopsie so close to your bungalow! I wonder if it is the same one that used to sleep in the tree close to the shop area? Beautifully captured! :dance: :dance:

Another wonderful afternoon drive with all the mammals and the wind-blown Grey Louries! :clap: :clap:

Enjoy your holiday in Denmark! :bcool:


The scopsie was a cute fluff ball :dance:

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Pumbaa,

Lovely pics of the Cheetah. :clap: :clap:

Scopie :cam: are stunning. :thumbs_up:


Sorry about the noisy "family members" of mine. :wink: ..but they also love their summer's in Kruger. :tongue: :dance:

Have a wonderful holiday in Denmark. 8)

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Your family members could not be noisy enough, trrp-trrrrrrrrr 8)


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Cheetah :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: what a delightful sighting. So pleased to see the joyride back again. :wink:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Back from holidays and the joyride is in full speed now once again :tongue:

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Just love your Scopsie Pumbaa :clap: They are the cutest thingies in the world with those large eyes :thumbs_up:
You must enjoy your holiday in Denmark and we will be waiting for you and your TR :thumbs_up: :popcorn:


Denmark was lovely and we even found some lovely birding spots with some summer guests :dance:


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more lovely pics of the cheetahs, Pumbaa. :dance: :dance:

Enjoy your holiday in Denmark.


Had a lovely dinner guest as well and were greeted by some lazy morning cats as well :dance:

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WOW, excellent cheetah pics, Phumbaa. :clap:

The grass is a challenge, but often switch to manual focus as the auto focus jumps around when long grass in the way. You managed to get some great shots anyway. :thumbs_up:

particularly love the 2nd impie pic as one can see the flies flying from the face... brilliantly captured. :dance:

The owl pics - love them and the Go-away birdies.

Love the TR and :cam: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:


Yes we do often change between manual and auto focus also when capturing the birdies :whistle:


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Hey Pumbaa, stunning Cheetag sighting and I agree, a Cheetah is a Cheetah, even if the grass is to high. There's so little Cheetah in the park that any sighting is amazing!


Totally right and after our last year's fantastic sighting of the cheetah mom and her cubs we even did not count on seeing them again and altthough the sighting was short it was stunning :dance:


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A lot of sentinels now again in the best light could be found

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and also one of the cheeky woodland kingfishers.

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We already turned around as otherwise we would not have made it back in time and met once again all the herds we already saw earlier whilst driving down that road but gladly the elephants came close and between them lots of little ones could be admired as well

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and Mom was always on the look out for the little ones.

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As we already stocked up with vegetables, fruits and meat at Skukuza no need to visit the shop this evening and so Timon lit already the braai and went inside to start the downloading process and whilst I was busy scanning the area with binoculars I nearly fell from the chair when I saw a large, and he was definitely large, honey badger on the first step of our verandah. I shouted to Timon at least if you can shout silently to come out quickly with the camera we have got a visitor.

Needless to say that the honey badger ran away but was still visible running between all the other bungalow excitedly and soon also all the other people in camp realized the honey badger and soon a crowd of people armed with cameras followed the honey badger and that indeed was a funny sighting as well to end the day with.

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I stayed close to our bungalow and watched the whole ado about the honey badger whilst having a ball. The woman from our neighbour bungalow joint me and told me that same is coming nearly each evening at nearly the same time. It looks, however, that same had been fed by people although when coming too close to the honey badger it started to hiss warningly.

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The crowd running behind the honey badger dissolved the minute same disappeared and some very happy people returned to their bungalows and let the fire go in the meanwhile fading light.

We also had a lovely dinner on our verandah thinking back how the day started that slow and turned into a very successful one and we started to presume what might come across the next days and with a grin on our faces we soon went into dreamland.

Sunday, 17. February, 2013 – Satara

To awake once again in Satara is always something very special to us and always one of the highlights of our trips although we had already stays there were the cats kept totally hidden the whole time during our stay so definitely you never know what might come across the next corner but I think this is always valid for the whole time whilst in Kruger. So with no great expectations we decided to drive as first morning drive the S100 and then decide later where to went next depending on sightings. Gladly carwise we took the right decision as most of the cars in front of us turned into other directions so we nearly had the S100 all to ourselves at that early morning time.

As already experienced yesterday evening until Shibotwana we saw nothing not even a birdie and at the waterhole itself lots of zebra,

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wildebeest and impala herds mixed together

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were populating that area and after we spent quite a while with them continued our journey with again not much to be seen until we suddenly and this was reality whilst driving around a corner saw two cars on each side of the road standing and directly in the middle we spotted a sleeping beauty

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and also our as well as a couple of cars close on our heels could not wake her up - She was deep sleeping in dreamland - she only raised her head to look out for her companion who was not lying far away from her but nearly hidden between flowers and high grass.

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The crowd must had followed us as soon we were surrounded by cars and neither could move forward nor backward but with nearly pole position with sight onto the sleeping lioness we anyway had no intention to leave that sighting.

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Now she was awake at least for the moment and checked with a glance out of her beautiful brown eyes what the fuss around her has to mean on an early Sunday morning and soon she squinted one eye and the other followed nearly immediately.

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And even the head was attracted by force of gravity and found its way back to the ground so the beauty sleep could continue

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and time for us to have a closer look to the other lion which up to now also did not move anything besides his head.

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More and more cars meanwhile arrived from the back and the inpatient hooting started as the latest cars in the row could not see nothing but the cars in front of us did not want to chase the lions away and also us and the others which had still a good view onto them could not move a single centimeter so a couple of the latecomers simply drove into the veld and overtook from there not knowing if there might be a deep ditch and even the lioness in the road shook reproachfully her head about such a rudeness behaviour.

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to be continued......


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Great honey badger and lazy lion pics Pumbaa, thanks for sharing :gflower:

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Pumbaa,

Another wonderful jam packed episode with gorgeous pics. :clap: :clap:

Family member sure made a good :cam: 8)

Wow!!! Honey Badger stunning photos. :thumbs_up:

Then the coolest Lion :cam: :clap: :clap: ...Pity about the behaviour of some peeps :wall:

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Pumbaa, what brilliant series of :cam: 's? :clap: :clap: :clap:

Just love the birdies and you have captured them beautifully. :thumbs_up:

The HB is my favourite - that facial expression.... :dance:

Then the series of the lion poses - and all the faces, excellently captured. :clap:

Thank you for sharing and real :popcorn: -stuff

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Great Honey Badger sighting and pictures Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

The Zebra looks stunning on the green grass! :dance: :dance:

Love your sleeping Lioness sighting! The one amongst the flowers and long grass is superb! :clap: :clap:

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So many awesome pictures!!! Lions are amazing. Love the Honey B. They certainly provide excitement to all around!

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