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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
Unread postPosted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 7:20 pm 
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Pumbaa, always a scary thought of these elephant bulls approaching. :shock:

The sequence of the lion looking up in the tree and then attempt to climb it is excellent. I can just imagine the excitement sitting there watch them. :clap:

Some beautiful birdies capture - lark, kestrel and korhaan.. always lovely to capture on camera.
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the kitties are so cute. Thx for these wonderful pix :gflower:


Thanks Toddelelfe and more golden kitties to come soon :dance: ...

Oh yes, please more :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Oh Wow!!! Pumbaa your TR is filled with amazing sightings and stunning pic. :clap: :clap:

Gorgeous pic of the singing lark...too beautiful. :dance:

As for the Lion....just stunning sequence shots ...with the dead leadwood tree as a toy!! :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing more please :popcorn:

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Pumbaa, I have had such a wonderful time catching up on your amazing reports and incredible pics!
You had some really great sightings and its so nice to know that we were in the park at the same time and even recognise some of the things. :thumbs_up:


I also remember last year when we met a couple of times on on the road our way to Satara - It was great :thumbs_up:


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Beautiful picture of the Lark :D

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

This was St Francis of Assisi's favorite bird. Legend has it that hundreds came to sing on the grass in Assisi while he was dying. At the moment of his death, they flew away.

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Did not know the Legend of St. Francis of Assisi but like it - Larks are in general fascinating birds :dance:

Thanks so much for making me aware of that story :thumbs_up:


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Love the tree hugger....super lion pics P&T

John :clap:


The tree hugger was the cream on top and compared to what lions normally do a marathon :tongue:


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Oh WOW Pumbaa :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I would do anything to have a lion sighting like that :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

And indeed, a morning drive like that!! :lol: :lol:

Loving it :thumbs_up: More please :popcorn: :popcorn:


Indeed a dream came true with this sighting -It was amazing and we jumped afterwards still up and down in our car :dance:


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Pumbaa, always a scary thought of these elephant bulls approaching. :shock:

The sequence of the lion looking up in the tree and then attempt to climb it is excellent. I can just imagine the excitement sitting there watch them. :clap:

Some beautiful birdies capture - lark, kestrel and korhaan.. always lovely to capture on camera.
:dance:
Thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:


These bulls were huge but they did not bother the four cars they were focussing on feeding :thumbs_up: Ellies the way I like them :tongue:


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Pumbaa wrote:
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Hi Pumbaa,

the kitties are so cute. Thx for these wonderful pix :gflower:


Thanks Toddelelfe and more golden kitties to come soon :dance: ...

Oh yes, please more :lol:


Hopefully you did not miss page no. 39 :hmz:


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Oh Wow!!! Pumbaa your TR is filled with amazing sightings and stunning pic. :clap: :clap:

Gorgeous pic of the singing lark...too beautiful. :dance:

As for the Lion....just stunning sequence shots ...with the dead leadwood tree as a toy!! :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing more please :popcorn:


We will never forget where the tree stood and next year I will check out same again :P


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:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Please keep the :popcorn: More is on the way :thumbs_up:


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Obviously same was also not willing in disappearing in the high grass because then it would not see anything or might even got wet so in this case the high grass was a mercy because now we could even capture this bird in fully glory.

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Finally we must have come too close and so the red-crested korhaan did only swung into the grass and after we passed same returned immediately right into the middle of the road and continued its walk.

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We waved a final good-bye whilst thanking same for its patience with us.

The whole morning it was extreme quiet carwise and so it continues nearly the whole time we spent on the S90 so we once again could take stops where we wanted to without being asked at what we are looking and we had enough time to observe the many giraffes, zebras and wildebeests all having a great time with their breakfasts.

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We stopped once again at our saddle-billed stork nests but today only she was at home and busy in sitting on their nest.

The stops at these several causeways on that road are always a great pleasure as there is always something to been seen and without the traffic today we allowed us a lot of time and on top it started to heat up already and to stop right on top of a small steam – there was still water overflowing the causeway – at least is giving the feeling that the temperature is a couple of degrees lower than without any water.

Furthermore you are now nearly on eye level with the hippos and it was easy to get some nice shots

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and after scanning a bit more carefullier the rocks a very well camouflaged and still sunbathing crocodile also extreme close could be discovered.

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More and more hippos emerged now from both sides of the causeway where large ponds swelled up and in which on each side a family of hippos could be seen and needless to say that a loud grunting concert started from time to time and whilst standing in the middle our car swung from right to left.

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However, after a while the hippos lost interest in us and the yawning started

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and the crocodile had enough from the sun and dived up and suddenly only the small head of the crocodile was visible any longer and if not realizing the size of the crocodile earlier I would have estimated the sizes much smaller.

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More causeways had to be crossed and after another short break at Gudzani dam we saw lots of wildebeests with many little ones in between them.

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Another great sighting was a male steenbokkie who was not at all shy, as these cuties normally stop, take a look when you stopped the car and already galloped away when you got the camera ready

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but this one was really relaxed and even started to carry on feeding

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and obviously he was extreme hungry.

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Finally the bush got thicker and we nearly overlooked a group of giraffes spread all over and each called an acacia bush their own.

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A bit offside on the other side where the bush was a bit more open we discovered a smaller one on the ground,

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however, same did not look that healthy and we spotted all over its body some strange sort of bulges.

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Poor thing but at least the parents where close by and had an watchful eye on the little one.

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On one of the causeways which we had to cross soon lots of dragonflies could not escape the lens on which Timon focussed them

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to be continued.......


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What wonderful hippo shots, Pumbaa.... the kind we all want to get. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: as for your dragon fly, what spectacular color....simply amazing. 8)

another wonderful episode.

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Awesome :cam: of the Hippo...just love the big yawn one, perfect timing. :clap: :clap:

That for sure is stunning of the Steenbokkie. :thumbs_up: ..Posing like a real model..just lovely. :dance:

Dragonfly pic has the most beautiful colours. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn: :popcorn:

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