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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Hi Pumbaa,
the great TR goes on, always great joy for me :lol:

Ans so many lovely pix, thx :k :lol:

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

What gorgeous photos of the bateleur :clap: :clap: :clap: :cam:
They are a stunning animal 8)

Also such a lovely mongoose sighting, with cute sounds too :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing your wonderful TR with us :gflower:

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Pumbaa,

Just stunning pics of all. :clap: :clap:

Love the banded mongoose family. :thumbs_up: ..not so easy capturing them super shots. 8)

Bateleur :cam: are amazing. :clap: :clap:

Beautiful Kudus. :thumbs_up:

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I love the mongooses, Pumbaa :dance: :dance: :dance:

and stunning pictures of the bateleur. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Awesome sightings - love the mongooses but that Bateleur is just AWESOME

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Pumbaa, nice dive with some great sightings. :thumbs_up:

Just love the 'impala - in the moment' pic :D :D :D
Those mongoose always interesting to watch and cute.
Lovely birdies, but the Bateleur is so beautiful - remains a lovely birds to photograph. :dance:

Excellent TR. :thumbs_up:


Indeed - and is was not the only one we saw that day :dance:


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Awesome sightings Pumbaa and Timon! I love the cute Mongoose family! :clap: :clap:

Stunning pictures of the Bateleur! What a beautiful raptor! :clap: :clap:


The other mongoose species kept hidden during that holiday but the banded were great to us :thumbs_up:


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Hi Pumbaa,
the great TR goes on, always great joy for me :lol:

Ans so many lovely pix, thx :k :lol:


Thanks Toddelelfe and I saw that you will also be back soon - I am sooooo happy for you :thumbs_up:


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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

What gorgeous photos of the bateleur :clap: :clap: :clap: :cam:
They are a stunning animal 8)

Also such a lovely mongoose sighting, with cute sounds too :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing your wonderful TR with us :gflower:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Thanks so much Mel - I definitely miss the noisy mongoose 8)


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Pumbaa,

Just stunning pics of all. :clap: :clap:

Love the banded mongoose family. :thumbs_up: ..not so easy capturing them super shots. 8)

Bateleur :cam: are amazing. :clap: :clap:

Beautiful Kudus. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn:


Totally right besides that they are extreme noisy, they are also very agile and sit or stand not still for long :thumbs_up:


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I love the mongooses, Pumbaa :dance: :dance: :dance:

and stunning pictures of the bateleur. :clap: :clap: :clap:


A bateleur sighting is for me always something very special :P


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Awesome sightings - love the mongooses but that Bateleur is just AWESOME


Mrs. bateleur posed so nice for us - For sure we had a fantastic time 8)


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Then we spotted a catlike silhouette walking right on the road – incredible but true another wild cat! – but same made it impossible for us to take a decent picture as same, as soon as we approached disappeared in the high grass and not even the grass did move and maybe revealed in which direction the cat had just walked so we could only guess where same might appear again and that was most likely in front of our car and then this procedure continued for approx. 10 minutes.

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This was the only proof picture we were able to get and we already thought that we might have lost her when she suddenly jumped up on the chase of a francolin – That would have been the ultimate picture but at least this sighting once again left both of us with open mouth – The francolin escaped with the usual noisy call and the wild cat could no longer be seen.

Somehow we had already passed Bangu where nothing could be seen and normally wanted to turn around but suddenly Timon babbled something like: “strange horns” ??? and whilst I followed his look discovered our very first Kruger reedbuck male

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at least the head of same as this was due to the high grass the only thing we saw from him – WoW That road was one of the best we had driven this year and not only delivered from the Southern part but also from the Northern part.

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A bit pity was that our reedbuck only looked for a minute into our direction and then jumped away in high speed and was no longer to be seen.

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The next sighting was also a lifer for us, as we spotted a strange looking raptor which permanently landed a couple of meters in front of our car grabbed something from the ground and as soon as we broke the pain barrier in form of a 10 m distance,

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flew up again, so increased the distance between herself and our car and landed again in the middle of the road and pull apart what she just grabbed and enjoyed breakfast – Our very first Montague’s harrier female!

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and needless to say that with that sighting and our very first Kruger reedbuck a couple of minutes ago our day was already made.

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I forced Timon not to drive too close to her and so we could at least although still far away take a couple of pictures and whilst enlarging these pictures later at home at the screens we noticed that the road must have been littered with grasshoppers which formed the breakfast buffet of our beautiful raptor lady.

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Which one did taste best?

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Gladly for us that from the other direction the whole time this sighting lasted no car came and so we had the honour in watching her quite a while. A bit farer away in a bush another Montague’s could be seen but same did not dare to come closer. Finally also our Montague had enough and joined the other one on the far away bush.

We somehow lost Being and time and so we noticed the turn off into the S41 only when same was a kilometre behind us and so we decided to also drive the rest of the S90 instead of turning around and so include a visit at Ngotso North which we did not visit often and we were not disappointed with this decision, as a lot of usual suspects could be found.

A large elephant herd crossed our path and I simply had to share this picture especially with the soft green grass

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and obviously the kudus also liked that road that morning much, as another group came across

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and also ostriches were busy in searching for breakfast. Also lots of Carmine bee eaters and European swallows were buzzing around all of these animals and whilst afterwards watching the pictures we noticed on nearly each picture at least one of these birdies.

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Another black-backed jackal which we found this year a lot on this road just found something delicious.

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Meanwhile also the sun could be seen more often than earlier that morning but is was still extreme windy and I still had my jacket on. Female ostriches

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and wildebeests spread all over the rest of that road were nearly the last animals we saw until something feathered made us stop again. A lovely tawny pointed us the direction back to Olifants

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and took off from that tiny bush same was sitting on

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only to land in a close by tree to be maybe a bit more protected against the strong wind.

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When you look at the feathers of the tawny this maybe show you how strong the wind was still blowing.

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“Today flying is cancelled I have to use my feet!”

to be continued with more raptors......


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My goodness Pumbaa!! :D

How exciting to see your first reedbuck and then another lifer in the form of a Montague's harrier :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I also love the photos of the ellies up to their shoulders in that soft green grass :cam:

Kruger was really treating you with some special sightings this day :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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What an exciting episode with so many great sightings for you, which included 2 firsts :thumbs_up:

AWC 8) ..1st Reedbuck then lifer.. Montague’s harrier ...How special. :clap: :clap:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn: :popcorn:

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