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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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You are really having some great sightings here :thumbs_up: :D

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Great sightings Pumbaa and Timon! Especially the birds! Love the young Ostriches! :clap: :clap:

That is a very colourful Chameleon! And a great Tsessebe too! :dance: :dance:

Cute little Kittlitz Plover and sun bathing Terrapin! :clap: :clap:

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So many wonderful sightings Timon and Pumbaa :dance: :dance: .

Just love the junior Ostriches and the multi colored Chameleon :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Love the chameleon, plover and ostriches. Sad to see the ellie that was struck by lightning.

Looking forward to the next chapter.

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

For sure the chameleon is the favourite photo for me that day :clap: :clap: :clap:
All reptiles are fascinating to me, but chameleons really are a special animal 8) 8) 8)

I'd never thought about animals being hit by lightening before, but obviously it must happen quite a bit out there in the wilderness. Poor ellie. Wrong place wrong time :(

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

For sure the chameleon is the favourite photo for me that day :clap: :clap: :clap:
All reptiles are fascinating to me, but chameleons really are a special animal 8) 8) 8)

,,,

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Yes, chameleons on top of my wishlist for Santa Claus.

Pumbaa, i am :mrgreen:

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Glad I've caught up...some great sightings and as usual super pics..

John :thumbs_up:

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Love the chameleon!

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Love the chameleon!


me too, Pumbaa :clap: :clap:

The ostriches are cute as well :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Pumbaa,

Beautiful photos of sightings you had. :clap: :clap: :clap:

*sigh* they all make me want to be there. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

:popcorn:


Me too but not that long again for both of us :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Pumbaa, what an eyeful of great sightings and :cam: 8)

The little Plover really is a sweet looking bird. That would be a tick for me.

Great shot of the cameleon. He looks ready for a fight. Wonderful display of color. As for the Ostriches :lol: :lol: :lol: what comical birds. Quite the clowns, although I am pretty sure they don't mean to be.

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The chameleon was totally relaxed although it took ages until same crossed the road :thumbs_up: Later we met a bunch of four ostriches nearly the same size as these two - Guess what took as well some funny pictures :dance:

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You are really having some great sightings here :thumbs_up: :D


We had indeed a more than a wonderful time :P

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Great sightings Pumbaa and Timon! Especially the birds! Love the young Ostriches! :clap: :clap:

That is a very colourful Chameleon! And a great Tsessebe too! :dance: :dance:

Cute little Kittlitz Plover and sun bathing Terrapin! :clap: :clap:


The kittlitz plover is so very well camouflaged on the gravel road - One has to be very careful when driving backwards :thumbs_up:


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So many wonderful sightings Timon and Pumbaa :dance: :dance: .

Just love the junior Ostriches and the multi colored Chameleon :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


The chameleon was pure luck and glad that Timon noticed same just in time :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Love the chameleon, plover and ostriches. Sad to see the ellie that was struck by lightning.

Looking forward to the next chapter.

:dance: :dance: :dance:


The next chapter is on it's way :popcorn:

melph68 wrote:
Hi Pumbaa :D :D

For sure the chameleon is the favourite photo for me that day :clap: :clap: :clap:
All reptiles are fascinating to me, but chameleons really are a special animal 8) 8) 8)

I'd never thought about animals being hit by lightening before, but obviously it must happen quite a bit out there in the wilderness. Poor ellie. Wrong place wrong time :(

:popcorn: :popcorn:


I just love the cute hands of the chameleon - The variety of animals in Kruger is simply WoW :thumbs_up:

I remember having read about the ellie struck by lightning somewhere here on this forum :hmz:

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melph68 wrote:
Hi Pumbaa :D :D

For sure the chameleon is the favourite photo for me that day :clap: :clap: :clap:
All reptiles are fascinating to me, but chameleons really are a special animal 8) 8) 8)

,,,

:thumbs_up:
Yes, chameleons on top of my wishlist for Santa Claus.

Pumbaa, i am :mrgreen:


Will hold thumbs for you - This was indeed the best sighting ever we had of a chameleon :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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john n poppy wrote:
Glad I've caught up...some great sightings and as usual super pics..

John :thumbs_up:


Gladly due to the variety of vegetation there is always something new to be found in nearly each area of the park :thumbs_up:

wildcatzoo wrote:
Love the chameleon!


It was indeed a more than stunning sighting :dance:

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wildcatzoo wrote:
Love the chameleon!


me too, Pumbaa :clap: :clap:

The ostriches are cute as well :dance: :dance:


The ostriches nearly did not move the whole time we stood there :tongue: Although we never met them again :?


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As it was still enough time left we wanted to pay a short visit at the hide itself but first we had to cross a very muddy and washed out part of the road which was indeed a bit bumpy. The hide itself was located lovely but the vegetation far too thick and the water simply too high to trace something worth only this little chap dared to come close enough for a picture but nevertheless the silence at the hide was amazing,

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however, we definitely did not stay that long as the causeway itself attracted us back like a magnet and now the sun stood in the right position and we as well with our car and the only thing we had to do was to wait and press the button – the grey heron was at the look out for some dinner

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and one of our reptile friend had it easier same only had to open its mouth and finished!

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And this was not the only one hanging around at this brimful feeding trough at least it was funny to watch seeing the crocodile putting its head on the causeway.

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A couple of cars arrived and after a short time of watching around they crossed the causeway and either visited the hide or drove further and each car chased the crocodiles as well as our feathered friends away but gladly for us after it quiet down again all of them returned to their favourite positions

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and we had a great time in switching our views from grey heron, to hammerkop and black crake in the background and crocodile in the foreground and it was difficult to decide where to look first we were simply lucky that we still had a lot of time to simply sit there and enjoy.

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Finally the grey heron was successful and caught a huge fish

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and same was extreme excited about it and walked proudly with its catch out of the water to the other side of the causeway and throw the fish on the ground and examined same carefully even the hammerkop who caught one smaller fish after another already came closer and checked the fish out but obviously found the size simply too large.

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We ourselves only asked the question to each other whether the grey heron would swallow the fish or would same be too large?

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Obviously the question was unnecessary as the heron gave already the answer -

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funny to watch for us but for sure not for the fish was the fact that we still could see the silhouette of same in the neck of the grey heron!

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With such a fisher’s luck also the crocodile started to smile!

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Also the hammerkop returned to its favourite hunting area and we saw same permanently gulping and the time we looked at same it must already have caught twenty or thirty fishes.

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Unfortunately the water dikkops and a green backed heron were too far away and too good camouflaged to take decent pictures and we also spotted a group of waterbucks coming slowly but permanently closer.

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I love the rough stony area but also the riverine vegetation at exactly that spot as only a couple of meters further down you once again will be surrounded by deep and thick mopane bushes. Now it was also time for us to leave and we said good-bye to our now satisfied and full grey heron and finally had luck in taking at least one shot of the green backed heron who finally dared to come closer.

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Pity was that the goliath heron stayed the whole time during our stay a bit far away but we already decided to return tomorrow again to that awesome spot and try to get some close ups of same or even other birds.

Back in camp Timon lit the braai and gladly with the nightfall the rush of cars quiet down and with no neighbours around we definitely enjoyed the louder getting night orchestra of the bush and this was unfortunately already our final braai under the African sky

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and needless to say that we sat outside still quite a while and even got visited by a praying mantis.

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to be continued with our last full day......


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OH WOW, what a brilliant series of the Heron. :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Quite amazing what they can cope with.

Last braai :( always mixed feelings... the homesickness can set in before leaving the Park.

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Stunning series of the Grey Heron with that big fish Pumbaa and Timon! I also love the smiling Crocodile! :clap: :clap:

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