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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Just caught up Pumbaa. :dance:

As usual, excellent photos. :clap: :clap: :clap:


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Love the heron with the big fish. Amazing moment.

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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nice to see you, Pumbaa and Timon :thumbs_up:

Your final braai looks very spartanic :lol:

Great picture of the praying mantis. :dance: :dance:

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Beautiful birds Pumbaa :clap: :clap:
It's incredible how heron can be so voracious :big_eyes:

I like your croc friend smile :tongue:
You caught a nice black crake in the background of the grey heron with the huge fish :cam:


Sigh :cry: the last braai, always a pinch in the heart for all of us, Kruger lovers

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:clap: :clap: super photographs once again :clap: :clap: That crocodile is indeed a very special sighting and I am sure not often seen in that position :D :clap: :clap:

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Great pics of the greedy heron :D

And nice to see pics of you both, I am embarrassed to say you look half the age I had imagined :redface:

How nice it would be to meet you in person one day :thumbs_up:

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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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Gladly only last braai but not yet last evening :thumbs_up:

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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:


That crocodile moved always loudless and scary although always smiling :tongue:


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Just caught up Pumbaa. :dance:

As usual, excellent photos. :clap: :clap: :clap:


Thanks so much Crested Val :k Enjoy your stay :mrgreen:

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Love the heron with the big fish. Amazing moment.

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


For sure never saw such thing before :dance: :dance:


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nice to see you, Pumbaa and Timon :thumbs_up:

Your final braai looks very spartanic :lol:

Great picture of the praying mantis. :dance: :dance:


Timon lit just the braai and I only put the plates out - The yummy things were still in the fridge :thumbs_up:

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Beautiful birds Pumbaa :clap: :clap:
It's incredible how heron can be so voracious :big_eyes:

I like your croc friend smile :tongue:
You caught a nice black crake in the background of the grey heron with the huge fish :cam:

Sigh :cry: the last braai, always a pinch in the heart for all of us, Kruger lovers


Glad you noticed the black crake :clap: At this causeway there were so many different birds to be seen and sometimes only for seconds so difficult to capture same as your eyes cannot look everywhere at the same time :thumbs_up:


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:clap: :clap: super photographs once again :clap: :clap: That crocodile is indeed a very special sighting and I am sure not often seen in that position :D :clap: :clap:


Funny was that same always returned to this position that evening after the cars cleared the causeway :dance:

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Great pics of the greedy heron :D

And nice to see pics of you both, I am embarrassed to say you look half the age I had imagined :redface:

How nice it would be to meet you in person one day :thumbs_up:

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Thanks for the compliment :k It would be great to meet you as well one day :dance:


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Saturday, 23. February, 2013 - Mopani

Finally our last full day dawned and although we were not in the best mood to leave the park already tomorrow so we made the best out of the situation and even all the sightings which came across today would be noticed much stronger as this might already be the last ones we had. We headed straight to Tihongonyeni but did not came far as on the H1-6 we soon had to stop as a family of hyenas were blocking the road

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for sure these gorgeous youngster had a high cuteness factor especially when looking so curious and innocent.

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I remember having met this clan as well on this road already last year where we had some nice cuts in one of our tires afterwards and still having the clan we met in Satara in mind so we watched out a bit more this time

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but gladly today our concerns were baseless - Lots of smaller ones could only be seen with only two or three teenagers and only one adult

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although these two looked a bit naughty already!

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From time to time the younger ones were chased back into the den whenever a new car approached but finally curiosity always won.

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The innocence in person at least at this age!

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We cannot remember having ever seen such a large group ever before at least most of the members must have been still on the search for some breakfast and we were so busy in watching into each directions that we could not remember at all how many of them we were facing presently

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especially the amount of youngsters were incredible and most of them were nearly at the same age.

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Also the babysitter and the only adult we saw that morning was extreme relaxed and was extreme unstressed while observing so many lively youngsters.

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We as well could not take our eyes from these cute little ones

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and although the sun did not rose finally

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the buttons of our cameras started to glow already and our fingers could not be stopped to press same.

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However, finally we had to cut loose ourselves from this clan and headed forward and we even did not forget this year to take a picture of the signpost of the Tropic of Capricorn.

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After two days which started extreme overcast and relatively cold today we had the best weather and finally also the sun was high enough to illuminate everything into some more than lovely golden light - We stopped for this majestic

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and curious looking wahlberg eagle

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and could hear once again the famous "plop" sound of the black-bellied bustard and finally could capture same in the typical pose.

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Finally we arrived at Tihongonyeni, the sun was in the right position and although the zebras, wildebeest and elephants could not be seen at this early hour we enjoyed to be there and having Big "T" all to ourselves. After quite a while a couple of black-backed jackals appeared out of which this one was still extreme sleepy

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whilst the other one was a real poser and compared to the other overgrown parts of the park in February the area around Tihongonyeni was not that dense and thick and we finally could capture the jackals in the best light and at the right position

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and this was indeed one of the best jackal sightings we so far had in Kruger as sometimes they are far too skittish or too shy to stay long enough for a decent picture or sometimes the grass is far too long to even see more than their heads but this couple was extreme relaxed and for us after the incredible hyena sighting earlier this was already the second highlight we had that day.

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This one even got in stalking mood eye in eye with a fly - The other one sniffed extensively at the ellie carcass but finally joined the other one

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to be continued.....


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Happy 2014 to you and Timon :thumbs_up: .

Those little hyenas are just so cute :dance: :dance: .

Also love your birdie and jackal sightings :dance: .

Yes, the problem when visiting Kruger is that you never want to leave :doh: .

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What a nice entertainement to start 2014. :D
Beautigful youngsters :clap: :clap:
So cute and so interesting animals
The Wahlberg's eagle was my last sighting near Punda gate last august.
Thanks Pumbaa :thumbs_up:

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Oh Pumbaa and Timon! What a beautiful series of the little baby Hyenas! They are BEAUTIFUL! :clap: :clap:

Lovely Wahlberg's Eagle too! And of course, the BBJ and Black-bellied Bustard! :dance: :dance:

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I have to agree here, Pumbaa.

The hyenas are too cute for words. :dance: :dance:

I cannot believe that you saw jackals again :mrgreen: and they were posing for beautiful pics. :clap: :clap:

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