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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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the buttons of our cameras started to glow already and our fingers could not be stopped to press same.


Pumbaa can see why :tongue: ....they are just too adorable :dance: :dance: ..those little faces each tell their own story. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lovely Jackal and Walberg's Eagle :cam: :thumbs_up:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year! :thumbs_up:

I just loved that last episode with all those fantastic photos of the young hyenas :clap: :clap: :clap:
They are absolutely adorable at that age.

Plus a super jackal sighting for you 8) 8)

And it is still only morning, so I look forward to what the rest of the day had in store for you :popcorn:

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What a lovely Jackal series :thumbs_up: but those little hyena cuties take first prize :gflower:

Super sightings and pics :thumbs_up:

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Hi Pumbaa and Timon,
My best wishes to you for a wonderful and blessed 2014 :gflower: :gflower:

Thanks again for all the lovely pics - we can also sit for hours watching these young Hyenas. They can be so entertaining!!

I am looking forward to see what you found at Tihongonyeni!!

:popcorn: :D

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Hi Pumbaa,

zhe hyenas are so lovely :clap:

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Thank you for sharing Pumbaa and Timon, like always, :hmz: "EVERGREEN". :mrgreen:

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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: .


But when you know you will return it is just the start of a new countdown :thumbs_up:

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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:


They were so relaxed and posed like models we could not stop from pressing the button :dance:

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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:


The birdies were brilliant that early morning - More to come soon :lol:


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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:


Indeed that was our best Kruger jackal trip ever as during other trips we only saw glimpses of them :P

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


Pumbaa can see why :tongue: ....they are just too adorable :dance: :dance: ..those little faces each tell their own story. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Lovely Jackal and Walberg's Eagle :cam: :thumbs_up:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


They are gorgeous and so cute :D


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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Hope you had a lovely Christmas and New Year! :thumbs_up:

I just loved that last episode with all those fantastic photos of the young hyenas :clap: :clap: :clap:
They are absolutely adorable at that age.

Plus a super jackal sighting for you 8) 8)

And it is still only morning, so I look forward to what the rest of the day had in store for you :popcorn:


Maybe not that mindblowing sightings but for sure we had a fantastic last full day and then there was still a couple of hours left the next day..... :P

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What a lovely Jackal series :thumbs_up: but those little hyena cuties take first prize :gflower:

Super sightings and pics :thumbs_up:

:popcorn:


Thanks we could not believe our eyes in seeing so many cute little hyenas :dance:

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Hi Pumbaa and Timon,
My best wishes to you for a wonderful and blessed 2014 :gflower: :gflower:

Thanks again for all the lovely pics - we can also sit for hours watching these young Hyenas. They can be so entertaining!!

I am looking forward to see what you found at Tihongonyeni!!

:popcorn: :D


Thanks so much VVV :k Big T brought the usual suspects but we had a great time and one day I know we will found something very special there :whistle:


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Hi Pumbaa,

zhe hyenas are so lovely :clap:


Little cute pies :thumbs_up:

Philip1 wrote:
Thank you for sharing Pumbaa and Timon, like always, :hmz: "EVERGREEN". :mrgreen:


Thanks so much Philip :clap: You are a star :thumbs_up:


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who finally found something very interesting in the grass.

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Eventually both of them could no longer to be seen so time for us to capture some birdies such as this red-billed teal

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and we even could hear the roar of some lions not that far away and although we still stayed quite a while we never saw them so time for us to carry on and we decided to discover today the S50 into the Northern direction as far as we were able to drive as same was still closed from one point there onwards.

At last still on the S143 another of my wishes came true today because we met a beautiful kori bustard in the best light and without any disturbing grass and same even allowed us to come close enough

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for some nice close ups and did not to run away.

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But it somehow got even better and same spread its wings

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and we already thought that same might now take off but after some unenthusiastic attempts whilst flapping the wings and even jump up

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same decided to use its legs for the rest of the day

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and cleared the road whilst walking into the grass and looking for some food instead - What impressive bird!

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Far away we could see another large buffalo herd but indeed too far away for any pictures - Gladly to the relatively short grass and lack of thick bushes we could look extreme far in that area. On the sporadic bushes we found on the road side the birds were having a ball and even allowed us some nice close up shots without flying away. Lots of groups of European bee eaters could be seen

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either close or in groups on some bald bushes where they do look like blossoms.

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The magpie shrikes were also present and somehow looking a bit miserable

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and also some lovely amur falcons taking a rest

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could also be found whereas most of them were already in the air high above circling around which was a great sighting to watch.

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The further we drove at last on the S50 Northwards the more thicker the vegetation got and the mopane bushes finally made it difficult to spot something in the distance but that is something I like about Kruger the changing vegetations on the same road between only minutes. So the further we drove the quieter it got but this lovely juvenile bateleur on top of a bush made us stop again.

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We dared to pay a visit at the Shibavantsengele look out although the road leading to same did not look that trustworthy

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and was surrounded by thick mopane bushes - Just to give you an impression!

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The view from the look out was indeed nice but besides mopane bushes as far as the eye can reach nothing else could be seen. Somehow we were happy to be back on the S50 as same was by far easier to drive than the bumpy washed out road which leaded to the look out. It did not take long then we reached Grootvlei and there our drive on this road was finished as from here the road further North was finally closed but gladly we could pay a visit at the dam itself

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which was extreme full and compared to the only one time we have ever been there where there only was a mud puddle left it looked so beautiful and totally different and simply lovely with so much water left.

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to be continued.....


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Loving your TR all the feathered friends captured beautifully as always. :thumbs_up:

Kori bustard with outstretched wings is stunning...as as the European bee eaters in the tree.. love it. :clap: :clap:

:shock: That road looks impassable with a sedan. :hmz:

:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Amur Falcon, Bee-eater tree.... saucy Kori... and more. What a great display. I am not sure that I want this report to end.

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Grootvlei really looks "GROOT" (big) :big_eyes:

:mrgreen: Magic juvenile Bateleur, Falcons, Magpie, Bee eaters, impressive Kori Bustard, Teal and Jackal!! :clap: :clap:

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