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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:22 pm

Thanks for the eland pics Waterbuck.

I wonder if they were Joh's if he would have captioned "tawny eagle and a bunch of eland"? :wink:
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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Super Mongoose » Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:35 pm

Hey Waterbuck!

Thanx for great pics and sharing some of your special moments with us!

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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby onewithnature » Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:58 am

Johan van Rensburg wrote:You just reminded me of a poem I wrote a few years ago, called Tilting at the moon:

They howled at the bright orb in the night sky…
Every night with progressive gusto their dismay
caused the orb to dwindle until it shrank
to nothingness and only darkness remained.

In the absolute blackness of that new moon night
accolades they demanded, yelping their delight,
separately claiming responsibility for scaring off
the softly shimmering satellite that once sailed aloft

At the full moon rising I marvel at the manic clamour
of curs again competing to curtail that shiny sphere.
If they did not bother baying at that bright ball
what weird wretchedness would the night sky befall?


:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: Brilliant, JohanvR.
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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby hilda » Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:59 am

onewithnature wrote: Brilliant, JohanvR.


Brilliant indeed! A man of great talents! :clap: :clap:

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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby naomi c » Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:52 am

And a poet too!? :clap: :clap:

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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Ladybirder » Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:52 am

Not only a Fundi on Birds, Mammals, Insects , photography ,etc but also a poet, and we didn't know it. :gflower: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :cam: :cam:

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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Tilandi » Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:07 pm

Ladybirder wrote:Not only a Fundi on Birds, Mammals, Insects , photography ,etc but also a poet, and we didn't know it. :gflower: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :cam: :cam:

And he also cooks Ladybirder :lol:

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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Pumbaa » Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:18 am

WoW for the lion and elands at Thingonyeni :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby barryels » Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:00 am

Thanks for all the :cam: and story as seen through your eyes Waterbuck :clap: :clap: .

Awesome poem Johan :dance: :dance: .

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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Waterbuck » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:47 am

Right peeps - back from a great trip to Marakele - see it here: Marakele Quickie

I want to try and wrap up my input's to JvR's Balule Bash Report through to run of today - sure he wants to wrap up also........... :D
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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Waterbuck » Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:51 pm

.....if I recall, I last left it off at the failed attempt to find the Pel's. As JvR accounted, we left the Ngotso. Light was fading when we drove to a point along the Olifants close to Balule. The disappointment of the failed attempt was a far memory when we started scanning the large trees on the banks of the outstretched Olifants. Within moments the adrenalin of a sighting made my pulse quicken.....
A few of us rushed to the opposite side of the tree with cameras ready - anticipating the bird to flush. 5 seconds, 10 seconds, 20 seconds.........no flight. Cameras down and back to where the roosting bird could be seen and as we found ourselves between this side and that, off it went :doh:
We took a short walk down the row of large trees to find it again........and yes.........with a mysterious glare of distaste we found the adult bird. Between shacking hands, poor light and poor talent, I managed to get this shot. Wont' win me any prizes, but a very satisfying highlight of the trip........thanks for making this possible Bash Team.
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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Waterbuck » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:05 pm

It was somewhere around this time of the trip that I discovered Johan's Achilles-heal (which has been mentioned before). Its the ticking of a Cape Wagtail in Kruger........no easy task let me add :cry:

As you will know, African Pied Wagtail is common in Kruger, to such an extent that I found myself (in sympathy with Johan) periodically expressing my disappointment - in Afrikaans and without any ill intentions - that a passing wagtail was only a "Gewone Kwikkie". Wow......now if ever you wanted to see a level-headed, controlled and content man loose a heartbeat and gasp for breath while turning a shade of scarlet, it was Johan reacting to my referring to just another "Gewone Kwikkie". Unintentionally, I was referring to just a "normal" wagtail (Cape Wagtail) and accidentally used the Afrikaans name for the Cape Wagtail :twisted:
Having found his soft spot, I could not resist the temptation and used this weakness to its fullest effect :whistle: :whistle: :whistle: :whistle:
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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby MATTHYS » Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:15 pm

As you will know, African Pied Wagtail is common in Kruger

I :redface: do/did not know but ....I also did not know that Johan has this soft spot :wink:


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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Waterbuck » Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:18 pm

Second night of the Balule Bash - recalling from JvR's earlier writings you will remember that the HR's went out of their way to make us burgers at Mooiplaas. When we got back to camp that evening, before supper under the stars, who was waiting for us other than Mama (Pooh) Africa. I'm telling all of you that have never met Mama (Pooh) Africa, this lady can organize in style. She's not fond of the camera, but as you can see, she was in full regalia to receive us..........

Proud of her offering to the group........
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Mama (Pooh) Africa, Scorpy (the SO) and Johan (before the Springbokkies - I think :D). Boabab in tow as a Christmas tree !!!!
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Mama (Pooh) Africa measuring to make sure each Bash member gets exactly what they need.......
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Making sure the second round of medicine is exactly administered to Bash members......... :dance:
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Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013

Unread postby Bush Baptist » Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:38 pm

That does it!

Springboks at Balule.

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