Skip to content

SANParks.org Forums

View unanswered posts | View active topics






Post new topic Reply to topic  Page 21 of 23
 [ 345 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23  Next
Author Message
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 3:22 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Posts: 9737
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain
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:

_________________
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Thu Dec 12, 2013 4:35 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:46 am
Posts: 1967
Location: Pretoria North
Hey Waterbuck!

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

Still love the Roman!

_________________
Stop the MADNESS or Imagine RhiNOs!
Our natural heritage is being stolen from us one by one!
Make your voice heard and please support a Rhino Project!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 1:58 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 5:22 am
Posts: 21584
Location: Midway between the infinite and the infinitesimal!
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.

_________________
EVERYBODY'S TR!
TR: A NEW DAY IS S-OWN
TR: NECTAREAN NICETIES OF THE NORTH
TR: PRIMEVAL PLEASURE

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read." (Groucho Marx)


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 5:59 am 
Offline
Forum Assistant
Forum Assistant
User avatar

Joined: Fri Apr 06, 2007 6:39 am
Posts: 9988
Location: Pretoria SA
onewithnature wrote:
Brilliant, JohanvR.


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

_________________
"Happiness, I have discovered, is nearly always a rebound from hard work." - David Grayson


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 8:52 am 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger

Joined: Wed Nov 09, 2005 10:55 am
Posts: 2333
Location: Centurion
And a poet too!? :clap: :clap:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 9:52 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger

Joined: Fri Oct 08, 2010 12:09 pm
Posts: 383
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:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Fri Dec 13, 2013 2:07 pm 
Offline
Virtual Ranger
Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Thu Oct 11, 2007 3:18 pm
Posts: 13535
Location: Silent fountain
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:

Thanks for your photo's and input Waterbuck :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
:whistle: Waiting for more ... :whistle:

_________________
Latest lifer 503 Eurasian Curlew


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 12:18 am 
Offline
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
Distinguished Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Fri Jan 28, 2005 4:43 pm
Posts: 4444
Location: 111 days to go!
WoW for the lion and elands at Thingonyeni :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sat Dec 14, 2013 4:00 am 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Fri Dec 30, 2011 1:09 pm
Posts: 3869
Location: Pretoria, SA
Thanks for all the :cam: and story as seen through your eyes Waterbuck :clap: :clap: .

Awesome poem Johan :dance: :dance: .

Thanks to both for sharing :thumbs_up: .

_________________
Always be humble and understanding


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:47 am 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:49 pm
Posts: 570
Location: Tooooo far from Kruger
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

_________________
Post Your Photo's with 3 or more species HERE


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 3:51 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:49 pm
Posts: 570
Location: Tooooo far from Kruger
.....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.
Image

_________________
Post Your Photo's with 3 or more species HERE


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:05 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:49 pm
Posts: 570
Location: Tooooo far from Kruger
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:

_________________
Post Your Photo's with 3 or more species HERE


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 4:15 pm 
Offline
Moderator
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Sat Feb 18, 2006 12:30 am
Posts: 41772
Location: Worcester, South Africa
Quote:
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:


:popcorn:

Am enjoying this educational and informative TR :gflower:

_________________
aquila non capit muscas


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 5:18 pm 
Offline
Junior Virtual Ranger
Junior Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:49 pm
Posts: 570
Location: Tooooo far from Kruger
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........
Image

Mama (Pooh) Africa, Scorpy (the SO) and Johan (before the Springbokkies - I think :D). Boabab in tow as a Christmas tree !!!!
Image

Mama (Pooh) Africa measuring to make sure each Bash member gets exactly what they need.......
Image

Making sure the second round of medicine is exactly administered to Bash members......... :dance:
Image

_________________
Post Your Photo's with 3 or more species HERE


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Balule (birding) Bash, 2013
Unread postPosted: Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:38 pm 
Offline
Legendary Virtual Ranger
Legendary Virtual Ranger
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 16, 2005 12:38 pm
Posts: 9737
Location: In the shadow of Table Mountain
That does it!

Springboks at Balule.

Count me in.

_________________
Whatever (according to BB): "You are correct but I don't want to admit it".


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 345 posts ]  Go to page Previous  1 ... 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23  Next



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 0 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group

Webcams Highlights

Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Addo Nossob Orpen Satara
Submitted by Anonymous at 21:33:18 Submitted by kyknetta at 07:39:11 Submitted by Stampajane at 08:36:27 Submitted by Mrs. S.K.L.Gauntlett at 08:53:55