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Awesome that you got another owlet and then a nightjar as well :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

Great wartie and ellie pic's as well Pumbaa :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Stunning pictures of the beautiful little Pearl-spotted Owlet Pumbaa and Timon! And the Nightjar .... simply superb! :clap: :clap:

Lovely Wartie too! I'm also glad the Ellies seemed to be calm! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to the "scary" stuff! :thumbs_up:

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And another big SIGH from me-Pumbaa and Timon. Not to mention the somewhat green colour that I am suffering from at the moment. Stunning Owl-that would also make my day. And just love all those misty pics-I would not have been on the road, for fear of encountering elephants.
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The Spotted Owlet is truly beautiful

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Gorgeous photos of "your" owlet :thumbs_up: :cam:
How wonderful that you could tick off so many new birds that morning :clap: :clap: :clap:

Plus also some great sightings of the warties and ellie herds 8)

But now I am waiting to hear about the scary creatures you saw :shock: :hmz: :popcorn:

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Pumbaa, what a beautiful series of Owl :cam: and well done on your little Mrs red backed shrike 8) I would have ticked off another little LBJ :wink:

fantastic :thumbs_up:

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Hey Pumba!

Just love the Ellie pics! Also the family pics are beautiful!

The Owlet pics is my favourite and WoW on the Nightjar, that is a super rare sighting during the day sitting on a branch, how lucky can you get!

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anne-marie wrote:
wow this Owlet :clap: :clap: :clap:
and the Nightjar :dance: :clap: :clap: :clap:


And both WoW sightings only a stone throw away :thumbs_up:

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Pumbaa,

Awesome sightings all round with super :cam: .

Wow!!! that little Owl is so adorable :dance: ..Stunning pics he posed ever so nicely. :clap: :clap:

Even with the long grass Wartie came out lovely...one of my favourite animals. :thumbs_up:

That little Nightjar is really so well camouflaged just blends in...great spot. :hmz:


This time Timon was the spotter of the nightjar but later we saw another one and then it was me who spotted that awesome bird :dance:

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Lovely pics of the different owls, Phumbaa - they are always difficult to spot. :cam: :cam:

The shrike is also a great one. :cam:

The giraffe looks like if he is wondering 'who is taking a photo of me' :hmz: :hmz:

We were nearly caught in a similar situation on the S130, just off the H4-2, with ellies also appearing from everywhere. So, I can see in my minds eye how you were looking around so that you not caught in a difficult situation. :whistle:

Keep it coming...Phumbaa :popcorn:


We experienced gladly that the ellie herds on that busy road are always so relaxed when cars are close to them :thumbs_up:


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Elsa wrote:
How very lucky to see the tiny little Pearly-spotted Owlet, not easy to find and you have such great pics.
Also such a great sighting to find a Nightjar roosting on a branch! :clap:
Glad the ellie herd was peaceful too.


I could not believe before I saw that pearl spotted owlet by my own eyes how tiny it is :clap:

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Awesome that you got another owlet and then a nightjar as well :mrgreen: :mrgreen: .

Great wartie and ellie pic's as well Pumbaa :dance: :dance: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


Needless to say that we always stop for warthogs :tongue:

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Stunning pictures of the beautiful little Pearl-spotted Owlet Pumbaa and Timon! And the Nightjar .... simply superb! :clap: :clap:

Lovely Wartie too! I'm also glad the Ellies seemed to be calm! :dance: :dance:

Looking forward to the "scary" stuff! :thumbs_up:


They were indeed scary :big_eyes:


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And another big SIGH from me-Pumbaa and Timon. Not to mention the somewhat green colour that I am suffering from at the moment. Stunning Owl-that would also make my day. And just love all those misty pics-I would not have been on the road, for fear of encountering elephants.
Cute Pumbaa's.
European Nightar- :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Red Backed Shrike-most photogenic bird I reckon. :k
:popcorn: :popcorn:


At least the mist showed us another totally different picture of the park which we never saw before :dance: :dance:

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The Spotted Owlet is truly beautiful


Finally I found it :thumbs_up:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Gorgeous photos of "your" owlet :thumbs_up: :cam:
How wonderful that you could tick off so many new birds that morning :clap: :clap: :clap:

Plus also some great sightings of the warties and ellie herds 8)

But now I am waiting to hear about the scary creatures you saw :shock: :hmz: :popcorn:


Maybe I raised your expectations too high but they were indeed scary :big_eyes:


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Pumbaa, what a beautiful series of Owl :cam: and well done on your little Mrs red backed shrike 8) I would have ticked off another little LBJ :wink:

fantastic :thumbs_up:

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The red backed shrikes were numerous that year and we saw them everywhere and another bonus is that they always do pose so nice and Timon must always stop for them :thumbs_up:

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Hey Pumba!

Just love the Ellie pics! Also the family pics are beautiful!

The Owlet pics is my favourite and WoW on the Nightjar, that is a super rare sighting during the day sitting on a branch, how lucky can you get!


As already said I could not believe what Timon saw until I saw it later that day :big_eyes:


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Finally we reached Sunset dam and the obligatory hippos there were again plentiful and extreme noisy.

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Only from far we spotted the beautiful yellow-billed storks and some crocodiles where we stood with the car we watched a great number of wattled plovers and to our frustration no more birds could be found. Another disappointment was that with affright we realized how green the water was already and it looked much more than a pea soup than a dam and all the water birds had green bills and green legs. I think it will only be a question of time until this precious little gem might be closed.

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After a short visit to Lower Sabie we headed forward again only to be stopped on the low water bridge and attracted by a large number, it must have been around 20 or more, of huge crocodiles who swam excitedly around. Furthermore it stank unbearable where we parked so we guessed that there might be trapped a rotten hippo cadaver under the bridge and that might explain also the agitation of the crocodiles as they normally do only lie around immobile.

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Due to cheetah pins we noticed during our short break at Lower Sabie’s sighting board we decided to take the S29 and soon spotted another new tick for us – a buffalo weaver.

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Unfortunately here the grass was so high that it was impossible to spot anything which might be smaller than a giraffe or an elephant. So we drove on and soon Timon discovered something catlike running in front of our car but still too far away. I tried to identify via binoculars what was running away from us but with the shaking car it was not 100 % clear but the shape of the animal and the black earmarks made be thought of a younger cheetah but to our dislike same disappeared after it ran quite a while in front of our car into the high grass and vanished. Although we waited a bit at the point where we thought the animal vanished but today we drove away empty-handed as not a single movement of the grass could be realized.

Needless to say that we turned into the Muntshe loop which we only discovered during our last year’s stay but fell in love immediately with the area here and enjoyed the landscape we were travelling through a bit more than the sightings as they were a bit sparse today and we only met a lone elephant bull and a Kori Bustard both too far away for pictures but the Carmine bee eaters were willing to pose.

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The stroll back via the tar road was also quiet – I think it is simply the time of the day – but I spotted a family of ground hornbills close to the road and they are for sure always worth to stop for.

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Last year we discovered this bird nearly daily but this year this sighting was for a long time the only one we had but gladly in the far North we got later during that trip the honour in meeting them nearly daily.

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For that normally busy area in the park we met only very few cars and it was indeed an enjoyable ride with more sightings of hundreds of Carmine bee eaters

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and a nice posing elephant.

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Back on the causeway close to camp we allowed us enough time for the hurly-burly in the water which the crocodiles made.

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Some of them had some hijackers,

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others crawled closer and looked like prehistoric monsters which they definitely are

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and others came so close that we nearly got scared, especially when only known to us as sunbathing and unflexible reptiles and not as these feed horny beasts with always a smile their faces – At least their big mouth is looking as if they were smiling.

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Maybe not one of the most beautiful beasts on the world but for sure one of the most fascinating ones.

Meanwhile it was already getting afternoon and we simply had to carry on and after another short stop at Lower Sabie to do some shopping we enjoyed our ice cream on the deck with the awesome view.

We decided to drive back via the same roads we travelled earlier this morning but gladly without any mist as meanwhile the sun was again shining brightly and it was getting hotter and hotter and another elephant herd just came back from bathing and was blocking the road in front of us.

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A brown snake eagle and a couple of amur falcons came also across but both were too far in the distance. As always warthogs and magpie shrike accompanied us further on our way back to camp but I simply had to capture this giraffe surrounded by so much beautiful green and an even beautifuller sky .

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We spotted an elephant with collar

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and found in the shade of a tree a group of male kudus.

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to be continued......


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nice portrait of the Ground Hornbil and the Croc... with eyelash :clap:
I love the two Ellies in the road :clap:

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what a special sighting of the southern carmine bee-eater witha blue throat, Pumbaa.

At least you saw some yellow-billed storks at Sunset dam. Thery were all gone in march.

What a pity that you missed the cat.

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Great TR so far, Pumbaa.

The water at Sunset dam is extremely green that I am also concerned. :hmz:

It is a pity you did not get the cheetah and I know the feeling all too well when we were at Mountain Zebra NP that we saw the brown hyena, but it took off before I could take pic. :( .

I really love your :cam: and thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:

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