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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Gorgeous Spoonbill picture, Pumbaa, such strange looking bills. The vulture tree looks quite ominous. Walt Disney would love that image. :thumbs_up:

As ever, delightful

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So the S90 was kind to you guys once more with super shots of the Lions. :thumbs_up:

Love the Hippo :cam: :clap: :clap:

Super sunset Pic too. :mrgreen:

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:clap: :clap: another excellent set of sightings :D :D

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Another two posts of beautiful sightings :clap: .

Love all the birdie pic's :dance: .

Awesome lion sighting and then all those hippo's doing what hippo's does best :whistle: .

Love the sunset pic as well :D .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

I think those carmine bee-eaters are just about the prettiest birds ever! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Certainly they provide lots of colour when sightings are slow :thumbs_up:

And at least you got to see some of the lions, even if only their heads :thumbs_up:
The last pic of the female peering at you through the long grass gave me goosebumps - you and Timon could have been on the menu :shock:

Dad and I loved Olifants when we stayed there, so very much looking forward to the next installment :popcorn: :popcorn:

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:gflower: Pumbaa........ :mrgreen: Awesome. :mrgreen:

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I love the lions peeping through the grass, Pumbaa :dance: :dance: :dance:

Great shots of the hippos. :clap: :clap:

spoonbill :thumbs_up:

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What beautiful lions!! Hippos are so cute


Gladly the hippos did something as normally one sees only part of the head at that time of the year :dance:

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Awesome Lion sighting Pumbaa! :clap: :clap:

Great pictures of the Spoonbill! Haven't seen one a a long time! :dance: :dance:

What as beautiful sunset! :D


We were also happy to see the spoonbill as we only do see them sporadically :dance:

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Gorgeous Spoonbill picture, Pumbaa, such strange looking bills. The vulture tree looks quite ominous. Walt Disney would love that image. :thumbs_up:

As ever, delightful

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The light was indeed very special when we arrived at that vulture tree :clap: :clap: :clap:


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So the S90 was kind to you guys once more with super shots of the Lions. :thumbs_up:

Love the Hippo :cam: :clap: :clap:

Super sunset Pic too. :mrgreen:

:popcorn:


We discovered a new favourite road at least for this trip :tongue:

isinkwe wrote:
:clap: :clap: another excellent set of sightings :D :D


Thanks although is was extreme hot we had a stunning time :P

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Another two posts of beautiful sightings :clap: .

Love all the birdie pic's :dance: .

Awesome lion sighting and then all those hippo's doing what hippo's does best :whistle: .

Love the sunset pic as well :D .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


We loved that early morning at Nsemani with the hippos - It was very special :thumbs_up:


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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

I think those carmine bee-eaters are just about the prettiest birds ever! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:
Certainly they provide lots of colour when sightings are slow :thumbs_up:

And at least you got to see some of the lions, even if only their heads :thumbs_up:
The last pic of the female peering at you through the long grass gave me goosebumps - you and Timon could have been on the menu :shock:

Dad and I loved Olifants when we stayed there, so very much looking forward to the next installment :popcorn: :popcorn:


Although we saw already many of those Carmine bee eaters we always do stop for them - They are sooooo beautiful - Olifants was also good to us this year :dance:

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:gflower: Pumbaa........ :mrgreen: Awesome. :mrgreen:


Thanks Philip :k A pleasure :P

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I love the lions peeping through the grass, Pumbaa :dance: :dance: :dance:

Great shots of the hippos. :clap: :clap:

spoonbill :thumbs_up:


Very hard to get decent shots but as we saw them already the previous days it was a nice way to say bye bye :thumbs_up:


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All in all we had a great early morning in observing them even without binoculars so the still hot coffee could be enjoyed without juggling with other things in the hands even the cameras deserved a short break and we simply stayed and sighed and after we also admired the spoonbill also extensively it was time to leave.

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Whenever changing camp from Satara to Olifants we do take the S39 as this is simply one of our favourite roads for nearly each and every animals and also same is allowing some nice views into the riverbed and dense vegetation and although the distance between Satara and Olifants is not far it always takes us until early afternoon until we finally arrive and before we even could turn into that road we still had to stop quite several times on the H7, especially for this giraffe,

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another one of the cheeky Burchall’s coucals

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and one of the friendlier elephants bulls.

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Meanwhile the sun also illuminated everything in a lovely golden light and as Mr. Elephant posed so nice we could not leave and the cameras started to get hot again.

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He also came closer as there the grass was greener and the marulas yuicier but gladly he way only interested in feeding

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whereas Timon’s interest was to snap the perfect elephant shot with the obligatory marula trees in the background which are so typical for that area so it took him a lot of clicks and for me later to choose the best picture a couple of time until we could finally carry on.

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Shortly before we could turn into the S39 we were held up by a troop of baboons and a couple of white backed vultures in the best light.

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It normally takes a while until you reach on that road the riverbed where the stunning views do start and today we had a great time in watching a large herd of impalas busy in a morning chat,

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in feeding,

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or in simply enjoying the new morning.

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I think the height of the grass gives you a good impression how dense the vegetation was at that time of the year.

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The views into the river bed were as always breathtaking and although it was extreme quiet that morning until we reached Leeubron we had a lovely time as moreover not much cars crossed our path. Funnily as quiet the road was previously at Leeubron there is always animal activity – We experienced this meanwhile on each of our visits here. A family of Egyptian goose with meanwhile nearly grown goslings could be watched and lots of impalas quenched their thirsts very alertly.

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With the following picture I at least can try to explain why I love this road in February that much – A lovely green jungle with birdies maybe not always to be seen but chirping from everywhere and out of nowhere a giraffe appeared on the scene and did not bother our presence and walked giraffewise closer and closer

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until same disappeared together with a baboon in one of the green carpets on one roadside as if same was not there only seconds earlier. We drove all the loops on that road to allow closer looks into the Timbavati riverbed although you had to be careful as some of them do not look that trustful after the last year’s flood. An African fish eagle landed close by and although same only turned its back onto us we spend quite a while in watching and photographing same

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until same took off unfortunately into the wrong direction.

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Next came across a strange dangling bush and whilst examining same a bit more careful the closer we came we realized a family of vervets very well hidden but also a very famous and regular sighting on this road as well.

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All of them were nearly the whole time on the move and first we had problems to choose for a victim and finally our cameras stopped on one of the cute little ones

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which was about to chew a bit on a small branch.

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to be continued with a great stay at Ratelpan hide.....


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great pictures of the elephant, Pumbaa :clap: :clap:

This is how I like them - very relaxed.

cute little vervet as well :dance: :dance:

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How can anybody not be enchanted by the sweet looking vervets....of course we all know the damage they can do to a picnic basket. :whistle:

I just love your impie pictures as well. Utterly enchanting, once again.

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With the following picture I at least can try to explain why I love this road in February that much – A lovely green jungle with birdies maybe not always to be seen but chirping from everywhere and out of nowhere a giraffe appeared on the scene and did not bother our presence and walked giraffewise closer and closer


*sigh* Pumbaa your pics and narration are not doing my homesickness any good. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :lol: ...Just love them all..what a great way to start my Monday morning. :gflower:

Thanks for sharing. :popcorn:

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Awesome to be able to watch calm Ellies Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

Stunning pictures, all of them. Love the Fish Eagle and Egyptian Goose! :clap: :clap:

Great pictures of the Impies too, and those cute, naughty little Vervets! :dance: :dance:

Beautiful shot of the Vulture too! :thumbs_up:

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