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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
Unread postPosted: Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:31 am 
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That Abscess looks very eina!! Thanks for this amazing report

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Kaapsedraai wrote:
Great story about the 'brothers', Pumbaa :thumbs_up:

The pics are also great, especially with the open field. There tummies were really full, so they must have had a feast that night. The one lion got marked C, and then I looked a lion photo I took close to Beg 'n Dal in Sep'10 who also got a mark, but it was I- on the right hind leg.

It also happened to me occasionally when driving a road and nothing on it and then suddenly some great sghtings. Seemes one have to put in the kms and time to be rewarded :hmz: . But the reward is always sweet.

Thank you for sharing and look forward to more. :thumbs_up:


You are so right from one second to another you are overwhelmed by an awesome sighting and not knowing what might come across makes also for me the spirit of Kruger - Sigh :dance:


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Pumbaa, that looks rather a sore lump :( but it has not stopped him from getting a very big belly.... my goodness me there has been a recent feast.

Stunning :thumbs_up: .

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I also never remember having ever seen that full tummies in Kruger - Although no sign of a carcass or recent kill so they must have been very efficient :tongue:


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That Abscess looks very eina!! Thanks for this amazing report


But he was not limping and with that full bellies obviously everything is alright with them :thumbs_up:


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But he was not limping and with that full bellies obviously everything is alright with them :thumbs_up:


That is the amazing thing about predators, no matter the pain THEY EAT!!! ...Some of us humans are the same :hmz:

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:mrgreen: Thanks for Lovely pics and TR. :mrgreen: (Lions :whistle: :whistle: "Tennis elbow" and all. :) ) :clap:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Wow Pumbaa, can't believe I miss this stunning report!!! :clap: :clap:
You had a great time and the Male Lions images are very special :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Will not miss a day again :)


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Pumbaa wrote:
But he was not limping and with that full bellies obviously everything is alright with them :thumbs_up:


That is the amazing thing about predators, no matter the pain THEY EAT!!! ...Some of us humans are the same :hmz:


I think they have to :big_eyes:


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:mrgreen: Thanks for Lovely pics and TR. :mrgreen: (Lions :whistle: :whistle: "Tennis elbow" and all. :) ) :clap:


More than a tennis elbow, Philip :big_eyes:


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Wow Pumbaa, can't believe I miss this stunning report!!! :clap: :clap:
You had a great time and the Male Lions images are very special :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
Will not miss a day again :)


Great to have you on board, Jan :dance: :dance: :dance:


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Once the lions were settled and the rush of cars died down not much happened on the lion front, as we all know when lions sleep then they do it more than 20 hours a day.

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The only movement we got to see was the obligatory cat roll – from left to right and vice versa and in the middle belly up.

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From time to time even the tail was tipping but not much happened further and so many of the cars already drove off and so it also here it quietened down.

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We still loved to watch them although not much happened but as our next destination was not that far we stayed a bit longer with them and even realized a simultaneous cat roll of the two majestic males.

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As we were surrounded by a couple of smaller bushes from time to time we even got visited by our feathered friends and to photograph birds from a parking position when they even come closer voluntarily is for sure much easier than to stop for them, position the camera in the right way and when you are ready you only got the shot of an empty branch. This Southern White Crowned shrike positioned himself so attractively that Timon had no other choice than to capture him.

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We nearly spent already 1 ½ hour with the lion brothers and for us it was already from the beginning only a question of how long will they stand the stop and go and the fuss of all the cars but this time we gladly caught some very patient lions but finally because of the traffic or because of the upcoming heat the one brother stood up and joined his other one farer away behind a bush

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and this was the signal for us to leave them and let them live their lion life and to discover something new but this was for sure already a great start into the morning.

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First stop was then at Gardenia hide as we have been there only once but what you could see from the hide was simply a huge puddle and the thick bush which was indeed lovely

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but only very few birds but you definitely could rely on the crocodiles nearly everywhere in connection with water and after the recent floods in particular.

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Lots of black-smith and three-banded plovers were searching for their breakfast. We stayed a while with them and simply enjoyed the quietness as we were the only people at the hide.

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A bit further down the road we had another magical moment as another rhino mom together with her nearly full grown “calf” crossed our path and gave us time to relish their peaceful presence and allowed us some nice close ups.

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Unmistakably a baby boy!

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The rest of the drive was extreme quiet and we only had to stop for a herd of zebras which was crossing the street in front of us.

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to be continued with mini me's and more feathered friends.......


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Great shots pumbaa both big small and behind...

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Just spent a very enjoyable time catching up on your TR :thumbs_up:

What a fabulous start to the day to see the two big brothers and their enormous well-fed bellies :clap: :clap: :clap:
And not only did you get to spend time in the presence of the sleepy kings, it also gave you wonderful photo opportunities with some feathered friends 8)
Yours and Timon's photos really are stunning :cam:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa,

Leo's were really 2 lazy fellas..but allowed you great photos to observe their laziness and enjoy it. :clap: :clap:

Stunning birdie pics..love them all. :thumbs_up:

Awesome shots of the Rhinos.. :clap: :clap: love close up :cam:....2 birdies also wanting to steel the limelight. :dance: :dance:

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Ah, doing what lions do best :lol: :lol: :lol:

Wow, I don't think that I have ever seen the hide look so lovely. I too have usually found myself looking at a big brown, not very attractive puddle. Gorgeous :cam:

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