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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa thanks for sharing your experience, the little Ellie was soooooo entertaining and ever so cute.

Love all your pics

Thank you :gflower:

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How fortunate we are to view such little Ellis and rhinos. Lets hope that our younger generations get to share such beautiful sightings.

Thanks pumbaa and timon

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Love the report and all the beautiful images :clap: :clap:

Rhino's :cam: :cam: :cam: :thumbs_up:


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Beautiful rhino pic's Pumbaa :clap: .

Just love the story of the antics of the little ellie :dance: . Really a very special sighting :D .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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great pics of the rhinos, ellies and birds, Pumbaa.

That green meadow looks exactly like the place where we saw our wombat. Were there any francolins around?

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Oh, I know that terrible feeling of homesickness when getting close to leaving Kruger... :?

But what a wonderful encounter you had with your little ellie friend again :clap: :clap: :clap:
Your pictures of the scene allowed me to imagine how funny it would have been to see his performance with the twig and the sandgrouse, so I was able to have a good laugh too :lol: :gflower:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Mel, actually we are only halfway through so there is no need to feel homesickness already :thumbs_up: He was indeed funny to watch and simply unbelievable :dance:

Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Pumbaa,

Rhino pics are wonderful...gentle giants look so relaxed. :clap: :clap: .. :pray: ..these never get into the hands of poachers. :(

My oh my that little Ellie is just such a jolly fellow...your sequence of :cam: tells the story wonderfully. :clap: :clap: ... those type of sightings are so special. :dance: ...Sure he will grow up being one that one will be weary of to encounter when older...full of mischief. :hmz:

Know that feeling all too well when the departure time is slowly creeping up. :cry:

Thanks for sharing this exciting episode....Baby Ellie gets my vote this time. :thumbs_up:


Thanks for understanding why I simply had to post these masses of ellie pictures to tell the story :gflower:

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Stunning Rhino sightings Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

Thank you for this BEAUTIFUL Ellie story! The cutest little Ellie I've read about in a long time! What a wonderful experience it must have been to watch the little guy! :dance: :dance:

Awesome Hamerkop pictures too! :clap: :clap:


To watch him perform was indeed one highlight of that trip full of highlights :P


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RosemaryH wrote:
Stunning rhino shots Pumbaa :thumbs_up: Just love that little ellie :k


Thanks Rosemary :k May they live in peace forever 8)

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superb Rhinos sighting :clap:
and of course tiny :naughty: little Ellie :lol: :clap: :clap: :clap:


Tinyfants are always cute but that one simply was the best :thumbs_up:

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Had a wonderful catch up Pumbaa and really have enjoyed all your sightings and beautiful pics. :clap:
Made me remember back to our Feb trip and how hard one had to work for sightings!
but you and Timon seem to have always found something to keep you well occupied and amused.
Love the little cheeky ellie! :D


Although the bush is dense in February we will come back in that month - The birdlife is outstanding and normally you got to see a lot :dance:


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Carol g wrote:
Pumbaa thanks for sharing your experience, the little Ellie was soooooo entertaining and ever so cute.

Love all your pics

Thank you :gflower:


It was hard for me to even leave out so many pictures of that entertaining cutie :redface:

john n poppy wrote:
How fortunate we are to view such little Ellis and rhinos. Lets hope that our younger generations get to share such beautiful sightings.

Thanks pumbaa and timon

John :thumbs_up:


I do hope the same and do always believe at the light at the end of the tunnel 8)

Jan van Wyk wrote:
Love the report and all the beautiful images :clap: :clap:

Rhino's :cam: :cam: :cam: :thumbs_up:


Thank you Jan - I am sure you will love the next instalment :thumbs_up:


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Beautiful rhino pic's Pumbaa :clap: .

Just love the story of the antics of the little ellie :dance: . Really a very special sighting :D .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .


An unforgettable one - The s25 in that part of the park is always great for surprises :thumbs_up:

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great pics of the rhinos, ellies and birds, Pumbaa.

That green meadow looks exactly like the place where we saw our wombat. Were there any francolins around?


If I remember correctly unfortunately no francolins at that part of the park :?


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Originally we planned to drive the S21 that day but same was unfortunately closed due to the only recent rainfalls – same was open earlier and with the closure of the S30 as well we in fact did not have much options to chose. At Nkulu we granted ourselves the daily ice-cream dose and could spot a large rock monitor whilst sucking away. Same was so hidden so we were not able to get a clear shot.

We only hoped that after the recent rainfalls that the S65 and Lake Panic might not be closed as well and because it was still far too early to check in to pay a visit at the bird hide first.

The naughty vervets to be found nearly everywhere in the vicinity of the Sabie river raised our mood a bit

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although the light was not that good in the shadow.

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On our way to the bird hide we at least could spot a sentinel on top of a tree in the best light.

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Originally we visit Lake Panic only on the second day whilst staying at Skukuza but today we had also time to spend some time there and gladly same was open and so it was time for an excessive two hours stay there and in the midday heat indeed a good choice as the light breeze which was blowing felt very pleasant and chilly on the skin.

A couple of people were about to leave and made Timon aware of a dragonfly on a water lily.

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We simply sat down, looked around and waited but in fact we did not have to wait that long as our malachite friend was again present

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and the even Black Crake was coming closer

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using the huge leaves of the water lilies.

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Pity was that the African jacana stayed nearly the whole time hidden but allowed some shots whilst same was busy in grooming the plumage – Is it indeed the right description/word? "grooming?"

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The reeds were very thick and floating in the wind and with them a tawny flanked prinia which obviously had close by a nest.

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Unfortunately the hippos neither could be seen nor been heard and also the huge crocodile normally who swim for a closer look did not show up. So besides the whispers of the people and the noise of the feet on the ground from some more coming or leaving people were the only sounds we heard besides the chirping of the birds.

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I remember here our very first visit to Lake Panic were I desperately trying to locate the lake as in same warthogs were grassing. This must have been indeed a very dry summer and compared to our last three visits here after the floods still an unbelievable sighting. We could not take our eyes away from a colourful fluff ball flying from one edge to the other of the lake trying to catch some fish or frog.

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Same even must have dug somewhere in dirt as its bill was a bit dirty which even made the pictures we took from same much more interesting.

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What a cute colourful beauty same is!

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Needless to say that the following is my favourite shot of the malachite and meanwhile framed!

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I guess it was simply too hot as no other birds could be seen and even the obligatory Lake Panic pied was somewhere else today and we even found out later where same was plus some other friends as well the next day.

Meanwhile the malachite caught a fish and landed close on a branch where the green backed heron was breeding but same became due to the presence of the malachite agitated and left its nest to have a closer view what same was doing so close

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and same even chased a terrapin away which was about to climb a root at the bottom of the bush in which the heron was breeding.

Finally after everything was inspected and found to be trustworthy the heron returned to its nest and satisfactorily enthroned on same in the end.

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We were about to leave when I spotted a beautiful Paradise flycatcher very far away but same was already gone when I made Timon signs where he had to look for same. After splendid two hours at the hide we left very satisfied and at that stage we were confident that we will return the next day again.....

to be continued.........


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Oh my! The Vervets! So naughty but oh so cute Pumbaa! :lol: :lol:

Great shot of the Dragonfly on the Water Lily Timon! As well as great pictures of the Malachite! :clap: :clap:

Beautiful pictures of the Black Crake and Jacana as well! :dance: :dance:

Poor Green-backed Heron couldn't breed in peace! :wink:

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Must agree that the vervets are really naughty and can get quite aggressive as well :twisted: .

Awesome pic's at Lake Panic, especially the little Malachite :clap: :clap: .

Thanks for sharing :thumbs_up: .

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love too the Malachite, and the Green-backed Heron :clap: :clap: :clap:
they build a high nest :hmz:
magic Lake Panic :dance:

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Gorgeous pics of the malachite, Pumbaa.

But my favourite is the far-away jacana. It really captures the atmosphere of Lake Panic.

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Gorgeous little Malechite :D

:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

and well done on the new Kudu :thumbs_up:

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