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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa, you got a brilliant series of kitty cats :clap: :clap: :clap:

I can just imagine you sitting there enjoying the time in their presence and hope time will stand still. :hmz:

Great photography :thumbs_up: .

Lovely birdies and just enjoy the baby Zeb...adorable little one. :dance:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Thanks so much for all those gorgeous photos of the sleeping beauties :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

And on the S100 of all places!! :lol:

Can't wait to find out what the rest of the drive had in store :popcorn: :popcorn:

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Typical, typical cat :D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

who can believe that it would just love to get its claws into that cute little Zebra foal given a chance. :hmz:

:popcorn:

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Stunning Lion series Pumbaa! :clap: :clap:

Awesome Zebras too! :dance: :dance:

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Hey Pumbaa!

What beautiful Lions! What a great sighting with stunning pics!

The S100 never gave us much, but this gives me hope...

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Image Absolutely beautiful kitties!! and I am partial to the striped ones too!!

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cute little Zebra :k
and nice Lioness :clap: :dance:

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Wow!!! the S100 was very kind to you...those Lions are awesome. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Zebra pics are stunning. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn: :popcorn:

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Philip1 wrote:
:gflower: :mrgreen: :clap: :mrgreen: :gflower:


Thank you Philip - Always a pleasure :gflower:

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Pumbaa, you got a brilliant series of kitty cats :clap: :clap: :clap:

I can just imagine you sitting there enjoying the time in their presence and hope time will stand still. :hmz:

Great photography :thumbs_up: .

Lovely birdies and just enjoy the baby Zeb...adorable little one. :dance:


Sigh - On sightings like that I always hope that they will last forever :whistle:

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Hi Pumbaa :D :D

Thanks so much for all those gorgeous photos of the sleeping beauties :gflower: :gflower: :gflower:

And on the S100 of all places!! :lol:

Can't wait to find out what the rest of the drive had in store :popcorn: :popcorn:


It was a lot different kind of animals around - It was simply stunning to stop for nearly everything :dance:


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Typical, typical cat :D :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

who can believe that it would just love to get its claws into that cute little Zebra foal given a chance. :hmz:

:popcorn:


At least not that day, MM - That little foal was too cute for words :dance:

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Stunning Lion series Pumbaa! :clap: :clap:

Awesome Zebras too! :dance: :dance:


As already said Satara was good to us this year catwise although we know same also totally catfree :?

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Hey Pumbaa!

What beautiful Lions! What a great sighting with stunning pics!

The S100 never gave us much, but this gives me hope...


Indeed sometimes there are only waterbucks on that road but sometimes that are also lions..... :whistle:


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Image Absolutely beautiful kitties!! and I am partial to the striped ones too!!


Striped ones are one of our favourites when it comes to take pictures from them - They are always in good mood for posing :dance:

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cute little Zebra :k
and nice Lioness :clap: :dance:


Thanks Anne-Marie :k

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Wow!!! the S100 was very kind to you...those Lions are awesome. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Zebra pics are stunning. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


At least until we saw the lions the S100 was quiet but gladly same delivered finally 8)


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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After a short break at N’wanetsi we knocked our planned route on the head as we heard about a sighting of lion cubs right at the beginning of the H6 so we headed that way but needless to say that the cubs meanwhile disappeared when we arrived at the indicated place where to look for them but we got to see more of the locals and saw many giraffes,

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more zebras

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and my relatives!

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We made another pit stop at Satara and as it was still far too early to stay for the rest of the morning until our afternoon drive in camp we now did the planned route, however, the other way round and from that day and the following days onwards the S90 got more and more our favourite road in that area at least for this year......and although it was already getting late and hotter we had some nice sightings that late morning and compared to the S100 there was always something to be seen. First came along an elephant bull

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followed by more and even a herd

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and they were even not shy and aggressive and allowed us some nice close up shots.

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Further down the road the area was teeming with animals and lot of zebra and wildebeest herds were worth to stop for some pictures.

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All of them were either resting or munching and obviously were simply happy to be alive

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and on top lots of youngsters were running around and having fun.

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There was even a black backed jackal to be admired which was looking the whole time observantly on to the other side of the road

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followed by a kori bustard and this was definitely the road where we saw that many of them as never before

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or it were always the same?.......

More birdies could also be found especially lots of Carmine bee eaters and this one got by mistake onto the picture together with the kori

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and also the red-backed shrikes were roaming this road in hords – This one could be captured still with its breakfast.

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We really had problems in deciding where to look first as now a large group of kudus was resting under a bush close to the road.

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Finally we reached the turnoff into the S 41 but the sightings continued. On nearly each bush an European roller could be found only waiting that some of the creeping crawlers on their menu could be spotted on the road and it really did not take long until one caught a large grasshopper and swallowed same with pleasure.

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A bit further down the road we suddenly had to stop again as we spotted a large group of resting waterbucks, all males, and due to the high grass we sometimes could only identify part of their horns but overall it must have been around 20! Some of them squeezed under a small bush or tree and nearly kept hidden the whole time

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and whilst we were still busy in counting them I scanned the area around them and soon discovered a pair of saddle-billed storks building a nest in a remarkable tree – WoW I was thrilled with such a sighting and although we already saw many of them during our previous trips but never a couple building a nest.

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


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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WOW, Pumbaa, a jam packed chapter with magnificent :thumbs_up:

These zebras with babies - one just cannot help capturing on camera. They are really fun to watch. :dance:

I particularly love the jackal in the grass looking to the side - beautiful composition. :clap:

The birdies are also amazing and another enjoyable chapter. :clap:

Thank you.... :thumbs_up:

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How wonderful to capture Saddlebills building a nest. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: that is so 8) . They are so fragile that this is an uplifting picture.

I had a bit of a chuckle at your Kori and bee-eater. The ''expression'' on the Kori was just so comical.

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Some great photos and wonderful that the Ellie's were so peaceful! Love the SB's making their nest!!

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