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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa, WOW some excellent sightings in this episode. :clap:

I have only seen AWC once near Mopani and you surely had some great ones.

The lion cubs - with some great pics as well is also magnificent. I can just imagine the excitement you had experienced. :dance:

Great pics and thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:

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It just gets better and better. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

what more can I say.

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Absolutely gorgeous with real "ag mommy they are so cute" factor

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superb pics of the lions Pumbaa, just love them in the green grass.

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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WoW Pumbaa!

Just breath taking and stunning the sightings in one morning! AWC, big Ellies and loads of Leos!

Great pics af all! The AWC behind the grass beautiful and the cubs peeping out the just stunning!

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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What a morning... :mrgreen: Absolutely great sightings! Can't wait for more... :popcorn:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
Pumbaa,

:big_eyes: :big_eyes: What amazing sightings so early in the morning. :thumbs_up:

AWC is gorgeous....then those Lions are stunning, you are right light was perfect..they really are so inquisitive but sooooo cute. :clap: :clap: :clap: ...The long grass actually does something great to the pics I like it. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


They were indeed cuties and I prefer always long grass instead of brown fields but long grass is always a challenge :P

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What an awesome AWC sighting/s Pumbaa and Timon! And those huge Elephant bulls! Gorgeous! :clap: :clap:

Your Lion sighting is so special, undescribable! Absolutely stunning! :dance: :dance:


And it was not yet over and the best is saved for last :tongue:


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Toddelelfe wrote:
Hi Pumbaa,

the kitties are so cute. Thx for these wonderful pix :gflower:


Thanks Toddelelfe and more golden kitties to come soon :dance:

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Pumbaa, WOW some excellent sightings in this episode. :clap:

I have only seen AWC once near Mopani and you surely had some great ones.

The lion cubs - with some great pics as well is also magnificent. I can just imagine the excitement you had experienced. :dance:

Great pics and thank you for sharing. :thumbs_up:


We had quite a lot of lion sightings in Kruger but never such large pride so it was indeed also for us a very special morning 8)


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Meandering Mouse wrote:
It just gets better and better. :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

what more can I say.

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


Yes sometimes the day is simply good to you :P

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Absolutely gorgeous with real "ag mommy they are so cute" factor


I still could sit there and watch them endlessly :tongue:

john n poppy wrote:
superb pics of the lions Pumbaa, just love them in the green grass.

John :thumbs_up:


Sightingwise the long grass is not easy but when it comes to photography the grass is not that bad anymore :tongue:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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WoW Pumbaa!

Just breath taking and stunning the sightings in one morning! AWC, big Ellies and loads of Leos!

Great pics af all! The AWC behind the grass beautiful and the cubs peeping out the just stunning!


Yes those cute cubs were gorgeous and extra cute :lol:

Bushbuddies wrote:
What a morning... :mrgreen: Absolutely great sightings! Can't wait for more... :popcorn:


The morning is not yet over and we nearly sighed the whole day :P


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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The only disadvantage at that sighting was that the shortly passed by 3 elephant bulls came steadily closer and the crackle and rustle got louder and also the lions were meanwhile well aware of the presence of the grey giants

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and so it did not take long until one after the other lion got up and made their way deeper into the bush

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further away from the elephants.

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Finally we could admire a couple of golden kitties in different sizes out of which the fully grown lionesses looked like beauty queens.

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With the breaking up of the lions also the other three cars started their engines and only after a short chase they left this sighting and continued their way.

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But we still could not or even better to say wanted to believe that this amazing sighting was already over so we still stayed and were not disappointed as more and more lions did finally leave their resting places and followed the other ones deeper into the bush although a bit farer away but still visible. So we also followed them slowly and stopped when they did and during one of these stops a not shy birdie landed close to a bush we parked so Timon could also capture same which I think is a rufous-naped lark

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on top same then started to sing!

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How amazing is that?

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Nearly that stunning as the trrrp-trrrrrrr concert the previous days in Satara and with that birdie sighting which was by the way another lifer for us we nearly forgot the lions and to our great joy one of the nearly grown cubs showed up close a dead leadwood tree and soon got fascinated by same.

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As cat owner for many years now we nearly could read the minds of this lion – “I can do that.....or yet not?”

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“Maybe my thoughts can beam me up there”

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“Man! This could not be that difficult”

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“Did you not get bored in watching me! – The audience is also getting more and more unthankful”

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“Okay I will try again but first I have to yawn”

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“Yep”

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However, gravity was stronger and our lion friend did not make it up to the tree but we were more than pleased and applauded silently.

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After the failed attempt to climb the tree our cute friend soon followed its pride and at least today we did not see them again. WoW – We could not tell it again and again – What a stunning morning once again and if not the elephants had chased the lions away which once again proved that the real King of the jungle the elephant is who knows how long we could have watched them that day.....Our stays at Satara were always amazing but we had already stays there where we did not see a single cat and this stay was for sure one of the better ones.....

Slowly we continued our way but Timon stopped nearly immediately again for this cute female lesser kestrel

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another lifer for us!

Then came across a red-crested korhaan

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and normally when discovered they are walking right into the high grass and only allow some head shots but this one

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did not even cleared the road and continued walking bullishly into our direction.

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


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Pumbaa, I have had such a wonderful time catching up on your amazing reports and incredible pics!
You had some really great sightings and its so nice to know that we were in the park at the same time and even recognise some of the things. :thumbs_up:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Beautiful picture of the Lark :D

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

This was St Francis of Assisi's favorite bird. Legend has it that hundreds came to sing on the grass in Assisi while he was dying. At the moment of his death, they flew away.

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Love the tree hugger....super lion pics P&T

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Oh WOW Pumbaa :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I would do anything to have a lion sighting like that :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

And indeed, a morning drive like that!! :lol: :lol:

Loving it :thumbs_up: More please :popcorn: :popcorn:

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