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

WoW! so many species of birds :clap: :clap: :clap: just stunning and great pics!

Love the Kori, interesting how small their feet are for such a huge bird...

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
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Loving your TR all the feathered friends captured beautifully as always. :thumbs_up:

Kori bustard with outstretched wings is stunning...as as the European bee eaters in the tree.. love it. :clap: :clap:

:shock: That road looks impassable with a sedan. :hmz:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Also in a 4x4 we definitely did not feel that well - At least when driving slowly it was okay and the higher you got the better got the road. Gladly that road only looked that way on the way to the look out :big_eyes:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Amur Falcon, Bee-eater tree.... saucy Kori... and more. What a great display. I am not sure that I want this report to end.

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MM Still a couple of episodes to come and then I am sure the next one will then follow as well soon.... :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Grootvlei really looks "GROOT" (big) :big_eyes:

:mrgreen: Magic juvenile Bateleur, Falcons, Magpie, Bee eaters, impressive Kori Bustard, Teal and Jackal!! :clap: :clap:


Loved the Grootvlei pan - Very peaceful in the morning sun :dance: A bit like Mpondo in the south :P


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Thank you but Timon did his part as well 8) He is saying thanks as well :gflower:


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Hey Pumbaa!

WoW! so many species of birds :clap: :clap: :clap: just stunning and great pics!

Love the Kori, interesting how small their feet are for such a huge bird...


Indeed :tongue: Never noticed that before :thumbs_up:


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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On the couple of dead trees which stuck out of the water hundreds of cattle egrets could be noticed -

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Would love to know at what this one was looking at?

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Most of them where busy in cleaning their plumage and some of them really inspected everything very carefully one of them finished looking under its wings and then the next one took over and did the same thing.

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For us funny to drive was right on the dam wall at least we did not see any sign that this is forbidden nor any barrier and noticed also other tire tracks on the ground and so we supposed that same was allowed. You are located far higher on that wall and one is having a brilliant overview without any disturbing vegetation.

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At the end of the dam there was even a possibility of turning the car around and drive back on the one lane dam. A grey heron landed next to the cattle egrets

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and so did an Egyptian goose.

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After a very joyful break at the dam we drove back on the S50 and here we only met the first car it was as if we were alone in the entire North of the park. Meanwhile it heated already up again and it was great to have a sunny last full day in the park although on the other hand it got already extreme hot again. On our way back to Tihongonyeni we saw quite a number of wattled starlings flying up in flocks a few times like the red-billed queleas and finally resting in a thorny bush where we could take a couple of shots.

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At "Big T" the usual hustle and bustle predominated everything and also all the usual suspects could be seen again which kept away only hours before.

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At much as we loved the morning atmosphere earlier that morning with the golden light and the couple of black-backed jackals

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we loved the bustling activities of the savannah animals in the midday heat

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although it mystified me extreme from where all the animals came in that short time as the area there is quite open and in the morning we did not even see raising dust at the horizon.

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Gladly for us the birds meanwhile awoke and so we were able to capture a pair of knob-billed ducks

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and the group of white storks which was about to consolidate as one after the other landed and after only a short time hundreds of them could be found around the water hole.

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For us it was still far too early to return back to camp on our last full day so we decided to pay a visit at Red Rocks and check the S52 out but before we arrived there we had to pass the monotonous S144 where only thousands of mopane bushes could be seen and the only other sighting we had was a lone elephant bull hiding under the only few other trees we found in this area.

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To our surprise the S52 was open and must only have been reopened shortly after the January floods as the road itself looked like same has only recently be graded. Normally that first part of the road leading to Bateleur camp is our favourite with some nice loops allowing to overlook the Shingwedzi riverbed from time to time.

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Well this year it looked overall a bit airy as quite an amount of beautiful trees had been washed away and we also found on the road itself lots of debris far away from the riverbed so the road itself must have been flooded completely - Scary what the power of water can do! A big thanks here to all the hard working people in the park to grade and repair all the roads which had been damaged after the floods in such a short time and although it was a quiet drive besides this pregnant looking steenbok lady

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we loved it nevertheless as we once again were all alone on the road. Finally we reached the causeway crossing the Shingwedzi connecting the Southern and Northern parts of the S52 and to our great joy same was still in good order and although lots of water was still overflowing the causeway same was drivable and we already saw from far nearly ten really large scary hungry monsters waiting for some lunch.

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So we parked right on the causeway as we did not expect much traffic and enjoyed the view far away

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and closer

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and even extreme close!

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On some rocks close by we spotted another green backed heron who was also on the hunt and observed the water flowing between the two rocks where same was on the look out extensively

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but same was also looking carefully into the direction of our hungry reptile friends.

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to be continued.....


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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa,

Wonderful sightings and awesome :cam: once more. :clap: :clap: :clap:

My word but that croc has mean looking teeth...great capture. :thumbs_up:

Thanks for sharing :popcorn:

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another croc encounter to keep the adrenalin up. :big_eyes:

Pumbaa, your birds are simply gorgeous. You managed some magnificent shots. How do those egrets keep so white? I don't manage it for five minutes. :roll:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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All I can say is :clap: :clap: :clap: ....great sightings and you capture then beautifully :dance:
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lovely scenery and stunning bird shots again, Pumbaa :clap: :clap:

I love the ellie walking side by side with the zebras :dance: :dance:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Stunning sightings with super pics Pumbaa and Timone!

I just love the Cattle Egrets in their breeding colors, lovely pics of them!

Very special pic of the Wattled Starling!

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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:clap: another super update :clap: :thumbs_up:

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Had a lot of catching up to do. My, Pumbaa, what beautiful birdies and other sightings! :thumbs_up: I really wish I could be in KNP right now, seeing all the summer birdies. Maybe I should try and make a plan... :hmz:

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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Pumbaa, I cannot believe that I last looked at your excellent TR on 4 Dec'13. :shock:

Well, I managed to catch up and really enjoyed all the great pics, sightings and scenic pics.
The one place I am will always try to visit when in Kruger will be Mopani and the Shipandani hide area, esp the causeway - always a winner. :dance:
Just love the croc on and all the bird pics. :clap:

Great and an enjoyable TR. :thumbs_up: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:

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