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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
Unread postPosted: Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:01 pm 
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Just caught up again and loved every bit. It's great to see all your amazing pictures.

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Trrp-trrrrrrrr wrote:
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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:


and it was not the only croc around that spot at that size :big_eyes:


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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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You are right - maybe they do use some secret washing powder :hmz:


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All I can say is :clap: :clap: :clap: ....great sightings and you capture then beautifully :dance:
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Thanks Jan :gflower:


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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:


At "Big T" there is always so many animal activity especially zebras and ellies - So to capture both on one picture was not that difficult :thumbs_up:


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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!


There were many of them (wattled starling) around and especially at Grootvlei the cattle egrets on top of the dead trees looked like White blossoms :thumbs_up:


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:clap: another super update :clap: :thumbs_up:


Thanks so much isinkwe - Always a pleasure to receive so many nice comments :gflower:


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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:


Yes, you should do :thumbs_up: Great for us not that long anymore to pack the bags again :dance:


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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:


We could spend hours on the causeway and watch birdies :P I knew that you would love the croc with the head on the causeway :dance:


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Just caught up again and loved every bit. It's great to see all your amazing pictures.


Thanks so much, Giraffe - More to come soon 8)


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Luckily same was finally able to catch some small fish for lunch compared to the size of the fish the grey heron catch last evening this one was by far smaller but made for sure the green backed heron happy.

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Nearly motionless four of the crocodiles remained as this one floating like tree trunks in the water although the head in anticipation for some lunch was sticking out of same - indeed scary creatures and we never saw that much of them and so large ones during our this year's trip than ever before.

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As we were still all alone we observed the crocodiles and the green backed heron quite extensively and also soaked in the whole atmosphere always having in mind that this was our last full day.

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The green backed made itself comfortable on the rocks whereas the crocodiles appeared to come closer.

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We were already thinking about to drive also the Northern part of the S52 but we supposed that same might still be closed nearly at the end where you have to cross the Shingwedzi again as we were about to leave gladly a car right from that direction appeared on the scene and after asking the passengers we got already the answer that at exactly that part the road is still closed so we drove back the same way we came and therefore paid a visit at Red Rocks which looked like as if no flood only a couple of weeks earlier devastated that area

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in the contrary it looked extreme peaceful!

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After we stretched our legs a bit we drove slowly back via the tar road and due to the fact that we did see nothing the whole drive and it was already not that late we paid a final visit at Tihongonyeni for the third time that day already! Today it was again extreme hot and the air at "Big T" started to glimmer already and even this ostrich male was already suffering under the heat.

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Although the zebras seemed to love that weather and quite a large number of them where around and so we could not take our eyes from them as they are always great to watch

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even with the Lebombo mountains in the background!

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Although we always do hope to spot some rarer antelopes here we so far managed only one sighting of a single roan there so this is also a reason to return soon as maybe one day we will hit the jackpot there.

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Nevertheless the usual suspects did very well, especially this comical poser performed like mad.

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We did not ask same to pose like this or that he did it all by himself! Maybe it was a lady close by who he wanted to impress

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or he even know how to pose when the large lenses are directed at him and finally the show was over

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and he even stood up to enjoy the applause a bit better.

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Finally we also decided it was time to leave and with an ultimate wide look all around we said good-bye for nearly one year.

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Due to the heat and our time we spent already in the car for this day we were a bit too tired to do an afternoon drive and as it was not that late we decided to pay also a final visit to the Shipandeni causeway and although we did not expect to see that much we were definitely not disappointed as our feathered friends are always hungry despite the heat or time of the day. Needless to say that the grey heron was still hanging around

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to be continued...


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Pumbaa,

Another super episode with great sightings and :cam: :thumbs_up:

Red rocks ...Can't wait to see it again. :mrgreen:

Awesome poses of the Zebra...special shots of them. :clap: :clap: ..They are so photogenic :hmz:

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Love your performing Zebbie :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: What a joy.

More, please.

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Just love the "laughing" zebra. :mrgreen:

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Enjoying all the images and great TR :thumbs_up:

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