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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Eland :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: how lucky was that :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Again, your pictures are just magic. I had to smile at your ostriches...they are really comical at times.

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Pumbaa,

Lovely sighting and :cam: of the Ostrich and Side-winged Widowbird :clap: :clap:

Gorgeous sequence pics of the Eland...Very lucky and so special to see. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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We've seen an Eland before in KNP - as it was dashing away from us! :roll: So this, in my opinion, is a GREAT sighting of Eland for KNP! What a lovely sighting for your last day indeed! :thumbs_up:

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Hi you two Beautiful people. :gflower:

Thank you for this Super TR and Pic's of.....The Cattle Egrets (looks like a Christmas tree). :whistle:
Eliies, Birds, Zebra, Croc's, Birds, pregnant looking Steenbok lady, Hyenas, Birds, :mrgreen:
Giraffe, Buff, Birds, Ostriches, Kudu, Birds, Eland and Zebra...WOW Just love this Adventure.
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What a TR. :mrgreen:

Now waiting for "to be continued.with a couple of more eland impressions......". :D

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Just love your Hyena pup pics on the way from Mopani to Punda, so gorgeous.... :thumbs_up: :thumbs_up:
The Woodland Kingfisher eating the Spider is fabulous too....
But I am sooooo :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: that you saw ELAND....
WOW!!!! :dance: :dance: :clap: :clap:
And great captures too of course :D

By now you are nearly counting the hours till the next trip I guess :wink:
Just in case that I miss your departure....
Have a great time, enjoy every second and travel safely!!!


Not much days left any longer, Katy - Thanks so much already for your good wishes :k


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What a stunning Eland sighting Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

I love the young Ostriches too! Beautifully captured! :dance: :dance:


The young ostriches were so funny - We giggled all the way :thumbs_up:


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Enjoying every image and story .... :clap: :clap:

Can't believe how high the water level was :big_eyes:

Never seen an Eland in Kruger...superb images!!!

:popcorn: :popcorn: :popcorn:


The water level that North must have overflooded nearly everything even the roads - Scary :shock: One day you will find them, Jan :thumbs_up:


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Eland :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: how lucky was that :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Again, your pictures are just magic. I had to smile at your ostriches...they are really comical at times.

:popcorn:


Gladly that we saw that many ostriches during that trip as during others we nearly saw none :big_eyes:


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Pumbaa,

Lovely sighting and :cam: of the Ostrich and Side-winged Widowbird :clap: :clap:

Gorgeous sequence pics of the Eland...Very lucky and so special to see. :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

:popcorn: :popcorn:


Indeed we were so pleased to finally find even more than a single rarer antelope in Kruger :thumbs_up:


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We've seen an Eland before in KNP - as it was dashing away from us! :roll: So this, in my opinion, is a GREAT sighting of Eland for KNP! What a lovely sighting for your last day indeed! :thumbs_up:


We were over the moon with that sighting :big_eyes: I also cannot remember having ever read about so many of them in any Kruger trip report :hmz:


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Hi you two Beautiful people. :gflower:

Thank you for this Super TR and Pic's of.....The Cattle Egrets (looks like a Christmas tree). :whistle:
Eliies, Birds, Zebra, Croc's, Birds, pregnant looking Steenbok lady, Hyenas, Birds, :mrgreen:
Giraffe, Buff, Birds, Ostriches, Kudu, Birds, Eland and Zebra...WOW Just love this Adventure.
:dance:

What a TR. :mrgreen:

Now waiting for "to be continued.with a couple of more eland impressions......". :D


Thanks so much Philip :k Yes it was a more than wonderful trip filled with many incredible sightings but I have to finish this one now before the next ones starts :wall:


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The only disadvantage was - as if this sighting is not yet enough I know - that we had only blocked visibility onto these beautiful animals as we had first to find a gap between the thick bushes but I guess we hit the jackpot.

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The zebras, wildebeests and impalas which also were plentiful around the elands were a bit disappointed that we only had eyes for the elands but I guess they forgave us as we normally always do stop for them although we saw already hundreds of them during the day.

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Finally we found a suitable place between the bushes and now we had only to wait for the elands to walk from left to right or right to left.

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They really came by and were extreme curious and we were simply far too happy that we finally messed up with the idea of an early afternoon at our accommodation outside the park

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it was the now and here which counted in these minutes and so we decided to stay as long as possible with them as nobody knows when you might see them again.

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A funny incident happened when an impala decided to do some urgent things right in front of the elands -

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Can you see how some of the elands wrinkled their noses in the background - Needless to say that they were obviously not amused about such a rude behaviour!

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It was simply an awesome sighting and can you imagine how we wished that we might stay in Shingwedzi that night so that we might could return back to them a bit later that day.

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We also tried a bit further North to get a better view onto them but as so many roads that far North the S53 was closed as well as we could imagine that from that short loop we would have had the best view onto them.

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Gladly now some smaller calves showed up as well so we got to see them all, impressive males, beautiful females and cute calves and between them all a large number of yellow billed oxpeckers flew around playing changing eland.

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We already stayed with them for around one hour and with only a couple of very few other cars stopping for a short time we nearly had the elands all to ourselves. Their migration in that area come to a standstill and more and more elands made themselves comfortable and lay down on the ground under or even in bushes

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and made a little nap.

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Therefore the zebras got more and more active and one of them was running around all the animals like made and raised a lot of dust.

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Carmine bee eaters were also all around and we once again had a great time in simply watch and let the animals come by themselves.

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Meanwhile all elands settled for the day and with more than heavy hearts we left them but you can be rest assured shortly when staying in Shingwezi will be once again on the look out for them.

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Finally we continued our way on the tar road knowing that the Punda Maria Gate is coming inevitable closer but for sure we allowed us some quick stops for our feathered friends, a lovely posing laughing dove

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and for this wattled starling

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to be continued.with the final Episode - Finally.... :whistle:


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Amazing photos of those eland and the birds! :clap: :mrgreen:

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What an awesome series of Eland pictures Pumbaa and Timon! Indeed a lovely sighting! Beautiful birds too! :clap: :clap:

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:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: sighting. How lucky to have them so relaxed and lovely to see so many together. Really stately creatures.

I also love your wattled starling. :thumbs_up:

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