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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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Normana53- :thumbs_up:

I mentioned the arrival of a cold front in an earlier post, and it resulted in a very windy day. The dirt roads were ultra dusty. Here are some pics of the wind churning up the dust- no cars needed.

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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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A quick dose before I leave for home.
This fish eagle decided that the wind was way to strong to attempt anything today.
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This Batis was shy
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A beautiful Kudu
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Heksie-Cool banana's. :thumbs_up:

and another dose while dinner is on the stove
Zebra @ Renosterpan.
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And another bum shot
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Oops- Don't know how to delete a message, so I'll just post some more. Thanks Heksie.

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And did you know Giraffes are quite adept at pulling faces-have a look.
Here it is looking at me
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Then it puffs up its cheeks
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Pulls a lip and puffs its cheeks
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Sneers at me
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ANd then mocks me
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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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Moving along.
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I saw two snakes during my 6 days, for which I was verygald but they were too fast for a photo or ID. The second one, on the last day, was quite a biggish snake, at least 1.5M, golden brown, but slipped off as soon as I stopped the car. Probably a mole snake. This is the only photo I managed of the first sighting.
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This guy (I think) entered the "Cutie Pie"Competition -and won imho.
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A Pumbaa family made an appearance
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And this stunning little guy.
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 Post subject: Re: 2180 ... km later
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And another one of those special moments-Yep a Rhino, serenely lying in the shade oblivious to the danger. :dance: :dance: Beautiful and an enjoyable sighting. Notice the split in the horn. Can''t help but wonder how that happened, but then again it is made of the same stuff as hair and nails(if only these embicilic idiots would realise that). And you have split hairs, split nails, so why not split horns.
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Comfortable?
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A quick visit to Skuks for an ice cream, a walk along the river to see whats on offer, before I make my way to Tsokwane-LS and then Lake Panic. Well as usually happens, a quick visit soon turns out to be not so quick, especially if there is something to see and enjoy :dance:
Saw this unusual sighting, probably as a result of the strong winds- leaf caught on the spike of another plant. just had to take a pic (or 2)-people thought I was crazy! I just like it for its uniqueness and rarity. Abstract too.
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And rock Monitor Lizard close to the restaurant. Sunbathing and a delight to see. What I liked about this was some parents talking to their children ( and controlling their urge to touch) about what it is etc. A good educational exercise, though one photographer had to park his gear and sunglasses as close as possible to the animal. Fortunately, the animal was in no mood to move and I could get some good close ups too.

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Not sure of this bird (again) I id it as Yellow Warbler-but i''m probably wrong
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That walk along the Sabie River @ Skuks is very rewarding for birding, but also very frsutrating. This bird I watched, trying to capture it, but it was so erratic, up and down the tree trunk, in between the branches, hardly ever sitting still. I consider myself lucky to have captured it.
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The same with these Bronse Mannikins
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Oh dear, some kid lost out here, or someone thought the Crocs and hippos should try to teach the Boks a thing or two about rugby :lol:
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A fimiliar sight as you leave Skuks and head north via the Low level bridges
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Some crocs harvesting the sun- they had not heard about the rugby match.
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Not much happened up to Tsokwane, until Leeupan. Some general game.
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During my visit in March I hardly saw Kudu, and this time round they were in abundance, and happy to capture every one. Such regal antelope.

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I was more interested in the Oxpeckers on the Impalas
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Here they shared a tender moment of communication
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The following installment is for Heksie, with the proviso that she will not use them in her Brewers pot. And she can be blamed for all of them being posted. Too good not to share.
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And they only moved off after the approach of another vehicle. What a sighting for me. :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

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Crested Val wrote:
Oops!!

No Problem!

Heksie wrote:
hat a beautiful sandgrouse sequence Noel :clap: :dance: :mrgreen:
And no! I won't use them in my potjie :mrgreen: :wink:
You had awesome closeup kiekies of them0how close where they to you? And ag the soundgrouse chicies... how cute man!!! :dance: :D
I'm sommer :mrgreen: of your rock monitor kiekies as well-he sommer laid there on the stone and waited to be photographed! What an attention seeker :naughty:
Love the oxpeckers and yellow birdies too!!!! :clap:
That :clap: eave on leave seems very interesting! :hmz:

Heksie, so glad you are not throwing Sandgrouse into your pot. What do you throw into the pot? I used a 300mm lens for those shots, from across the road. The leaf on leaf spike-just something I noticed on my way to the shop @ Skuks. Thought it was interesting. And I liked it.

hilda wrote:
The Sandgrouse family was a first for us as well last week Noel! It was so cute! Thanks for sharing! :clap: :clap:

Looking forward to seeing your pics. A most enjoyable sighting.

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That is a tiny chick!

Thanks Normana. I was thankful that the family was quite relaxed-ususaaly with such small chicks, they are very well hidden.

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Lovely birdie pics, and some lovely antelope, and the monitor - wow lots of great pics :clap: :clap:

:popcorn: :popcorn: :thumbs_up:


Thanks Billyf. I seemed to have had a bit of luck with those blighters in the camps. I remember one from Lower Sabie as well.
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This one I gave the title "I hate Mondays".
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Now that I've got the weekend off my chest, its time to move on.
Saw a yellow mongoose, but it was furtive, and though I waited and waited to it to make a re-appearance, but it never did. A pity, as they are also quite cute, mischievious looking creatures.
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Some more regal Kudu near Nkumbe
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A tortoise looking for some grub
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That Eagle again.
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And a road block of the best kind. A long staring contest ensued between them and a couple of cars waiting in tow. That is until a JJ cam past and they trotted off into the bush.
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