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 Post subject: Re: Joyride with the Bateleurs
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Absolutely stunning pics of the painted family. :thumbs_up:

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Beautiful Wild Dog sighting and pictures Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:

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My goodness Pumbaa - what a sighting!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I can imagine just how hot your cameras must have been after taking all those photos! :lol:
They are just fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I look forward to more photos of the painted ones (and some birdies too :wink: )
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:yaya: :yaya: Pumbaa and a finger-happy Timon :lol: . Well, here I am with a BIG SIGH. SUPERB! Birdies a feast for the eyes. Doggies :rtm: We can never get enough of them- Beautiful and awesome Pumbaa. What a start to your 16 days Pumbaa and Timon. Just read all 5 pages and I'm sorry I am so late. Just love those Rhino's. Ground Scraper Thrush is a wonderful sighting though I see its id has been changed but a bird is a bird :tongue: , especially one so lovely. Zebra's and Impala's :thumbs_up: Renosterpan is always worth a visit!
No leopards :( . Bronchitis a thing of the past I trust. Here's some good news-summer is coming, she is a quite late this year in Europe but she is coming :D
Sizzling TR. :popcorn: :popcorn:


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Hi Pumbaa

Nice wild dog sighting, you are very fortunate to find them.

We stayed in the southern part of KNP during December 2012 for a week and could not find them, returning May 2013, hopefully we can see spot them then.

Can’t wait for more.

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\What a great and amazing and awesome sighting!!!!!
Gooi me with those kiekies as I'm enjoying them a lot!!!!!

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DOGGIES!!! :wall: :doh:

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Superb pics :thumbs_up: :clap: *sigh*

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What a lovely sighting! :dance: And great pictures - I fully understand how you couldn't choose one but had to show them all - and we are the lucky ones to enjoy all your great shots! :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Stunning pics and an amazing sighting! :dance:

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Wowwwwwwww Doggie time. Always a great pleasure to see the AWD :clap: :clap:


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You surely had a great photographic session with the painted dogs Pumbaa :dance:
It's always a great moment to see them,but from my experience they are by far more easy to photograph when they are not chasing and moving to quickly :)


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john n poppy wrote:
you can never have too many doggie pics Pumbaa,

what a great experience

john :thumbs_up:


Okay, I will then post a couple of more :whistle:

Mandinga wrote:
A dogs sighting is worth a thousand pics.
Don't feel bad about over-indulging us.
I certainly love it. :mrgreen:


Thanks for being on board :gflower:

Stampajane wrote:
I am so enjoying your trip report and your fantastic photography.


Thanks also for joining the joyride :thumbs_up:

Meandering Mouse wrote:
What a wonderful experience with the painted ones :D I find these creatures the most thrilling to watch. Such agility and I love to watch the pack dynamics.

:popcorn:


Indeed the interaction between pack or families members is always worth to stop for and simply to watch :dance:

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

Absolutely stunning pics of the painted family. :thumbs_up:

:popcorn:


More paints to come :P


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hilda wrote:
Beautiful Wild Dog sighting and pictures Pumbaa and Timon! :clap: :clap:


Yes it was indeed a great start into our holidays with this pack full of paints :dance:

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My goodness Pumbaa - what a sighting!! :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

I can imagine just how hot your cameras must have been after taking all those photos! :lol:
They are just fantastic :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

I look forward to more photos of the painted ones (and some birdies too :wink: )
:popcorn: :popcorn:


I will continue for the time being with a bit more doggies. The birdies will come later but there are still so many lifers to share with you :dance:

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:yaya: :yaya: Pumbaa and a finger-happy Timon :lol: . Well, here I am with a BIG SIGH. SUPERB! Birdies a feast for the eyes. Doggies :rtm: We can never get enough of them- Beautiful and awesome Pumbaa. What a start to your 16 days Pumbaa and Timon. Just read all 5 pages and I'm sorry I am so late. Just love those Rhino's. Ground Scraper Thrush is a wonderful sighting though I see its id has been changed but a bird is a bird :tongue: , especially one so lovely. Zebra's and Impala's :thumbs_up: Renosterpan is always worth a visit!
No leopards :( . Bronchitis a thing of the past I trust. Here's some good news-summer is coming, she is a quite late this year in Europe but she is coming :D
Sizzling TR. :popcorn: :popcorn:


Although without a leopard we had a sizzling joyride - A couple of spotted ones will nevertheless be shared later :P

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Hi Pumbaa

Nice wild dog sighting, you are very fortunate to find them.

We stayed in the southern part of KNP during December 2012 for a week and could not find them, returning May 2013, hopefully we can see spot them then.

Can’t wait for more.


I will hold thumbs for you :thumbs_up: Normally Berg en Dal as well as Skukuza are great camps to maybe have luck in finding them :dance:
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:dance: :dance: :dance: DOGGIES :dance: :dance: :dance:

\What a great and amazing and awesome sighting!!!!!
Gooi me with those kiekies as I'm enjoying them a lot!!!!!


Thanks so much Heksie :dance:


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DOGGIES!!! :wall: :doh:

:mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

Superb pics :thumbs_up: :clap: *sigh*


My dog magnets are yours for your next Kruger trip, Katy :D

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What a lovely sighting! :dance: And great pictures - I fully understand how you couldn't choose one but had to show them all - and we are the lucky ones to enjoy all your great shots! :clap: :clap: :clap:


Definitely there are still hundreds which I left behind :whistle:

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Stunning pics and an amazing sighting! :dance:


Whenever seeing wild dogs I remember Valentine's day 2008 :lol:

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Wowwwwwwww Doggie time. Always a great pleasure to see the AWD :clap: :clap:


Thanks for joining and hopefully you will not be bored with the next post :P

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You surely had a great photographic session with the painted dogs Pumbaa :dance:
It's always a great moment to see them,but from my experience they are by far more easy to photograph when they are not chasing and moving to quickly :)


You are right - When they are on the move it is indeed tricky to photograph them :thumbs_up:


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The male dog which was in desperate love with one of the females so far did not let her up and followed her permanently and when she lay down he did the same. As soon as she stood up he did the same and when she walked away he followed her always accompanied by his remarkable squeaking.

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The sun also found its way through the clouds and so the light illuminating this sighting was brilliant and we more and more felt home in the bush.

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Surprisingly the doggies did not felt in any way disturbed by the many cars and the rush which was meanwhile predominating around them. Sporadically one of the dogs lay so close to the road that I was already afraid that maybe one of the cars might run over its paws but they even did not twitch although the tires of the cars nearly touched them.

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As we meanwhile already stayed 1 1/2 half hours with them and most of them started to keep permanently hidden behind bushes or in the high grass we were about to say bye bye to them when a safari vehicle drove by and asked us politely whether they can block our view for only one minute we for sure had no problems with that and all the passengers thanked us enthusiastically and only after half a minute they already left. This only is also to show that there are also polite and very well sticking to the rules JJ in the park!

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Also for us it was time to leave as otherwise we would not make it any further into the park and we still wanted to drive our beloved Biyamiti loop and also a couple of other smaller loops in that area and so we waived to the painted ones a final farewell and left them with heavy hearts.

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After an extensive and well needed break at Afsaal with a yummy ice cream we carried on and gladly the S113 was open again and so we could travel along one of our favourite roads in that area although already knowing that the crossing at Biyamiti weir was still closed but driving the S23 twice was indeed no problem for us.

Besides a beautiful Burchell’s coucal which always kept hidden in a thick bush - the loop was quiet but we were able to spot our very first elephant bull during that trip which was in a not quite good mood and blocked the road quite a while until he was willing to let us pass.

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A lone dagga boy was happy to have a muddy and wet spot to rest

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and even a rhino mom plus calf could be spotted - Although the calf was permanently hiding itself behind bush but mom's curled tail was indeed a compensation of not getting in calf on picture

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as well as the ever present naughty banana birds but who could pass them without taking a picture as they can sometimes be so comical.

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A pity was that this loop was over so fast but due to the closure of Biyamiti weir we had the honour in driving the same road back enjoying the views over the still partly strong flowing Biyamiti. To drive back to the tar road you had to cross one of the many causeways in the park and this year most of these causeways were still slightly under water and consequently on nearly each causeway or low water bridge with running water we could spot in the entire park at least one hamerkop and so it was here

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plus a couple of three banded plovers were running around in the hope for the catch of the day.

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to be continued with more fluff balls........


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