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Jan v Wyk goes Raptor hunting - TR Dec 2015

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Jan v Wyk goes Raptor hunting - TR Dec 2015

Unread post by Jan van Wyk » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:10 am

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We had again a wonderful 14 days visit to Kruger in December 2015. We stayed just outside the Park and while the family was sleeping I was at the Paul Kruger gate every morning at 5h00 with the gate only opening at 5h30. It was very warm and dry with almost no vegetation left specially above Tsokwane.

The TR will follows a different route with random reports on my morning drives and sharing a few amazing sightings specially some raptor interaction. Most of the afternoons I spend at my favorite hide Lake Panic and will share some amazing sightings. (Images will also appear on the LP gallery over the next few months.)

Thirst morning drive...decided to took the H1-2 to Tshokwane and the H10 to Lower Sabie..

Our first sighting was a herd of Ellies enjoining a sand bath...

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To be continued....

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Re: Jan v Wyk goes Raptor hunting - TR Dec 2015

Unread post by hilda » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:40 am

Beautiful Fish Eagle and awesome series of Ellie pictures taking a sand bath! Great start to your trip report Jan! :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by gatita » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:46 am

I like raptors :dance: :dance: looking forward to your report :D

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it seems that the ellies were having fun :D stunning pics :clap: :clap: :clap:
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Unread post by barryels » Sun Jan 17, 2016 10:52 am

I am in the bus for this one :thumbs_up: .

Lovely African Fish Eagle to start the trip with and also a great series of pictures of the sand bathing ellies :clap: :clap: .
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Unread post by SurfCindy » Sun Jan 17, 2016 12:49 pm

Booking my seat on the bus. Definitely dont want to miss out on this trip and with a lovely start like that, I can already see we are in for some great sightings and experiences. Fantastic sequence of the elephants. Your stunning photos have really captured their behaviour. :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by Pumbaa » Sun Jan 17, 2016 1:58 pm

Great start already, Jan,

especially with all these brilliant ellie shots - WoW :popcorn:

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Unread post by leervis » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:09 pm

Glad I have found this one early. Your images are, as always superb and in some respects as good as being there. What a beautiful Fishy and the look on the elephants faces as they frolic in the sand, as they say, priceless!
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Unread post by Goronta » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:30 pm

On board :D
What a start :clap: :clap: :clap:
I can hear the young ellies from here playing in the sand ; Wonderful Jan :thumbs_up:
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Unread post by Foxy » Sun Jan 17, 2016 6:33 pm

Lovely photos of the ellie sighting. Look forward to this TR.

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Unread post by ekoppen » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:36 pm

Great start Jan......love the pics :clap: :clap:

You were right behind us on H 1-2 Image

From the bridge that crosses the very dry Mutlimuvi river on H 1-2 we watched Ellies digging for water. Very near where you shot your pics I think? I hope the drought conditions we saw had eased up by the time you were there.

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Unread post by RoelfA » Sun Jan 17, 2016 7:43 pm

:hands: Another TR Jan and what a start,with a Fish Eagle. :clap: :clap: :clap:

Just love the Ellie photo's. :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Unread post by Tessa G » Sun Jan 17, 2016 8:13 pm

Thank goodness I got on this bus before it fills up and there are no more seats available.

What a great start Jan, that beautiful Fish Eagle and then I just love the ellies having their sand bath. They are just like children when they get near water, or are in the mood to play.

:clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Jan v Wyk goes Raptor hunting - TR Dec 2015

Unread post by Jesscan1 » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:19 pm

Great photos and TR Jan. Looking forward to more.

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Unread post by Nkulu » Sun Jan 17, 2016 9:28 pm

Beautiful start, my Fish Eagle and Ellies, I am definitely on board.
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Re: Jan v Wyk goes Raptor hunting - TR Dec 2015

Unread post by meercatmaz » Mon Jan 18, 2016 12:30 am

I'm on board. Can't help thinking this bus ride will be amazing
Beautiful fish eagle in flight and happy ellies playing in the sand


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