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okie The Hawkeagle, Tawny and Vulture, a short story Sep 08

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 4:25 pm

Hi people , it has been for some time now that I have wanted to share this report with you .
It happened in September 2008 , at Lamont dam near Shingwedzi , in late afternoon , and total time of all the action , was a little more than 60 minutes or so .
Well , earlier in the day , we had driven to Babalala and back along Mpongololo road , rested in our bungalow in Shingwedzi for a couple hours during the heat of the day , and were now on our usual afternoon drive , which is normally closer to camp than during mornings .
We arrived at Lamont just before 3.30 pm , and seeing a few impalas , decided to see wait around and see if any action . Another few cars arrived every now and then , but , you know , “ seeing nothing “ they just moved on .
Yah well , as you can see , there was nothing going on , just impalas .

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We did not really feel like driving around senselessly , and sat there looking at the scenery , drank some coffee with cookies , almost asleep in the heat .
Noticed an eagle in a tree , about 70 meters beyond the cement dam , and took a long-shot pic . I was using a Canon EOS350 , with 300 mm zoom , and therefore please excuse quality . It is a long way off for that lens as you can see .

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Zoomed in to full zoom , and also using binocs , came to conclusion it was an African Hawkeagle .


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Zoomed in a bit more .


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Then the Hawkeagle flew away , and we thought that was the last sight of him .
Little did we know ........
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

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Re: The Hawkeagle , the Tawny , and the Vulture - a short story

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 5:41 pm

Thank you Oddesy - will try to keep you entertained .

After another while , a Tawny eagle landed in the same tree where the HE had been .

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Well , just another day in paradise , take a pic or two

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When out of the corner of my eye , I saw a shadow passing over from behind us , and ...............

Luckily , I still had my cam focussed on the Tawny ........

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Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

okie
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Re: The Hawkeagle , the Tawny , and the Vulture - a short story

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:04 pm

Click- click- click-click , here it comes .......


The African Hawkeagle is a fierce hunter , and is known for taking on relatively big prey , and this was no exception .
He is quite a bit smaller than the Tawny , but he came gliding in silently out of the low sun in the west , rising up and took on that Tawny .!

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And chased him away ........


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Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

okie
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Re: The Hawkeagle , the Tawny , and the Vulture - a short story

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:18 pm

And he continued to follow him , making sure he does not come back .

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Look closely , and you will see both of them , the HE below , and the Tawny flapping away crazily and as fast as he can

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Then the Hawkeagle turns away , and goes back to sit in the tree again.


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While the Tawny goes on his way .

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And peace comes back to Lamont dam :whistle: .

Or so we like to believe ...............................
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

okie
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Re: The Hawkeagle , the Tawny , and the Vulture - a short story

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:34 pm

Anyway , why do animals ( and birds ) come to a water hole ?

To drink water of course , so that is what the HE does , he flies down from the tree

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And makes a beautiful landing next to the cement dam

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He settles down .

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Looks around

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Then jumps into the cement dam – but first another look around

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Does he see something .......... Hmmm I wonder :hmz: ........
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

okie
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Re: The Hawkeagle , the Tawny , and the Vulture - a short story

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:47 pm

Yah ! Along comes a couple of warties

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They are so funny ... But disturbing a quiet drink is not on , and HE jumps out again .

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And flies away

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Let the warties keep the water for themselves – he doesn’t want soiled water

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And off he goes

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Back to his tree.

And once again , peace returns .... :hmz:
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

okie
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Posts: 1332
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Re: The Hawkeagle , the Tawny , and the Vulture - a short story

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 6:59 pm

Now we sit and watch the warties --- they are such clowns

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First the one goes into the trough

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Looking around , looking around .

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Something disturbs them
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Now what is it this time – Can’t anybody around here enjoy a quiet drink

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And warties decide to push off

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Meanwhile , the Hawkeagle is still sitting in the tree


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Unfortunately , all is not well in paradise :pray:
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .

okie
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Posts: 1332
Joined: Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:29 am
Location: Worcester , Cape

Re: The Hawkeagle , the Tawny , and the Vulture - a short story

Unread post by okie » Tue Jan 11, 2011 7:11 pm

Again , I see a shadow passing overhead , and again out of the setting sun towards THAT tree

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What is it ? Is it the Tawny coming back ?
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Click-click-click

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Attacks the HE where he sits on his perch

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And drives him off

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But is it a Tawny ? No , definitely not

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This time , it is a vulture

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And that my friends , is where I have to end the story . It was time for us to go back to camp
Tread softly , and let your departure not be spoiled by the damage of your arrival

Next :
3 - 6 Sept 2013 - Punda.
7 - 10 Sept 2013 -Shingwedzi .
11 - 13 Sept 2013 - Balule .
14 - 17 Sept 2013 - Satara .


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