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    • jeffb
      Wow!!! Are you always a cat magnet, or is just pumas?
    • TonyQ
    • pomkiwi
      Facing an advancing puma - again   We had returned to the group of cars as the adult had not gone far and had gone in that direction. She had been lying in the rocks for a few minutes when she got up and started to move      She moved quickly and smoothly down the slope       She stopped briefly and stared intently in our general direction:     Another brisk trot brought her closer:       Then she accelerated directly towards me:   She stopped briefly and seemed intently interested by something a little way away:   Then one bound and she was headed directly downhill again:     I was stood photographing across the back tray of our ute - at the last moment she veered around the back of the car:   Without breaking stride she darted between the cars and was probably only 3m / 10ft awayas she did so (if only I had that landscape lens close) :       She continued on and went behind a small hill close by.     It took a while for my heart rate to settle and longer for me to believe what had just happened....        
    • pomkiwi
      "No landscapes - without pumas!"   The interruption of our gentle afternoon was because one of the trackers saw the adult puma heading for some guanaco. By the time we got to the location the guanacos were unsettled - either because they'd seen the puma or possibly because of the number of cars that appeared. In any event we didn't see the puma. We went back up to check on the cubs:     A few minutes later the cubs left having been called by the mother. One of the trackers had spotted the group working its way up on to a small hill close by. We repositioned and enjoyed 20 minutes of excellent ladscape photography with some pumas intruding as they moved around on the ridge:             Once again mum went off and left one the cubs in control of the park:  
    • kittykat23uk
      Driving along the waters edge we encountered some sandy tracks where Chestnut-headed bee-eaters were panting in the heat.   P2172311 Chestnut-headed bee-eater by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172376 Red-wattled Lapwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172383  Red-wattled Lapwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172387  Red-wattled Lapwing by Jo Dale, on Flickr   As we rounded a bend we screeched to a halt as our driver realised we’d just passed a beautiful leopard. We reversed back and were delighted to have the beautiful Cleopatra all to ourselves as she watched us curiously before crossing behind us and carrying on into the bush where we couldn’t follow her. What a wonderful afternoon this was turning out to be!    P2172409 Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172418 Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172416 Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172427 Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172474  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172465  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172480  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172529  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172531  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172565  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172563  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172562  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172585  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172579  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172578  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172586  Cleopatra the Sri Lankan Leopard by Jo Dale, on Flickr   We carried on, finding  Great Stone Curlew (Great Stone plover/ Greater Thick-knee), Indian Darter, Lesser Sandplover, Painted Stork and Medium egret.     P2172628 Great Stone Curlew (Great Stone plover/ Greater Thick-knee) by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172689  Great Stone Curlew (Great Stone plover/ Greater Thick-knee) by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172717  Indian Darter by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172729 Indian Darter by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172745 Lesser Sandplover by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172801 Painted Stork by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172826 Medium egret by Jo Dale, on Flickr   It was soon time to leave the park so we started heading back. In the more wooded areas we spotted a white morph Indian Paradise Flycatcher, which for once posed nicely for a picture. Unfortunately we arrived too late to a sighting on the road of a mother leopard and cubs and I only caught a glimpse of one of the cubs as it ran into the forest in front of a queue of cars.    P2172834 Asian/ Indian Paradise Flycatcher by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172862 Asian/ Indian Paradise Flycatcher by Jo Dale, on Flickr   On our night drive after dinner we encountered a cat which Chin assured us was a Jungle Cat. It could well have been, as although we saw it close to the car it was a brief sighting as it ran for cover. I was a little hesitant to count it for sure, because there were also two cats hanging around the lodge that looked a lot like wildcats. We didn’t see a lot else, just Indian Nightjar.    P2172878 Sunset by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172914 Indian Nightjar by Jo Dale, on Flickr   P2172928 Indian Nightjar by Jo Dale, on Flickr
    • kittykat23uk
      @TonyQthank you, yes the flowers make a lovely backdrop don't they?
    • TonyQ
      Perhaps they knew you were coming
    • Galana
      Good to see somebody looking after me. It's 4. In on Tuesday and out Saturday am. to Uist. On Ardmhor-Eriskay crossiing at 11.10 . A pint in the Politician for auld lang Sein and on up to Lochside. We are in Kilmicael valley and the rain has turned intermittent. Amused ourselves looking for a loch that is no longer there. And a Co-op that has moved as ell as a petrol station that has not but may as well have done as they no longer have e5. Thankfully the islands still do.   Safe drive up. Very few roadworks as far as A82 at Tarbert. After that you may have problems at Tyndrum.   Fred   Strange country. They even keep the booze under lock and key in Supermarkets.    
    • Towlersonsafari
      and this Holly Blue (Celastrina argiolus)- so small it can almost hide in a buttercup and a green Hairstreak (Callophrys rubi) which is actually brown- as you can see from the inner wing exposed-it is the iridescence that  makes it look green  
    • Towlersonsafari
      we also saw the first -for us-Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui) of the year  
    • Towlersonsafari
      we went to a trip to Dunstable Downs ( the Bison hill area)  last weekend hoping to see the Duke of Burgundy that lives on scrubby chalk downland.it is the only "Metalmark" in Europe  
    • Dave Williams
      It's all going to plan so far Fred. Look forward to catching up soon. Have a great adventure meanwhile.
    • TonyQ
      Great to see the elephant so close. Mongoose in the flowers is lovely
    • Treepol
      Looking forward to this @Galana   I always enjoy your tales from the highlands and islands.
    • Soukous
      Oh my, you're on the road already. I leave on Sunday and make my way north.  Are you only on Barra for 3 nights? I thought it was 4. No matter.
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