The Saddle Billed Stork was loafing in his pond today,
when the elephants decided he was in their way.
The ellies, snorted, bellowed and chased,
the stork leaped, jumped and flapped.
The ellies were dumbfounded by this unusual stork,
and decided it would be wise to yield the way.
Every stork must have his day!
On borrowed internet. Back to civilization in a few more days. Until then, cheers to you from the remote Oliphants River in Kruger National Park~
140 thoughts on “Stork V Elephant~”
Fabulous photographs and story. Yay for the brave and talented stork. He should run for president…. He’s his own bird.
I am definitely voting for him, once your form the Stork party! 😉
Excellent captures – almost look likes the stork go on the water… 🙂
Yes, he ran and pranced along the surface of the water! So beautiful~
Your photographs are attractive Cindy. 🙂
Cheers to you Ranu & thank you my friend~
You must be having the time of your life. Enjoy every minute.
xxx Massive Hugs xxx
Thanks David and Hope you are well too my friend~
Great photo sequence, and it brought a smile to my face. That’s one tough stork!
Your smile makes me smile! 🙂
Wonderful captures! The words have perfectly complemented them… 🙂
Awwwww, so pleased!
a lovely story unfolded in imagery 🙂
So pleased you enjoyed & cheers to you my friend!
Lovely, Cindy. What a treat to see all those animals live.
It is probably the thing I most enjoy doing! It thrills me to see them thriving. Their eyes are so different then animals in zoos~
I know, zoo’s are a thing of the past.
No more concrete cages…..Game reserves that focus on conservation are needed.
What a totally delightful scene.
It lies below our back porch! The noisy hippos grunt us to sleep. Pure heaven!
Thanks for the smiles Cindy!
Thank you for letting me know you did! Makes me smile~ 😉
Ha ha. Almost Seussian.
My idol, along with Kipling! Hope your well John
Fine here. Can’t wait to see and read about your trip. You will have plenty of blogging material to last you for some time.
So glad you are looking forward to them John. I can’t wait to share them with you. Happy to hear you are well my friend~
Fantastic series of pictures, the bird is rather tall by seeing it near the big guys there.
Yes! There are many varieties of storks in Africa and some a very big birds! Not as big as the ostrichs though, which we just saw a bunch of!
Incredible and beautiful.
Most kind of you! Merci beaucoup~
Wonderful! Thanks for this first small peek into your travels.
So happy we travel along with each other Alison. Best to Don~ <3
Green with envy! Stunning. 🙂
It is just the most incredible place on earth. Up there with Antarctica in amazement factor~
It almost makes me think of their being a combo of play and feisty entertainment like kids picking fights! Cindy, great photos!
Yes, there was this sort of mock fighting aspect to it, although the elephants put up quite a loud bellowing concert that was most diverting! 🙂
Cindy, thank you for these increcible beautiful pictures. Hugs! Veraiconica
You are so welcome my friend and thank you for your kind comments! <3
What a gorgeous and spunky stork! Seems to be doing a dance in the middle photos. And awww… baby elephants! Thanks for these amazing pictures Cindy. <3 ~Lynn
Hi Lynne, great to catch up with you! It was a pretty remarkable scene and if I hadn’t taken the photos I bet no one would believe me! Be well my friend~
Are you still travelling? When you return, check out my new blog. I am now an entrepreneur, on my way to possibly earn $70 a year! Yahoo!!! 😀 )))
Yes, still traveling and looking forward to purusing your blog. I subscrbed to it I thought, but haven’t seen it in my in box~
Difrute los días que le quedan en ese precioso Parque Nacional Kruger. Por aquí seguiremos esperando sus fotos para deleitarnos con las historias que nos cuenta sobre los animales 😉
Muchas gracias por su apoyo mas amable y estoy muy contento de que disfrute de los hermosos animales salvajes! Hasta luego mi amiga~ <3
Great captures ! Thank you for sharing !
Thank you more for appreciating them~
Can I say these are extraordinary photographs.
Pleases me immensely! Thank you~ <3
That stork is definitely brave! Hehehe! Beautiful pictures!
He is not going to be intimidated by a huge herd of angry ellies! 🙂
Magnificent photos! Like something I’d see in a nature magazine! That Stork is quite brave lol!
Thank you and she is a most plucky stork! No way was she going to budge for a bunch of ellies! 🙂
Excellent stuff and my complements on very long legs.:-D
She is one large, lanky birdie isn’t she!
Ah, I was talking about yours to get shot from such a height 😀
Well, that went right over my head. Must need longer legs………
I love these photos Cindy!
So pleased that you do!
Cindy, you must have photographed these beautiful elephants just for me!! Thank you, my traveling friend, and safe journeys ahead!!
If you want more ellies, you are going to get them! They are such fascinating and marvelous creatures, so stay tuned!
Wondering about you today Cindy – your trip is showing to be fantastic. Love the shots of the family of elephants making their way across the river.
Aren’t they glorious in their natural habitat! Endlessly fascinating to watch~
So, so awesome! I love these photos. That silly stork. 🙂
She just wasn’t feeling amenable to the ellies this day!!!! 😉
You tell a wonderful story to go along with your astounding photos – loved it! Where were you taking these photos from?
We were staying at Olifants rest camp in Kruger National Park in a rennovated prime view unit that affords panoramic views over the Olifants river so one can sit on your patio and watch all the different herds of animals come to drink. One can observe predator/prey interactions. Eagles soar at eye level. The view is just stunning and the National Park camps are a very economical way to get deeply into the bush without a guide/babysitter.
Gorgeous as always, Cindy!
Merci beaucoup Angie~ <3
C’est moi qui vous remercie, Cindy 😀
Wow, these are fantastics shots. Some of my favorites of yours.
Oooooh, what a lovely thing to say! Thank you!
Oh, Kruger <3 Love the stork and the ellies too, specially the babies 🙂 Lucky you!!
Kruger is a magnificent conservation achievement! I am in love with the park!
Amazing encounter. Just a foretaste of what is to come. See you back in civilisation Cindy…
Africa is so remarkable! We are out of the park now and have intermettent wifi. We saw every animal you can think of including a leopard! Incredible!
Wow Cindy I will look forward to some fabulous posts. You must’ve been in 7th heaven…
What wonderful pictures – I felt like I was there!
I wish you were! It was quite a spectacle!
Pretty amazing photos, Cindy. (You are quite the jet-setter!) Is that a young herd? I read somewhere that the loss of matriarchs leaves young herds with a great loss of knowledge, which impacts their survival. They are such wise, beautiful creatures.
Sad! Kruger has a large population of elephants, many herds and active efforts to protect them from poachers. They are such magnificent and intelligent creatures¬
very cool photos and now we know what the stroks do when they are not delivering all those babies – glad they can hit up the water and relax with friends – ha!
and pick on ellie herds! 😉
Great pics and your story line was entertainingly funny.
Thanks Cindy for your enjoyable post,
Thank you more for the kind appreciation!
Thank you more for reading and commenting!
Great photos and that stork, such a diva! 😉
She was NOT going to give way! 😉
Go Girl! Just delicious Cindy! 😉
Spectacular series. Loved it.
Very happy that you did!
Don’t mess with a descendant of the dinosaurs. They have billions of years of evolution over us mammals.
Excellent point! 😉
Size doesn’t matter :-). Terrific pictures. I love elephants, we have history together 🙂
They are simply remarkable and dignified creatures!
Stunning photography, Cindy. I do love those elephants!
Yes, they are magnificent creatures and I will be posting more of them!
Love, love the elephant photos! Thank you so much for taking us there, Cindy!
Thank you more for joining me Amy! <3
Enjoy your wonderful experiences Cindy, so beautiful a place 😀
So pleased to travel with you Irene. You make the experience better~
Thank you Cindy, I enjoy to travel with you 😀
What fun! 🙂 And why come back to civilization? –Curt
Yes! With all it’s associated discontents. Wild animals are often nicer! 😉
They are certainly more straight forward! Hmm, is this food or not? 🙂 –Curt
The baby elephant is precious!!
I have more for you coming if like the babies. They are just magical~
Haha- every stork must have its day! Thoroughly enjoyed the post Thanks!
Well, I enjoyed your comment! Thank you!
You must have been on the bridge over looking the river. We stopped there. That day a pod of hippo’s were moving about (no elephants for us) and crocodiles. Best to be well above such critters!
I know the bridge you speak of quite well! I took these photos from the porch of our rondavel at Olifants Rest Camp that was on the perimeter and looked down over a bend in the Olifants River. Animal herds were coming to the river 24/7. It was unblieveable. I had no idea you were here!
I’m glad to see that the stork didn’t let himself be bullied and in the end they all shared.
Worked things out better than most people didn’t they!! 😉
The rest of the animal kingdom usually does. Oh the lessons we could learn…
If only we were receptive to learning and changing!
Amazing sights you get to see! Wonderful!
Africa is an amazing, elemental place. The animals in the wild live in this life and death reality, yet their eyes are sparkling and happy and full of life. Zoo animals eyes look dull and depressed by comparison. Wild animals look me in the eye. Zoo animals avoid eye contact. It is fascinating. All creatures seem to want freedom regardless of risk.
What a great time you. Are having going your photos.
I saw a video of a stork holding off two young Tigers.
Really???? How remarkable! Who know they were such stand your ground critters……Course this could partially be cuz they are able to also fly away! 😉
Love this and Ty for sharing your adventures.
So happy you are sharing them with me!
Fantastic! I just love that first shot of him tippety toeing across the water, and ‘dumbfounded’ too. Great story, Cindy. 🙂
Isn’t he amazing! My husband just showed me a video of a stork standing up to a tiger!
oh I had missed seeing your amazing photos! for some reason the last few posts had not shown up on my reader 🙁 but glad I came to visit now 🙂
Yes, the reader drops people I follow too! Very frustrating, but so happy you stopped by!
always such amazing photos
Great photos 🙂