Stork V Elephant~

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The Saddle Billed Stork was loafing in his pond today,
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when the elephants decided he was in their way.
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The ellies, snorted, bellowed and chased,
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the stork leaped, jumped and flapped.
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The ellies were dumbfounded by this unusual stork,
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and decided it would be wise to yield the way.
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Every stork must have his day!
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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~

  1. 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~

  2. 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 😉

  3. Cindy, you must have photographed these beautiful elephants just for me!! Thank you, my traveling friend, and safe journeys ahead!!

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. 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¬

  6. 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!

  7. 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!
    Oscar

    • 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!

    • 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.

    • 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! 😉

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