Bateleur vs Ostrich

by Bob Shepardson
(DeBary Fl. U.S.A.)

Nice day for a Bath

Nice day for a Bath

Nice day for a Bath
Bateleur flys in
Can't a girl bathe in peace!?
Don't come back!

We were driving back to Mata Mata when we stopped to take some photos of an Ostrich bathing in one of the water holes. As I was snapping the photo, a Bateleur came in for a landing. Wish I could say I staged it, but sadly it was pure luck. Scared the Ostrich and some near by Oryx. After which the Ostrich scared the Bateleur off. Now for the untrue story - the Bateleur attacked the Ostrich coming in from a high altitude and the Ostrich was barely able to escape with its life. The second one sounds more exciting so lets use that one. In the states we would call that a fish story!

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Apr 21, 2016
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Nice!
by: Lawrence

I'm sure the ostrich would win if the two birds did have an altercation!

Apr 21, 2016
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Cool sighting
by: Nick

Animal interactions always make for appealing stories and photos

Apr 19, 2016
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Love the story
by: JEN

I just love your fish story Bob and the pics aren't too bad either! 😀

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