A rather chilly good evening to you all! It started raining yesterday and all through the night…even as I left this am it was still raining! I did not have many hopes for seeing much…but then again, I was wrong!
A very special thank you to MIL (jaycee) for the wonderful comment posted yesterday! I really appreciate it and glad I could share a little time of Living My Dream with you! Engel..GW, the magic storm we had was at Pretoriuskop in Jan 2009! What a night it was!! Dalene D, sorry but GW beat you to being first! Green Widow, I love the cool days, but the wind here at Satara is something else…really thougth the caravan will blow away today…and my awning that is already in need of repairs….well I need to get to Hoedspruit as soon as I leave here to have it repaired..that is if it last that long! Tony Park, nice to hear from you again…hope you enjoy Kenia..and see you again soon! Trekboer Thomas, hope you had a fab time on the panamacanal cruise! Cant believe its so long ago I met you at PKop! Marty, I do understand what you saying..and have said many times before…I could just stop the car…listen, look and absorb whatever sounds, sights etc Kruger can show me! I love the silence…the spoor I can see and wonder when, how or whereto the lion, leopard, dog etc has walked!
Wow, now I had to stop! I heard this thundering of hoofs, not sure what it was….then Marty had his spotlight on it! 2 (from what we could see) lionesses chasing the buffalo right on the other side of the fence! Really hope we can hear a kill tonight!! Absolutely magic!!!!
Now calmed down a bit…must get on with the comments! Erika, I do remember you…I had to reverse to get to you as you had the trailer behind. I think I blogged about the YR…maybe I spelled the name wrong…you know me and spelling…bad enough to try and remember the names…spelling…not my forte! Chrissie, the visitors book is here, the problem is I forget to ask ppl to write in it! Still many pages left! Lorna, glad to hear your chicken in the box was enjoyed by all…really a good idea and just so succulent and different! Susan Bredenhann…I dont know all the details about the Leopard…but do know that they tried to dart it, but again ppl were a bit stupid and went looking for it and they had no choice but to shoot it! I agree with you, the roads, especially to the borders posts are a real disaster! Angie, glad you had a good time in Addo, and how lucky to see an Aardwolf! Fathima, I still cant believe its more than 2 years ago I told you about me coming to Kruger for 1 Year, remember how we checked the comments to see what ppl told me to do! And now, its almost finished! Glad I dont have to pack up the office again! Enjoy and I cant wait to get there and actually see it! Ramona, I dont have a favorite animal..I just enjoy what Kruger shows me…except for Elephants! What would I still like to see….so many things..and not enough time left! A caracal, serval, honey badger, close up kill, martial eagle next to me…too many to mention…but I wont complain, I had amazing sightings and would not change this experience for anything in the world! Philip, I wrote about the HB here in Satara yesterday, no, I have not seen it yet! Jonathan aka geraas, thanks for the recipe, I have not made that before, but will definately try it out before I leave! Camille, I dont know where the leopards and lions are, but with you going to LSabie for 4 days, you are bound to find them somewhere along the way…just so many of them around…please let me know if you did!
With that the end of the comments…with the excitement of the lions chasing the buffs, norms coming around for a beer or two..and Marty bringing around a Kurrichane Quale they found at the ablutions, I must get on with it….many pics from this pm of the birds I would like to show you…but not now..will upload them tomorrow and include it in my blog!
It was raining all the way through the night and evan when I woke up at 4am it was still raining…so again, I pulled the blanket over me and went back to sleep! Woke at 5:30 and just lay in bed listening to the rain! I eventually left camp at 6:30 really not sure that I was going to see anything in the rain. How wrong can you be! First up, outside the webcam this very wet Martial Eagle sitting in a dead tree…really like these trees, they so much tell a story…or think the could have if they were still alive! Not great lighting…and still raining cats and dogs…but still a Martial Eagle.
Today I wanted to drive the S100, then the S41 to Gudzani dam and back on the S90…but, as the story of my life goes so far…I never got there! 10km onto the S100 with only a few waterbuck and Zebra around….a few cars parked on the side of the road…a kill in a tree…really very difficult to see..it turned out to be a baby blue wildebeest…I was told that a leopard just climbed down and was somewhere on the ground…then someone else told me it was a Leopard with a young one! Wow, 2 leopards again..wished I could see them!
While sitting there waiting for any movement..the young couple next to me started talking…Wesley and Lizelle (I think) from Heidelberg…thanks for reading the blog and following my dream….then the guy next to me Gerhard, who also reads the blog! We got a movement in the bush…and the grass is so long you can hardly see anything…but, it popped up its head..and this the first pic I got! (Hope you not tired of seeing Leopards yet, and must enjoy it while Im seeing them….one of these days…I wont…and then you cant blame me for not showing them to you!)
I only had a small gap to see it…but ppl to the right told me they could see the mother as well! I got a glimpse of it walking off into the long grass and that was it! Waited for another hour before we got another glimpse of them…really to bushy to take any pics..and as said to many ppl before, some sightings I just have to sit there and enjoy and cant bring you the pics! Then after another hour or so….it popped its head out right under the tree where the kill was!
Gerhard could see the other one lying behind the tree..and it really looked like this one wanted to climb up to the kill…then a family of 4 idiots out of their VW bus spoiled it for all again! Gerhard shouted at them to get back into their car…but they did not listen…so he took their pic…a long story again…but I called Gordon the camp manager and he sent Mobi the traffic officer…he looked at the pics, took the registration number and went looking for them…certainly hope he found them to give them a stiff fine…no need to be rude and showing signs to ppl who are there to enjoy a sighting! Thanks to Gordon (camp manager at Satara) for the speedy reaction! With that leopards slinked off into the bush again! While we waiting again, I noticed this tree behind us..as said, really like looking at them, dead or not!
Another hour or so later, Jackie from Cape Town arrived..thank you too for reading the blog!…I was still talking to them and explaining to another guy to keep a look out as the leopards were on the ground somewhere..when once again I spoke too much! The next minute the leopard was in the tree…I missed it climbing up! But, got some nice pics of it in the tree….the first one of it looking down at us!
he/she ate a bit of the kill and think was a bit bored with all of us looking up…or maybe just wanted to show us how vicious it could be and gave me a nice yawn!
It must have been very bored with our company as then it climbed down the tree on the other side, could not get a pic….and dissapeared from view….with that I really needed the loo…..sat there for almost 5hrs, got the shots, but it was time to return…(spoke to many ppl today and they saw both the mother and the teenager in that tree)….on the way back…another car…wow, how they screamed and shouted when they saw it was me…Ian from Jhb and fam…nice to meet you too…hope you also got to see the leopards today!
On the way back to camp a few Elephants..me busy typing an sms to Engel, when this Elephant trumpeted, I looked up and it was right next to me! Luckily did not see it earlier or I would have frozen on the spot! The only other sighting this little Giraffe…
Returned to camp and had some lunch..then lay down to read my book..the wind started blowing..and how it blew…I had to try and fix the awning again! Really need to get it to the shop at Hoedspruit to have it repaired, hope it last that long!
I got up just after 4pm…had to do my dishes etc from last night..and then norms came around with a collegue…Martie….wow, she knows her birds…she has to date over 600 on her list..its great to sit outside camp with a person who knows the birds, like I did outside Punda Maria with Su Marie….I took pics of cut throat finches…and she showed me the swifts..and told me how to look for them! Thank you for coming around and showing this to me! Then it was time to make my fire..tonight I had fish, was going to make chips, but as the wind was howling so much did nto know if my pot would be ok on the fire…so I made baby garlic and parsley potatoes in the microwave…..supper done, must say I enjoyed it …and norms came for a last drink…then Marty came around, he found a Kurrichane button quial at the ablution…I got some pics of me holding it…wow, great to have such a special bird in your hand..will show you tomorrow….
With that I have come to another end of another day! A great day again…and dont know what tomorrow holds…but whatever it is…I look forward to another day in Kruger!