On that road and on the S145 we did see this year so many koris as never before and they sometimes, especially early in the morning were not willing in clearing the road on which they stood motionless.
Meanwhile it was time to turn around in order not to get back too late and whilst we did so we saw a badly limping giraffe bull making his way slowly through the veld.
Although the sun was good to us that afternoon we could see some strange clouds somewhere far away and it looked as if a heavy rain shower somewhere else in the park came down and also the rainbow which we tried to capture proved that.
Back on the H1-4 not far away from the camp we got stuck in a hyaena clan and although many people do say they look ugly we never could get enough from them and on top they do pose always lovely and are extreme relaxed when cars are around.
This clan – at least the ones who were visible consisted of the babysitter, mom or auntie and two very adventuresome pups inspecting the tires on each car which surrounded them. Our tires had gladly been adjusted as too old from them so they gladly at least for us changed to another car which look brand new and these tires found their acceptance but for sure not the ones of the passengers who owned this car and were chasing the hyaenas permanently away.
Whilst the two gorgeous pups were doing their thing the older one was continuing her beauty sleep and did not care the fuss which was made by the cars and the pups.
The cars were now coming and going as it was nearly gate closing time and each new arrived car were frantically greeted and inspected by the two little ones, whereas mom did impersonate the doggys.
For us these comical poses or the cuteness of the pups are always a diversionary tactic as you never know from where else other hyaenas might come and continue the inspecting of your car or even do have other things in mind.
Nevertheless finally the pups got tired in the tires and cars and whilst one of them was lying down close to the bigger one the other one
flopped down close to our car between the high grass and was simply too cute for words.
Whilst Timon was busy in capturing this gorgeous face I permanently looked out for some other hyaenas not that we just walked into one of their traps but in fact we had luck and no ambush out of nowhere took place.
Finally we had to leave and back in camp Timon lit already the braai and decided to do a round (running) through the camp. I was still busy inside the bungalow before my magic half an hour on the verandah could start and realized that our car was still open so I grabbed the key and went outside to close same but got another fright as suddenly an African wild cat walked by as if it was the normal thing of the world! WoW – My very first wild cat and same looked as if someone brought its pet and I had the car key in my hand but no camera! So I rushed back inside threw the car key onto the bed, grabbed the camera but needless to say that the wild cat meanwhile disappeared. I waited still a bit but same did not return but Timon returned and said “Oh, you did see her as well”. So although we could not get a picture of the wild cat we both at least had saw one.
During the braai we talked about the thrilling day we had and once again Satara did deliver again. At that stage we did not know that the next day will develop into one of the best we had during this trip......Monday, 18th February, 2013 – Satara
Normally our second day in Satara is always the day which we spent on the Mananga Trail but due to the this year’s flood same was still closed and so we had to spent the day on Satara’s roads which was obviously Destiny......
This morning we decided to drive the S90 as yesterday’s sightings had overwhelmed us and we were hungry for more....but before we even reached the turn of we once again got stuck on the H1-4 as our hyaenas from yesterday were still hanging around.
At first sight the little pups were nowhere to be seen but with the approaching cars same popped out of the den and said “hy” as well.
We did not stay that long and only a couple of meters further down we saw a shadow running from left to right – An African wild cat just crossed the road in front of us and disappeared in the high grass close to where we parked. We both only looked at each other and thought the same “once again no picture!” but the little kitty was nice to us this morning and finally stopped, sat down and started the grooming.
Gladly also Timon found a suitable spot from where our feline friend was reasonable visible and started to fire away
although the high grass was once again a challenge but finally we got a picture of this little cutie.
As there were more cars behind us and from our spot was the only possibility to watch the wild cat we showed them where to look exactly and what for and continued our way only to stop again shortly close to the turn off as we discovered a couple of amur falcons.
Although the light was still bad and the sun was only about to come up and the sighting was also a bit far away we finally managed to get some nice shots of these fluffy cuties
and after only half an hour on the road I was already in such a good mood that everything which came across was a cutie today and believe me I am definitely no morning person.
Time to finally turn into the S90 but we did not come far as we already saw from far a large elephant herd coming closer and we managed to reach them in time so that they could cross the street behind us and we gladly had no road block in front of us
but our concerns were unjustified as all of them were extreme relaxed and calm so we stayed a bit longer and waited also for the very last one, as on top we still had to drank our coffee as same was hot enough.
I especially love in this picture how the birdies orbited the little ellie.Can it get better?.........