Part 2 .
We had a great break from the car on the Olifants bridge , just enjoying the early morning coolness , the view , the sound of the river and everything else that is Kruger .
A little help with I.D. here , I don't know if it is a juvenile martial or crowned eagle (Or something else).
Taken in the trees next to the river.
Being able to stand outside your vehicle on the bridge , and with no obstructions sure makes life easier to snap birds flying .
Our photogenic friend , the Olifants bridge Yellow billed kite .
After the bridge we headed back to camp via the sand road along the river and the low level bridge near balule (Did I mention I love this road
The bridge dod not dissapoint with some great bird sightings .
We got quite exited with this pied wagtail sighting , thinking they were rare , but on reading up we found they are common .
Shows you how much extra you can miss out on if you don't worry about actively learning the birds and checking up on the little ones .
We had great fun building up and doing our first official tick list .
We thought this grey heron was going to get chomped by a croc in the pool he was fishing in , but the heron spotted , then hissed at the croc and he backed off
I suppose they could be a bit feathery and boney to eat .
None the less , the bird treated us to catching his own fish in the pond .
Talk about getting eye to eye with your prey .
Next time , please stand clear of the reeds
This croc had seen better days , I wonder if this is yet another sign of an impending drought , or simply natural causes .
After such good viewing along the oasis called the Olifants, we really wished we had another night here , but none the less ,after a nice brekkies on the balcony we headed up to shingwedzi .
We saw various game on the way North , with 2 lionesses at a waterhole north of mopani , and loads of buffalo and ellies .
We just went for a short afternoon drive in our costumes after cooling off/warming up (Im not sure which) in the pool at shing .
This proved fruitfull with some more low level bridge bird sightings along the back gate road .
I really liked the way this openbill had the sun behind him , as it makes for easy viewing of his beak shape .
It was nice to see him eating these surprisingly large freshwater muscles.