Day trip Saturday 16-12-06
This was a solo run, for the SO cant really handle the heat that well.
Arrived at Malelane gate at 5:15, 5th car there. Very helpful staff got me on my way and of course the first sighting was Ellies 500m into the Park. I took the S114, S25, S119, S118 & H3 up to Afsaal. On the S114 I found these Eastern Redfooted Falcons, more Ellies, Impala and lots of general game.
Not a good photo, very overcast.
On the S25 at Mhlambane river I spotted a herd of about 100 Buffalo, but to far for nice photos and found this mom and calf White Rhino on the S119. I spent quite some time at the Gardenia hide but had no major sighting, just enjoyed being there alone with nature.
Not much else posing for photographs up to the H3 and it was still very overcast and rainy but did see some more Ellies, Kudu, General game and on the H3 I saw the resident White Rhino on the plains, Leopard tortoise and this European Roller enjoying a Beatle for breakfast.
Pity about the twig.
At Afsaal I had my divine breakfast my So prepared for me. On route to Skukuza six Mini bus Taxis passed me with their doef, doef music blaring and must be the main reason for not even seeing Impala or any other animal on the H3 and H1-1.
I gave Skukuza a miss and took the H1-2 towards Tshokwane, at the Sabie Lowwaterbridge I found these Marabou Storks.
This Blackheaded Oriole and Kurrichane Thrush did not want to pose for proper photos, but found this Steenbok on Maroela loop relaxing under a tree.
Back on the H1-2 the same lot of taxis
and by now it was 11:00 and the sun had decided to stick its head out and the temperature rose to a very comfortable 39 deg. C. so I decided to turn back and head for Lake Panic to hide from the heat and taxis. I spent a good three hours at there and most of the time on my own and I am glad to report that all seven Egyptian goslings have made it since our last visit. Here are a couple of photos of the birds that was close enough for photos.
And of course the Egyptian Geese family
I went to Skukuza for some supplies and found these Green Pigeons in a Wild Fig next to the restaurant.
To be continued……