Hallo every one,
Thanks for all the replies. Yes Bush Baptist, cats is not every thing! I was so lucky to have all these interesting sitings in the first trip, keep on reading to see how the second trip went.....
(22 June 2007)
We were early out of Letaba. We took the H1-6 to Mopani. Turned off on the Nshawu road (S50) and turned again on to the tropic of Capricorn loop (S143)
We saw a Secretary still in bed (on a tree)
and general game (Impi’s, zebra, waterbuck, ellies ) etc.
Oh yes, and we found another grysbok!
Thongonyeni water hole was alive! and we saw 11 Tsessebe (this is better than any cat, I have not seen for 15 years in Kruger), ostrich and a huge herd of Zebra.
There were also a lot of small Greyish birds on the ground. After half an hour of identifying this bird, we came to the conclusion that it must be grey backed sparrow larks. ( a lifer!)
According to the distribution map in the bird book, it should not occur in Kruger, but these birds even reacted on the grey backed sparrow larks call. Another interesting bird (dead) - road kill, that we saw, that according to my bird book, show they do not occur in KNP is the blackrumped Button Quail. Unfortunately this was a dead bird otherwise it would be a lifer for me. We were in a hurry for a bathroom so unfortunately I did not take a photo, and on the way back it was gone!
As we drove back after breakfast we found a white rhino close to Mopani. (sorry too deep in, no photo.)
Just outside Shingwedsi we found a huge breeding herd of ellies. We stopped to look at them and all of them were at peace except this small ducktail… he came and mock charge us out of the blue!! We could hear him before we could see him! When we did not move, you could see that his ego took a knock!!
This was the last time he tried!!
SANPARKS was also busy with game capturing in the north. We saw the trucks waiting for the animals.
Just before Babalala we found another grysbok! No. 5 and still no photo. This seems all I can get!!
Just after Babalala we found this elephant sleeping next to the road against a termite mound. I have seen this in Botswana before, but it stays a interesting phenomenon! Not a lot of people see an adult ellie on its side.
We took the S58 and went up to the Dzundzini look out point to look for the elusive Sable…. But nothing!!!
On the way down we found Grysbok no. 6 and she was posing!!!! Lucky no. 6. Well, 3 for the day and 6 for the trip!! Unheard off!!
We turned on to the H13-1 and found this birds on a giraffe….Yellow billed oxpeckers! I have seen before but my friend Riaan has never!
And so the day ends……arriving at Punda Maria.