I am back from teaching children!! I also caught up some sleep, because on these camps you look after the children nearly 24/7. …and you can imagine that children go on these camps for …. As little sleep as possible!! I don’t mind!! As long as I can catch up on sleep, and they enjoyed themselves!!!Born free, Flutterby, Kamadejo, Anne-marie, lorrainepring, big5spotter,Magic Guarri, Salamanda, Normana53, Sharifa and Duke, Pumbaa, p@m and Meandering mouse
thanks for all the interesting comments…and the enjoying the ride with me!!
My mom told me that in the 1950’s somebody did not believed them about a male lion at the back of a log at Leeupan… So he climbed out to see for himself!! Halfway between the log and car, the lion decided to show himself!! Well… apparently this guy could not get quick enough to his car!! …and left immediately!! So… It has always happened in Kruger!! …but I still get very cross!!
How people does not know, they put somebody’s life Their own or other) in danger!!
Or spoil a sighting!!!! I cannot understand!!! Normana53
, I AGREE!!
So here is DAY 7: 27 December 2009
I decided to visit Duke’s waterhole again this morning! It was an 4:30 start… but you could feel today will be one of those HOT ones… The sightings started slowly.
These mom and babies at first…
Then 1 rhino and 1 ellie up to Duke’s waterhole. Just after the turnoff for Duke, a side striped jackal!! I tried for a pic, but could not manage!! Then at the T junction of the S28 this big bull.
I turned back towards Lower Sabie, thinking that I must maybe try Eloff street for sightings were very low on the S28. As I reached less than 1 km from camp, these 2 guys showed themselves!! These 2 males called the whole time… and played in the road!! I was told there should be 7.
I decided to drive a bit further turns around and wait for them to walk past me. So I waited at the no entry road (old entry road to Lower Sabie). Now there was a traffic jam of note!!! So I waited… when I looked left, suddenly a big male (I thought one of the Lower Sabie Gentlemen as Martie calls them) appeared in the old entry road to Lower Sabie. Next to the fence of Lower Sabie!! Well… this is one of those times where I again got cross.
People saw him and started driving towards him in the No Entry road. That leopard that died on the electrical fence crossed my mind.
So now there were cars all over!. I always leave some space between my car and the next car. Next moment that male crossed in front of me at full speed!! I could not even get a photo!! I know now how a charging lion must look!!
It looked like they will move to Sunset dam. So I decided to get out of the rush and go and sit at the dam! First every thing went like normal around the dam…
I took a pic of this Diederick Cuckoo while I waited…
…then you could see the baboons getting in the dead trees at the back of the dam, looking all in the same directions, giving alarm calls.
So I had coffee and watched the baboons then you started to hear Impala alarm calls, and after probably an hour they came out to drink…
After they went into the bush I decided to go back to camp… Martie came back from her walk and asked me if I saw the mother and cub leopard of yesterday… My reply was what?? Where??? I drove to the spot where we saw them the previous day! This time they were in the fig tree!
Still not the best pics, but my car is to low!!
So I always have to deal with branches and grass!
Then 4 youngsters arrived in 1 car at the sighting! They were also in a low car like me and decided to stand on the windows of the car!! If that was not enough they shouted (as loud as they could!) to their parents they needed Binocs!! They were behind them in a 4x4. So the leopard gave one look to these guys and jumped down ….
The cub I did not see that morning again. She climbed later in a fig tree further from the road! She camouflaged so well in the tree… well, actually the branch on the side. I would have missed her if I did not know where she was!!
By now it was SOOOOOOOOO HOT that I had to go back to camp!
I drove the afternoon to the “leopard spot” again, but nothing!!! I then decided to go and sit at sunset dam for the afternoon. It was already close to 17:30. I watched this yellow billed stork “hunting”.
Why did I drive so “far”??
Al my sightings were next to camp!!!!
A note to myself: You need to be at the right place at the right time!!
Untill next time…