Thanx Flutterby Day Two Part Two
As the lions have moved into the bush we drove on a few meters and spotted our first duiker in the burnt area - i told him to be careful, because the lions looked a little bit hungry:
We turned left into the maroela loop, watched an bateleur and vulture in flight when suddenly something walking in the distance caught our views. It looked like a big cat walking towards us....but as we viewed through our binoculars it was only a big baboon. I don't know how many times this happened on our trip, but these guys always increased my heartbeating
A few more baboons arrived and did what they can do best - they loused each other !
We watched them a few minutes and scanned the very dense bush for some movement, i could hardly see anything, but there were some red and yellow spots and suddenly i could identify them as two secretary birds
This was a point on our secret wishlist and a guide told us afterwards that they are not usual in this area and he didn't see one the last two years - this was really luck!
The best pic because of the thick bush:
It was still early in the day and we were completely satisfied - even if we wouldn't see any other animals! But this didn't happen of course
We moved on, found a few kudus, crested francolins and this lovely herd of waterbucks next to us:
Back at the tar road and the temperatures raised slowly - not enough for my favourite bird:
The 11 colours of him fascinated us each time we saw one of them.
A few kilometers before Tshokwane we had this funny sighting - i love those small animals that always entertain you:
Just before Tshokwane we spent a moment with some Impies and their crew:
Turned into the picnic spot and had our first Kudu-Roll: FANTASTIC
Tshokwane is my favourite picnic spot in the park - i loved the variety of birds:
Sorry for the pic - light was very bad...
Even the omnipresent vervet monkeys amused und entertained us:
Went back to our car...but there were two terios with Yellow Ribbons
- and they looked similar beside the right one was a little more dirty
Another first sighting for us - the very very rare species of YR's. I must have looked a little confused about the two similar cars as i saw M@rie comming towards us
We were very lucky, again because she just moved into the other direction. We talked a bit about the sightings - she had sables, cheetahs and many lions the last days - but no leopards! A few days later i thought Daihatsu Terios translated means: " You'll find everything, but no leopards"
We said goodbye and wished us good luck and were on the road again, where another first discovery of our trip waited
The next one was a bit cuter:
As we stood there and watched his sweet face another YR passed us (i forgot his name
, he was just reading in the forum) - 2 YR's in the first day
Drove a few hundred meters on and found these boy and girl posing for us:
So no cats in that episode, but 2 YR's, secretary birds and a lot of lovely commons.....and half the way to letaba in front of us - hope you enjoy it!