Welcome to the new arrivals to this report
This is going to have to be a long one as I nned to finish this report asap.
We woke up to a day that promised to be sunny and warm. The moms decided on a sisters day in camp, again and the men set off. Route for today S29, H10, S128, S30, and back down the H4-1.
First up I saw this Shrike with r in its beak. Upon closer inspection it turned out to be a rodent of sorts. A first for me to see what these guys eat.
We also saw a Black Backed Jackal jogging in the road ahead but didn't allow us to take any pics. Back down the tar road I saw a few stunning birds. Here is the Golden-breasted Bunting
The Yellow Throated Longclaw.
African Grey Hornbill
We turned off on the S28 and saw this Christmas tree of Vultures.
and a first docile Bee-Eater that sat still for a more than one shot.
The rest of the road was very quiet and before we knew it we were on the bridge over the S12. There was a single Saddle-Bill Stork in the water below the bridge. Some tough light, but we managed a few shots off the bridge in between the railings.
Down the H4-1 I turned off on the S79 and managed shot of the Black Backed puffback.
And a the White-Fronted Bee-eater in the midst off hunting for his lunch.
Back on the tar road I caught a glimpse off this Brown-Hooded Kingfisher
While waiting for the Kingfisher to move into the open a squawking sound in the thorn tree above us caught my attention. A Brown-headed Parrot had landed and was splitting the actual thorns and eating whatever was inside. Who knew?
We stopped off at Sunset dam and got a good look at the Hippos out of water.
A Pied Kingfisher made an appearance and I was lucky enough that it hovered at close range and we got off a few shots.
Back at Lower Sabie we got stuck into brunch, checked the ladies were still OK and headed out as soon as we could. Route: H4-2, S28 (Ntandanyathi hide) S137, S130, back to LS via H4-2.
As it was midday there was nothing much to report until we got to the hide, where a kind lady pointed out a Puffadder in from off the hide.
Then a gentlemen walked in and asked if we had seen the Cheetah...uhh...NO!...and we were gone.
A mini/maxi roadblock looking at/for the Cheetah. The Cheetah was on one side of the road and a herd of Rooibok on the other side. Where we going to see a kill?
The Cheetah eventually made a charge and a few off us set off in the general direction it had disappeared. Nothing. We drove back and found the Cheetah again walking around, looking for the Rooibok.
We were very pleased to have seen a Cheetah. My first in the Kruger in 4 visits.
On the way back we bumped into two Rhinos standing very still in the rush.
Another great tree.
We stopped briefly on the bridge to shoot the Giant Kingfisher.
And finally a last shot of the day at Sunset dam a Yellow-billed Stork.
Dinner was Kruger Pizzas at the restaurant...fantastic! We fell asleep to the sound off the hippos in the river...fantastic