Really sorry to have kept you waiting for so long!! I had a hectic week with lots of work as all the Sheikhs are in town and alot of other things on my mind
Thank you for the comments, Hilda, click click and angiek.....Elsa thanks for the correction of the Juv. Gabar Goshawk...
Dan...sorry....as said before...Im not a writer...so no book!
Let me get on with this part of the report.
Tuesday and Wednesday - September 27 & 28, 2011
Norma and John were coming down from LSabie with their caravan and I really wanted to be in camp when they arrived so that I could help with the setting up...(just for the sake of memories
and for a change to be the supervisor instead of being supervised
I took a quick drive up the tar road, around Gomondwane loop and then back to camp.
Sightings once again, very slow....the usual elephant, kudu, zebra and Impala...and then I found 2 Tawny Eagles sitting in a tree...it was nice to have them in the open and nice light....so I snapped away..
On the Gomondwane loop I found a Juv Bateleur and a Tawny Eagle eating something on the ground...could not see what it was, but I know...you see those together, something has been around....something has made a kill
The next minute the adult Bateleur came diving down to claim his share of whatever it was...
By now I had to get a move on so that I could make it back in time to help with the campsite.....but when I got back, the caravan was in place, the awning was up and only a few pegs were left to be hammered in
I looked at where John parked, how he positioned the van and only made one comment......Looks like you llike the sun???
remember, Im an expert
John gave an explanation of where the sun was going etc, but I knew better....we relaxed a bit after I had to honor of hammering in a peg
and then I set off on a bit of birding in camp leaving them to get sorted out with their personal thingies....
Lots of birds in Croc Bridge camp, but so many leaves its difficutl to get clear pics....I did get this Diedericks cuckoo
and a Chinspot Batis
The sun had now moved on....and what did I see? We are not relaxing under the awning of the caravan anymore as it was in full sun....chairs were moved to the back of the caravan under the tree and that is where we spend the rest of the afternoon!!
Moose returned with a very nice video of a Cheetah with a cub, seen in exactly the same spot as where I was taking pictures of the birds eating something on the ground
Was I too concerned with the birds again that I did not look around enough??
We had a nice braai with Norma and John and then it was bedtime. I had invited them to lunch at one of my favorite seafood restaurants in Komatipoort and was going to do a quick drive in the morning before we go to lunch....so needed to get to bed early..
Moose was gone by the time I was ready to go....so I decided to drive up the S28 and back down Gomondwane again...About 8km on the S28 2 cars standing on the side of the road...2 lionesses far off, inbetween the trees, but they were stalking Zebra...so thrilling to see how they sit up, crawl around and closer, then lie down...and the Zebras not aware of anything...You sit there with your finger on the shutter...ready to shoot away when the action starts....these are not good pictures, but I wanted to show them to you...it felt like hours that they were stalking...
and then nothing....I could not see the lions anymore...the Zebra moved off deeper into the bush and I felt dissapointed...was so much hoping that the lions would give chase and chase them right into our direction
When all of a sudden....Zebras running for their lives....I only got this one pic of the lions chasing...if you look very carefully you can see the lion in the bottom left corner
With that I returned to camp and looked forward toour lunch....where I started off with three cheeze prawn....then I had a combination of kingklip with grilled prawns....Yummy....Cant wait to get back their next year for another meal
It was during lunch that we decided that we would leave Kruger the next morning and Norma and John would joinn me at My Bush House in Marloth for the next evening. They were leaving the Park on Saturday and I had the girls and monkeys coming so I would be back in Kruger in 2 days time
Norma and John, thank you so much for also spending the time with us in Kruger, you always make us laugh and I value your friendship so much!! Look forward to our Kruger trip next year!!
With this I leave you until I will post again the next and last part of my trip report, which is the 6 days in Kruger with Ihaveacrazymom and husband, and bushbaby and her boyfriend (the monkey
) who had only been to Kruger once in his life when he was 2 years old!!