To return to H7, the Orpen-Satara Road, we took S36, the Nhlanguleni Road, where we saw: 1 European Roller (Coracias garrulus
), a group of Impalas, 2 Hippos, in Shimangwaneni Dam, 1 Flap-Necked Chameleon (Chamaeleo dilepis
), 6 Helmeted Guineafowls (Numida meleagris
)and an African Fish-Eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer
I will just reproduce here a picture of the Helmeted Guineafowls, walking on the road, and a picture of a rainbow we saw in the road. We simply thought that it is not common in our experience to see the end of a rainbow. We thought about entering the savannah to look for the gold hidden in the end of the rainbow…
Then we reached H7, where we found: 1 Grey Go-Away Bird (Lourie) (Corythaixoides concolor
), 1 Waterbuck (Kobus ellipsiprymnus
), 1 Zebra Millipede (I found no identification. Does someone know?), 1 Spotted Hyena (Crocuta crocuta
) (our first, but with no picture, it just passed running through the road), 2 African Wild Dogs (Lycaon pictus
), 1 Red-Crested Korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista
, or as a synonym Lophotis ruficrista
Here is the picture of the Zebra millipede, quite a beautiful small animal! If someone knows the scientific name, I’d be very glad to be enlightened in this respect.
Here is a picture of the Wild Dogs, in the middle of the road. The light was not great, with the afternoon dying. This was the only decent picture. It was great anyway to see Wild Dogs once again, in two successive days two sightings of these elusive animals. Wonderful!
Here is a cropped version of this picture.
A picture of the Red-Crested Korhaan.
This bird is nearly endemic to southern Africa. Here is a distribution map for the species: http://maps.iucnredlist.org/map.html?id=106002772
This is the most woodland-dependent among the bustards and korhaans.
It is omnivorous, feeding on invertebrates, mostly termites, beetles and grasshoppers, and plant matter, mainly seeds and fruit. It forages on the ground, picking up food with its bill. This is what he/she was doing when we found him/her.
The courtship display by the male is spectacular courtship, involving displays to multiple females. In the end, he will mate with some of the females.
The eggs are incubated by the female for about 22 days, which also raises the chicks alone.
It is not threatened by extinction, classified in the IUCN Red List as Least Concern, with stable populations.
Some recordings of their calls can be found here (two of them from Kruger): http://www.xeno-canto.org/browse.php?sp ... ed+Korhaan
This is simply a fascinating call, like an urgent siren. I love the beating beak before the higher calls. We did hear the call in KNP. Great!
Finally, some landscape pictures at H7. First, with more light as the afternoon was dying.
The sun was beautifully descending
And then the night came down.
We reached Tamboti in time, still seeing a Buffalo and a Swainson’s Spurfowl in the way, but with no time for pictures.
One more day in KNP. Once again a very productive day, from the guided morning walk to the round trip in the end of morning and afternoon. No day looks like a waste in KNP. Fantastic experiences are guaranteed on a daily basis.
Next posting will take us to January 8th, the day we were threatened by two elephants and had to run away….