and we also met two extreme sleepy rhinos
who were not willing to even raise an eyebrow – it was still far too early.
several herds of zebras were up and around and it was once again more than a pleasure to simply press the button
especially the little foals are always Timons favourites
He snapped away as if these were the first zebras he ever saw but I think it is simply because we missed them so desperately.
The noisy glossy starlings could be found everywhere in the park not only on picnic spots
followed already by some well hidden kudus and more magpie shrikes and our first never seen bird before – a colourful Common Waxbill – which unfortunately kept to well hidden in a dense bush. Whilst we stopped to admire this beautiful fluff ball we realized more birdies in a nearby bush and also captured one of these foam frog nests which this year could be found everywhere in the park due to the wet weather.
For us it is a rarity to spot black eye bulbuls in the park itself as they are much easier to be captured in camps and on picnic spots.
A large group of helmeted guinea fowls forced us to stop
with lots of chicks
we met our first naughty vervet monkeys, more European bee eaters and the ever present lilac breasted rollers
and soon stopped for this lovely posing lesser masked weaver lady
and a juvenile ground scraper thrush which was also a new one for us - already No 2 during that trip -
and we simply stopped for one bird and did not move and now the birds came to us or simply wanted to say hey to us or saw Timon’s huge lens and wanted to take a closer look.
We stood still at the same spot when a blue waxbill came closer unfortunately too well hidden in another bush but Mrs. red backed shrike was ready to pose for us only another branch away.
Well if the birding will continue that way as it already just started it will be a great trip for us – Believe me the wet weather, heavy rains and floods especially this year was indeed the best birding trip we ever had!
Another advantage where all the flowers which could still be found on the roadsides
The rest of the drive on the H3 until we reached the turn off to Renosterpan was quiet but we simply enjoyed the smells, the noisy woodies, the gentle breeze simply everything but this was obviously only the calm before the storm as whilst slipping on the muddy road to Renosterpan only to realize half way through one parked car and some unmistakable ears popping out of the high grass......
Wild dogs already on our very first full day in the park – What a chance!!!to be continued with our 1 1/5 half hours with the painted ones......