A short visit to Sunset dam revealed the obviously same green backed heron we already saw yesterday there and same was even to be found in the same bush.
The hippos were grunting, the crocodiles to be found on the shore far away as well as the yellow-billed storks – It was simply a peaceful atmosphere.
Nature was calling and after a short break once again at Lower Sabie we for a final time hit the Mlondozi road as well as the Muntshe loop to say already good bye for this year. Before we once again admired the now full and lazy lying around crocodiles -
It seemed as if they even did not move a single centimetre, as most of them could be watched in the same position as yesterday.
All in all it was another quiet drive but nevertheless we enjoyed same a lot as we still could not get enough from the lush vegetation and also traffic-wise was not much to be found.
Another Burchall’s coucal made us stop again and I cannot imagine ever having seen so many of them during the previous trips although we had there also rainy days and wet vegetation.
Meanwhile strolling on the Muntshe loop a quite impressive, very old and extreme muddy buffalo allowed us to pass – I guess this old chap can already tell quite some thrilling stories which he already experienced in his life.
Yesterday it was elephant bull time on that road and today it time for the lone dagga boys as soon after the first one another one crossed the street.
Then I wanted under all circumstance do have a picture of the entire Muntshe mountain as this little hill is a magical place for me – I wanted to have cotton ball clouds, the green grass and even an animal on it and at least this wish came true as there was a buffalo walking into the frame once I conducted Timon where to stop and position the car best so that all my requirements could be fulfilled.
This is how I have the Muntshe hill now in my memories whenever staying far away from same.
The rest of our drive back was even quieter than the morning drive but it does not matter as we were so far happy with all the sightings we had that day already – We decided to stroll back via the tar road and take then the H5 plus S25 to plan longer stops at the many causeways on that road but for that ellie bum we simply had to stop.
We turned into the H5 and soon were caught in a traffic jam caused by a male bateleur in a tree extreme close to the road, as all passengers in the cars wanted to have a picture.
Everyone looked from below up and snapped away and the bateleur himself looked from high above in nearly each car which came by. This was already the second traffic jam caused by a bird! After a while, however, the bateleur obviously got bored and took off
and with the disappearance of the bateleur the traffic jam cleared away immediately. Meanwhile it was late midday and again hot and not that many cars on the roads so that we could continue in snail’s pace without getting disturbed by an impatient driver. We found some very well camouflaged kudus in the dense bush. It was a male with its beautiful harem
but pity was that in that area of the park they are always so skittish and shy and did not dare to leave the protective bushes.
The causeway over the Bume is always a lovely place to relax and although not much to be admired today it is always so peaceful there. Whilst we were about to leave we discovered a tiny terrapin taking a sunbath on a small rock in the river.
Unfortunately on this picture the terrapin is looking much larger as originally being as same had only the size of a small coin!
Finally it was time for an excessive stay at the Biyamiti causeway which besides the camp and the weir itself is a main reason for us why to book this camp and roam in this area so copiously. At noon at least trafficwise is was quiet so we could block the causeway with the car where we wanted and start to observe our feathered friends which were due to the warm but windy weather and the still strongly flowing Biyamiti plentiful, especially the pied kingfishers started their fishing show and entertained us a lot. to be continued with more birds and even a couple of new ticks.......