We also could spot two hamerkops but same kept hidden nearly the whole time under the bridge and lots of swallows were also buzzing around our car and under the bridge like torpedos.
Finally the hunt of the male pied kingfisher was successful and same presented a far too large fish compared to its size.
But to swallow such a large prey is the easiest task for a bird and with only a couple of hits of the fish with his strong bill onto a branch same fitted somehow and slowly slid into its bill and disappeared until only a small piece of the back fin of the fish was still visible.
For the time it looked as if this huge lunch must have been enough for the rest of the day. After taking a drink from the river some water drops looked as if same were floating in the air
and after the thirst was quenched it started the grooming of its plumage and ended in shaking the entire body which looked a bit more like a wet dog than a wet bird.
Time to puff up and maybe time for a little midday nap as well. Only from far in the far away trees we also saw a giant kingfisher but same unfortunately did not come closer. We could have watched our pied friends nearly for the rest of the day but we also were a bit tired from the whole day in the
car and decided to take a short break in camp, also to stretch the legs a bit and to come back during our afternoon drive to this bird oasis.
Although leaving that causeway might not mean that birding was over, as in fact the contrary was fact as more soon whilst having made ourselves comfortable with the chairs again at the braai area three new ticks could be done! The first visitor was this grey headed sparrow
whilst the scarlet chested sunbird gladly paid another visit
and a dusky flycatcher said "hi" as well.
Then at least one of the most wanted to be seen birds appeared – a speckled mousebird!
Pity was that same kept the whole time nearly hidden in the bush but at least we could spot the head and part of its upper part of the body - Aren’t they look a bit like a cockatoo?
Finally the last bird whilst staying in camp was a white-bellied sunbird - At least when Timon took this shot everything fitted together - he was ready with the camera and the bird stayed long enough and posed away.to be continued.....