whilst the one with the fish started to play a bit with her catch.
Although it was hot and the sun was sparkling on the water it was also windy and funny was to watch how the wind was blowing from the back into the head feathers of the pied.
Obviously the rivers, dams and even huge puddles presently were overpopulated by fish so that there were more of them to be found that the ones whoever eat them were able to eat. Also lots of debris could be seen and I also never having seen the Sand river so full and only recently same still must have been overflowing the causeway.
Mrs. pied with the fish flew finally away with same and also it looked like the other one was about to follow her but she first had to do her aerodynamic flight check before taking off.
Airbrakes - check!
Left wing - check!
Elevon – check! and off she finally flew.
As nothing more could be seen we moved forward to the next bulge and could already see a blacksmith plover relatively close
and finally transformed into a duck – At least it looked so.
From the recent floods which gladly spared this awesome causeway this year a lot of puddles on the many rocks could be found and whilst still busy in admiring the plover I suddenly realized a shadow above us and then the culprit even landed close to where we parked.
A yellow billed kite although already often seen we never saw one that close and so relaxed by the presence of our car.
Same immediately started to drink from one small puddle and it was indeed funny to watch how same drank as it put the head nearly completely under water and whilst coming up most of the water dripped out of its bill.
Our presence did not disturb the kite in any way but same was a bit irritated about the permanent click noise which came from our cameras whilst running hot.
Besides their brilliant eyesight these raptors also must do have a more than fantastic hearing as we often experienced already that they react more on the clicks than whilst on our whispers but maybe it is simply because they cannot allocate that strange “click”.
This guy or girl was indeed very thirsty and drank and drank without intermission and after such a long time its head was completely wet but nevertheless allowed us some more than great close ups and we enjoyed that sighting very much and after a more than slow early morning the day developed once again to a typical Skukuza day as whilst staying in that camp the areas around same do often offer some special sightings in form of leopards, wild dogs or lions and well today it was that crocodile taking vengeance.
After a long time we were allowed to watch the kite without even being disturbed by any other cars same flew finally away and as it was meanwhile already nearly 3.00 o’clock we with heavy hearts skipped another visit at Lake Panic as we still had to buy some things from the shop and our legs needed a stretch as well.
Whilst driving back to our bungalow we already saw from far a group of banded mongoose running around and as we do not see them that often I was already a bit disappointed that we missed them and so we hurried to the shop and whilst enjoying our ice cream on our verandah with cameras ready the family of banded mongoose appeared again and with the melting icecream in one hand and the camera in the other we snapped away although same was not that easy.
I was under a spell how they communicated with each other in such a cute squeaking and whimpering noise and waited for each other not that one might get lost. This once again proved that although staying that often in the African bush already there are still so many things and impressions I still want to experience.
Between their communication they even stayed a while, looked where the other family members were and so allowed some nice shots and as we stayed with them until the last one of them disappeared completely it was nearly far too late for an afternoon drive.to be continued with a couple of different road blocks.......