Saturday, 23. February, 2013 - Mopani
Finally our last full day dawned and although we were not in the best mood to leave the park already tomorrow so we made the best out of the situation and even all the sightings which came across today would be noticed much stronger as this might already be the last ones we had. We headed straight to Tihongonyeni but did not came far as on the H1-6 we soon had to stop as a family of hyenas were blocking the road
for sure these gorgeous youngster had a high cuteness factor especially when looking so curious and innocent.
I remember having met this clan as well on this road already last year where we had some nice cuts in one of our tires afterwards and still having the clan we met in Satara in mind so we watched out a bit more this time
but gladly today our concerns were baseless - Lots of smaller ones could only be seen with only two or three teenagers and only one adult
although these two looked a bit naughty already!
From time to time the younger ones were chased back into the den whenever a new car approached but finally curiosity always won.
The innocence in person at least at this age!
We cannot remember having ever seen such a large group ever before at least most of the members must have been still on the search for some breakfast and we were so busy in watching into each directions that we could not remember at all how many of them we were facing presently
especially the amount of youngsters were incredible and most of them were nearly at the same age.
Also the babysitter and the only adult we saw that morning was extreme relaxed and was extreme unstressed while observing so many lively youngsters.
We as well could not take our eyes from these cute little ones
and although the sun did not rose finally
the buttons of our cameras started to glow already and our fingers could not be stopped to press same.
However, finally we had to cut loose ourselves from this clan and headed forward and we even did not forget this year to take a picture of the signpost of the Tropic of Capricorn.
After two days which started extreme overcast and relatively cold today we had the best weather and finally also the sun was high enough to illuminate everything into some more than lovely golden light - We stopped for this majestic
and curious looking wahlberg eagle
and could hear once again the famous "plop" sound of the black-bellied bustard and finally could capture same in the typical pose.
Finally we arrived at Tihongonyeni, the sun was in the right position and although the zebras, wildebeest and elephants could not be seen at this early hour we enjoyed to be there and having Big "T" all to ourselves. After quite a while a couple of black-backed jackals appeared out of which this one was still extreme sleepy
whilst the other one was a real poser and compared to the other overgrown parts of the park in February the area around Tihongonyeni was not that dense and thick and we finally could capture the jackals in the best light and at the right position
and this was indeed one of the best jackal sightings we so far had in Kruger as sometimes they are far too skittish or too shy to stay long enough for a decent picture or sometimes the grass is far too long to even see more than their heads but this couple was extreme relaxed and for us after the incredible hyena sighting earlier this was already the second highlight we had that day.
This one even got in stalking mood eye in eye with a fly - The other one sniffed extensively at the ellie carcass but finally joined the other oneto be continued.....