who finally found something very interesting in the grass.
Eventually both of them could no longer to be seen so time for us to capture some birdies such as this red-billed teal
and we even could hear the roar of some lions not that far away and although we still stayed quite a while we never saw them so time for us to carry on and we decided to discover today the S50 into the Northern direction as far as we were able to drive as same was still closed from one point there onwards.
At last still on the S143 another of my wishes came true today because we met a beautiful kori bustard in the best light and without any disturbing grass and same even allowed us to come close enough
for some nice close ups and did not to run away.
But it somehow got even better and same spread its wings
and we already thought that same might now take off but after some unenthusiastic attempts whilst flapping the wings and even jump up
same decided to use its legs for the rest of the day
and cleared the road whilst walking into the grass and looking for some food instead - What impressive bird!
Far away we could see another large buffalo herd but indeed too far away for any pictures - Gladly to the relatively short grass and lack of thick bushes we could look extreme far in that area. On the sporadic bushes we found on the road side the birds were having a ball and even allowed us some nice close up shots without flying away. Lots of groups of European bee eaters could be seen
either close or in groups on some bald bushes where they do look like blossoms.
The magpie shrikes were also present and somehow looking a bit miserable
and also some lovely amur falcons taking a rest
could also be found whereas most of them were already in the air high above circling around which was a great sighting to watch.
The further we drove at last on the S50 Northwards the more thicker the vegetation got and the mopane bushes finally made it difficult to spot something in the distance but that is something I like about Kruger the changing vegetations on the same road between only minutes. So the further we drove the quieter it got but this lovely juvenile bateleur on top of a bush made us stop again.
We dared to pay a visit at the Shibavantsengele look out although the road leading to same did not look that trustworthy
and was surrounded by thick mopane bushes - Just to give you an impression!
The view from the look out was indeed nice but besides mopane bushes as far as the eye can reach nothing else could be seen. Somehow we were happy to be back on the S50 as same was by far easier to drive than the bumpy washed out road which leaded to the look out. It did not take long then we reached Grootvlei and there our drive on this road was finished as from here the road further North was finally closed but gladly we could pay a visit at the dam itself
which was extreme full and compared to the only one time we have ever been there where there only was a mud puddle left it looked so beautiful and totally different and simply lovely with so much water left.to be continued.....