Day 2, continue
Driving back along the riverbed near Letaba we were treated again, a beautiful Waterbuck, a Giraffe family and “Old One Tusk” was leaving the riverbed.
Our first Waterbuck Bull and in good condition.
There were Giraffes on the river bank and then they crossed the road.
Far in the background next to the road is "Old One Tusk" waiting to entertain us a bit after lunch.
The pictures tell it all, that was "Old One Tusk's" no entry sign.
We took a little detour to Matabeni Bird Hide on the S62 and saw the resident Hippos and Crocs, White-fronted Bee-eaters and to our delight our first Chinspot Batis pair! When we got the the hide the Hippo bulls were displaying their tusks and grunting at each other, only the camera was still in the bag. After that, I never put the camera back into the bag again.
The pair of Chinspots was in the tree right in front of the hide.
The beautiful White-fronted Bee-eaters were getting hot to, but still dived out of the tree every now and then coming back to the same branch again.
Back on the H1-6 we only saw a lone Ellie Bull near Twisapple waterhole, Rollers and some Bee-eaters.
We took the long Tsendze Loop and really enjoyed the river views. We saw a few Impala and Zebra along the way. Almost at the end of the loop we spotted a Giant Kingfisher looking for dinner. This was a lifer for me, since Skillie was one last year at Swartvlei.
Not a great picture, but it's my first Giant Kingfisher!
At long last we arrived at Tsendze around 4 o’clock and the temperature gauge still stood on 40 degrees.
Hot or not, we had to man up and get to work. Before we knew it we were done and could sit down and relax.
That evening Roger and Elinah came around to meet and greet us. We had a long chat about the forum and the mites that’s been visiting lately and all the sightings we had the day. Roger pointed out for us the calls of the Scops Owl, Pearl Spotted and Barred Owlets. I gave Roger a copy of the new 2013 Kruger Weg/Go Magazine in which there is a nice photo of him in the Tsendze article. Roger is a bit famous already and I thought it would be nice to show his family.
That night we slept hot, but so well. The chorus of the bush and the Scopsies smoothed us all night long. Before 4 o’clock the next morning we were woken by the day bush choir lead by the Emerald Spotted Doves. We were slow to get up and get moving. We made breakfast and enjoyed the beautiful bush surrounding us. Rodger came around again and we talked for a while about the owls and birds. Roger truly loves nature, especially birds and he knows all their names in English and Afrikaans and all their calls. We left camp around 10 o’clock straight to the “Massai Mara”.To follow, Day 3.