Day 5, 12 March 2013
After the long busy and adrenalin filled day we had yesterday, me and Skillie decided to take a slow day and only go for a short drive to the Shipandani Hide and Pioneer Hide and spend the rest of the day in Tsendze relaxing and enjoying everything around us.
Our Squirrel entertained us all day long looking for seeds. Birds were everywhere and during the day in camp we spotted so many birds: Cardinal Woodpeckers, Woodland Kingfishers, Paradise Flycatchers, a African Cuckoo (lifer), a Black Cuckoo-shrike (lifer), a Red-headed Weaver (lifer), Spotted Ground Thrush, all the resident Hornbills and Starlings, all the resident Sparrows and Doves including Emerald-spotted Doves, Crested Barbets, a Red-headed Barbet, Blue Wax-bills, a Puff-back (lifer), Hoopoes, a Green Wood-hoopoe family, a Southern Black Flycatchers and a few birdies that we could not ID…..
A young Green Wood-Hoepoe peeping out of his nesting hole in an old tree.
Mother Green Wood-Hoepoe keeping an eye on the young one.
Johan van Rensburg ID this one for me, a Black Cuckoo-shrike. Thanx Johan, it's a lifer for us!
The Cardinal Woodpeckers were very busy all day long looking for grub in the bark of the trees.
The Southern Black Flycatchers were everywhere and this one hanging up side down looking for bugs.
This Southern Black Flycatcher found a spider's nest and quickly ate all of them while chasing a Blue Waxbill away.
The pretty Paradise Flycatchers were everywhere too enchanting us with their beautiful colours.
This Puff-back was another lifer for us!
There were a couple of Red-headed Weavers and another lifer!
Around 11 o’clock we drove to the Bird Hides on the S142 at the Pioneer Dam and the at the low water bridge near the Shipandani Hide we were treated again with a Green-backed Heron, a couple of Blacksmith Lapwings, Black Crakes and Water thick-knees.
The Blacksmith Lapwings dressed in their tuxedos looking for water insects.
The Green-backed Heron is one of my favourite birds, they are so focused on their hunt that nothing distracts them.
No shortage of huge Crocs at the causeway.
From the Shipandani Hide we had front row seats to the Hippo-concert.
Day 5, to continue with some nice Monitor Lizards.....