Okay now we are back at December 2012 Trip report. We were in Kruger 21 – 28 December 2012. I hope you are keeping up in the time travel!
We woke up and saw the sun rising from our tent’s veranda. The thick tailed bushbabies woke us up in the night. They were cleaning the plates in the kitchen on the veranda… Sorry no pics..
So now it is still before Christmas.. but I got my Christmas present from Kruger a bit earlier… For some people it will look like a normal sighting… but for me it was an amazing sighting… We decided to drive the Mahonie loop Clockwise… It was a quiet morning, animal wise, but birding wise it was very good.
I entered one of the small loops that leads to a small stream.. and suddenly I heard a funny bird call.. I started searching the tree. And we saw this Broad billed roller circling… and then I saw it a baby broadbilled roller!! There are not a lot of times people can say they have seen a baby in Kruger… They breed actually in Zimbabwe… and not very often you will find a nest of these guys in Kruger. It was high up and my poor arm muscles, trying to photograph these guys and then to try and time the feeding!! This is when poor VVV had to take pics of the squirrel… Eventually I got a few… This was better than any cat sighting to me… So please forgive me for all the pics.
There was another baby still in the nest (A hole in a dead tree). We could hear the baby inside, and food disappeared into the nest. But no sign of the other baby…
Meet baby Broad billed Roller:
Baby watching mom circling before she comes and feed baby…
My trip was made!! We probably spend about an hour with them!
Other interesting sightings we had on the loop was:
Crowned Hornbills.. (watch where I saw them later in the May 2013 TR)
Buffalo with a red billed oxpecker on him (we saw the scarce yellow billed oxpecker on the trip this year)
A nice big kudu bull:
And Lebombo ironwood (Androstachys Johnsonii) trees on the Mahonie loop
We left the Mohonie loop and continued to Shingwedzi, where we will stay for 2 nights. VVV to continue..