Thanks so much for the kind comments Cape of Storms, Janeli, Martial, vinkie, Trrrrp, jenet, Jock, Carol, Tawny, Jeannie, Hilda, Pumbaa, anne-marie, philip, & Scotty
Nice to see you joining in Scotty!
Right, think its about time this trip got moving again! May 26th
After the drive up and then the full day in the park the day before we decided to relax at the lodge today and let the animals and birds come to us plus the car fanatics wanted to watch the F1 GP in the afternoon.
and I see Jock has written down - Waterbuck, Baboon, Ellies, hippo, Hornbill and ...
So I will share a few pics of the day.
Early morning with the mist hanging low over the Croc River, heralding another lovely day.Large
A tree full of birds in front of our unit.Large
A family of Egyptian GeeseLargeLarge
And a close up of one who came visiting!Large
Another visitor of a different kind!Large
Think this is one of the juvenile Weavers? Large
Old Dagga boy sleeping his days away on the sandbank.Large
Same bird tree but as the sun is going down.Large
Looking into the park. Large
and the same tree in the dark with a bit of flash!LargeMay 27th
Now there was no holding us back and we were at the gate bright and early with a few minutes to spare before opening time, and quickly through the check in procedure.
All the usual animals were present and correct on the plains above CB.
We decided to try the S28
today and see what it produced, one of our favourite roads.
We hadn't gone very far when we spotted a little Pearl-spotted Owlet
Difficult conditions for pics as the light was still not great. Large
We drove slowly so as not to miss anything and saw a nice variety of game and birds.
Then I had one of those "What was that, is it what my brain is telling me or not moments"
so I asked Klystron to stop and reverse back to the spot which was just as well as lying a little way off the road was the 2 Cheetah
brothers often seen on this road.
and you can see how I might have almost missed them! LargeLargeLargeLargeLargeLarge
We were so enthralled and sat with them for well over half an hour willing them to get up and move over and give us a closer view but no, they seemed determined to lie there keeping a close watch on their surroundings.
A few cars came and went but unfortunately Scotty who was in his car ahead of us had missed them and as there was no cell signal we couldn't alert them to it.
We eventually moved on as we knew they would be waiting for us at Sunset dam, our designated meting up place.Magpie ShrikeLarge
Some grubby ZebraLargeBateleur EagleLarge
and this cute little Slender Mongoose
who was sunning itself atop this tree stump and was not perturbed about anything or any one! Large
Back on the H4-2
we came across a pale Brown Snake Eagle
altho the jury is still out on whether this is the correct ID.Large
and a Lappet-faced VultureLarge
After our stop off at the dam and a chat with Scotty who was patiently waiting for us we carried on up the H4-1
seeing a nice Ellie herd who crossed the road in front of us. Large
and on the S79 loop
boy who gave us the eye suspiciously!Large
A stop off at Nkhulu Picnic site
for a little snack and we were just in time to witness a "robbery" that had taken place in the shop with the little thief running for its life clutching a bag of peanuts and raisins it has taken right off the shelf deep inside the shop!!
He immediately tore them open scattering the contents all over the place and was frantically trying to stuff as many as he could into his mouth before the irate shop keeper put him to flight. Large
Just a little way up from there we were told we had just missed a Lioness and cubs crossing the road!
Some you win, some you lose and its all about the timing!
Crossing the high level green bridge H12
there was a herd of Ellies browsing happily in the middle island.LargeLargeLarge
Just over the bridge we saw a Nyala Male and females
always nice to see.LargeLarge
Along the S30 Salitjie Road
which was newly opened and still lots of evidence of the floods some months before.LargeEllieLarge
We stopped back in at Lower Sabie and met up with JEG (forumite) a friend of Jock's who does guiding into the park and who told us that there was a Lion just about 1 km north of LS.
so we decided seeing as we hadn't seen any for that day and had a bit of time to spare we may as well go and have a look.
Not a great sighting as she had got herself well and truly hidden in the reeds down by the river so it was just fleeting glimpses of an ear and a tail and if one was very lucky, a head!
Then suddenly the call went out, a Leopard had appeared on the opposite side of the river and was walking upstream.
Wow! at one point we could actually see the Lion and Leopard in the 1 sighting which doesn't happen all that often!
Afraid no pics as it just wasn't clear enough at any 1 point where we could have got a half decent pic so one for the memory banks!
Then just as we thought it couldn't get more exciting Klystron got a call from Ngwenya to say there was Lion there and also a Leopard had been sighted right in front of our unit!
We knew as it was going to take us a good 2 hours to get back there was no point in hurrying so we continued on downwards at our normal speed, plus we had to go and do some shopping in Komatipoort in any case on the way back.
The temp at this stage was 34C not bad for almost mid winter!
Then almost in the same place as we had seen it in the morning was the same pale Snake Eagle!Large
We decided to stop off at the Gezantfombi Dam
and see what was there.Grey Heron
fishing in more than knee deep green water!Large
Another car was parked next to us and seemed to be found very attractive by some little Tree Squirrels
who were clambering all over it and clearly begging for food.
As far as we saw the people weren't feeding them! LargeLargeLarge
Even right up on the wheels!Large
and not to be outdone the Red-billed HornbillsLargeLargeLarge
We also saw quite a few Rhino in various locations along the way during the day.
And then it was time to exit and off to the shops and of course by the time we got back the Leopard and Lions had disappeared but luckily Scotty and fam who had come back earlier had got a glimpse of the Leopard.
To be continued!