Talk about rock lions!
Saw the same lions on the 1st of June on the same rocks
Well in that case I am going to amend it to "Talk about Lazy Rock Lions!"
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As we stayed at the lodge for the day these were the only pics I have
Big Herd of Buffalo
coming down to the riverLarge
and the sunset of the day, not quite as spectacular as we had seen before but pretty none the less!Large4th June
We were at the gate bright and early at 5.55am and a lot of other people had the same idea it seemed as there was a long queue waiting for the gates to swing open, unusual for this time of year and not something we are used to.
but we are eventually processed and through the boom gates we go!
Creeping slowly up the H4-2
as the light was still not great, Jock suddenly says, Look there's a Porcupine
and there it was scurrying along down a well worn little pathway.
Before we could even think of getting cameras up and ready it had shot in under a bush where we are sure it had its hidden burrow.
We did look there every time we passed after that but no more luck!
but a lovely fleeting sighting of an animal not often seen, by us anyway!
A pic of the bush seen in the early morning gloom!Large
Then on what we call Fish Eagle Tree
sat the resident and by the looks of it not fully awake yet and ready for visitors!Large
Ok, now I may look more or less presentable!Large
Then we see our "usual" Brown Snake Eagle
who doesn't seem to move around a lot!Large
then just to prove us wrong!Large
We decide to take a drive over the Lower Sabie causeway
returning from a night "out"Large
and a lovely little Pied Kingfisher
hoping for some breakfast!LargeLarge
This Lesser Striped Swallow
was also trying its luck from the bridge!Large
The fast flowing Sabie river!Large
Sitting in our customary spot at the Sunset Dam
while we have coffee and a few biscuits we watch the
various animals and birds going about their activities.Whitecrowned Plover LargeEgyptian GooseLarge
and the pretty little Threebanded PloverLarge
Not forgetting the stars of the show, the HipposLarge
Then it was onwards up the H4-1
and I scan the bushes carefully, suddenly the sight of a Leopard
about to cross the road meets my view!
we have no time to reverse back as it wastes no time in emerging and crossing the road and Jock only has a moment to quickly grab this pic shooting backwards.Large
So a fleeting sighting, we go backwards, sit for a while, hoping it will return but he has gone!
Then this little Steenbok
seems to be saying "Is it safe to come out now?"Large
Making our way up the H1-2
at one of the rivers we cross there is a large Crocodile
with mouth agape!Large
and also a bit further on some Baboons
playing in the sand.LargeLarge
and a stately Kudu
crosses the road.LargeLeeupanLarge
We have a nice lunch at Tshokwane and watch as the resident monkeys make easy work of relieving various visitors of their lunches!
This one of the culprits!Large
and some of the feathered little "beggers"LargeLarge
Run little Zebra
and one of the jewels of the bushveld Lilac Breasted RollerLarge
and a sweet little Slender Mongoose
who was clearly on the lookout!Large
Coming down the H10
we see a nice sighting of Redcrested KorhaanLarge
and its bigger cousin the Kori BustardLarge
Crossing the Sabie River again this time we find a Goliath Heron
On our homeward trip we took the S130 and then S137
and at the Duke Waterhole there were some Lions but quite far in and really only good for seeing the flick of an ear in the long grass with the binos so no pic I'm afraid.
On the S28
a car is stopped and they tell us there is a Cheetah
hunting some impala!
We look and scan and suddenly there it is, now behind a tree, appears again briefly then gone again and so it went on, playing hide and seek with us, we reversed up the road and kept on getting fleeting and tantalizing glances!
again sorry, no pic, just wasn't an opportunity and eventually the Impala got wind of it and took off snorting loudly!
By this time, the clock was shouting loudly and the gate calling so we had to make our way out the park after a very nice interesting and fairly successful day with the Big 5 having been ticked off, altho not always the quality viewing one would like
but hey that's how it goes! and that's what makes us come back time and time again.
Stay tuned for more!