Day 7… a very busy day
Wendy decided to have a lie in this morning so I set out to search for Brownies with Cheets near Timbavati. It was definitely a busy road and had a lot of grey masses everywhere. But first, here are some pics of our other Kruger friends…
Then we got a lot of buffs and those ellies on the dirt road… what made me very skittish was the fact that Cheets would drive next to them and then switch of the car… I mean, it is a breeding herd. I was so glad that we left unscathed.
Then also a few birdies on our drive. A Levaillent’s cuckoo (lifer)
And a type of Babbler, it seems, any help with the ID would be appreciated.
And another lifer for me, the wattled starling.
Some other beautiful creatures we saw were;
And then a sad sight, this was not due to poaching but this unfortunate white rhino was in a territorial fight with a black rhino and had lost the battle. This is what the ranger at Satara informed us as we found out also the previous day by Sparrow that they drive upon a rhino that have been butchered by poachers near the S100. He said that this sighting would haunt him forever, glad that I didn’t see something like that… Nature kills not for greed or money that is why I didn’t have a problem with this sighting.
On our way back to camp we got ground hornbills and more ellies…
Now, this is a special sighting as I mailed Aat these pics wanting to find out if this is a tusker and he mailed me a while back and said that this is a prospective tusker, named Nsemani as he is seen regularly on the H7.
We got home and I was totally drained, waking up before 4 and then ducking after 21:00 does take its toll, so I went for an afternoon nap and let them have a few sane moments without the heks. Wendy woke me just past 15:00 and said that Cheets was out on a drive again. We packed in a few cold waters and went for an afternoon drive. What was funny was that we didn’t really drive that far this afternoon, but our sighting were amazing none the less.
A lifer for us, the Senegal Lapwing
More Ground hornbills
And then something that kept us busy for quite a while was this sighting…
We got home and decided that we are going to do some badger hunting that night, a lot of the campers have left and a few spots where open next to the fence so we made some MMC, took a flashlight and moved our chairs to get a better view of the night visitors. Unfortunately we only had hyena visiting that night…
To be continued…