FRIDAY 23 AUGUST 2013 - PART 1/2 - 06:00 TO 16:45
Our route today takes up the H1-4 to Olifants for breakfast. Then S44 - S93 - S46 - S94 to Letaba. South on H1-5 to S46. Turned around and up to S47 for about 8kms when we were forced to do a U-turn due to an angry elephant that charged out onto the road right in front of us. Back on the H1-5 we parked on the bridge and got out the car to stretch our legs. The return to camp was done via the small S47 loop.
Northern black korhaan.
A steenbok with a deformed horn.
We stopped at Olifants for breakfast where I took this photo:
And this one of a bat that seems to have got lost. He was hanging on the wall at the restaurant.
Somewhere along the S93 Joan got this shot of this ??eagle?? sitting on a log.
The following photographs are not totally in focus but we are putting them in for their worth as "action" shots. If anyone knows how I can create a clearer image of the second and third photos please PM me as we would really love to have better photos than we have at the moment.
Joan managed to capture this pied wagtail tugging at a well and truly flattened piece of elephant dung.
As we sat checking the photos and adjusting the shutter speed, as the waggie was still trying to pull a piece of dung off, an SUV came roaring up from the opposite direction over the slight rise resulting in the waggie flying away. He had to slam on brakes as we were parked on a fairly narrow bridge, in the middle I admit, but all we got from him was a dirty look and a finger.
Some ellies near Engelhard Dam.
While waiting to check in at Letaba I got these shots of a white-bellied sunbird busy at an aloe.
While travelling up the H1-6 Joan managed to get this shot of a martial eagle in flight.
I consider the S47 to be one of the best in Kruger as it runs next to the river and is very bushy and condusive to great sightings. However, today was an exception as the only animal we came across was a very angry elephant who suddenly stormed out from behind some trees and into the road in front of us. Slam on brakes, very quick U-turn and back to the H1-6 without seeing anything else except monkeys and baboons. We parked on the Letaba river bridge and got out to stretch our legs and look at few crocodile lazing in the water.
We then returned to Letaba using the small loop just south of the bridge.
Joan took this photo as the suns rays coming through the clouds made for quite a pretty picture.
NEXT: We watch fascinated as a black-winged stilt gives a saddle-bill stork a hard time.