Greetings from the bush
Nico, your picture will be give me nightmares all over again
– brilliant, well done and thank you.
We are back in business after being out of office for a couple of days and “notworking” the rest.
We had some very good sightings of especially the big ones around the camp lately. The bush is starting to dry out quite quickly now and a lot of animals are coming down to drink in front of the camp. One can also feel the winter have arrived – yesterday the temp went down to 3ºC and this morning was worse at 2ºC – too cold for us Lowvelders.
Elephant and buffalo are spotted form the camp regularly in the last week or so and they are also very abundant on the S139 private road especially down the 18k’s.
Two nights ago we had a herd of buff on one side of the camp and ellies on the other and just as we thought it could not get better the lions started their vocal intimidation.
That went on for most of the night with both the buff and the elephant responding with load tension. We could not find the lion – they must have been somewhere in the river vegetation, but what a vocabulary they have.
I found the herd of buffalo on the 4k’s coming back from the school trip and stopped the little Corsa right in the middle of them all. I just like sitting in the herd with all the cows around me listening to the crunching of grass and the occasional grunt.
I watched the ox-peckers finding all the holes in the armoury – ears, eyes and nostrils – and getting swiped with a floppy ear from time to time.
On the 4k’s I got a family of banded mongooses that ran away as I approached. I stopped and switched off where they disappeared into the bush and waited. Not too long and the whole lot started peeking out of the bush – very curios they are.
The 18k’s revealed some rhino, elephant and leopard in the afternoon. The rhino were in two groups of 5 each (a group at each of the windmills), leopard at 11km and elephant almost everywhere.
Last night was quieter with lion and hyaena in the distance and elephant in the river bed. Scops and pearl-spotted owlets were busy all night.
There was a small surprise waiting about 100m from the Biyamiti Bridge this morning – a female leopard with two cubs – about three months old. (Unfortunately I was not the one spotting them). This is getting very interesting as I thought some guests saw a mating pair at the bridge last week. It just looks as if the population is doing very well at the moment – cubs and young ones east and west of the camp.
Warm regards from the bush