THE MEET OF ALL MEETS.
After late brekkie at Afsaal we decided to go to Biyamiti Weir.
Heard so many good things about this place. Main reason was that you can see waterbirds at your own height from the car.
The route along S114 was a bit rattle and hum but produced two Kori Bustards next to the road. A few head of general game and then the Weir came into view. A nice gully across the rocks with a concrete road next to the dam wall. No cars around so we could take our time to search for waterbirds. Saw a grey heron on the first passing. Turned around and slowly back again. Luck was with us.... very close by a Malachite Kingfisher in the reeds. The first party took their shots and when i checked the road up the hill i saw a car crawling along the road. Might this be leopard.
We followed the spoor but nothing
Time to do the Weir again , giving the photographers on the other side of the car the opportunity to take pics of the Kingfisher. Before going into the gully again a french couple asked us if it was safe to cross. Gave them the green light and they went ahead. We followed. Kingfishers was still there and as i had my pictures i watched the french couple climbing up the hill....
Suddenly i was seeing miracles
A leopard appeared out of nothing and jumped from the wall of the dam on the road. 10 meters in front of me and i was the only one in the car seeing this. Pinched my son next to me, stuttered L ee oppard, went very nuts and everyone was totally active and out of their minds. The leopard gave us the eye and calmly walked across the rocks with me tailing him, camera's packed for action. We all did get a few shots and he walked across the rocks and went to take a rest between the boulders. Nearly out of sight. What a moment...
And luckily nobody arrived at the weir. No traffic jam, nothing. After a while we decided to go back to Berg en Dal and on the way i tipped two cars that there was a leopard under a fernlike plant between the rocks. Hope they saw him, because if you didnt see him going down there it would be difficult to spot him. We were so very damn lucky. Was my SO's dream to see leopard. This trip produced two
Leopard on the rocks