Johan don't know how I missed this one.
Had a great time catching up though.
...amazing sightings and superb images of all
Thanks for joining this bunch bashing Balule, Trrp-trrrrrrrr. Your addition to our readership numbers officially makes this trip report more popular than the Jacaranda Breakfast Show!
Glad you enjoyed the roller, hilda. Like with the PC turaco, a roller taking off or landing still remains on my wishlist.
naomi c, I'll try my best to keep the entertainment levels high...
It feels a bit creepy to me reporting about the meet with DinkyBird and Hawk at Tshokwane Picnic Spot considering the trials and tribulations those two bush disciples are going through currently… I have had very little news about how they are coping after they had to cut short their KNP visit only days after our get-together at Tshokwane due to their house getting caught in the unseasonal Western Cape floods. Before I started writing this part of my trip report, I felt rather uncomfortable not knowing that they are OK. I requested an update from a “source” and have been assured that they have the situation comfortably in hand.
I pulled into the parking area minutes ahead of schedule and found DB and Hawk already standing there waiting. With me flying a large yellow scarf as my ribbon, there was no way for them not to realise immediately that a very proud and excited ‘mite has just arrived. Large smiles all round meant we were all pleased to finally meet. A few years ago we came close to pulling off a meet in the Western Cape, one I had to scuttle after getting stuck with car trouble in the West Coast National Park.
Meeting ‘mites of the stature of DinkyBird (‘mite since 2004, 91st member to join the forum, a long-standing moderator, over 40 000 posts) and SO Hawk (a little less prominent presence on the forum as a ‘mite but sharing an equally deep appreciation for Nature) for me, turned out one of the coolest and most enjoyable occasions in recent times. We settled at one of the tables under a shady tree and started just talking, sharing and showing. (Had some breakfast and coffee that DB arranged during the meet – wonderful female skill to cater while you kuier!)
Hawk showed me a very special video clip that the two of them teamed up to make of a red-crested korhaan mating ritual. I posted a little earlier about the ingredients required to produce a hit… They got it spot-on with this video.
Time is the enemy when you enjoy yourself. Two hours had flown by and if we didn’t call a halt, another two would have flown by as rapidly.
Thank you to two super ‘mites for taking time out of your precious Kruger spell to meet.