Congratulations with winning the best bird sighting of the year Johan!
Totally unexpected, hilda... I did not even know my pic was in the running! But it was such a special sighting that I have to agree: the shot deserves to be framed this way!
Awesome close-up of the Reedbuck ewe! You were lucky to see her so close with no grass or branches to spoil the picture!
The more you try, the luckier you get!
@ Bush Baptist: The
situation does not improve over time, hey my friend!
The final trip to the north produced two more trip ticks in Secretary bird and lesser kestrel, the latter a super-tick for Kruger. The drive on Thursday morning to Olifants Camp went wrong in the sense that I had my times for arrival and registration for the Bash two hours too early. I only realised I got the times all wrong when Tobie and Cecilia arrived and I voiced my anxiety that all the bashers, including the HRs and guides seemed to be running late. A little later after expressing the same concern to multiflorum and Shane, they suggested that it was I who had the times screwed up. Checking the registration forms I realised my folly.
Olifants Camp, before the 2010 renovations, had some wonderful sections holding specials, particularly along the segments along the edge of the cliff. I had time to kill, so reviewing birdlife in the Camp was a good way of doing that. A pied crow soaring overhead represented another trip tick. Pied crows are not seen inside Kruger all that regularly.
A crested barbet had a nest in one of the dead branches of the knobbly fig growing at the edge of the cliff, the branches making part of the supports of the restaurant deck. The geometrical distribution of the characteristic wart-like, leafless growth points on the trunk and main branches is fascinating. It is on these structures that the large fruit will grow in late summer.
Eventually the final members of the Balule Bashing team arrived and we transferred our baggage to the transport vehicle that would take it to the Balule Satellite Camp. Greetings exchanged and introductory remarks made, the Bash was underway!