SATARA Webcam Summary – March 2010Monday - 1 March
A Hyaena was the first at the waterhole for this month, an hour later, joined by a friend and then an hour after that another one was seen drinking – this continued through the early morning hours and “Mel” commented “The Hyenas are thirsty tonight” and they really did look like it.
A very clear picture of a Grey Go Away Bird (Grey Loerie - Old Name) was snapped and then nothing until an Elephant suddenly appeared on cam and displayed his prehensile trunk, taking little sips of the cool water. An hour later another Elephant appeared.
A very scruffy Warthog covered in mud, disguising it’s identity very well, both to the cammers and to predators was seen mid afternoon.
During the night more Hyaenas seen drinking.Tuesday - 2 March
Wildebeest, Impala, Wildebeest, Zebra, Wildebeest was the order of play this morning, with these four giving a beautifully composed picture!
Then came Elephant, Eagle, Eagle bathing, Warthog and as night descended first a lone Elephant, a lone Buffalo and then a large family of Elephant crowding the edge of the water. The cam spotlight giving an eerie ghostlike view of them. Wednesday - 3 March
At sunrise a single Wildebeest came to drink, Standing to drink and not adopting the usual kneeling position. Shortly thereafter it started to rain.
At midday the rain stopped and two Elephants came for a drink. Then two Warthogs were spotted snacking next to water – could they be mother and child - hung around for awhile and then a beautiful Giraffe stooping to take a drink with raindrops on the cam cover!
Last on cam for the night - two Buffaloes.Thursday - 4 March
The first picture today was at mid-morning with a few Impala coming for a drink and then gradually it seemed the whole herd needing refreshing and they filled the picture, jostling for a good spot to take their drink.
Warthog kept passing by for a nibble and were the last sighting.Friday - 5 March
Two hours past midnight Buffalo seen having a drink. First daylight picture was of a solitary Zebra - where were the rest of the herd, it looked so lonely?
A Giraffe was next up, positioning itself in EXACTLY the same way as a couple of days ago, dipping it’s head twice to the water. Watching a Giraffe drink is truly a wonder of nature and I could quite easily include every single picture taken during the month of them doing so.
Lots of Impala and Warthog around the waterhole and then “Tracytacs” snapped a wonderful sighting of a Hyaena.
Another newcomer to the cams “Papilio-Liz” posted a graceful Gnu genu(s)flecting at the water.
Again Hyaena and Buffalo were the night-time visitors and this Giant Eagle Owl.Saturday - 6 March
First up in the very early hours and posted by “Hailey” an African Wild Cat (AWC) the kitty was not close to the cam, therefore the picture was slightly indistinct.
As the sun came up, Impala came to the water as well as Zebra, the sunbeams lighting them as though in a studio.
These Impala lining up so uniformly to drink – they do it so perfectly?
A sighting of a Hyaena drinking was the last animal of the day. Sunday - 7 March
Unusually a Wildebeest was the first sight before dawn, and then as the light became brighter a Zebra and Wildebeest were lingering around the waterhole.
Later on the Zebras were modelling in the beautiful sunlight.
After this an Elephant literally strode past the waterhole – must have been drinking further down the bar counter out of our sight!
At around 9am the rain began and continued throughout the day without us seeing any animals, they must have been taking shelter elsewhere?
The rain stopped at 5pm and a Blacksmith Lapwing (Blacksmith Plover) enjoying exclusive use of the waterhole.
Hyaena were again the night visitors – one having a dip and one a sip.Monday - 8 March
We saw a few Wildebeest in the distance - grazing, but not concerned with having a drink.
In the late afternoon Buffalo were around the water, drinking, but looking more concerned about something, they all showed their teeth – seemlingly grinning - and were checking in all directions – perhaps a predator was lurking off cam?
and once again Buffalo were last about the area, first we only saw a “shadow” but fortunately one animal walked into view and we were able to identify the shadow.Tuesday - 9 March
First at the water this morning an impressively large sized and large tusked Warthog.
then we only saw a Bird and a Wildebeest way off for the rest of the day.Wednesday - 10 March
As the sun was about to rise we saw the swimming Hyaena in the beautiful light of early morning.
Dainty Impala seemed to tiptoe around the waterhole and we also saw three or four bachelor Impala rams looking quite majestic with their horns “crowning them”.
The Baboon troop arrived at the water having a jolly fun time, swimming and generally playing around. We have missed their smile-making antics on the cams.
An Elephant “popped” in for a quick drink at lunchtime.
A little Black Backed Jackal had a drink during the night followed by an Owl masquerading as a duck taking a bath/swim.
A Hyaena enjoyed its nightly dip and soon afterwards the Owl was back again.
Half an hour before midnight these surreal looking Zebra dropped by for some moonshine.
How magnificent they look in this light, even though it is only the light from the waterhole cam. Thursday - 11 March
Early morning we spotted Zebra, with a young foal who stood aside and watched the adults behaviour.
. . as the morning continued we saw more Zebra and a large gathering of Impala at the water, as well as a herd of Wildebeest kneeling to drink or maybe even saying a prayer while down there.
A Marabou Stork returned to the waterhole after a long absence?
During the night the brilliant night-colouring/highlighting the Zebra visited, swimming Hyaena and the Owl also returned ending the day’s sights.Friday - 12 March
In the early hours of the morning a shadow of an animal just off cam was seen, but unfortunately it never came into full view?
The morning light turned the dull brown Wildebeest into Golden Gnus.
The usual suspects were around for the rest of the morning. Mid afternoon three Giraffes were spotted coming towards the water, but they did not co-ordinate their drinking and when one’s head was down, the other’s was up!! How inconsiderate could they be?
A few minutes later a Herd of Elephant rushed to the water all having a drink at the same time, then these two little ones managed to get some “quiet” time to themselves.
The herd then continued splashing and depleting the water, at least leaving some for the Wildebeest that followed them.
These three “toddler, adolescent and teenager” returned for another drink before going bark-tearing and tree-breaking for the day.
The night parade again included Jackal, Hyaena, Zebra and stunningly an African Wild Cat. Saturday - 13 March
What a wonderful morning this has turned out to be – SERVAL – “Mel” and “Sylvia” both capturing the sighting.
Not longer after that, Wildebeest and Zebra came out of the darkness of the bush to have a drink under the spotlight.
During the morning Wildebeest & Impala were around.
Then two Elephants co-ordinated their drinking routine – while one slurped, one squirted.
Lunchtime saw Wildebeest attending to their water needs, very chameleon like, sometimes their colouration is very dark and other times very light.
Sunset showed us Birds gathered around the waterhole, maybe for their last drink before going off to roost for the night.
Two Buffaloes came to drink at about 7pm.
Then the cam went offline at 7pm tonight for urgent maintenance.Sunday - 14 March
Cam still offline for maintenance, a quick glimpse, in the evening of the waterhole but no animals for us to see.Monday - 15 March
Cam still offline for maintenance this morning but slowly each cam returned to full operational status from approximately 3pm.
Then the sightings started to come thick and fast. First a Hyaena – unfortunately, half off cam, but a Hyaena nonetheless!
Then Giraffe invaded the waterhole – “Tilandi” & JoyceW” both managing to capture the moment the stoop started and then the drinking position.
Later on an older Giraffe also came for a drink!
Later on we saw Buffalo, an Owl, Hyaena and Zebra (this is a “new” occurrence at night with them visiting the waterhole) and showing off their striking colours highlighted by the spotlight.Tuesday - 16 March
At midnight, Buffalo visited and then a family of Hyaena all having a communal swim!
At 5:28am the cams became frozen. Defrosting fortunately happened at about 4:30pm
With a fat Warthog eating the grass nearest the cam.
The next two pictures were snapped 30 seconds apart, showing us what a difference a little bit of light on the subject can make.
The last sighting of the night was of a herd of Wildebeest drinking.Wednesday - 17 March
Our first view this morning was of a strangely “blue” toned picture.
Perhaps someone was telling us they are Blue Wildebeest, then we had a picture of a “Blue” Warthog so that could not have been the reason. A few minutes later all the colours were back to normal.
A very early morning Hyaena came for a swim and a drink
This picture seems to give the impression/sensation that the morning temperatures are now a lot cooler than a few weeks ago – the air and water looking quite crisp
Zebra, Impala and young Wildebeest came quite close to the cam, giving us a lovely view.
This Zebra was looking at some birds on the opposite side of the waterhole and they must have tweeted
and he pulled back in shock!
This huge Ellie came to make splashes in the water.
and this large herd of Impala visited the waterhole.
The final shot of the day was a very eerie view of the waterhole, was this a “real” picture or just something technical happening?Thursday - 18 March
Early morning Buffalo and Zebra were seen having a drink, as the light got stronger the Zebra were still around.
The Baboons came to play in the mud and entertained us again.
Just a head and trunk of an Ellie appeared on cam and we hoped he had not had his fill at the other end of the waterhole.
Later we saw beautiful Zebra coming to drink in pairs, then a nighttime Elephant came to drink, He seemed so BIG as our whole picture was filled.
“Tilandi” and “Hailey” posted a picture of a gorgeous Owl and then the another Ellie was back, lately the Elephants are visiting during the night – Is there a reason for this (maybe season change or something else).
They were our last view for the night.Friday - 19 March
This morning VERY early, around 4am a group of Elephants came to visit? Then when the sun was up, we saw many Zebra, Wildebeest and a Giraffe who had just shared the water with the previously mentioned animals, unfortunately for us the Giraffe’s head was NOT in the picture – we really only get a good picture at Satara when they bend to drink?
Graceful and dainty Impala came for a drink at lunchtime and then no more postings until the evening when Hyaena took over the cam!
They obviously are unaware we are watching!
Some Wildebeest also utilized the water facilities and ended our night viewing.Saturday - 20 March
Just after midnight those naughty
Hyaena were back
and we saw a “bug” close up and personal on the cam.
Then in the morning light, Wildebeest were eating on the near side of the waterhole and came really close.
During the rest of the morning Zebra and Baboons were seen.
Then a Zebra with the tiniest foal – must have been a few hours old – approached the cam. How cute your baby is!
The pair were followed by Warthog and then Impala and in the late afternoon this Hyaena.
..just as well they were hours apart or that baby could have been lunch!
Adult Zebra were at the water shortly after the Hyaena, but luckily no babies with them.
We saw Wildebeest in the night as well as a little Jackal crouching for a drink. Sunday - 21 March
The Hyaena were back again in the early hours. We did not see anything else until about 8:30am and a very timid Zebra appeared but after checking all was safe called the rest of the triplets to come and drink.
We did manage to see the back end of an Elephant as he passed by, but fortunately, we saw him later on, in the background, while a Zebra was occupying the waterhole!
Wildebeest also shared the water with the Zebra and we kept getting a glimpse of the baby Zebra always shielded behind the adults.
A proud Impala ram posed for us right in the centre of the picture, and then an Elephant or two came into view.
The Zebra were back again, something startling these three into immediate flight…
Our last view of the night was of a Giant Eagle Owl.Monday - 22 March
At half past mid-night a huge Elephant strolled past the cam, we did not see him even stopping for a drink – We are missing action at the other side of the waterhole that is out of view.
Then an Owl took flight just as the cam changed – its shadow was the tell tale identifier.
Again we saw early morning Buffalo and Wildebeest, the colours of the surrounds seem to have taken on a “New dimension” perhaps it is the cold morning air that is giving us this magnificent picture.
Mid-morning an Elephant could be seen browsing in the background –
– come closer we called? He stay put to well after lunchtime.
Then in the next instance he was at the water, what a handsome fellow he is.
Then just as quickly, off he went again back to his task of eating. Then in the late afternoon another Elephant appeared from the left side of the cam, first just a bit of a tusk and trunk, then he moved in a bit and his head became visible – then he squirted water around his feet?
Then we saw this contorted trunk twist!
In the background we could see another Elephant as well, and at that precise moment two Elephants appeared on the Orpen Cam.
Three Zebras came to have a drink and in unison dipped their heads.
Our last sighting of the night was posted by ‘Sylvia’ of a beautiful Owl.Tuesday - 23 March
Our viewing started early in the morning with a Mongoose, unfortunately not sure exactly which type? Then an Owl was Spotted – no, not a Spotted Eagle Owl, but a Giant Eagle Owl.
As the sky started to lighten, Zebras came to drink, they are just so gorgeous in this pre-dawn light.
They were followed by a lone Wildebeest and then a huge flock of Queleas, flying back and forth between tree and water.
Next a giraffe came to drink, taking its first sip alone, the next sip Zebras joined in.
This picture filled by patterns and reflections was just up “KTF Hooked’s” alley.
As the Giraffe wandered off, the rest of the Zebra herd came for a drink, their stripes becoming a blur – now we can see how this confuses predators making it virtually impossible to identify individuals.
At lunch time the Queleas were back, we also saw the departing form of an Elephant.
Mom and the tiny baby Zebra came for a drink – very shy now compared to the first sighting.
Buffalo were seen in the evening, one of them putting on a “grimace/grin face. I wonder what this means in the Buffalo world? Surely not “See, I have flossed today” Wednesday - 24 March
Again this morning the early Zebras were back. Then the waterhole became a hive of activity with Zebra and Impala crowding around.
Also thousands of Queleas looked like they were Bees swarming! A Giraffe came to visit and we could only see legs, no head – could have been a photograph I used to take before I was “patiently” taught by SO how to use the view finder!
Fortunately the Giraffe must have listened to my SO and they posed for a perfect picture.
There were about five Giraffes in this group, unfortunately the cam did not have enough of a wide/high-angle lens to squeeze them all into one shot without cutting off legs/heads.
But the cam had enough wide-angle to catch this other wide angle!
Later in the afternoon we saw an Elephant in the distance, Danie gave us an ‘artistic’ view of the camp – we were not sure if the Black & White picture was intentional or not?
A bit later an Elephant moseyed by the waterhole. A few minutes later a Hyaena was spotted.
We watched as a group of Zebras very tentatively approached the water, eventually gathering enough courage to have a drink.
We also saw a late night Giraffe – quite unusual – all these animals drinking at night?
Was it full moon, blue moon or possibly an Eclipse changing their routine?Thursday - 25 March
Beautiful Impala were first at the waterhole this morning, then Zebra and an Elephant, we had a ‘truncated’ view of him, then an ‘elongated’ view
before he strolled off to greener pastures!
Our next picture was a Hyaena having a swim during the night, a Wildebeest also visiting in the darkness.Friday - 26 March
Early morning a Giraffe was seen, and “Melrockson” had no problems handling the camera here!
A nursery herd of Impala, as well as a Giraffe arrived for a drink. Then Warthogs paid a visit. One of them giving a free “Piggy-back ride” to an avian friend.
The rest of the morning we kept catching glimpses of Giraffe in the background, Wildebeest, Impala, Warthogs and Baboons also seen.Saturday - 27 March
Amazingly our first view was a mid-night Giraffe. .
. . a couple of hours later a purrfect
picture of an African Wild Cat.
In the daylight we saw Wildebeest, Impala and a Warthog having a dip.
Impala were on screen during the day and during the night we saw Buffalo.
A Hyaena came by for a swim, and two Birds (Perhaps Dikkops) gave us a lovely picture.Sunday - 28 March
Who would have thought a Hyaena could give us such a lovely picture?
but it did, spending a reasonable amount of time on the cam, performing ablution duties!
Next up was this large crowd of Impala, making sure they had their share of the water.
Warthog were seen and a few Buffalo in the late afternoon and into the night, giving us the last of today’s sights.Monday - 29 March
A Wildebeest and a Zebra were our first view sharing the water side-by-side.
An Ellie and then a Marabou Stork visited the water.
Our last view of the night was of a Hyaena, showing us a slightly different view.Tuesday - 30 March
Our viewing opened with a lone Wildebeest, then a few Zebra, who took off at high speed when an Elephant approached the water.
The Queleas were also back in a flurry of activity. Impala were also seen during the day.
Night time brought Hyaenas to their favourite Spa, were all facilities were communal?
These two were very alert, perhaps a midnight snack was being delivered.
Our viewing ended with an Owl also having a bath. Wednesday - 31 March
This morning a single Hyaena came in the early light to have a drink.
A Zebra also came by the waterhole. Later joined by a few more, all drinking together.
We saw a Warthog and another large flock of Queleas.
Our last sighting of the month was of this Hyaena, who appeared to be pregnant.
Thanks for taking the time to read through this Summary.
Enjoy the rest of your Easter weekend.