Dec. 3, 2011 Addo Elephant National Park (6)
It’s quite usual. In the afternoon you see jogging spurfowls on the road and often they decide just to cross the road when a car is coming. Same did these red-necked spurfowls. However, SO was driving very slowly, so nothing happened.
Black-shouldered Kite (the eyes are magic)
Bokmakierie (another bird I had not seen before)
No drive without elephants, here a small elephant family.
Suddenly something quite unusual on the road before us, appr. 35 – 40 cm long. From a distance we thought it was a snake, when we came nearer we thought it was a worm. However, when we were close enough and after having consulted a reptile book we opted for blind-snake.
Meanwhile the light was great for photos.
Plains Zebra and Cattle Egret
Back in the camp, I was sitting comfortably in a chair on the veranda, SO was in the kitchen preparing dinner. The door was open so that we could chat with each other. A peaceful scene. Suddenly hell broke loose.
A vervet monkey jumped on the veranda, attacked me screeching and snarling. I sprang on my feet, grabbed a book from the table to fight off the monkey, sidestepped to avoid the teeth. Now the entrance to the chalet was free. A second vervet monkey, running past me, tried to enter the chalet. Meanwhile SO was there, armed with a frying pan. This was enough to put the vervets to flight! I think the reason for the aggressive behaviour of the monkeys was that they wanted to steal food from the kitchen. Really admirable was the close cooperation of these vervets to reach their goal!
It had been a wonderful day. When we were sitting on the veranda and sipping our sundowners we were very satisfied (even without a lion sighting).