Right, here we go again, taking a break from packing and my other duties that I am supposed to be learning!
Wendy, you are totally forgiven, it was an honest mistake and one I am sure most of us have made at some time or the other! I know I have so
Many thanks to all for the wonderful comments and coming along for the ride. Feb 19th - Kruger Gate
We wake up to a light drizzle today and much cooler than yesterday which is such a huge relief and one felt like running out and doing a little dance in the rain! but I didn't!
We made our way along the H11 & H4-1
towards the Low level causeway over the Sabie River.
Again we are quite shocked to see the amount of debris and the level of the river during the floods but this bridge itself looks to have withstood the forces.LargeLarge
Its lovely to sit in the little pull outs and enjoy the scenery and relax for a little while.Water Thick-knees
Pumbaa & Timon had the same idea and we had a quick chat to them on the bridge..
We carried on and a little way along the H1-2
one comes across a firmly closed off road, another reminder of the devastation.
So we turn around and make our way back across the Sabie and on towards the green high level bridge and the H12.
I have some pics of the substantial damage to that bridge as well but will post them at a later stage.Black-chested Snake Eagle
also looking a little water logged.Large
The persistant rain went through stages of hard and soft and so the windows went up and down at varying stages throughout the day, but the smell of the wet grass and bush was just wonderful.
We stopped off at a muddy and sodden Leeupan
I always love to see the changes there from season to season and year to year, its never really the same.
Again we seem to be tailing Pumbaa & Timon!Large
A Allen's Lesser Gallinule
was busily foraging around in the water's edge.
I was thrilled to find this bird again after an absence of a few years when it used to be a regular visitor to Lake Panic.Large
A stop off at Tshokwane and another
moment, even tho I had seen pics of it, seeing it all fenced off and in total disarray brings it home so well.
The toilets are very welcome and kept very nice and clean..
It was raining quite hard at that point so I couldn't get a decent pic.
As we still had a bit of time to spare before our meet with Wendy we tried to take the S35 loop road to Orpen Dam but again, so far and no further, road blocked off no doubt the river part damaged.
So we had no option but to retrack and go there by the tar road and from the other direction.
When we arrived Wendy was already there and waiting.
A very wet Orpen Dam
full to the brink and no sign of the water Lettuce that was so prevalent when last we were there. Sure the flood waters would have taken care of that.Large
This bird was sitting way over on the other side of the dam and was intriguing us all as to what it could be and now seeing the best pic we could manage under the circumstances, I think and according to my Raptor guide book a Moulting Sub-adult Tawny Eagle
but I am also open to corrections if anyone thinks differently!Large
After a nice chat and something to drink we went our separate ways, and ours took us up the H10
Wendy also went that route but as we had quite a bit further to go than she did we had to go a little quicker.
Wendy had had a nice sighting of Hyenas at their den earlier but by the time we got there all was peaceful and quiet and it was obviously siesta time.
We did get a road block in the form of a striking ChameleonLarge
and a Juv martial Eagle
preening itself after the rains.Large
Wendy had also told us of a Leopard with a fresh kill on the road towards Lower Sabie so we drove with eyes peeled hoping we would be lucky enough to find it and there were the tell tale cars at the side of the road but Mr/Mrs Leopard had obviously had its fill and was parking off making it a very difficult sighting.
See if you can spot the tail, its a beautiful tail and a few spots as well!
and the only proof we have of the LIT. Large
I will make it a bit easier for you!Large
And that seems to be that for today! but I will be back with more as soon as I can.