Another nugget.......Sights and sounds from a waterhole
One of the advantages of driving yourselves around parks like Mokala and the Kruger is that you can drop in at a waterhole and stop for as long as you like and just absorb all that is going on around you. The longer you sit the more you see and hear.
One of our favourites in the Kruger
is the Matjuli
waterhole near Berg-en-dal. There were lots of canaries, bulbuls and bee-eaters twittering away in the bushes, ignoring a young crowned eagle perched on the top of a tree. Alas, the light wasn’t good enough for a photo.
We almost died from laughter when we saw a pair of young ellies being spoofed by some egrets flying in for a drink. They went racing off into the bush, trumpeting as they went! They did return a little as you can see behind this car that went drove around the waterhole.
We can never go past the Kumana
dam on the H1- 3 without stopping. In the past it has been a good place to see leopards; but not this time. We had to be content just with herd animals, hippos, baboons and lots of birds.
A first for us was the Klopperfontein
dam on the S61. Much to our delight this ellie was thoroughly enjoying himself.Tihogonyeni
always delivers for us and this time was no exception. For those who don't know it, it's an isolated waterhole in a dry plain and so the wild life is very varied. It's well worth spending half an hour or more here. We had only been there a few minutes when a secretary bird and some vultures flew in.
together with some ostrich and a zebra
While we were waiting for some wildebeest and zebras to come down, we saw this little Klittliz’s plover close to the car.
A breeding herd of tsessebee nearby with some CUTE newborns.
A flock of quelias (I think) emerged from some bushes.
We wondered how this ellie had come to his end. By the size of the bones we assumed they were those of such a fine beast.
Back in Mokala
, when we were enjoying the evening air and marvelling at the African night sky, accompanied by the sound of bull frogs croaking at the waterhole by Mosu Lodge
and the churring of a rufous necked nightjar, we were aware of a clicking sound. It sounded like somebody walking very heavily with a stick. We shone the torches in the direction of the noise to discover it came from a small herd of eland coming for their drink!
A little later that evening we heard the clattering of horns at the waterhole. So off we went to investigate….It was a gemsbok locking horns with anything that came anywhere near the water. (The waterhole is lit so we could see this going on.) He was claiming it as his own!