Right, where were we, ah yes...
LS - Nkuhlu - LS
So we leave Sunset, grinning from ear to ear following the heron / stork debacle, and I nearly cut some poor sod off, in an attempt to get across the road to photograph this cute plover. And the AIDS (see my signature) kicks in big time. Common as dirt, and I'm furiously flipping through the bird book, and coming up with everything except...
And so we set off again. A few hundreds yards up the road, the girls and their magic eyes spot greater striped swallow...
A few yards up the road again, there's a furious trumpeting in the reeds below. It's an elephant, obviously, and he's MAD!
Chasing a lone buff around in the reeds! So we hang about, but nothing further comes of the melee.
It's now almost eight o'clock, and we can still see LS in the rearview mirror. Our 'quick and uneventful drive to Nkuhlu' is turning out to be rather busy. A few kays up the road we find a sizeable herd of buffalo across the river.
And shortly thereafter, this unidentified raptor. The bad AIDS again. Subsequently, I have checked and checked again, and believe it to be a yellow-billed kite.
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Shortly thereafter we run into our 'over the road neighbours' from camp, and they tell us they've spotted a lone lioness in thick bush. At this point, credit to MrsP. Although she'd never set foot in KNP until 1997, she's Old School. Chats with anybody and everybody, waves, the whole tutti. So the long conversation begins. We try and get a verbal ID on the raptor we've just seen, the chap in the other car is telling us about brown snake eagles!
They also tell us that a few kays up the road there's a regular pride of five lion on the move, 2 boys, 3 girls.
Anyways we pull off, and MrsP spots the first lioness, but not photographable. We press on.
Soon we encounter the traffic jam, and are fortunate to see the lionesses heading north.
According to one of the first people on the scene, the males have gone towards the river, into the reeds, and escape scrutiny.
Nonetheless, the kids are now getting real tetchy about their breakfast, so we head off. Only to find this cute little chap lying down. Again our ID sucks, but we settled on grey duiker.
This drive is now getting ridiculous, we run into a roadblock, smallish herd on the road, but some real beauties...
Eventually we arrive at Nkuhlu. It's 9 or thereabouts, and into the mid-30s. Stinker of a day, but we've had an incredible drive. Must also add that we also saw, but didn't photograph... black eyed bulbul, francolins, baboons, kudu, giraffe, all common as mud stuff.
Breakfast is excellent, aside from the menace
, and an hour later we're back on the road. 38 degrees. Oof. The sharp eyes find this bloke hiding behind a thicket. Again, lousy ID, we settled on reedbuck, based on the horns, but that black / white fur on the spine puzzles me.
It's now blazing hot, you'd expect everything with a pulse to be tucked up under a cool bush somewhere, but no! Who said cats were smart?
(Check the tongue hanging out, panting!)
Our excellent morning's work concludes with the obligatory stopover at Sunset, but nothing much to report, barring hippo joining the mad dogs and Englishmen in the hot sun...
Sjoe, what a day so far! We're beat!