Cams were a lot busier than yesterday!
Satara was the busiest of all 3, with some fascinating birdlife to boot! Whilst I was tucked up in bed the waterhole was visited by that regular steenbok, a herd of those gorgeous buffaloes and some zebra when dawn was just breaking at 5 o'clock! The buffs reappeared at 6, followed closely by the ever-amusing guinea fowl, and the zebs came back twice in the next hour! Between 11 and 1 PM there were the usual zebs, wildebeest and impalas as well as the guinea fowl. There was a flurry of activity at 5, with a hamerkop, a black bellied bustard and the buffalo. One of the bulls had a nasty-looking abscess on his right front knee. Will he survive?
A spotted hyena came to drink soon after dark.
Orpen? Ellies, ellies and more ellies. We were knee-deep in the big boys today! It all kicked off at 2 this morning, a lone bull hanging around for about 20 mins
An hour later the possibly new resident white tailed mongoose came for a nightcap. 8 seperate groups of impala today! They were joined by warthogs at 11:30 and 12:30 and by a sensationally pretty eagle at 12:38, topping up his tan! Any definite ID? Warthogs made a final trip to Orpen at 4:07 and were closely followed by..... ellies! They hung around for AGES and finally left for good just after 5 PM. Lovely Sighting! 6:30 saw some Daggha bulls VERY close to the cam, best sighting in highlights at 6:48!
Nossob's BBJ's only came out at dawn and dusk today, maybe a stronger sun than usual? I know they're predominantly nocturnal, but I still seem to see them in the day quite often. Wildebeest around in very early morning, and at midday along with the impies. Spookily, the impala appeared like clockwork at the final minutes of every hour from 11:40 to 2:57 and were seen last with that very impressive secretary bird!
SIGHTINGS OF THE DAY
1. Ellies at Orpen! Congrats Melph, Katja, Kath, Tilandi, Lionspoon, Joyce and Ceazer!
2. That amazing hyena doing front crawl at Satara! Well done Joyce and Katja!
3. The buffalo close-up at Orpen! Good sighting Joyce, Tilandi and Spotted Cat!
Well done Joyce! Gold, silver and bronze! Remember, whoever gets 1st, 2nd and 3rd place is gaining points towards being my cam-watcher of the week, month or year!