Greetings from a Hot Phalaborwa,
Where do I start today??? What can I tell you??? It's been a busy month and a very long time I haven't posted anything on the website, but I will share some sightings and stories with you.
After the Malopeni Eco Trail I still did lots of office work and made sure all my duties were done by the time Donavan returned from his leave. I went off from the 10th to the 16th and wrote my exam and passed the subject I had to redone this year and now officially completed my B-Tech Degree in Nature Conservation, got the results yesterday!!! I am sooo happy
Before I left for the exam I did a Night Drive and 2 Morning Walks. It was a bit quiet with only some Giraffe and Impala sightings, but the birdlife were good, with the Diedericks Cuckoo, Jacobin Cuckoo, Striped Cuckoo, Plum Coloured Starlings that returned and the Leopard tortoises and snakes that became active again.
On the 17th Donavan and I did a walk before the rain started and kept on raining for a whole 3 and half days!!! Everything was wet and the whole bush became alive after that, but of course the activities were a bit quiet and I just relaxed in the rainy weather. The activities which did go out delivered some special sightings like the Night Drive where I found the Lionness behind Masorini with a tiny cub, busy suckling and the proud mother just watched us with eagle eyes.
The nice thing of my job is the sightings are NEVER EVER the same and on every activity there is at least 1 special sighting as on Saturday where I found my first African Bullfrog, a Lesser Bush Baby in this area and the frogs just brought another life to the bush during night time.
Sunday (22 November) Johan and I had a Sunset Walk and we went and walked behind Shikumbu where we found a couple of Elephant Bulls and the special sighting to me was a tiny Common Duiker lamb, my first ever!!!! It was soooo cute and disappeared very quickly between the green Mopane bushes. That evening Pierre helped us with the Night Drive and he had 2 different sightings of White Rhino on the Mopane road.
Monday Donavan and I did a Sunset Walk and we followed 2 young Elephant Bulls for a long time as they were peacefully browsing on the fresh leaves of Knobthorns and Mopane trees. I must say before the walk we went out looking for a dead Elephant on the Letaba tar road which have been reported to the Section Ranger, but we couldn't find it, but found a BLACK RHINO instead with some Buffaloes in the vicinity!!!! He was standing in the shade and just watched the vehicles stopping and driving passed and wasn't bothered by the crowd, unbelievable, my 1st Black Rhino in the North!!!
Tuesday (24 November) I had a Full Day Safari and found a Fork Tailed Drongo with her tiny chick in the nest and the smallest Warthog piglets, ai it is soooo nice to see the summer brought new life to the bush!!! Found my 1st Impala Lamb for the season yesterday and
last night on the Night Drive it started with very few sightings but at the end, ended with us seeing a Black Mamba, Mosambican Spitting Cobra, Spotted Hyeana Cubs running after all the insects, Elephant, my 1st time to see a tiny Small Spotted Genet drinking from his mom, the Woodland Kingfishers that are back for a while now, and everything that is soooo much more greener than a week ago and of course the beautiful night sky with Orion, Taurus the Bull and the Pleiades that are bright and shining at night time.
I wish you all a lovely day until the next report...