Thanks Dotty, Bushcraft, Kamadejo, Micetta, Pumbaa and Flutterby. Seeing that I will be a bit busy over the next few days, better get this TR going long.
Before I get to the birds, and the LIT, let me mention that I saw lions 3 times that last day I was in the Park
Here are some photos.
First up, this sleeping beauty
Well, when I saw this, made a decision that I would give up my Seally Posturepeadic Bed and invest in rock. Will give new meaning to the expression "caught between a rock and a nut"
She looks utterly comfortable. Did move once to look at a nut, of no interest or value to her at all. Such damage to the nut ego
Then do my normal-before-I-go-out-the-park-trip Skuks to Tshokwane. merrily chugging along, and then two huge males on the road, on the way to some females (which I did not see but was told by others that had seen them) at Manzimahle Dam.
Watched them-so thrilled to see more Lion. Taking photos, and then it happens.
Lions can be so disinterested in human beings, mostly. This one decided I was of interest. And focused on this nut. Well you know, it just does something to you when you realise you are in the focus of the Lion, just as he was in your focus a minute ago. Chilling Spine tingling moment. There is the expression "knee jerk reaction" well, I had a elbow jerk reaction, roll up the window, start the car, into reverse. Especially when he starts walking straight towards your car.
He eventually just passed me by-little realizing what he had just done.
Off he went on his merry way.
His companion was not at all as interested in nuts, more interested in getting to the females. He did not know what he missed-a shaking, nerve wrecked nut.
Nice to see an-almost-black-maned lion (like they have in KTP)
Did not get to see too many big tuskers
this one in the far distance and which I think is Nhlowa.
This one at Transport Dam
Posting these next two here as they contributed immensely to my enjoyment during those 5 days. Already posted in the reflections thread.
Moonrise or early morning moon over Sunset Dam
Sunset over the Sabie River at LS.
Cheerio for now