We were so entertained by the terrapins and their crocodile that we almost didin’t see the Nile or Water Monitor at the other side of the road. But he didn’t escape us.
Besides the Nile Crocodile and Terrapins, we saw in S44 1 Swainson’s Spurfowl, some unidentified Swallows, 1 Red-Faced Mousebird (Urocolius indicus
), 2 Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbills, 2 Fork-tailed Drongos (one juvenile), 1 Grey Go-Away Bird, Impalas, 1 female Red-Backed Shrike (Lanius collurio
), 1 flying Bateleur, and 1 European Roller.
Here is a picture of one of the Drongos. Always amazing birds to see, despite being common, due to their flexible and well adapted behaviors.
The Olifants viewpoint gave us some nice views of this mighty river, just before the Letaba River reaches it.
And to the other side of the viewpont, a similarly astonishing view. It soothes our hearts, but afterwards makes us miss all that so much!
And up there, the Bateleur kept sailing the skies. A lonely rider in the distance, or, in fact, a lonely glider.
We reached then S93 and followed in the direction of Letaba, along the Letaba River. In this road, we saw a northern baobah and 1 Lilac-Breasted Roller, 1 African Fish Eagle, 2 White-Fronted Bee-Eaters (Merops bullockoides
), 1 Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus
), Impalas, 2 Grey Go-Away Birds, 1 Goliath Heron (Ardea goliath
), Hippos and 2 Egyptian Geese.
Here is a general view of this nice baobah, followed by a pic of its trunk. Very marked by the vicissitudes of life.
This was a beautiful Lilac-Breasted Roller, although the light was really not good that day.
It was the first sighting of White-Fronted Bee-Eaters during the trip. Really nice birds.
The highlight of S93 was, however, this most amazing Martial Eagle. First, a pic of the eagle within a general landscape view.
And three closer views. I love this chest pattern!
Finally, two lovely Egiptian Geese.
Check also my Kgalagadi trip report: viewtopic.php?style=2&f=27&t=72181