Nearly at the end of the road crossing the N’wanetsi I found a larger fish who permanently was calling - at least fish can do so - its uncountable little ones in his big mouth as soon as another fish came too close
and disgorged same again immediately when the coast was clear! This happened quite a couple of times and we had great fun in watching this behaviour as we saw something like that never before.
When leaving that magnificent spot we had to be careful in not to overrun this three banded plover searching for food directly on the causeway.
After the obligatory pit stop at the N’wanetsi picnic spot we paid today the Sweni bird hide a visit because tomorrow will already be our last day in Satara and at this stage we did not know whether we would make it tomorrow to that hide. Gladly we were the only people there and the dam was full and soon Timon was already shouting: “There is a red one!” and from that time on our nick name for the red bishop was simply the “red one”.
But the usual noisy suspects could also be heard and seen and here especially a mom with her little one located a bit farer away from the other hippos.
Lots of the red ones could be easily spotted in the reeds as the colours of their red and black feathers definitely could not be overlooked and on top the also ever present woodland kingfisher was also present and still sitting on its favourite branch where we do spot same normally always when paying a visit here.
Only a handful of the present red ones half-heartedly were building nests or at least were pretending in doing so especially when a female came closer but then the nest was forgotten and they started to behave like mad and believe me as already seen a couple of times it is always a pleasure to watch such crazy display show.
Especially when they flew from one reed to another to attract the female’s attention they always do look to me like barbarous mutated bumble bees!
Our reeds here do look in summer similar and can you believe it whenever watching our reeds in summer here I think or maybe it is always wishful thinking that a red one would flew by!
Finally they gave the female enough space and we could capture her as well whilst showing interest in one of the red ones.
After a fantastic time watching the “red ones” come and go it was time for us to leave and we decided to drive back via the S41 and then S100 – Plenty of usual suspects were soon easily spotted such as wildebeests, warthogs
and the zebras at least one of them started a show at one of the causeways on the S41 – The pond on the one side was still extreme full and only a couple of rocks were visible and having been left alone from nearly all members of its herd on one side of the river one zebra got a bit frantic
because same had been “forgotten” by the other zebras and now
started to stalk from one rock to another to reach the safe shore
and after having walked through deeper parts of the pond only having a watchful eye onto some strange floating tree trunks and after having crossed some slippery rocks same was once again reunited with its herd and believe me or not the zebra has just reached the other shore when the first crocodile turned up – Scary!
and whilst watching the whole scene a blacksmith plover joined us as well.to be continued......