Thursday, 14. February, 2013 – Biyamiti – Skukuza
With melancholy we packed together and had to leave this comfy and quiet place and whilst we just left the gate we immediately felt homesickness! As the weir was still closed and the S139 in the direction very dense we decided to for a very last time this year drive the S25.
But before going into the details of the sightings we had this day we wanted to share our rhino pictures with you which came across somewhere on our way to Skukuza. Both sightings were extreme close to the road and you even had not to use a long lens. First we met a group of three out of which two of them were more than relaxed
whereas one was a bit anxious and did not fell that good by our presence
but with turning the engine off same became more and more released and even joint the other two again by lying down again and continue the just disturbed sleep.
Compared to other animals these grey masses are indeed late risers. As already said they were so close that even the lens Timon had on was far too large for a portrait.
The next couple which came across was a mom with her little one and obviously our car was the first one the little one ever saw as same was so curious and inspected us extensively.
Now back to the chronological adventures of the day. Whilst for a very last time driving through my fairytale forest – in the early morning the light is as good as in the later afternoon – we met again good old friends at nearly the same spot and nearly at the same time as yesterday our naughty baby boy suddenly stood with mom and an aunt in the road.
At first sight he was still a bit shy and stayed close to Mom but with every further seconds he got even naughtier and more self-assured compared to yesterday if ever possible.
The first victim was mom as he stole right out of her mouth a large branch full of green but he did not started to munch as the other two did but started the Dumbo show with catapulting his small trunk around like an airscrew which was for sure so funny and cute to watch that we both could not hold our cameras because we laughed so loud.
Needless to say that only a beggarly rest of the branch he just had stolen survived his stormily rotation as most of same was now lying down spread all over the road.
He simply was in his own world in which he might have dreamed of being “Super Ellie”.
After he finally lost the interest in the remains of his branch he discovered a sandgrouse right in front of him and started to chase it away.
You cannot believe how funny that looked because although still a teenage ellie but far larger than the small sandgrouse which hit finally in the high grass.
“Did it!” “Oh, it’s you again!”
He was so cute with his behaviour that nobody could be angry but as already said whenever grown up I would not feel that well should he might cross our path.
What cheeky little bugger!
He even got a bit stronger with Mom as back up but finally Mom had enough of his performance – his aunt only crossed the street and disappeared munching in the bush right at the beginning of that sighting – She might already know him very well – and vanished in the thick bush and needless to say that with Mom out of sight he took his heels and followed her immediately.
What a show and believe me it was once again extreme hard to chose my favourites and sorry about the amount of pictures of our “little” friend. At least I am looking already forward what he might puzzled up until next year.
Unfortunately the rest of our drive until Gesanftombi was quiet not even a bird could be seen – At the dam a huge buffalo bull – might have been the same as the previous days – was about to make himself comfortable in a shady muddy place.
Today we decided to give the S130 another try but same is so overgrown at this time of the year that we saw again nothing. For the very last time we drove the S137 and besides some zebras in the distance nearly nothing but I could not pass without taking a picture of the high grass.
One of the noisy glossy starlings landed close by and allowed Timon a couple of shots.
We turned into the upper part of the S28 and besides this brown cheeky looking snake eagle also on that road it was quiet.
After a final visit at Lower Sabie and Sunset dam we drove North and on one of the bridges which you have to cross on the S79 we met another hamerkop couple on the lookout for some fish.
Although whilst driving closer they did not feel disturbed in any way and we were happy to get some close ups of them.
to be continued with our visit at Lake Panic.....