Suddenly from everywhere there was also great volume of traffic and although a lot of cars drove around the rhinos we stayed where we were as the rhinos were blocking the road from both side
and to end finally between two of them as car sandwich was not the way we wanted to begin the day and moreover two bulls started a quarrel or at least did not like the presence of the other one that close.
Finally they calmed down and each one returned to his side of the road and then struggled with a lot of highjackers invading the grey “bus”.
Each time a car dared to slip through the gap and the rhinos gave them enough space they afterwards immediately took the same spot – as same must have been still a bit warm – and started to continue their nap.
Especially the little ones between them were still extreme sleepy.
Somehow the road has been cleared and we continued our way, stopped for a brown snake eagle – the light was still too bad due to the many clouds, and for another sleeping beauty in a tree.
As bird especially owl lovers we could not drove on without stopping and at least taking a couple of pictures of this pink eyelid cutie. Pity was that this one was alone as I would have loved to hear the hippolike sound they make when communicating with each other again.
After taking picture after picture I forced Timon to continue our way as otherwise we still would stand there and admiring the owl. Somewhere in a dry riverbed there was a family of rhino peacefully sleeping but same got aware of a closer coming elephant bull and so stood up.
Whilst watching the pictures later I realized the kink in the left ear of the female and with that remarkable sign I remember having seen them already a couple of days earlier when we were on our way to Crocodile Bridge on a totally different road.
The sun meanwhile came up and illuminated everything in a fantastic way and you could even saw the sand which splashed up and around them due to their fast jumps up and believe me although they do might look snugly they can move and run very fast.
Also the oxpecker burst excitedly up not knowing for what reason. Finally Dad in front, followed by Mom and finally the little one disappeared deeper into the riverbed out of sight.
Due to the back light this picture of them all together plus the elephant bull is not the best one but I simply wanted to show the interaction we just watched between these different species.
After a dry spell with nothing to be seen on our way further down South we reached again the weir but as already known earlier the road was still closed but from high where we stood and after Timon maneuvered the car in a best possible position to overlook the biyamiti weir a bit we noticed a beautiful goliath heron on top of a rock which could not be left without a couple of clicks
which finally ended in an excessive number of clicks as moreover no disturbing grass was in the way. Whilst Timon was busy in capturing the heron I once again scanned the area and located a fish eagle in a tree – maybe once again not the best sighting of a fish eagle because same was a bit hidden from the leaves.
We also noticed a pair of giant kingfishers trying to fish some breakfast but due to the road closure we could not come closer and only saw a couple of colourful dots flying around.
In the end we turned around and strolled back via the Biyamiti loop and the S114 and besides the usual suspects in form of zebras, wildebeest, waterbucks and impalas
it was a quiet drive until we got stuck in a traffic jam although nothing to be seen......Finally we got a glimpse of a paw and a belly.
Only one meter away from the road although invisible in the high grass framed by a couple of smaller and thin trees and on top in a small scrape we realized a clew of bodies, legs and paws which finally solved into three adult lionesses.
If we do not know where to look for we would have never seen them. So we had no other choice than in exercise in patience and wait for some action.
From time to time we even saw a head and finally one lioness stood up, stretched everything a bit and finally changed position and we got at least a glimpse of her behind the high grass.to be continued with the revenge.....