The male even flew down and was now raiding the grass close to where we parked right in the middle of the waterbuck group in order to find something usable for the nest.
She was meanwhile busy in putting everything at its right place and finally settled down – Gladly to hear that they indeed were successful in raising some fluff balls as Katy in her report posted a picture of the nest with the little ones.
A wildebeest was now also coming closer and joined the waterbuck group out of which some meanwhile stood up and started munching and whilst we were busy in watching from the saddle-billed storks to the waterbucks and then back again we spotted two secretary birds on the other side of the road.
WoW – That sighting nearly topped the saddle-billed storks because secretary birds are a rare sighting for us in Kruger and we only had the honour in seeing them only twice so far there!
It was, however, not easy to capture them as they were nearly the whole time on the run and either one of them was hidden by a bush or grass when we were about to press the button then the one we just focussed was hidden and the other one was posing nicely and so it carried on
as they were permanently on the move and they could even run extreme fast and we had troubles in following them. We already thought that the sighting was over but then they returned via another bush and even came a bit closer.
What a fantastic day so far we had and nearly the whole drive on the S90/41 we in fact had the honour in meeting only a handful of other cars so nobody was chasing any animals away and we had also enough time in stopping excessively for our feathered friends although it was a Sunday!
We even still had a lot of time in examine more wildebeests, zebras and carmine bee eaters
and captured some impalas as a large herd was nearly blocking the whole road and some of them could not decide
on which side of the road the grass or leaves might taste better but with their indecision we had plenty of time in being part of their herd and smelling them and hear them barking.
The whole morning is was nice weather with a bit sunshine and clouds and it was not that hot and really pleasantly so maybe this was also one reason why we saw that much on that day. At Guzani dam which we never saw that full as this year we enjoyed the silence as long as the hippos kept quiet and finally we drove back once again via the S100 where our lions from early morning could not be spotted any longer and compared to the just driven S90 and S41 this road was deadly silent besides a group of waterbucks with some little ones between them
and they even allowed some nice mother and youngster picture
and with that sighting we named this road from now on the “waterbuck” road as you either will see everything on that road or nothing but you can always rely on the waterbucks as they will always be there!
Finally it was time to relax a bit in camp and whilst doing so my trrrp-trrrrrrrrrr friend’s did start their concert again and needless to say that this was one of the best concerts in my life so far.
Meanwhile the sun chased the clouds completely away and it was a sunny and nice afternoon and we decided to see what might come across the S90 once again. The light was simply brilliant for photography and now only the animals had to show up – First we spotted a warthog mom with her piglets running in front of our car – a pity was that they did not turn around so we only got theirs bums.
One of the many present red backed shrikes did pose so nicely so Timon could not resist in taking another picture
and also a banana bird had already an early dinner and then the ostriches started their show
and they were indeed in good mood and allowed an excessive photo shooting – It was a group of five in total, 2 females, 2 males and one nearly grown chick
and they were very hungry
and some urgent things also had to be done.
After spending quite an entertaining time with them they walked away farer into the bush and for us it was time to explore that road once again a bit more.
One of the many or as already said maybe once again the same kori bustard showed up
and also an elephant bull came across
and another kori which was definitely not the same and far too far away for a picture!to be continued with the naughty ones....and some never seen before........