When in Kruger one lost track of time and which day it is, I guess this is partly why a Kruger experience is so unique in a way. Our first stop, as we left Skukuza for Biyamiti, guess where…Lake Panic of course!
Whilst occupying the corner, trying to capture those blue waxbills busy building a nest, a gentleman was busy setting up his camera with a massive lens (poor birds – ‘tongue in cheek’) – on a tripod and taking photos with a remote device. Here I am with a 400 mm lens, just admiring his bazuka
– wondering how those photos will look like – must be brilliant. Maybe some of you might recognize the feeling
… maybe I must leave now…crossed my mind???. But then I thought -
no, no need to feel intimidated… ‘one day when I am big….’.
This was our last stop at Lake Panic and as we approached the T junction with H11, a gentleman stopped us and said we must go to the S1 Doispane road…we will not be disappointed
. So, we turned right and off we went and just about 1 km from the H11 on the S1, there they were ...running in an effortless and rhythmic fashion down the road, all 16 of them – wild/painted dogs WOW
. We followed them for a few hundred metres when they suddenly all stopped and decided it is time to rest. This was time to get up close and personal with them… photo shoot time!
it is time out time...I got 14 of the 16 in this shot.
A taxi came past and ran them all over....
just jocking, they were all sleeping or are they playing dead hoping we will all go home?
It was just so interesting to see how they get on with one another - "if you rest your leg on my body, then I am using yours as a cushion".
Jik, he was letting it all out and once done rolled in it and then started to eat it again...
With this face, one is tempted to put him in the boot and take him home...
Heading towards Biyamiti on the H3, we met Adoons and family, but this guy, the main man, had other things on his mind – it makes one appreciate what such an animal can do with those teeth
Further down the road we spotted this ‘trap-suutjie’ (verkleurmannetjie of is dit ‘n verkleurvroutjie?) or translated chameleon. I have read Sheenaugh-Lee's concern for them in B.B.B.B.B’s thread, hence thought – a must inclusion. This was 1 of 3 sightings of these ‘rolling eyes – guys’.
Heading towards Biyamiti, we first did a brunch-stop at Afsaal. Although it was hot, we tasted some amarula coffee –“as Jan Spies used to say – mmm koffie kapitaal”. I did not spot the owl in the trees at the time of visit – wondering if the owl is still there – perhaps someone could advise, please. Then we were off to a spot that I had fond memories of - Biyamiti Weir!
To do justice to this unique spot, I have clustered all my sightings in one as we visited the area twice over the next 2 days. Look out for my next posting – where I will also share why I fell in love with this spot – Biyamiti Weir..coming up next…
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