Saturday 23/2/2013 13:55 - Another top secret destination 24:55
On our way back, in another riverbed this time, we found yet another white rhino sleeping in it! But on closer inspection, it did seem as if this rhino was not too well anymore - possibly old. He did seem very thin. Maybe he was in mourning...
On our way back, we got reports from some of the other investigators in the park that the Malelane Mafia was still in the same area. They had moved 200m down, into the shade of some trees. They were quite difficult to spot. The scene was not a good one when we found it...
There were other investigators, not complying with the rules - going off-road to get a better sighting of the mafia!
But just then an Honorary Ranger arrived (so identified from the badges on her car). SO called her "Pseudoranger Suzie"... (Him and his names...
). She was not impressed with the situation and the law-breakers - and started cracking the whip on these guys.
Once everybody was in legitimate positions again - we could spot some of the suspects much better.
Way to go "pseudoranger Suzie"! Saturday 23/2/2013 15:00 - Berg-en-Dal Camp 25:00
After the long drive and all the hard work of the morning, we decided to spend a bit of time in camp. But if you're a detective on the job - there is really no time to rest! Got to get cracking on the case!
So off we went to go and interview some locals, and also hear if there had been any scoops from some of the reporters.
The Brown-hooded Kingfisher (Bruinkopvisvanger) was sitting right outside our bungalow, waiting to hear what evidence we had gathered that morning.
The tree squirrels were also eager to come and give their version of the events:
Close to the restaurant, we found some Collared Barbets (Rooikophoutkappers) having a snack:
While we were looking at this guy munching away, we heard a knocking. We decided to investigate... Just around the corner, we found more of these guys on a dead branch in a tree. There must have been at least 5 barbets, and at least 5 holes in that branch. They were taking turns to drill holes bigger. Almost looked like a "Barbet school"!
Other reporters seen along the way in the camp were this Pale Flycatcher (Muiskleurvlieevanger):
And the beautiful Grey-headed Bush-shrike (Spookvoel):Saturday 23/2/2013 - Afternoon Drive 17:00 28:00
We decided to go on a short afternoon drive around camp. We saw many more of the victims coming to tell their story:
This guy sounded like a lawnmower chowing the grass...
Other evidence we could gather from the scene - was this slow guy, who told us he just couldn't get away from the scene fast enough...
And the reporter with the nice eyeshadow... Ms. Little Bee-eater (Kleinbyvanger):
It was another good day on the job. After a long day of work, we turned in to bed early. The next morning we had an appointment at 5am with some of the local professional guides on the scene to take us on a sunrise drive, to see if we could gather more evidence in the early morning hours...