Saturday 23/2/2013 8:20 - Another Top Secret Destination... 19:20
Usually when one drives over a riverbed at a scene such as this, one should slow down, and look up and down the riverbed to look for possible hiding suspects. Buffalo is a common finding in these riverbeds. The next riverbed we crossed, we saw this guy lying there:
Snoozing away. We decided to let him be and head on. We thought that with all the information gathered so far - it was time to hold a press conference to inform all the reporters on the latest. And what a better place to hold a press conference than Lake Panic!
On our way there we met up with some of the reporters. Not a common guy - the African Hawk Eagle (Grootjagarend):
The next reporter was not interested in our press conference. He preferred reporting on the weather - especially on lightning and storms... The Hamerkop (also known as the weerligvoel / lightning-bird):
And a common reporter on the ground - the Groundscraper Thrush (Gevlekte Lyster):
On the little dirt road leading to Lake Panic - we spotted this Green-backed Heron (Groenrugreier) - but he just turned his back on us, and wanted nothing to do with the case!
Then we arrived at Lake Panic. What a disappointment. After all our trouble of organising a press conference here - none of the reporters pitched! I've never in my life experienced this place this quiet before. No Grey Herons, no Goliath Herons, no Egrets, no African Darter, Kingfishers or Cormorants!
Not even a Jacana or a Black Crake!
Only a single Green-backed Heron (Groenrugreier) sitting on a nest:
We decided to wait, and whilest waiting - take more shots of the scene...
But nobody pitched. Maybe they knew something we didn't. Or there was some new gossip they were all following. So after waiting for some time, we decided to leave. On our way back, we spotted this - the tiniest we've ever seen - terrapin! His shell was probably 5cm in diameter!
My husband always calls the terrapins "waterpasteitjies" (waterpies). We decided to call this one a "waterkrummeltjie!" (watercrumb)
And then - a special reporter. A new tick for us. Very attractive indeed, smooth and charming. A Long-tailed Paradise Wydah (Gewone Paradysvink):
We decided to share our press update with him:Saturday 23/2/2013 13:00 - On our way back to Berg-en-Dal 24:00
By now, the first 24 hours of our investigation has passed. Thus far we have gathered a great amount of evidence already:
- We found that there were still many survivours mourning the passing of their fellow rhinos. We even noticed a black rhino!
- We saw multiple reporters - some coming from as far abroad as Europe - indicating that this was indeed a high profile case!
- Forensic Pathologists were involved, and will be reporting on the case.
- Our first suspect - Ms Panthera Pardus - was noticed in the area, and mugshots were taken.
- Our second group of suspects - the Malelane Mafia - were placed under permanent surveilance (See Avatar).
This all happened in 24 hours. What will be revealed in the next 24 hours? Will the detectives crack the case....