Monday March 4th. Morning Drive.
And so we come to the end of our Short Long Weekend. Our last drive and we decided to try to get away from the dense bush and head down to Crocodile Bridge for breakfast. This turned out to be a really great decision because the Park had one more big surprise in store for us.
It was overcast at first and when the sun broke through it was reminiscent of the special effects used in Close Encounters.
Somewhere near Skukuza an Impie lamb was getting her breakfast.
On the high-level bridge over the Sabie, a lady Giant kingfisher let me get really close.
Between Nkuhlu and Lower Sabie a usually dry area had become a large pond and a small group of Whistling Ducks were in residence.
The Lubyelubye Leopard was not in evidence but a Natal Spurfowl was keeping a lookout for him.
We took quick loo & view stop at Lower Sabie and I saw one of the most horrible things I've ever seen in the Park - Indian Minahs, the first time I've ever seen these immigrants in the Park.
Eventually we were on to the S28 where we saw plenty of game in the distance but the grass was so long that it hid the smaller animals.
What TT is complete without some pictures of Rollers?
And then we were at Crocodile Bridge where I pulled out my new Tamron 90mm macro lens and went in search of some subject matter.
A tree Agama without the blue head - female or non-breeding male.
An Orange & Lemon Butterfly that looked to be on its last legs.
An African Leopard Butterfly.
And lastly, a juvenile Fork-Tailed Drongo.
After a very good breakfast we drove out of the gate, across the Crocodile River and set course for Johannesburg.
Somewhere on our morning drive we also managed to spot this.
Oh, yes, I did say that having breakfast at Crocodile Bridge was a great idea and that the Park saved the best for last.
Along the way we had an extra special sighting. It was only the second one of these that we've ever seen in the Kruger and the other sighting was a loooooong time ago.
Even more grandiose than a Speke's Hinge-Backed Tortoise, it's our second sighting of this incredibly shy and seldom seen animal.
Spot the deliberate omission and see if you can guess what it was
To Be Continued......