Ok, so by now I am sure you had long written me off and forgotten that we are somewhere up in the Letaba area about to embark on a drive up to Bateleur where we were to be based for only 1 night.
Anyway, huge apologies for the loooong delay but life just somehow gets in the way!
but I will
complete this report as we don't have that long before we depart for our next trip.
I must thank all those who have faithfully viewed and commented thus far.
Not sure if I mentioned that we stayed in bungalow #A5 in Letaba, quite near the back, again not ideally positioned by adequate for our 1 night stay.LargeLarge
Jock had once again strolled down to the fence overlooking the river and watched the sun slowly making it presence felt.
What a way to start the day! Sigh!LargeLargeLargeLarge
And the little resident Bushbuck in the early morning light.LargeLarge
Finally all packed up and on our way northwards!
The Letaba bridge still bearing signs of the awful flood waters some months before!Large
It was a stunning morning and we just couldn't resist the view taken from the bridge.Large
A little Blackwinged Stilt
hoping to be in luck with some breakfast!Large
Carrying on we find a little Steenbok LargeLarge
Checking for danger!Large
We decided to take the S48 Tsendze Loop
instead of the tar road and we hadn't gone very far we met a breeding herd of ElliesLarge
They weren't all that pleased to see us at first and the one trumpeted its displeasure but soon wandered off to join the rest of its herd, thank goodness!!
one of the youngsters in the herd.Large
One of our best birds to photograph and how do you resist them?Large
Next up a threesome of Swainson's Francolins
and an old "dagga boy" glaring our way!LargeLargeBrown-hooded KingfisherLargeLarge
We then decided a stop off in Mopani
for a spot of breakfast was in order.
Sat out on the deck overlooking the lovely Pioneer DamLarge
and plenty to entertain us while we waited for our breakfast order to arrive.African Darter
drying its wings.Large
What I think is a Purple Heron?Large
Some far off Hippos Large
and the never too far off where food is concerned Starling Large
Our breakfast wrap Mopani style!Large
A beautiful Impala Lily
in the grounds of Mopani.Large
Tummies full we carry on and before we had gone too came across some ellies slaking their thirst at one of the reservoirs.LargeS52
and we have to stop off at the Red Rocks
Nothing to much moving but love the beautiful and scenic outlook.
Arriving at Batelur camp
which was a first visit for all of us and we are impressed by the neat and peaceful little camp.
We are allocated #4 and if anyone wants to see pics of the bungalow I have posted them Here
We soon settled in and were highly entertained by the this Starling decided a little pool was a good place for a drink!LargeLarge
Also this Red-billed Hornbill
who seemed to be waiting for the braai!Large
and the little tree Squirrels who were all over the place begging like crazy!LargeLarge
Towards dusk we took a stroll to the hide in the camps ground and sat hoping for something exciting to wander by.
but unfortunately all that we saw was flocks of Doves flying in and out continuouslyLargeLarge
Just as the light was starting to die we discovered a Verreaux's Eagle Owl in the big tree opposite the hide but before we could get a pic it flew off into the night.
Then the wind suddenly picked up and it blew an absolute gale all night which was quite noisy with all the tree around the camp.
The next day proved to be quite an exciting day so please don't go too far away and I promise to get the next episode underway without delay!