The male dog which was in desperate love with one of the females so far did not let her up and followed her permanently and when she lay down he did the same. As soon as she stood up he did the same and when she walked away he followed her always accompanied by his remarkable squeaking.
The sun also found its way through the clouds and so the light illuminating this sighting was brilliant and we more and more felt home in the bush.
Surprisingly the doggies did not felt in any way disturbed by the many cars and the rush which was meanwhile predominating around them. Sporadically one of the dogs lay so close to the road that I was already afraid that maybe one of the cars might run over its paws but they even did not twitch although the tires of the cars nearly touched them.
As we meanwhile already stayed 1 1/2 half hours with them and most of them started to keep permanently hidden behind bushes or in the high grass we were about to say bye bye to them when a safari vehicle drove by and asked us politely whether they can block our view for only one minute we for sure had no problems with that and all the passengers thanked us enthusiastically and only after half a minute they already left. This only is also to show that there are also polite and very well sticking to the rules JJ in the park!
Also for us it was time to leave as otherwise we would not make it any further into the park and we still wanted to drive our beloved Biyamiti loop and also a couple of other smaller loops in that area and so we waived to the painted ones a final farewell and left them with heavy hearts.
After an extensive and well needed break at Afsaal with a yummy ice cream we carried on and gladly the S113 was open again and so we could travel along one of our favourite roads in that area although already knowing that the crossing at Biyamiti weir was still closed but driving the S23 twice was indeed no problem for us.
Besides a beautiful Burchell’s coucal which always kept hidden in a thick bush - the loop was quiet but we were able to spot our very first elephant bull during that trip which was in a not quite good mood and blocked the road quite a while until he was willing to let us pass.
A lone dagga boy was happy to have a muddy and wet spot to rest
and even a rhino mom plus calf could be spotted - Although the calf was permanently hiding itself behind bush but mom's curled tail was indeed a compensation of not getting in calf on picture
as well as the ever present naughty banana birds but who could pass them without taking a picture as they can sometimes be so comical.
A pity was that this loop was over so fast but due to the closure of Biyamiti weir we had the honour in driving the same road back enjoying the views over the still partly strong flowing Biyamiti. To drive back to the tar road you had to cross one of the many causeways in the park and this year most of these causeways were still slightly under water and consequently on nearly each causeway or low water bridge with running water we could spot in the entire park at least one hamerkop and so it was here
plus a couple of three banded plovers were running around in the hope for the catch of the day.to be continued with more fluff balls........