This morning's excursion today to Addo will probably be my last until January because we leave for a 2 week trip to Kruger 2 weeks from today and there is LOTS to do before then. I must also apologise for the low pixel low quality pics I post especially today's which are in this post. Before I started shrinking them they were all 7-9Mb and after shrinkage they ended up at between 126 Kb and 284 Kb which is pathetic quality considering the glass I'm using and the 10 mpix camera. Anyway as long as you know that the originals are actually quite nice and what you see on your screen is a fuzzy blob!.
It was raining today and actually quite hard as I entered the South Gate. I saw NOTHING until I reached Hapoor Dam when the cute but suicidal Crowned Plover was still at it trying to make anest excavation this time right in the road. Hopefully by the time eggs are laid they would have decided on a safer place off the road!! He looks miserable and wet from the lovely rain.
I then went up Zuurkop and down to Carol's Rest Waterhole and on the surrounding plains were all these White Storks which had arrived this week from Europe.
Later on I followed this African Hoopoe up the road as he went from one Elephant Dung Heap to the other scratching for bugs. The light was great but a bit dark but I had left my flash at home...unforgivable!
I then found the breeding herd of Hartebeest on the Domkrag Dam loop and the little ones are growing fast and this little one is sprouting horns already. Cant tell if its Male or Female as both have horns.
I had been trying to photograph tiny Bar Throated Apalis birds but as usual they were not playing ball but I decided to leave my big lens on the camera (200-400) for the rest of the way to the exit gate. It was very near the Gate when this ellie came around the corner 400metres away. I nosed into the bush so I was at right angles to the approaching Bull and put the big lens on the beanbag and put the zoom on Max (400) and got this shot. Again I apologise for the shocking quality of these next three ellie pics as the originals are really sharp and nice.
He was approaching fast and very soon I had to swivel the lens to Vertical format and Zoom out to 210 for this shot
Finally he was very close so I had some fun and zoomed to 360 and got his eye!! One elephant one lens and a lot of fun as the cars started to pile up wide eyed behind me!!
Well now I know how to upload photos so I will have to get a note book and do a Kruger Report after we get back at New Year.