August 17 – Satara, Kruger National Park

I was up and out of the gate a few minutes after 6:00 this morning.  I decided to start off by heading back to the road where I saw the Cheetah so see what else I might find there today.

My first sighting was a Wildebeest today. That was followed by a Hyaena who was snacking off the buffalo kill from a couple of days ago. Next was a busy little Honey Badger.  Later I saw 2 more Honey Badgers.  Then there was a sad looking Baboon and then 2 Ostrich.  This road has been very good to me.  I saw my first Cheetah, Honey Badger and Ostrich while driving on it.

Other sightings for the day are Impalas, Zebras, Grey Go Away Bird, Giraffe, Magpie Shrike, Fork-tailed Drongo, Lilac Breasted Roller, Slender Mongoose, African Fish Eagle, Egyptian Geese, Hippos, Crocodile, Waterbuck, Elephants, Lions, Cape Buffalo, Kudu, Steenbok, Southern Ground Hornbills, Saddle-bill Storks, African Scops Owl and Dwarf Mongoose.  The Scops Owl is a resident of Satara and apparently the most photographed Owl in the world.

I saw 2 male Waterbuck having a bit of a discussion about dominance.  The one had already decided to leave the area when I first saw them.  I was telling one to stay where he was, so I could get a picture, but then I noticed him look behind and saw another male coming at him very quickly.  So, I waited while he crossed the road to get away.  The other one chased him for a short distance across the road and then came back.  I guess he was satisfied that he was in charge.

The Lions were having a snooze when I saw them.  They were very close to a large herd of Cape Buffalo and may have had one for dinner last night.  I saw 3, but there may have been more.

Zebra - Aug 17
Zebra – Aug 17
Wildebeest - Aug 17
Wildebeest – Aug 17
Hyaena - Aug 17
Hyaena – Aug 17
Honey Badger - Aug 17
Honey Badger – Aug 17
Honey Badger - Aug 17
Honey Badger – Aug 17
Honey Badger - Aug 17
Honey Badger – Aug 17
Honey Badger & a bird - Aug 17
Honey Badger & a bird – Aug 17

I don’t know what kind of bird is in this picture.

Baboon - looks injured and very sad - Aug 17
Baboon – looks injured and very sad – Aug 17
Giraffe - Aug 17
Giraffe – Aug 17
Zebra - Aug 17
Zebra – Aug 17
Giraffe - Aug 17
Giraffe – Aug 17
Giraffe - Aug 17
Giraffe – Aug 17
Giraffe - Aug 17
Giraffe – Aug 17.  I really love Giraffe faces – in case you hadn’t noticed.  🙂
Ostrich - Aug 17
Ostrich – Aug 17
Ostrich - Aug 17
Ostrich – Aug 17
Crocodile - Aug 17
Crocodile – Aug 17
Natal Francolin - Aug 17
Natal Francolin – Aug 17
Elephants - Aug 17
Elephants – Aug 17
Elephants - Aug 17
Elephants – Aug 17
Zebras - Aug 17
Zebras – Aug 17
African Scops Owl - Aug 17
African Scops Owl – Aug 17
Waterbuck - Aug 17 (being chased)
Waterbuck – Aug 17 (being chased)
Waterbuck - Aug 17 (in hot pursuit)
Waterbuck – Aug 17 (in hot pursuit)
Cape Buffalo - Aug 17
Cape Buffalo – Aug 17
Lion - Aug 17
Lion – Aug 17
Lions and Cape Buffalo - Aug 17
Lions and Cape Buffalo – Aug 17
Kudu - Aug 17
Kudu – Aug 17
Zebra and Wildebeest - Aug 17
Zebra and Wildebeest – Aug 17
Zebra - Aug 17
Zebra – Aug 17
Giraffe - Aug 17
Giraffe – Aug 17
Giraffe - Aug 17
Giraffe – Aug 17
Zebra - Aug 17
Zebra – Aug 17
Waterbuck - Aug 17
Waterbuck – Aug 17
Saddle-bill Stork - Aug 17
Saddle-bill Stork – Aug 17
Giraffe - Aug 17
Giraffe – Aug 17

Continued here.

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2 thoughts on “August 17 – Satara, Kruger National Park

  1. That’s really cool to see Honey Badgers. Tough little animals! Poor baboon! And good waterbuck action shots. Mine would have been a blur.

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