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