I have been sitting in the car so much that my back began to bother me a bit. So today, I decided I would take a short drive in the morning and just hang around camp for the afternoon. I had hoped that I might be able to get internet access so I could upload some pictures, but the sign that I thought indicated there was access, was referring to another camp.
My first sighting this morning was one of the Bushbucks that lives in camp, followed by a much smaller flock of Quelea than yesterday. I also saw Impalas, Cape Turtle Dove, African Red-eye Bulbul, Southern Ground Hornbill, Zebra, Lilac Breastered Roller, Cape Buffalo, Waterbuck, and what I think is a White-bellied Sunbird. He is so little and so fast that I just haven’t been able to get a decent picture of him. I came extremely close to seeing 2 Cheetah this morning. They were on top of a termite mound (I’ve been checking every mound I see), but behind some bushes and quite a distance from the road. Just as I got a spot where I could see the mound – they got up and left. They went behind the mound and away from us. 😦 Seeing the mound they just left wasn’t close enough to calll it a sighting – just an example of how things are on Africam where I am in the JMI Club (just missed it).
I went through the Elephant Museum at Letaba. They have gathered a lot of information about the big tuskers of the park here.
A couple of days ago, I remember stopping at a waterhole and turning the car off to just watch and listen. After awhile, I swear I could hear some distant music – but no one else was around. It was kind of eeary. After awhile, I started the car and continued on my way. Well – the same thing happened tis morning when I stopped at a waterhole. Again, the music was very quiet and seemed to be very distant – but I was the only one around. After some thought, I decided to push on my radio on/off button and magically, the sound stopped – LOL. I had been trying to set the clock on the radio without luck, and I guess I turned on the radio a couple of days ago. It was almost at the mute stage, I only heard it when everyting else was silent. I guess on my other stops, someone may have had their car running or the birds may have been louder, so I didn’t hear anything those times. The clock had been right on the first car I had, but I still haven’t figured out how to set it in this one. There is a book in the car about the radio, but it doesn’t say how to set the clock.
I took a long walk around the perimter of camp – but didn’t see any critters at all except for some Helmeted Guinea Fowl. I will have to do that again a little later when the critters wake up from their noon-time nap and get thirsty. Once back at my tent, I saw a Laughing Dove and a Tree Squirrel.
I decided to go for a short drive this afternoon. I saw more critters in the 2 hour afternoon drive than I had in the 4 hour morning drive. We started off with a Baboon family crossing the road in front of me, then Kudu and Giraffe just a few yards fromm each other. I turned off the main road to get closer to the river and saw a Waterbuck, a Blacksmith Lapwing,an African Fish Eagle, 2 Hippos, a Red-billed Oxpecker and a Crested Barbet. Then there was a Warthog and Elephants along the road. At the high water bridge, I was able to get out of the car and found more Waterbucks, Baboons, Egyptian Geese, Saddle-bill Stork, Blacksmith Lapwing, Pied Kingfisher and a bunch of fish in the water.
I had one more walk along the perimter fence and the only critters this time was one of the resident Bushbucks and the bats who exited their bathouse just as I was going by it.
My back feels much better after a lot of walking today.
Tomorow, I pack up and head to Shingwedzi, where I have a hut reserved for the next 2 nights.
This is the best picture I could get of this quick little bird, but I am sure (I hope) that I have ID’d it correctly.
My friend Blue Beard tells me that these are Mozambique Tilapia. If you are in need of an aquatics store, he seems to know his stuff and you can find his store here.
I don’t know if the little Waterbuck thought he had a chance here or if dad was just showing a technique to his son.
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