At 5:15 this morning, I met with others heading out on the sunrise drive. We loaded up and left at 5:30 to see what we could find.
We found a lot of critters but only Elephants in the big 5. I saw my first Side-striped Jackals after the first critter of the day, which was a Scrub Hare. Other critters we found were Giraffes, Kori Bustard, Kudu, Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Tawny Eagle, Warthogs, Zebras, Wildebeest, Hippos, Hyaenas, Black Storks and Steenbok. We also found Crocodiles eating a Giraffe carcass in the river at the high water bridge.
People on the drive with us said they saw the Giraffe go down yesterday while they were watching it cross the water. They were looking into the sun so it was hard to see, but there were Crocodiles there and they said the Hippo were also acting aggressive. There was a lot of action, but they were sure that the crocs took him down and began eating right away.
We got back from the drive a little after 8:30 am so I had breakfast and then headed out on my own drive. Birds wanting to share my breakfast were Red-wing Starlings and Yellow-bill Hornbill.
I didn’t manage many sightings on my own, seeing a few Elephants, Baboons, Zebra, Laughing Dove, Saddle-bill Stork, Waterbuck, Marsh Sandpiper, Little Egret, Greater Egret, African Darter, Oxpeckers and another Black Stork.
As I mentioned yesterday though, the sightings are not what is important – although I love seeing all the critters. As I’m driving, I look around – sometimes to the right and sometimes to the left while keeping an eye on the road. I can’t see all directions at the same time and probably miss something to the right while I’m looking to the left. But – it doesn’t matter. I’m here – in Africa. I’m living a dream. 🙂
They are so cute when they are babies.
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