This is my last full day in Kruger and I still haven’t seen any Wild Dogs. My mission is to find Wild Dogs – or when I get to Nkorho, I will make that the mission of the rangers there. 🙂
First critter of the day was a trio of Natal Francolins who came by the deck this morning while I was getting ready to head out. Then one of the Vultures from the nearby tree flew away and came back minutes later with some twigs. I guess they have chosen this tree for their nest.
As I was driving along looking for my Wild Dogs, some people in a car stopped me and told me where I could find 5 young male Lions. Kitties are always good to see and I haven’t seen any for awhile, so I headed over to where they said. Word had not gotten out to the general public yet, so there were hardly any cars there and I did not have to jockey for position at all. I only saw 2 of them, so the other 3 must have been flat cats. These 2 raised their heads for a few minutes for pictures though. 🙂
I saw a Marabou Stork land on top of a tree carrying a twig – so I’m guessing nesting season has begun here. Other sightings for the day were Kudu, Warthogs, Impalas, Wildebeest, Zebras, Baboons, Helmeted Guineafowl, Ostrich, Elephants, Vervet Monkey, Lilac-breasted Roller, Yellow-billed Hornbill, Southern Ground Hornbills, African Fish Eagle, and about 4 Steenbok.
While I was sitting on my deck this afternoon, a Kudu came to my private waterhole for a drink. After drinking, she was calling – but no one answered. She then went up the hill on the other side and disappeared. Hopefully she found her friends. Then I noticed a couple of Terrapins sunning themselves on a rock in my waterhole. 🙂 A little later, a Bushbuck came up to my tent. I took a couple of pictures of her and then I heard Cape Buffalo across the water. I could see about 6 of them, but they were not clear enough to get any pictures. I forgot about my little Bushbuck until I heard her at the other side of my tent and then she went under and came up right in front of me. She nibbled on some leaves for awhile and then went somewhere else. Next I saw an African Fish Eagle fly over to a tree by my waterhole. 🙂
Tomorrow morning I pack up and leave Kruger to head for Sabi Sands and a bit of luxury living for the next 3 days. I don’t want to think about what happens after those 3 days.
A few minutes after I saw the female above, I saw 2 males who were motionless with then horns together. I wasn’t sure if they were going to fight or not, so I stopped and set up to take a picture of this stance. Just as I clicked to snap a picture they moved and a cloud of dust went up. Since there is a 1 or 2 second delay the picture has them in that split second where you can see the movement through the dust. I had to stop and wait for the dust to clear to see anything. One of them walked to the right out of the dust and I still could not see the other. When the dust cleared, the other one was standing. I don’t know who the winner was – the one who walked away or the one who was still standing in the same spot.
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