Sunday, 19 September 2010

Back to full strength

After a good night's sleep, Toni was back on the mend so we were out again the minute they opened the gates. 2 Spotted Hyenas showed very well by the road near Newbrownii first thing but little else here.

Spotted Hyena

A return to Olifontsbad produced many Black-faced Impala, Greater Kudu, and Red Hartebeest along with 2 male Lions.


Greater Kudu stag
Black-faced Impala

Red Hartebeest

Also an adult Tawny Eagle here and several photogenic African Red-eyed Bulbuls, Great Sparrows and Red-headed Finches by the nearby picnic site.

Tawny Eagle
Red-eyed Bulbul
Red-headed Finch
Great Sparrow

Many Burchell’s Zebras around Gemsbokvelate waterhole along with a melanistic Gabar Goshawk and many Red-capped Larks and Chestnut-backed Sparrowlarks.

Burchell's Zebra

Red-capped Lark

Chestnut-backed Sparrow-lark

Also many Burchell’s Zebra at Ombika waterhole at midday along with a Secretary Bird.
The usual Sociable Weavers around Okahojou campsite at lunchtime along with an African Hoopoe but little else due to the extreme heat.

Sociable Weaver colony that got so big they had to support it
Sociable Weaver

The waterhole around the campsite was very busy in the afternoon as many Springbok, Zebras, Kudu and Blue Wildebeest came in to drink.

Rush hour at the waterhole

Blue Wildebeest

female Greater Kudu


A late afternoon visit to Wolfsnes was very quiet mammal-wise but, Pale-chanting Goshawk, 3 Batleurs and Lappet-faced and White-backed Vultures showed very well and a cracking Black-shouldered Kite near nearby Wolfnes waterhole.

Black-shouldered Kite

Pale-chanting Goshawk

White-backed Vulture

Several Southern Ant-eating Chats seen by the road along with a confiding Double-banded Courser and several Northern Black Koorhans.

Southern Ant-eating Chat
Double-banded Courser

Northern Black Koorhan

After dark, 5 Black Rhinos, including 2 young, along with a herd of Elephants and a Lioness showed well at the Okokojou waterhole.

Black Rhino
March of the Elephants

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