Saturday, 18 September 2010

A hot day in paradise

Much the same as yesterday at dawn around the Halali waterhole with the Verraux’s Eagle Owl again coming to drink along with many Double-banded Sandgrouse.
Verraux's Eagle Owl

Also Golden-breasted and Cinnamon-breasted Buntings, African Grey Hornbill, Lilac-breasted Roller, White-browed Scrub-Robin and many Helmeted Guineafowl present around the waterhole.
Golden-breasted Bunting

The walk back ton the camp was equally productive, with Brown-crowned Tchagra, Long-billed Crombec, Grey-backed Cameroptera, Red-billed Buffalo-Weaver, a few White-crested Helmet-Shrikes and a Groundscraper Thrush along the path.

Grey-backed Cameroptera

Brown-crowned Tchagra
Red-billed Buffalo-weaver
White-crested Helmet-shrike

Groundscraper Thrush

Not much else done during the morning whilst waiting for a puncture to be mended and Toni coming down with a bout of suspected food poisoning.

The afternoon spent around the Okahojou Camp where many Sociable Weavers were present scrounging for food around the tables attracting the attention of a Little Sparrowhawk. Also African Red-eyed Bulbul and a Chestnut-vented Tit-Babbler here. A visit to Olifontsbad waterhole in the evening was very quiet apart from hundreds of Helmeted Guineafowl and a Cape Hare and also a Lioness at Gemsbokvelate waterhole at dusk.


A bit of excitement at the Okekojou waterhole after dark with 2 Black Rhinos, a horde of Elephants and the ubiquitous Black-backed Jackals.

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