Kruger National Park Day 18

16 July Lower Sabie
We decided on a later start today and started off at Sunset dam at quarter to 8. It is definitely best to be there in the morning. We had an amazing time watching white crowned lapwings, a ruff, three banded plover and different storks and kingfishers.

The hippos were also in amorous mood and we watched a love scene playing out.

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White-crowned Lapwing

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Ruff

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Yellow-billed Stork

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Wooly-necked Stork

Three Banded Plover

Three Banded Plover

Pied kingfishers

Pied kingfishers

What a lovely smile you have

Show me your tonsils and I’ll show you mine

Just a little kiss please

Just a little kiss please

What toothpaste do you use

What toothpaste do you use

Cosying up

Cosying up

Such a loving couple

Afterglow?

Travel by Hippo - beats the bus

Travel by Hippo – beats the bus

On the S28 we got another pearl spotted owlet. Great to see so many in the park. A Senegal lapwing was another bird that gave us pleasure to find.

Pearl Spotted Owlet

Pearl Spotted Owlet

Senegal Lapwing

Senegal Lapwing

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A tawny Eagle is disturbed by a warthog

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The hog ignores the bird

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Find a patch to scratch his nose and have a snack

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Tawny joins his mate in the dry grass and shares his meal with her.

Our morning produced all the usual suspects before we stopped at Crocodile Bridge for breakfast. This is a small Gate Camp and does not have a restaurant. However they have a coffee hut and tables and chairs outdoors. From the shop we got ready made sandwiches which were really good and we also indulged in chocolate chip muffins.  We spotted some good birds there too.

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White-bellied sunbird

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House Sparrow

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Blue Waxbill

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Black Headed Oriole

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Black Collared Barbet

A special experience today was on the S25 as it crossed to the S26 on a low level bridge. There was just a bit of water but lots going on. We watched monkeys drinking,a heron catch a fish and a monitor lizard catch a frog.

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The Heron ready to fish (Note monitor lizard in background.)

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What can he see?

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Going for the prey

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Got it!

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Down the gullet it goes

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Water Monitor starts exploring

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What can he find in the pond

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Getting closer

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Admires his reflection

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Tests the waters with a hind leg

Tongue darts in and out
Speaks with a forked tongue?

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A frog meets his fete

 

Monkey slake their thirst

Monkey slake their thirst

 

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One thought on “Kruger National Park Day 18

  1. You sure are good bird spotters. Wow those Hippos have huge teeth. I would stay far away from those. Lovely time in the Park.

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