The wind died down last night and did not blow us all away to Oz. We all had a good night’s sleep but the effects of early rising for the past week have taken its toll on our teenage grandchildren. It took a while to coax them out of the tent this morning and it was after six before we went off for our morning drive.
We did a short morning drive along the S100, checked out the Leopard/Hyaena kill and then went back to camp. These are the highlights:-
Vultures were feasting on the leftovers of the leopard’s kill.
We also found some white storks. I imagine they’d just made a delivery of babies to some Park Parents.
We found a spot where there was a Painted Snipe, Grey Heron, African Black Crake and Fish Eagle.
Some other birding delights of the day were:-
Then we had an encounter with a bull elephant in musth. He owned the road and just kept coming toward us. “Reverse, Grandpa!” yelled the kids. “We’re going to die!” moaned Shannon. “Tell my parents I love them!’
While they were freaking out they both kept their cameras trained on the scene videoing the drama. There were other cars on the road too and we all just gave the Elllie his space and reversed until he decided he’d had enough fun and went off into the bush.
The commentary on the video was hilarious. “I don’t know who will see this but at least you will know how I died. This is freaking terrifying! Grandpa – reverse faster. (chuckles from Grandpa) Don’t worry kids he’s not angry he won’t do anything. (from Grandma) That’s was the last crushed people said (from Shan) Lots of nervous laughter.
It all lasted about three minutes and when it was over the kids said – Man that was scary! – But really we were in no danger. This was no angry, charging elephant.
Back at camp we had breakfast and spent a few hours chilling before going out again at 3. It was not a very exciting afternoon – probably just as well after the morning drama. The highlight was coming across a mommy hyaena with cubs
I was also thrilled to get the African Hawk Eagle
The weather was cold again today but by this evening we could see that it was clearing. The Earl cooked a chicken casserole for supper. An elephant passed by the fence. He was so silent that had the neighbours not alerted us we would not have seen him. It is such fun being close to the fence.