Wednesday 14, The morning starts crystal clear but it’s not long before a cold breeze gets up from the south bringing with it a heavy bank of cloud, for awhile it looked like it may rain, no luck though and by mid morning it starts to break up. The drive itself very quiet, even the impala are few and far between, in Mpisi dr I find a reasonable herd and with a troop of baboons, at big dam, 5 zebra and then down south on sable plains some more impala and 6 wildebeest, a lone giraffe close to the office. Birds, fish eagle at hide, tawny close to sand dam and on Mpisi dr amongst the impala and baboons, a dark chanting goshawk, melanistic though, first for me, seen gabar goshawk melanistic quite often, especially around big and double.That’s it for this am.
Monday 19, We were away for the rest of last week so we left early under an overcast sky, which sort of cleared during the latter part of the morning. Our drive was quiet to say the least, very few impala about and those we did see, no sign of any babies, we tried most of the new roads but very little about, Two interesting spots though, a pair of african hawk eagles at big dam who as we arrived came off ground and the female landing in a near by tree we noticed she had a natal francolin, partly eaten in her talons. The second at the new picnic sight, as we came to a stop in the tree above us the verreaux’s eagle owl chick, still calling plaintively . Besides the few impala, a couple of kudu along mala lane and a lone giraffe near sand dam. One things for sure, we need rain soon and at this stage it doesn’t look like that’s likely. Some sad news another elephant was killed on Doreen a couple of nights ago. Craig Spencer, now retired Balule Warden, is hoping to take a collection of photo’s of animals killed by the trains over the years, to see if something can be done to stop this carnage.
Wednesday 21, Heavily over cast as I leave our house in HWE, the temp at 4.15 am is already 28 degs, rain looks promising, and while I’m away they do get a couple of showers but at Olifants the odd drop or two I’m afraid, just as I get to the control gate a few drops come down. Another fairly quiet drive, don’t think the viewing will improve much until we get some good rain, the usual impala about, find 3 new born impala close to unit one, unfortunately too far in to get a shot, near Lawries Lookout a family of 3 klipspringers, just the odd impala along pels, while enjoying breakfast at big, watch a steady stream of impala coming into drink. I continue along fungwe way and then down mpisi dr, where I find a small herd of elephant, a couple of kudu near rhino and that completes the drive.
Thursday 22, A cold windy and overcast morning so we pop into the Park for the day , plenty of general game of course and it was great to see large herds of wildebeest and zebra, of the big five, elephant and a large herd of buffalo, no cats though, a
most enjoyable day.
Sunday 25, Have been in Sabie for the last couple of days, where everything is beautiful and green, sharp contrast to the dry bushveld, we really are in need of good rains soon.
That’s it, you all take care now, R&T, N&M. 🐘🐘🐘