08 March 2021

Soggy and Grey

07 January 2021 - Motswari Private Game Reserve; Day 3

It rained all through the night - 75mm was recorded. My wife wasn't confident of staying dry on the drive, so opted to sleep in. I headed down to the restaurant for coffee and by the time we had our coffee the rain eased and stopped, so the morning drive was on, but with only 3 on our Land Rover due to the weather.

Before leaving, I check the Barred Owlets who now looked like characters from a Lord of the Rings movie

African Barred Owlet (Glaucidium capense)



There was an unusual Moth at the entrance - a dry place

Unidentified Moth


I think my wife had the right idea to sleep in, as there was very little about in the wet bush and on the muddy roads this morning. A grumpy looking Tawny Eagle

Tawny Eagle (Aquila rapax)


Even the normally bright Lilac-breasted Roller didn't look to colourful

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)


A lone Blue Wildebeest

Blue Wildebeest (Connochaetes taurinus)


And after our coffee stop, the sun put out a brief appearance as we saw this distant male Lion lying in the long grass

King of the Beast's (Panthera leo)



It was then back to the Lodge for breakfast and to pack after an enjoyable and relaxing few days, before heading off back to Hoedspruit to spend 2-nights with our good friends.




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