12 October 2023

Misty Morning's

23 July 2023 - Roodewal Camp, KNP - Day 2

We all slept well and were up early to exit the camp when the gate was opened. The beauty of being at Roodewal is that you have the roads to yourself for the first hour, as both Olifants and Satara are quite some distance away. 

There was a low mist hanging over the bush as the sun peeped over the horizon and just crying out for any subject to step into view for an atmospheric and creative image. We turned left onto the Timbavati Road and headed toward Olifants. Eric and Kari turned right and they struck gold with 2 male Lions in the mist. Unfortunately, we dipped on finding any animals in the mist - so I had to be contented with a landscape!

Misty morning


We were all meeting back at camp for breakfast at 10:30 and our drive didnt produce much in the name of game, but we did get some Giraffe once the mist lifted and cleared. 

It was interesting that the Yellow-billed Oxpecker's seemed to outnumber the Red-billed. I call this image "A Tower of Oxpecker's"

Yellow-billed Oxpecker (Buphagus africanus)



I did also stop for another Lilac-breasted Roller sitting on a decent perch in good light

Lilac-breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)


We had a hearty breakfast after which I had another walk around the camp. I had heard Red-capped Robin-Chat calling and it took some time to eventually track it down

Red-capped Robin-Chat (Cossypha natalensis)


The Dusky Flycatcher was seen close to our chalet together with Ashy Flycatcher

African Dusky Flycatcher (Muscicapa adusta)

Ashy Flycatcher (Muscicapa caerulescens)


Arrow-marked Babbler's were active in the more dense sections of the Camp

Arrow-marked Babbler (Turdoides jardineii)




This time I found a Black-crowned Tchagra, so both species are resident within the Camp

Black-crowned Tchagra (Tchagra senegalus)


I also found a few Butterflies which I still need to ID

Sulphur Orange Tip (Colotis auxo)

Butterfly sp.


Later in the afternoon, we had another drive. This time we turned south onto the Timbavati Road hoping to bump into the Lion, but no luck with that. We had a few Raptors on this road - Bateleur

Bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus)


and a pair of Martial's that Eric had seen mating on their morning drive

Martial Eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) - male?

Female?


Driving to the Bird Hide, we also had Magpie Shrike

Magpie Shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus)



and Sabota Lark

Sabota Lark (Calendulauda sabota)


Once at the Hide, we brought out our picnic basket for coffee and snacks whilst a Striated Heron sat quietly below us

Striated Heron (Butorides striata)


Driving back, we had a Burchell's Coucal

Burchell's Coucal (Centropus burchelli)


We then headed back to the sundown spot overlooking the Timbavati River just past our camp. A herd of Kudu prompted me to try and get a rim light image - even though there was too much bush around them - but, it sort of worked

Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros)



We were all on-time for sundowners and enjoyed a magnificent sunset as well as a Honey Badger running across the dry river bed.

Timbavati Sunset



It was then back to Roodewal to get the fire going and dinner prepared with another enjoyable evening swapping stories and entertaining "Bosluis" fines under a starlit sky.




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