Monday, 27 October 2014

A Trip to South Africa - Part 5 Amakhala Continued

The second day at Amakhala proved interesting with some mist about and a heavy due on the grass, this shot was taken after we had driven up and out of the basin where the lodges are situated:
Once in the clear though we came across this new born Kudu:
This Pearl-breasted Swallow stopped for a drink in one of the puddles left from yesterdays rain:
Nearby the African Pipit was managing to get some nesting material from the dew laden grasses:
As we drove around we went in and out of the mist making for some interesting photos;
You've heard of Gorillas in the mist, well these are the avian variety!

With more sightings of Wildebeest, Impala, Cape Starling, Mousebird, Shrike, Flycatcher, Pipits it was a great start to the day, then we had two firsts in quick succession. Firstly an:
Ant-eating Chat:
and then a
Just behind the Buffalo on a tree was this Black-headed Heron:
After this we had our first Giraffe encounter, I took loads of pictures so choosing which one to put here was very difficult (the rest and all the bird photos will be on Flickr shortly):
Two birds that we had seen plenty of but had been difficult to photograph for various reasons, were the two varieties of the Double Collared Sunbird, this one is;
Greater Double Collared Sunbird:
We continued to come across various Antelope during our drive, we again found a lone Bull Elephant, I won't repeat photographs now, I'll just add new species, so our next new species are;
Blacksmith Lapwing:
Crowned Lapwing (Plover):
In between the above we did see our first Pied Starling, but the photo isn't worth putting up on here.
As we drove on we spotted our first Rhino in the distance, but not easy to get to as there was a river in between! But out trusty guide Jason managed to get us there and we cautiously approached, the two Rhinos though were determined to keep their backsides pointed at us!

 Until we got just a little too close and had to beat a hasty retreat!
After this we headed back for breakfast, not before getting some more photos of the,
Cape Longclaw:

During our lunch break we found what turned out to be a permanent resident by the door of our lodge:
Then whilst chilling out on out veranda a Jackal Buzzard paid us a visit:

I think that will do for this post!

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