Thursday, March 12, 2015

On Safari With Karen 11 March 2015

11 March 2015

Today was another day full of game spotting! And it's always a treat to see something rare and today we got lucky to see four ground hornbills. Three adults and a young. The adults were walking through the grass and foraging for food while the young kept on begging for food from the adults.

Our second highlight was at Nyamundwa Dam. Apart from seeing two old bull buffalos lounging in the shallow waters and five hippos and a baby hippo feeding outside (with the baby bouncing up and down next to mummy, clearly too young to eat grass, sweeeeet) or the waterbirds, we were surprised by a massive herd of buffalos that suddenly appeared out of the bush on the opposite side. They drank their fill and the older ones went to lie in the shallow water for a bit to cool down while the babies stayed on the shore. It seemed like a never ending stream and before the last ones were at the water's edge, the first ones already stood up and continued on their way.

Other animals seen: giraffes, dwarf mongooses, banded mongooses, leopard tortoise, kudus including beautiful kudu bulls, impalas, common grey duikers, multiple white rhinos, an elephant herd as well as solitary elephant bulls, a leopard, klipspringers, warthogs, zebras, blue wildebeests, tree squirrel, crocodile, marsh terrapins, a male lion sleeping in the distance, waterbucks and a very venomous boomslang.

New birds to add to the list: apart from the ground hornbills we saw magpie shrikes, wooly necked stork, lappet-faced vulture, white-headed vulture, white-backed vulture, dark chanting goshawk, black crake, fish eagle, pied kingfisher, grey herons, red breasted swallows, green woodhoopoe, swainson's spurfowl and a mocking cliff-chat.

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