Tuesday, May 5, 2015

On Safari With Curtis 4 May 2015

4 May 2015

The start of this mornings drive was extremely quiet but as time went by we started to fine more and more.

Our first highlight was a small bit of standing water where we found a hippo and a tiny crocodile,  well two foot is tiny by some standards. That in its self is not so unusual as we often see this pair in close proximity. What made this sighting interesting was the arrival of an impala, obviously wanting to drink it was stuck between a rock and a hard place. Who to choose the hippo or the Croc!!! It slowly ambled up to the waters edge towards the hippo but the hippo moved and the impala scuttled away, it then decided to drink near to the croc. Now the little crocodile is nowhere near big enough to tackle a fully grown impala ( well not yet!!) but rows of razor sharp teeth should always be respected and this impala did just that edging closer to the water and finally getting a much deserved drink.

Our second highlight was a herd of about thirty blue wildebeest, again all coming down to drink from a small body of water ( no crocodile in this one.)

A couple of them even went for a deeper soak in the water before one took fright and the whole herd bolted.

Other animals seen today included kudu, waterbuck, warthog, giraffe, zebra, impala, vervets, lion, rhino, a big herd of buffalo crossing the road, elephant, tree squirrel, two leopard sightings and a hyena having a bath.

Birds included white backed vulture, southern ground hornbills, saddle billed stork, tawny eagle, magpie shrikes and pied kingfisher.

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