Thursday, August 20, 2015

On Safari With Karen 19 August 2015

19 August 2015

On our last morning we had time for a short drive before we had to exit the park. We saw some new birds today, but unfortunately no new mammals. However seeing a white rhino mother with a very young calf was very lovely. The calf was bouncing up and down being curious about the cars while mum just grazed and didn't even bother to look around. 

Another highlight was seeing a ground hornbill. As they are rare and endangered this one wasn't helping much for saving the species as he was on his own. On the recently burned and still smoldering landscape he was walking around trying to find a barbecued snack. And he found something too as we suddenly saw him run after something that had caught his interest, but it made him disappear behind a bush. 

Other interesting sightings: kudus, many common grey duikers, more white rhinos, buffalos, giraffes, impalas, zebras, warthog, tree squirrel, waterbuck, hippos, hyena, water monitor and vervet monkeys (actually, those we saw driving down to Nelspruit!). 

And apart from the ground hornbill the new birds were a Burchell's coucal, dark chanting goshawks, and swainson's spurfowl. 

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