Gecko goes to Kruger – Berg en Dal

6 December 2019

The day started with cloudy skies but we only got a spit and a spot of rain in the early morning.  It was 17 degrees C when we left for our pre-breakfast drive at 05:45.

IMG_6907 Mom and baby Giraffe 2019-12-06 6-02-03 AM
Mom and Baby Giraffe
IMG_6931 European Bee-eater 2019-12-06 7-21-46
A fluffed up European Bee-eater posed nicely for me

We returned to camp at 7:30 and the Earl cooked breakfast.

While he napped I walked around the camp and took some photos of the birds.   I have been hearing the Orange-breasted Bushshrike but been able to capture its portrait.   This morning I got one or two reasonable shots.

IMG_6942 Orange-breasted bush-shrike 2019-12-06 8-29-00 AM
First he wouldn’t look at me
IMG_6985 Orange-breasted Bush-shrike 2019-12-06 9-59-14
Later he peeped out from amongst the foliage but would not reveal his entire body

The Puffback is another bird who calls loudly but is difficult to locate.  Today I got him with his back all puffed up.

IMG_6970 Puff Backs all puffed up 2019-12-06 9-53-36 AM
Two Black-backed Puffbacks – Male trying to impress the female with his white powder puff display
IMG_6971 Puff back all puffed up
All puffed up to impress a potential mate
IMG_6977 Speckled Mousebird 2019-12-06 9-56-59 AM
A Speckled Mousebird tried to hide
IMG_6963 Dark-capped Bulbul 2019-12-06 9-39-55 AM
Dark-capped Bulbul likes to show off
IMG_6961 Grey Go-away-bird 2019-12-06 9-27-41 AM 2019-12-06 9-27-41 AM
The Grey Go-away-bird was ready for duty
IMG_6960 Bennet's Woodpecker female 2019-12-06 9-27-03 AM 2019-12-06 9-27-03 AM
A female Bennett’s Woodpecker having a break from pecking the tree
IMG_6935 Black-collored Barbet 2019-12-06 8-20-12 AM
A Black-collared barbet dropped in to say hello.


After doing some shopping we went out again at 13:30.   It was a lovely drive with lots of interesting sightings.  These are the highlights.

A terrapin out of water
Playful elephants
Bathing Buffalo
Wallowing in the mud
Salon attendants doing a good job of grooming away the parasites
They say mud has rejuvenating properties!
Mommy Squirrel grooming her baby in her high rise home
Hold still baby – if you wriggle it’s a long way to fall
I told you to keep still!
Juvenile Bateleur drinking at a puddle in the middle of the road.   I’m still waiting to get good shots of his parents!

Tomorrow we are heading to Lower Sabie.

Published by puppy1952

I am making the most of the South African Lifestyle and hope with my blog to share some of the adventures my husband and I are having in our retirement. We live at the Southern Tip of Africa in the small coastal town of Struisbaai. Earl and I have a Gecko off-road caravan and we travel around South Africa frequently. We are bird and wild life enthusiasts so are often in game reserves.

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