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.

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Mom and Baby Giraffe

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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.

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First he wouldn’t look at me

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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.

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Two Black-backed Puffbacks – Male trying to impress the female with his white powder puff display

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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

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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

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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.

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A terrapin out of water

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Playful elephants

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Bathing Buffalo

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Wallowing in the mud

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Salon attendants doing a good job of grooming away the parasites

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They say mud has rejuvenating properties!

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Mommy Squirrel grooming her baby in her high rise home

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Hold still baby – if you wriggle it’s a long way to fall

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I told you to keep still!

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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.

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