Breaking Free from Lockdown. Day 27 Satara

Saturday 21 August 2021

I woke up at quarter to five this morning.  It was dark and still and as I was unable to blog due to internet problems last night I quietly booted up my laptop desperately hoping that I would not wake the Earl  He slept on.  I was done by six and as I started getting up I heard the pitter patter of raindrops on the caravan roof.   Uh oh how would this affect our day?   It did not last long and I was able to get to the bathroom without getting wet.  

Everybody was ready to leave for our game drive  at quarter past seven. It was very overcast and drizzly and the temperature was 17 degrees C.  We went in tandem with Cathy and Alec and drove to Tshokwane for breakfast then did Orpen Dam before travelling back on the H10, S 32,S35, S37 visited Sweni Hide and N’wanetzi Picnic site and then home via the H6 and H1-3

H1-3 7:15 to 9:15

With the weather being overcast and chilly with a spit and a spot of rain it was not surprising that most of the creatures kept a low profile.  Those who did dain to appear were not easy to photograph in the poor light.  However, with three of us taking photographs we managed to persuade some of them to pose.

The first birds to make an appearance were white-crested helmetshrikes. These birds tend to fly in an cohesive group from tree to tree.   You see them quite clearly but then they disappear into the foliage.   One of them politely posed for me in a dead tree.

White-crested Helmetshrike

Elephants are more willing than birds to have their portraits taken.  Several showed up this morning and they were all very polite and did not mess with us once.   Perhaps the misty cool, misty weather put th

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