The birds entertained as well. A pair of Wahlberg’s eagles and a Lilac-breasted Roller started the bird parade.
There were a few loops along the river and there were many birds along the little loops. I saw movement on the ground on the other side of the river. I looked through the binoculars, and was surprised (and delighted!) to see that it was a Levaillant’s Cuckoo drinking water! The little birds were delightful. I don’t often find a Black-crowned Tchagra out in the open.
He was joined by a Tawny-flanked Prinia and a Cinnamon Breasted Bunting.
I drove in the direction of the Kanniedood hide. Along the way there were Impalas and Giraffes.
There were also a couple of elephants.
There were lots of birds as well. Blue Waxbills, Green-winged Pytillias, Arrow-marked Babblers, as well as Red-billed Hornbills and a Brown-hooded Kingfisher.
It happened on the way back to shingwedzi. When I saw the face through a gap in the bushes I did not immediately realise what it was. Then I slammed on the brakes and stopped in a cloud of dust. I reversed very quickly, because in the Shingwedzi Riverbed was a Roan Antelope!
I had seen Roan before, but this was my first sighting in Kruger. It was an animal that I had wanted to see for a long, long time. I was so very happy when I drove away!
The drive back to Mopani was as delightful as the drive to Shingwedzi earlier in the morning. It was filled with wonderful sightings. There were baby Giraffes, Squirrels and Buffalos.
The Shingwedzi outing ended with a beautiful Purple Roller, and some elephants and a large buffalo bull.
I was very happy that I decided to go on the drive to Shingwezi. It had been a wonderful morning. I saw such wonderful birds and animals, and the memory of the Roan sighting will last forever.