Before I drove to Stapelkop Dam, I first drove a couple of kilometers along the Shongololo Loop. I found a Warthog and some Impalas.
The road to Stapelkop dam was very quiet. There were one or two Drongos and Sabota Larks. I had a distant sighting of another Martial Eagle. Then I saw a little Steenbokkie and one of my favourite trees.
When I reached Stapelkop dam I found a spot to Park and enjoyed the scenery. There was quite a lot of little birds around. There was a Pied Wagtail, a few Sandpipers, Open-billed Stork and an African Darter. I spotted a Three-banded Plover and a Black-winged Stilt. An African pipit and Kittlitz’ Plover were foraging in the grass while European Bee-eaters and Red-breasted Swallows flew overhead. An African Fish Eagle was sitting on his perch. On the other side of the dam I spotted Warthogs and some Waterbuck. Closer to my car was a crocodile and a Blacksmith Lapwing with an adorable little chick. When he walked along the edge of the dam he looked really tiny in this big open space.
Once I knew they were breeding I did not want to put any pressure on them so I moved away.
A herd of Impalas came for a drink. Their nervousness confirmed they knew very well that there were crocodiles in the dam.
I spent a few hours at the dam watching all the birds and animals come and go. It was really wonderful. The the Pratincoles were without a doubt the highlight of the morning. They are not birds that I have seen a lot before, and never really close. These wonderful sightings were really special. And seeing the egg will be one of the most memorable moments of the entire trip.