In May 2016 we (Lawson’s Birding, Wildlife & Custom Safaris) once again hosted Kevin Folland and his South Australian Zoo Volunteers’ group, this time 18 participants in the herd and this was Kevin’s fifth safari with Lawson’s since 2013. Once again it was a roaring success, with the Kruger and Sabi Sands producing some of our best game sightings yet. We started our Kruger section with two nights at Skukuza, followed by two nights at Satara and finally another two nights at Lower Sabie. From there we moved over to Idube Game Lodge in the Sabi Sand Game Reserve, which was mind-blowing as usual (well, perhaps even more so, as even this fine reserve has it’s peaks and troughs). But let’s let the photos speak for themselves… Part 1: Kruger National Park, 8 – 13 May 2016.
Glaucidium capense – African Barred Owlet.
And shortly afterwards this African Wood Owl spotted by Leon.
Not forgetting the birds: Verreaux’s Eagle Owl spotted by John.
To give you an idea of what the non-zoom view was like – quite a spot!
The curious case of the re-appearing Python. In April 2015, with the same group, we spotted this African Rock Python in ambush position up in a dead tree. It then dissapeared from that perch for the rest of the winter and summer, and we were astounded to find it back there this year.
A quartet of Plains Zebra on a misty morning south of Lower Sabie.
Walking Among Clouds, Yellow-billed Stork at Sunset Dam.
Baboons allogrooming as they end off their day.
Elephant taking offence at an Impala sharing the waterhole.
The other local Glaucidium species – Glaucidium perlatum, the Pearl-spotted Owlet.
Signs of the drought: Cape, Lappet-faced and White-backed Vultures feeding on a Hippo
A bit of rest time after the action before they heard an rutting Impala off in the distance and headed off to investigate.
Take down imminent!
Is it ‘follow my leader’?
A game of chase ensued..
Our third major highlight: we found a female Cheetah and her four youngsters on our first morning out of Satara, spending 45 minutes with them.
Lioness and her scratching post.
This big male was trailing behind the rest of the pride, one of the dominant males of the area.
Second major highlight – a big pride of Lions found in the late afternoon on our way to Satara.
May is Impala rutting season…
The first major highlight – a pack of Wild Dogs, 17 by some accounts, on the move from Delaport’s Waterhole. Dogs on the move in low light are almost impossible to photograph well, here’s where video is a much better option.
Magpie Shrike in elegant pose.
A herd of Elephants surge across the road in front of us on our first morning drive from Skukuza.