Warming up in Kruger | Bateleur

So, here we are at Bateleur Bush Camp. It’s a tiny camp, in the middle of nowhere. It’s also bone dry and hot. At check-in we meet the charming and much appraised Lazarus Lekhuleni, Bateleur’s Hospitality Manager. Lazarus shows us to our bungalow, whilst giving us the latest news and the best spot for cell phone reception (Tshanga look out point). We get no 6 as requested, it has a bird bath. We settle in, put fresh water and a few ice cubes in the bird bath and relax :-)

Bateleur Bush Camp

Bird bath at no 6

The next day we drive off to discover Rooibosrant Dam. On our way we see the beautiful Long-tailed Paradise Whydah. ✓

Long-tailed Paradise Whydah

Long-tailed Paradise Whydah

When we arrive near the dam, we see the loop road has been closed. We can drive onwards a bit, but there is only a small spot to park and we need to peer through the foliage to see the dam. :-(
There’s a Fish Eagle (first of the trip!) in a dead tree and we spot a Jacana tiptoeing on the lilies, but that’s about all we manage to see. Most of the view is obstructed.

African Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

African Fish-eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)

African Jacana

African Jacana

Very disappointed we drive back and decide to have a look at Silvervis Dam. We are out of luck. Silvervis is overgrown by reeds. Can’t see a thing. Time for plan C:  off to Shingwedzi. We were instantly rewarded with this lovely sighting of African Hawk-eagle ✓

African Hawk-eagle (Aquila spilogaster)

African Hawk-eagle (Aquila spilogaster)

Near Shingwedzi Rest Camp we stop to watch a Marabou Stork, that is foraging for food in elephant-made puddles of water.

Marabou Stork

Marabou

We spot a Saddle-billed Stork stalking fish.

Saddle-billed Stork @ Shingwedzi

Saddle-billed Stork

A White-fronted Bee-eater waiting for lunch

White-fronted Bee-eater

White-fronted Bee-eater

Little Egret taking off

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)

After lunch we slowly drive back to camp and decide to do what the impala are doing; rest in the shade.

Impala

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  • http://anotherbirdblog.blogspot.com/ Accentor

    Looks like you’re having a great time with lots of birds out there Gwendolen.

  • Nicoleb

    You still got some gorgeous species there, love them!
    Especially the Whydah, never even heard of that one!