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Warming up in Kruger | Sirheni

We arrived at Sirheni on Christmas day and were allocated to bungalow no 13.

It was quite hot and very humid, but lucky for us a breeze soon started to blow and the temperature dropped to a lovely 20C-something. We had a look around the camp, which is quite amazing. It’s full of trees and very green. It has two bird hides, one was in front of our bungalow. There’s a photo in my Morning coffee post.

There was lots of water in the dam. Besides birds, we saw crocs and hippos at Sirheni.

Sirheni Bush Camp

The next morning we woke up to a slight drizzle. We jumped into our car and set off to Punda Maria where we had fish and chips – not as good as Shingwedzi’s – under the baobab tree.

Nice and cool today

On our way up to Punda, we spotted a Bronze-winged Courser (thanks for the ID, Mary)

This was the start of a very productive day – sighting wise.

Hmm. Ground Hornbill.

Erm … ungrounded Ground Hornbill with snack

Common Duiker

White-backed vulture

White-backed vultures

After lunch we drove further north to Pafuri. Just after we turned right to the S63 we spotted ….

One-legged chicken

One-legged chicken!

Crested Guineafowl

Followed by feetless chicken (sorry)

Crested Guineafowl and chick

And finally Crested Guineafowl and chick!

There were about 6 of them and we counted 3 or 4 chicks. There’re a bit difficult to see. The last time we saw these elusive birds was in 2005 on the Mahonie loop, near Punda Maria.

The Pafuri area was very beautiful and lush. We had a lovely drive and also spotted Black-crowned Chagra, Tsessebe, Helmeted Guineafowl, Yellow-billed Oxpeckers, Bateleur, Nyala, Baboons, Vervet monkeys, Lappet-faced vulture, elephants and a chameleon.  Back at Sirheni we saw Giant Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher and Bee-eaters.

Giraffe

What a day!

To be continued. Soon!
(More Kruger park reports)

Fowl

Crested Guineafowl and chick

Crested Guineafowl and chick

Helmeted Guineafowl

Helmeted Guineafowl

The Crested Guineafowl and Helmeted Guineafowl are the two species of guineafowl found in Southern Africa. If you want to see Crested Guineafowl in Kruger National Park, you need to go to the Pafuri area in the north. Of course, you also need a lot of luck to spot them.

Helmeted Guineafowl are all over the place and much easier to find. Helmeted Guineafowl are often domesticated, so you can also see them in the UK, France, the USA – or the frozen variety – in the supermarkets. Tastes like chicken 😉

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