|This was an exciting sighting for us, the elusive nyala which we’d never seen during this past year in South Africa. From this site: The handsome slate-brown shaggy coat is marked with white vertical stripes and spots on the flanks. Rams appear more charcoal-grey in colour. The rams have long inward curved horns 650 mm (26 inches) and a white chevroned face. They have a ridge of long hairs along the underparts, from behind the chin to between the hind legs, they also have a mane of thick, black hair from the head along the spine to the rump. Rams weigh 115 kg (254 pounds) and measures 1.05 m (41 inches) at shoulders. Ewes are much smaller and do not have horns, and weigh 59 kg (130 pounds) and stand 900 mm (35 inches) at shoulders. Ewes are chestnut-coated with even more prominent white stripes on the flanks.|
“Sighting of the Day in the Bush”
|This is a black-shouldered kite. From this site: The black-shouldered Kite is a small, graceful raptor and the most voracious eater in the raptor family. It needs to consume up to 25% of its body mass every day – that is the equivalent of about two mice. This means each bird probably kills around 700 mouse-sized animals a year.|
|At first, when we glimpsed at these three well-hidden animals we thought they were
Thus, I’m rushing a little and only sharing a few of the highlights of today’s outing in Kruger National Park, leaving the balance of the exciting sightings for tomorrow.
|Known to be rather shy it was tricky taking a few photos.|
We took off at 9:00 am, leaving the preparation of today’s post for our recent return. Subsequently, we’re breezing through as quickly as possible and will provide a more comprehensive post tomorrow.
|While we waited we were able to finally able to take a few photos of the individual nyalas.|
|It was a shame they wouldn’t come out from the dense bush but we did the best we could.|
|A wildebeest mom and her offspring.|
|The mom kept a watchful eye on us to ensure we were no risk to her young calf.|
|This was the first photo we’d taken of a tree squirrel in Kruger National Park.|
|This a a European roller. From this site: The European roller is the only member of the roller family of birds to breed in Europe. Its overall range extends into the Middle East and Central Asia and Morocco. They are migratory, wintering in Africa, mainly in the east and south.|
We hope you have a pleasant evening and that all is well in your world!
Photo from one year ago today, January 28, 2018:
|This elephant seal on Steeple Jason Island didn’t care for our photo taking. For more photos from Antarctica, please click here.|