Not only the Five!

It is not always the Big Five which provide beautiful and special sightings. This Waterbuck bull was looking at us when we drove towards him on Ndlovu Highway. A rare treat.

We got many different antelope species on Thanda. Next to Waterbuck we have Impala, Wildebeest, Nyala, Kudu, Duiker, Steenbok and Reedbuck on the reserve.

… and a little special Waterbuck info: Waterbuck and Elephant are the only two large mammal species on Thanda which will not allow Oxpeckers to sit on them and feast on their ticks (see yesterday’s post: https://christiansperka.wordpress.com/2012/11/11/oxpeckers-and-buffalotail/)

Summer Colors and Flat Tyres

The winter (dry season) is predominantly brown and grey.  But – as I learn now – when the wet season (summer) starts the bush becomes very colorful.

I took pictures of these nine plants just on one drive from my home to the lodge.

One of my favorite flowers is then one from the Sickle Bush (Dichrostachys cinerea, known also as Bell mimosa, Chinese lantern tree or Kalahari Christmas tree – second from the right/top).  The bush itself on the other hand is a real threat to us field guides. The spines on the bush are so hard that they go straight through a tyre and one ends up with a lot of flat tyres when “off-roading” in areas with these bushes!

OXpeckers and buffaloTAIL

These Red-billed Oxpeckers take a ride on the back of a Buffalo bull. His tail almost reached the birds when he was swiping it across his back. The bird with the black beak is an Oxpecker chick waiting for some food delivery from the adults 🙂

Have a good Sunday!