Skukuza 18th October

Skukuza 18th October

Lake Panic is situated about 4Km’s from Skukuza. It is actually an artificial dam which once, during heavy rain, threatened to burst causing panic in the staff village below the wall. Hence the name.

For me a visit to Lake Panic is probably the highlight of my Skukuza stay where one can lose oneself with the non-stop photographic opportunities from the abundant birdlife. So, at 5.30am I set out and am soon set up in my favourite spot within the hide. Those rich and beautiful first minutes after sunrise provide such wonderful opportunities to capture bird photos. Today’s blog is therefore dedicated to birds.

Little Egret
African Darter
White-faced Duck
Squacco Heron
Green-backed Heron dive bombed by a Pied Wagtail
Pied Kingfisher
Malachite Kingfisher
Green-backed Heron

I am always so impressed by the good behaviour of the visitors to the birdhide. These folk are mainly birders who show such consideration for others. After a most enjoyable three hours and as the light deteriorates, I pack up and return to camp.

It is going to be hot today and I have some pressing things to do in Malelane some 70Km’s distant. So I set off late morning and after completing my errands return to Skukuza at 3pm.

The last two days have been rather disrupted by our home changes but Renette and I vow that tomorrow we will be back in proper Kruger mode.