Friday January 23rd ~ Kruger National Park (part 3)
Besides all of the big and small mammals, Kruger is full of creepy crawlies. Thankfully I did not come across any of the lethal snakes, but others did see both a Puff Adder and a Black Mamba. And no, I am not referring to Kobe Bryant for you Laker fans. Both of those snakes are classified as highly venomous!
What we saw was considerably more tame.
Things that creep and crawl:
The golden silk orb-weavers (genus Nephila) are also known as banana spiders.
“Nephila spiders are the oldest surviving genus of spiders, with a fossilized specimen known from 165 million years ago.” ~ Wikipedia
The Golden Orb refers to the color of the web, not the color of the spider. The body is 1.5 inches but the legs extend several inches. I held my hand up, fingers spread and the spider looked to be larger. It is poisonous, but not lethal.
What a variety of feathers! We did see several birds of prey, including hawks, owls, eagles and vultures. But the smaller birds were the most colorful.
Two other birds that I was pleased to see were the African Fish Eagle and the Southern Ground Hornbill. Sorry, but our pictures of these two were quite blurry.
Sunset was just as I had envisioned for an African setting.
Our evening game run continued until 8:00. When it got dark, the driver handed out a very bright spot light to one of the members in our group. As luck would have it, Mario is a zookeeper and was brilliant at spotting the reflection when the light hit the animals eyes. Even when they shined the light right on the animal, I often could not see it.
And there you have it, our 14.5 hours spent in Kruger National Park. Definitely a high point for our trip.
Gratitude Moment: Today I am grateful for the wonderful pictures that Tim has been able to capture with his Nikon camera and long lens. As much as I love my pocket-size Sony RX100 camera for daytime “normal” photography, it pales in comparison for shooting animals at a distance.
We’ve just booked six nights in kruger next December so really enjoying your posts. I would love to see a chameleon. Not so sure about the giant spiders. ..
Clara, what an amazing trip you have to look forward to. I would have LOVED to been able to spend the night in the park, and to have six nights there will be heaven! The chameleon did a funny little dance-walk across the street. We got the giggles watching it. I guess that is a normal walk for them but I had never seen it before.
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We can’t wait!
Just amazing. Especially those lilac roller birds! Such beauty.
Christine, they were stunning to see, especially when the sun hit just right. The animal kingdom certainly left her mark in a big way here.
Tim and Joanne: thanks foe the like on my Black Squirrel Resting. What a trip – wonderful images and stnd out color an composition.
Your welcome, and thank you for also checking out our blog!
Fabulous, especially the chameleon! And also thanks for checking out my blog & the ‘likes’ 🙂 .
The chameleon was so fun to watch walk across the road. It almost was a back and forth dance.