Put your feet up, grab a beer or glass of wine and join me at Tembe Waterhole. Sometimes the camera will pan or follow an elephant or lions, sometimes it just focuses on the water where Egyptian geese and Wooly-neck storks walk along the waters edge. The reflection in the water hole is magnificent when the breeze lets up for a moment. At night the animals look better in the reflection than in the floodlight. Being stuck indoors because it is 37C today, I am enjoying being in the bush. Come and join me and give the other live cams a look-in too. Soothing and exciting at the same time!
Yes, he is splashing mud over his body to dry which will kill he ticks. I leave the cam on permanently and glance at it now and again unless like the last two hours we have had three or more elephants, giraffe, waterbuck, wildebeest and warthogs to name some. Sometimes there is someone controlling the panoramic view and zooming up on something interesting. Two nights ago four female lions crept up behind a lone elephant just like cats creep up on birds in the garden. Well, the ellie was having none of it and charged them - a second elephant appeared and the lions took off like scalded cats!
My first time looking at it. Right now the camera is just focused on the waterhole, with no animals or birds in sight. But the sounds are wonderful! I believe it's about 7 pm there right now, so a peaceful time between full day and full night.
I could not see it at first but then tried a different browser and now I can. Thanks Tod ... a herd of what I think are Impala there now and lots of lovely bird and insect sounds. Love it. and now two huge birds walking along - no idea what they are
Lugg - the two large black feathered-white necks, are the Wooly-neck storks. I have them here at home in twos and up to 14 at a time. They get used to humans pretty quickly and the other day one ventured into my diningroom off the patio. Always looking for food. This morning around 7.30-10 am there have been giraffes, elephants, Nyala buck, Impala buck, zebra, geese and we are just waiting for the lions later or tonight. As I type I can hear the twittering of birds and some lone Hoo-hoo-hoo, from a large bird ? coming from the TV in the kitchen. Being in the bush in real time is so different to watching animal videos with pathetic music in the background.
Thanks Tod. I've just enjoyed the cam again whilst I ate breakfast . I realised this am that there are also links to other cams so had a quick peak at those too. I also realised that you can switch from live and select specific views so have caught up with lots of the highlights you mention above. Its a really great resource.
I saw a stag fight last night, but I think they were very young and just learning. The head butting was not really aggressive, almost a game. Right now there is an elephant bathing in a mud puddle behind the main pond and an impala drinking. Another slightly larger elephant arrived and nudged the first one out of the way, but then he decided it wasn't worth it so he is just standing around waiting his turn.
Don't know if you have seen the little elephant I call Don Juan. He has been swaggering about like yesterday exposing himself to anyone who care to watch his incredible antics with his, how do I describe this, fifth leg? My goodness how do elephants make it do all those tricks....
I'm hoping for lions tonight with all their cubs. Looks like if mom and pop go out to dinner the whole family tags along. The place I saw them before was on the ant hill in the background.
Mark, do you recognise any of the bird calls? This morning out of sight I heard some loud chattering of the Brownhooded Kingfishers, which I instantly recognised as they nest in my back courtyard brick wall and often sit on the Windydrier outside my kitchen. The Woolyneck storks don't have a call but click their beaks and give a very low 'snort'to each other. There are two cuckoos calling repeatedly. One is the Diederiks Cuckoo ad the other the Redchested Cuckoo. They repeat it for hours on end and here at home you could almost wring it's neck to shut it up!
At 7.22 S.A. time this morning three elephants arrived at the waterhole with a loud fanfare of trumpeting. They seem to hang about the mud hole a lot.
Mark, Lugg, Kerouac, Mossie and Bixa, If you have been watching Thembe water hole this morning you would have heard a strange bird call. Not at all pretty but rather an invasive sound. This is the call of one of the most beautiful birds in the wild. The Purplecrested Lourie or Turaco. We are very lucky to have several around in our garden but hearing them is one thing, trying to see them is another. The are very skittish and don't hang about for long.
Yesterday - and I see again this morning, the elephants are back doing their mud bathing and generally walking around. Yesterday afternoon I had just tuned in with nothing on the screen except a loud roaring of a lion. The camera zoomed this way and that with more roaring coming from the bushes. We thought it was a male lion calling but after a few minutes the most beautiful female lion slunk across the grass. She had a drink at the pond then scrtched herself on the tree, came over to a grassy patch and flopped down. Then she was startled by some of the noisy Hadeda's (Ibis) and immediately roared back n fury! Then proceeded to roll on her back like a kitten. Later when I went back she had gone and the ellies were there.
One lone giraffe nibbling at about 8.30 this morning. I can only watch when the generator is running. Better be off then and see what's happening around the waterhole although as I type I can hear the birds twittering because the TV is next door in my kitchen and I just leave it on. Hopefully we get some action today.