Before breakfast game drive. Off at 630 The rain last night is making the world smell good and the roads of today less dusty. Civet tracks by dining room.
It is mostly a bird outing. Gray kestrel. Leopard tracks but no leopard. Many flocks of wattled starlings. Marabou storks. We watch a troop of baboons forage through the grass eating grass seeds mostly. Vultures - Ruppells, white backed, hooded, Nubian. Back for breakfast and then off again at 1015. Black headed oriole. More ellies. Our first Kongonis AKA Cokes hartebeest. We stop at the big baobab. I give a little talk on them. Swifts, bats, hornbill. More tsetse- those pesky things. Straw tailed whydah is the bird of the AM. cordon blue.
Watching the hammerkop fish, pretty efficient he got 12 out of 15 hits. And just before we head back we stop at the overlook for a close encounter with baboons including nursing moms and frolicking young.
We pass the short ebony trees (a kind of legume that the Mekonde carvings are from). Michael S. is putting us all to shame with his journal keeping.