(This post contains 28 images.) For many a trip to the Kruger Park is about the mammals, and yes, so it should be, I love them too! But for me the excitement is about the birds, because they could appear anywhere, even on the loneliest, dullest drive. It is like a treasure hunt – and all of a sudden there is a bird; on the tallest tree or deep in the bush on a branch, watching like a sentinel; sometimes I find them just walking on the ground. I often see birds of prey eating something. Without a doubt one can always see birds at the watering holes.
I am not always successful in photographing them. Getting the best vantage point from the confines of a vehicle (with a roof) can be difficult. Sometimes they are just too far away for my little camera, but all these difficulties also add to the challenge of getting a surprisingly good shot.
Beneath is my gallery of the birds of Kruger, some good, some not so good, but you know, I did try!! I do not have a favorite bird, I love them all! The most useful bird (for me anyway) in the park is the vulture – the cleaners, but I will leave this for another day – another post.