|While on a walk in our neighborhood Tom spotted this Ostrich that had wandered into homeowner's yard to be fascinated by looking at herself in the window.|
Going for a walk in Marloth Park is like none other. I can't imagine anywhere in the world one can go for a neighborhood walk to discover the vast array of wildlife wandering about, nibbling on nature's summertime bounty in the bush.
|Very skittish, we were grateful to get this photo of 3 Impalas as seen in our yard, Notice the|
baby kissing what many have been the mom. It appear the dad was behind them.
|These birds, the Helmeted Guineabird were easy to find in the bird book Louise left with us.|
Why are we, creatures of habit, creature comfort fanatics, living in the bush wallowing in the exquisite offerings of Mother Nature on steroids. Wow! Knock me over with an "Ostrich" feather (in Tom's words)!
|Less flowers here than in Kenya (as a result of landscaping in Kenya), the few |
flowering plants in the bush all serve a unique purpose for the wildlife.
|A few days ago, Tom had seen a flash of the Monitor Lizard, also referred to as the Monitor Crocodile. While playing cards yesterday, one eye constantly scanning the bush, Tom alerted me to grab the camera as he noticed that this large creature had stuck it's head out of it's hole in order to look around. I'd mentioned we'd get a photo this and there it was the next day!|
The Monitor Lizard can grow as long as 15 feet/4.6 meters. As it slithered out of its protective
hole, I was anxious to see it's full length.
Tom had seen 2 of these of few days ago but they quickly disappeared when they saw him
move. This is the smaller of the pair. Louise told us that these particular Monitor Lizards enjoy
swimming in the pool. Hope to see that!
|This Warthog mom wanted a closer view of us as we stood at this railing looking out|
over the driveway where the remainder of the family of 9 were waiting.
Please, dear readers, humor me with the Warthogs photos that will appear here from time to time, or more. These friendly, curious, up to 250 pound beasts (113 kg), are enchanting. Although skittish, running off if our movements are sudden or jerky, they can't help but make eye contact that is as endearing as the gaze of one's own beloved pet.
Don't get me wrong. We don't approach them or take any risks around them, their babies or any other animals for that matter The Warthog's teeth are razor-like. They could easily inflict a serious injury. They, like us, choose to observe and contemplate our intentions, never letting their guard down.
I find myself speaking to them in the same high pitched voice I'd always used in speaking to our dogs, often resulting in that adorable head tilt that we all find so adorable. The Warthogs don't tilt their heads but their ears flick back and forth as they stare intently at us, making contact, communicating in their own way.
So please, bear with us as we share visitors photos as they come, never knowing who will grace our day with an appearance as we spend most of each day outdoors on the veranda. How ironic.
We were able to get this close up of the largest Warthog we've seen this week, as he approached us. He's got some serious bags under his eyes!Today, it's very cool and rainy which may drive us indoors soon. It appears that the number of visitors and sightings are greatly reduced on rainy days. It's been cloudy almost every day since we've arrived almost a week ago. After all, this is the lush rainy season that "restocks" the food supply for the animals. Knowing this gives us much comfort with neither us of annoyed with the clouds and rain.
Tonight, we're dining out trying yet another restaurant that we'll report on tomorrow with more photos, as well as any sightings along the ride to dinner.
|Mom Warthog decided to allow one of her 4 babies to nurse alongside the braai.|
We ordered and paid for a rental car which requires a drive back to the Mpumalanga/Kruger/Nelspruit airport on December 20th which most likely, we'll keep until we depart Marloth Park on or about February 28, 2014 when we fly to Morocco. With only 13 days of continuing to hire the driver, we'll venture out, on game drives, bush dinners, dining out and social activities as they occur.
|A little bit nervous after Mom reprimanded baby with a few aggressive nudges.|
|The Impalas are extremely cautious, keeping at a fair distance, illustrating how wild the animals in Marloth Park really are. They may be used to seeing humans roaming about but they are not tame by any means, as one may assume.|
|Baby Impala cautiously checks us out from afar.|