Posted by: Frame To Frame - Bob and Jean | December 9, 2016

A Southern Ground Hornbill in Kruger National Park

Photo of a Southern Ground Hornbill crossing road in Kruger National Park.

Waking at Skukuza Rest Camp the first morning after our arrival, and having just coped with a bout of stomach and intestinal distress, I was in no shape for any physical activity requiring stamina.  So Bob and I set out on a self-guided safari that spanned the course of several hours.  Among the wildlife seen within Kruger National Park that day was this astounding Southern Ground Hornbill.

Photo of giraffe in Kruger National Park.

We began our drive heading east on Skukuza-Lower Sabie Road out of Skukuza Camp.  Since it follows the Sabie River and occasionally provides views of the waterway, the drive was scenic, and the landscape provided ideal habitat for many species of animals.  It was mesmerizing to observe a group of Giraffes that loped along nonchalantly, their long necks elegant as they floated above the tall rushes and low shrubs.

Photo of a Southern Ground Hornbill sitting in a tree in Kruger National Park.

Along one stretch of the dry, dusty road, a small traffic jam could be seen ahead of us.  We knew that something of interest was in the vicinity.  As we neared the stationary vehicles, a Southern Ground Hornbill could be seen perched on a large branch of a substantial broadleaved tree, a required component of this species’ habitat.

Source: An endangered Southern Ground Hornbill in Kruger National Park

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