Thanks Dotty, Jose and anne -marie...yes pronking springbok are sometimes quite difficult to get on camera. ...that is why I was so thrilled with this sighting!
Ahah...we still have electricity..best I try a bit more.
As it was still quite early we did not need to stop for breakfast so we drove past Kamqua picnic spot and onto Rooibrak. We first noticed a martial eagle in the tree and then my eye caught sight of a bird taking off from the waterhole. He landed not too far away so we drove a little further so that I could get a better view of it. Out with bins and to my delight it was a black stork....a first in the park for us!!!
The stork was not in the mood for standing still so we had to reverse and then drive forward a few times. I was desperate to get a photo of this stork ! As SO was looking in his review mirror he saw something walking in the road....towards us.
"What ?" I said
"Leopard !!! " he said. I spun around but I could not see the leopard anywhere. SO was getting quite exasperated with me …eventually the leopard walked out of the road and then I saw him. He was walking towards the waterhole. We were gobsmacked!!! Another leopard.The leopard crouched down at the waterhole and started to drink.
Just then we noticed a car coming towards us. SO flashed his headlights and beckoned to them to come closer. They did not budge and we thought this was strange.
We beckoned again but still nothing so we continued to watch the leopard. We just presumed that the driver was happy with his view of the leopard and that he maybe did not want to come closer in case he disturbed the leopard. A good few minutes passed and eventually the car pulled up next to us. SO wound down his window so that he could chat to the driver.
The conversation went something like this:
The man (very excitedly)"Isn't that a beautiful Martial Eagle in the tree. It is the first time we have seen one."
SO ( astounded) "Yes, but what about the leopard ?"
The man ( shocked ) " Leopard? What Leopard ????
SO ( even more astounded ) " The leopard drinking at the waterhole !!! "
The man's face was an absolute picture. In all the excitement of seeing the Martial Eagle they had not noticed the leopard.
Thanks to the stork we saw the leopard
but the exact opposite happened to them...thanks to the Eagle they almost missed the leopard.
The joys of Birding!!!!!
With that the leopard stood up and walked towards the kombi, crossed the road in front of us and disappeared over the rise.
I managed to get a photo of the stork in the end...not a very good one at all...
All in all we saw a martial eagle, black stork, kori bustard and a leopard at Rooibrak...all in the matter of 10 mins!!!
Yet again the unexpected had happened.