hehe thanks Lionspoon - kind of forgot I put it there.
thanks for the kind comments Lee, Jo, p@m & Wild Dreamer!
Terribly sorry for only continuing now - just got really swamped and then had to leave for our awesome Northern Kruger trip (report coming as soon as I finish this one!
Here we go again!Day 5 (part 2): Kalahari Tented Camp to NossobRoute:
Auob Riverbed, Dune Road, Nossob Riverbed
As I got back to the tent, I saw we had a visitor under our roof - a barn owl!
For those who haven't been to the Tented Camp yet - here's a view of the sun rising behind the tents:
So we packed up our stuff to leave Kalahari Tented Camp on a long drive to Nossob. Before we left, I spotted a spotted thick-knee down the dune from our tent:
One last farewell to the yellow mongooses:
As we moved along the Auob we met the usual suspects - wildebeest and oryx:
I was just starting to bemoan the fact that we had not encountered the famous Kalahari lions yet...when we came around a bend, and almost ran into 3 vehicles. Looking to the right...I saw them!
It was the lion couple that Jo had also seen that morning - and they were in the process of mating...
The huge male got up and just check the love in his eyes!
He lay down again and we thought we wouldn't have some 'action'...
Soon enough, Casanova got up again and made his move...
Lions can be so vocal in the heat of passion! Will upload a video clip as well soon...the sound was deafening as they were right next to our car...
After the first bout, old Casanova stood up and posed nicely for us. At this stage I hated the long grass since it obstructed a nice clean view to the lions...
The female was very healthy and in prime shape - a beautiful cat.
Look at the longing in the male's eyes again...
This image below (as with most of my photos) is available as a large format canvas print - it looks stunning. Contact me for details...
Soon enough, they were ready to populate the Kalahari again:
I tried my best during processing to work around the long grass that got in the way, and tried some artistic black & white work, would love to know what you think:
After spending some quality time with the lion couple, they moved in between the cars and lay down on the other side. By this time there were about 8 other vehicles around so we decided to push on toward Nossob as we were camping and still had to pitch our tent and mobile kitchen.
The Kalahari grasslands were stunning as always:
(to be continued...)