you are too kind (and thankfully very patient with me) Micetta, Lionspoon, Pumbaa, Onewitnature, KTF Hooked & Richard! Day 9: Urikaruus to Twee Rivieren (and then home )Route:
We woke up on an uncannily cold morning for the spring-time in the Kalahari. Nothing was at the waterhole, and we made a quick coffee and packed our stuff and trudged towards the SUV for our last short ride through the Kgalagadi as we made our way towards the gate at Twee Rivieren.
We found this juvenile tawny eagle waiting for the sun to warm him up a bit so he can stretch his wings...
Only a short distance from Urikaruus we found a docile herd of springbok with plenty young ones grazing either side of the road.
We headed on, since we wanted to have a hearty Wimpy breakfast in Upington and still make it back in time to get some sleep as work would start the next day
We saw a black-chested snake eagle in a far-away tree (my first sighting) but no noteworthy photos.
Then we came across a bird I had not seen before (at least this variation)...the Fiscal Shrike, Western species. It has a white band across the eyes - all the birding experts need to tell me if I'm correct here!
As we drove along, I thought I'd spotted a new species...and I was right...these were a new species of "Kgalagadi-spoilers", getting out of their cars at a lookout point which I am sure wasn't a "get-out-of-your-car" zone (this wasn't the one at Auchterlonie, it's just a drive-around loop).
All of a sudden we spotted movement next to the road...suricates (meerkat!)
This is another of my HDR creations, the sun was behind the suricate, so I tried blending different exposures to get more detail and mood in the shot:
Right next to the lone meerkat was a pair of ground squirrels, the one giving the other one a hicky!!
And so we got to Twee Rivieren, and filled up the car for the long drive back...now we are headed there again!! Yeah!
Here is a shot of me and my wife on that last morning - excuse my bad hair-day
Thanks so much for following along everyone...