Oh how long have we been looking forward to be back to Urikaruus…..
Now the time had finally come.
We were looking forward to be there for three nights.
But before we started we had a little breakfast.
Here is the brekkie FRancolin is having for the last couple of days…..
Hopefully the relaxing atmosphere of Urikaruus will help her to finally recover. At least she felt a little less weak today. Larger View
But soon we were on our way over the dunes to the Aoub riverbed.
Yet again some Meerkats were our first sightings for the day.
Looking at this one makes me think, that there are going to be more Meerkat babies in the near future…. Larger View
I just can not get enough of them. Larger View
Suddenly they discovered something in the sky (still don’t know what it was) and were gone in seconds… Larger View
Shortly after that we met Mashona again, They were on their way up to Nossob. So another quick chat and it was finally time to say goodbye….
Along the way to Urikaruus we saw quite a few nice Springbok herds, they were all resting in the shades of the trees. Larger View
Plenty of time to get to Urikaruus, we didn’t want to be there too early, so we took our time.
We stopped for some Dikkops, they successfully hide a chick underneath some trees.
Just look at those huge eyes, but how sweet and how small…. Larger View
Later some Scaly-feathered Finches were foraging the ground for some food. Larger View
The stretch of road between Gemsbokplein and Kamqua was always great for AWC sightings and indeed it was here that we sighted our first one on this years trip very sleepy in one of the trees. Larger View Larger View
We were greeted with a shy smile and the words “Welcome back to Urikaruus” by Marius, when we arrived at Urikaruus around 1 pm.
We had met him before here and at Killiekrankie on previous trips.
This time # 4 was our home during our stay.
We already new the new doors in the kitchen and the bedroom, but the new windows upstairs and in the kitchen were new to us. Last year we still got wet feet in bed when it started to rain and storm came up in the middle of the night….Well that is not going to happen this time and we liked it.
We carried everything inside and upstairs, made ourselves at home and a coffee and enjoyed the lovely view to the waterhole,
Of course we wanted to go for another drive in the afternoon, we were so eager to see the Hyena pups at the den just north of Urikaruus waterhole.
Our first sighting though were some White Faced Scops Owls. Larger View Larger ViewWhite-faced Scops Owl
But to our disappointment there was no activity at the Hyena den, but then we still had three nights at Urikaruus …..
So we drove on towards the Boreholes.
In one of the bushes there was one of those very cute mice enjoying some nibbles. Larger View
Close to the 13th Borehole a little Ostrich family. Larger View
And a Black-shouldered Kite close to Dalkeith . Larger View
But now it was time to slowly made our way back towards Urikaruus, as we wanted to have some spare time to stop at the den for a while.
We just returned back to the main road when we sighted a Bat-eared Fox.
And he was not alone.
I slammed on the breaks. The light was pretty bad as the sun was already behind the dunes. I had to set the ISO higher , I am still angry wit myself, in all the excitement I set the ISO far too high
(over 4000 ….
) and ruined the pics a bit……
But still they are a proof for the sighting and the single Batty is thank god not that bad after all. Larger View
Only ears…. Larger ViewBat Eared Foxes
We left the Foxes and were indeed lucky that the Hyenas were out and in the mood to play.
Again bad light for photos…. So only one photo and Francolin focussed on capturing them on video, which is actually much more fun as you can see the whole action Larger ViewHyenasHyenas
Back at Urikaruus we prepared dinner and enjoyed the sounds of the night.
We had two visitors one was this Praying Mantis, I have never seen one like this before. Larger View
Here is another pic I took the next day, when she was still there. Larger View
The seconds visitor, maybe to him we were the visitors as he was obviously living underneath the fridge, was this Gecko.
We called him Uri as he was living at Urikaruus.... Larger View
Later 4 Hyenas came to drink at the waterhole, we are pretty sure that these must have been the Hyenas from the den just up the road.
It looked to us that the two cubs from last year were still living close to the den and coming for a visit from time to time.
They looked much smaller than the female Hyena.Hyenas at the waterhole
After they had left a Cape Fox encircled the huts and was looking for food.Cape Fox at Urikaruus
Ahhhh, heaven indeed…Don’t you think?
Tired and already curious what the next day might bring we fell into bed for a good rest.