Day 11 – 11th October – KTC (Kgalagadi) – Continued
We had a fantastic morning drive so then proceeded to Mata Mata to get ice and water before arriving at KTC at 12h20pm for check in.
We unpacked and i lite a fire as SO want toasted mince sandwiches for lunch. The setting of the camp has not really changed in the 6 years since we were here last only the door to the kitchen which is a big improvement. After lunch we both had a nice shower as we could not yesterday and the dust was accumulating. We did not grab a rest today as we decided to get some washing done which we finished just after 3pm so we decide to go straight for an afternoon drive.
We again ran into Charlize and 4 cubs as they went on the hunt but were unsuccessful. Cheetah
The cheetah's respiratory rate climbs from 60 to 150 breaths per minute during a high-speed chase and can run only 400 to 600 yards before it is exhausted; at this time it is extremely vulnerable to other predators, which may not only steal its prey, but attack it as well.
For some reason i like the second last photo when i get some time a will go and fix it in lightroom with spot removal etc.
Tree (can anyone tell me what this is?)
Cape Turtle Doves
Egg-laying season is year-round, peaking from August-November in winter rainfall areas. It lays 1-2, rarely 4 eggs, which are incubated by both parents for about 13-16 days; the male incubates from about 10h00-16h00 and the female does the rest. Once the chicks hatch, the egg shells are immediately thrown out of the nest. They are fed and brooded by both parents, leaving the nest for the adjacent bush after about 16-17 days. They are dependent on their parents for approximately 12 more days.
We got back to camp at 6h50pm – happy but quite tired. It was chicken madras for dinner and as SO was doing this i downloaded the photos from the SD cards and used the inverter to charge the camera batteries and the spot light. We had a nice dinner with cool weather and after washing dishes were finished by 8h30pm.
Gemsbok, Black Backed Jackal, Lions, Steenbok, Springbok, Snake, Ground Squirrel, Wildebeest, Cheetah, AWC, Giraffe
Black Northern Korhaan, Cape Turtle Dove, Cape Crow, Black Shoulder Kite, Pale Chanting Goshawk, Ostrich, Fork Tailed Dronga, Social Weaver, Starling, Swallow Tailed Bee Eater, Crowned Plover, Tawny Eagle, Lilac Breasted Roller, Giant Eagle owl, Kori Bustard