As its a public holiday here in SA and Icurry is on his/her way to SA on Friday I thought I would get in another episode.
@Dreamer...agree its great to share a sighting and I missed the extra eyes to help find the animals and birds.
After the wonderful Cheetah sightings I decided to head south to Kamqua to the picnic stop for a leg stretch and some brunch/lunch. Just after the exit to Dertiende the remains of the Cheetah kill were lying in the road and it felt great to know I saw the whole thing. For the squeamish please look away now...lol.
I was driving slowly up the hill near the Urikaruus wilderness camp turnoff when i caught sight of something in a small thorn bush. I didn't know the bird I was looking at and at first thought it was a Black Harrier. I was later informed that it was in fact a melanistic form of the Gabar Goshawk. (As per Wikipedia...Melanism (also known as melanosis; from Greek μελανός, "dark-colored") is the occurrence of an increased amount of dark pigmentation (as of skin, feathers, eyes or hair) in an organism, resulting from the presence of melanin. It is the opposite of leucism and albinism, which occur because of a lack of melanin or other types of pigment.) Ok enough with the school work. here are the images of the Goshawk raiding weaver nest.
It came out empty handed, although I was hoping it would get a meal somewhere.
It eventually flew off, but I couldn't wipe the smile off my face.
I had a nice break at Kamqua watching the other people chatting away. I was still OK being alone and actually enjoyed the selfishness of being able to stop and go as I pleased.
Back on the road I spotted this Brown Snake Eagle near Dertiende.
At the waterhole again I shot this Red-billed Quelea.
These Finches watching the sky.
And this guy going for a bath.
I saw these butterflies everywhere but have no clue as to what they are called.
I decided to head north as the clouds were gathering. I had to make a quick stop to get this Secretary bird in flight. A first for me. A little shaky, but I will do better next time.
Some of the beautiful scenery before the rains come.
A shot of Dalkieth.
On the way to KTC I stopped to take this pic of the rain.
The rain came down in buckets and my wipers were doing there best to clear the windscreen but were failing horribly. Little rivers and puddles were forming in every low area. It was wonderful to see the rain in the Kalahari. To celebrate I chose Adele's hit "Set fire to the rain".
Back at KTC, the ladies were going around to the tents, mops in hand drying out the tents that needed it. It rained for most of the night and I slept well