23.11.10 ( Some of you already know parts of this posting, yet I still hope you enjoy it again
Maybe you know that we like Hyenas very much.
So we checked the den near Urikaruus very often , as we were eager to see the little black Hyena.
But we were not really too lucky.
So I decided that the last chance would be on our last morning at Urikaruus.
I left the camp at 5.30am and slowly made my way to the direction of the den.
It was a beautiful morning.
The full moon was still up in the sky and a big herd of Springboks was grazing in the riverbed. What a peaceful sight ... Larger View Larger View
Already this was worth getting up so early…
Then as I came closer to the den I was thrilled to see one of the sub-adults on the hill. Larger View
Maybe I was finally lucky
As I stopped at the den I could not believe my eyes.
The Hyenas had made a kill. Somewhere in the dunes or in the riverbed. You could clearly see that one of them ( judging by the tracks ) had dragged that unfortunate animal across the road and up the hill towards the den.
Now Mum and the little one were busy with the carcass.
But something was strange I thought.
The colour of the carcasses fur.....
So I turned the car around to have a better look at what they were having there.
And I was flabbergasted to say the least
Well at first sight I thought that it was some kind of Bokkie...
But then it was just too big for that and the colour of the fur would have fit a Duiker, which would have been a big surprise in the Kalahari....
So I even had a closer look and suddenly I discovered a snout and then two very big ears....
Oh my God.
I was over the moon, as you can imagine
And then I thought, my very first Ardvaark sighting and it's a dead one....
But have a look! Larger View Larger View
Here some more pics of Mum with the little one at the carcass... Larger View Larger View Larger View
Meanwhile here is more of the Hyenas...
The two sub-adults came to the carcass as well, only to be chased away by Mum.. Larger View
The little one was very interested.. Larger View Larger View Larger View
A good meal, look at that belly.... Larger View
Ok, if you are not interested in me... I am not interested in you Larger View
Uuuhh, what's that ?!.... Larger View
Then Mum dragged the carcass up the hill and out of sight for me... Larger View
Just checking if there is nothing left down at the den.... Larger View
Well that's it....
I had the sighting all to myself for nearly an hour, only then another car arrived.
I left the den at 7am, after gorgeous nearly 1 1/2 hours
And I know that there is another forumite who arrived just minutes after that and by then they had dragged the carcass back down again, so I know that there are more pics in one of the trip reports to come
It was time to return back to the camp.
I was simply over the moon and so very excited about my sighting, I simply could not wait to get back at tell Francolin everything.
I showed the pics to Marius as well and he was amazed.
Now it was really time for us to pack our car once again and to leave Urikaruus to travel to Twee Rivieren for our last couple of nights….