There goes that dreaded alarm again….
And it soon dawned on me that it was our last day in the park…our last game drive coming up. The last time that we would be packing up the rooftop tent….. as a matter of fact…it was the pretty much the last of an epic 3 week journey. Oh well...no good moaning….just get up and see what the Kalahari has to offer us on our “ last” game drive. 07h00
All packed up and ready waiting to exit the gate.
We decided to give Leeudril a miss and go via the dune road to Auchterlonie and back. Of course we detoured to Samevloeiing to check for that non-existent leopard….well guess what it remains non-existent !!!! 7.20.00
The sun rising over the beautiful ”nothingness” of the Kalahari07.43.23
My eye spotted a lonely Namaqua Dove…such a pretty bird and I have yet to get a decent photo of one. 07.45.57
But wait..what is that..stop!
The cutest of Whistling Rats saying his morning prayers !7.50.56
I had noticed many Wattled Starlings flying around. Very energetic they were and difficult to get on camera but I managed to spot two that were battling to wake up...shame I know how they feel !!!07.53.12
At last a Pale Chanting Goshawk..they had been few and far between on this trip.
Even this one had to take off ...and the light was not in my favour.
We were just on our way when I saw some flashes of green...oh yes they were the right flashes of green and this time they were sitting in the sunlight. Yesterday’s bee-eaters were intent on playing in the shade. Today they put on a show in the sunlight……. 7.56.527.58.5188.8.131.52.27
Thank goodness the birds flitted away otherwise I would still be sitting there.
We continued towards Auchterlonie …08.07.05
8 mins down the road I was yelling “Stop …Bird !” again.
I really couldn’t believe my good fortune when I spotted this bird….and it posed so beautifully. Normally this Common Scimitarbill is described as a black bird with a long curved beak…well I beg to differ. He is beautiful when the sun shines on him.08.09.28
Not too be outdone a Fork-tailed Drongo put in an appearance08.22.35
And then a Common Fiscal
Omw…the birds sure were keeping me entertained.