We were definitely blessed with that sighting (and the one that is now in as well). They seemed to be rather regular customers at both waterholes as others reported seeing lots of bateleurs at Polentswa as well and we got to see a bigger gathering of vultures at some later point in our trip. But I messed up the photos… Thoroughly.
Actually, Spots didn’t have to maneuver at all. They were nicely sitting there and patiently waiting for me and my camera.
Jackal pups again......too cute for words!! What a stunning sighting of vultures,secretaries and bataleur all together in one shot.....and of course Mr Jackal
Even more jackals to come at some later stage.
Well, the next sudden sighting is already in. But there is more to come in the long run.
As you can see from my comments, I was pretty chuffed with this wonderful encounter as well.
Wonderful sightings and awesome pics
Just love those little faces of the Jackals.
How wonderful to be able to tick lappet-faced vulture off your wishlist.
The secretary birds always have such a stately walk..... just love them.
Thanks for sharing.
Agree on the stately walk. But they are beautiful birds as well, methinks. Which can’t be said about vultures
but they are majestic, that’s for sure.
Hi Lionspoon and Spots of course.
It was great bumping into you guys all over the park.
You are so right there were some crazy people there at the time.
Maybe it was the heat.
None more so than Steve, the Pom from Oz, who seemed to be very happy spending three months alone in his tiny one man tent and even tinier car, surrounded by what looked like very expensive camera and computer equipment.
Thanks for bringing back the memories in your great TR.
enrico, thanks for hopping on board and glad you made it home safely. Do tell about the rest of your journey! How did you get on with the cheetahs?
Ja, Steve is a really extraordinary person
Hi there Lionspoon & Spots
Just caught up with your TR, mind if I come along for the ride? AMAZING
I'm glad those jackal pups made another appearance for you. Great shots! They only gave us the one chance
Thanks for the kind words in your intro, but I'll let you in on a secret...KTP is doing us the favour by allowing us to be part of the program and definately not the other way around!! Isn't it amazing how instant the connection is when chatting with people you meet that share the same interests! Would do anything to have an impromptu mini-meet somewhere in KTP right now
It seems as if everybody that was in KTP at that time, had a lot of firsts. I know we certainly did
Ready for the next installment
Hi Carine! KTP doing you a favour or not – I still think your engagement noteworthy!
Curious to hear what you got to see on your last drives after the second week of Kids in the Park had ended!
anne catherine wrote:
Very nice report Lionspoon
Only the beginning of the trip and already a lot of beautiful and interesting sightings
Just love the AWC, the Swallow Bee-eater, the birds of prey at cubitje and the little Jackal are too cute
Welcome on board and thanks for your wonderful comment, anne Catherine!
Thanks heaps, barryels!
Being interested in birds certainly helps to enjoy yourself in the park.
wanderw wrote: Rarely heard such a good excuse for not doing a TR. If I waited for Spots there would never be anything happening… He doesn’t even comment here
Well what a fantastic start to your TR! Cute BBJ pups, feasting lions, raptors a-plenty and a stunning AWC sighting being highlights for me so far
Can't wait to hear about the rest of your trip
Hello there, PJL! Thanks for joining and hoping that the rest won’t disappoint.
I just LOVE the little baby jackals - they are so cute!! I just want to cuddle them - could only imagine what would happen if I tried
Uh, ah, I wouldn’t dare too. The little monsters have quite spiky teeth… Ouch…
It was a truly awesome spectacle that’s for sure. And the closest vultures we ever got to see so far.
Meandering Mouse wrote:
I’ve got more cutie pies with large ears lined up for you, MM. But it takes a bit of patience before we get there.
What are the chances of getting all those birds at one place - nevermind in one shot!
Also love the jakkalsies - they are just such cute little things... when they are little!
Agreed, we were incredibly lucky with the variety of raptors!
Oh my! Those jackal pups are just too, too cute.
Amazing sighting at CQ.
Thanks for sharing.
Thanks for reading and your nice comments, Timbits!
I should have checked the forum for KTP trip reports more often, because then I would not have missed the start of your great trip report.
The little jackals are extremely cute. They look like little dogs
Your lion pics are also great.
And you captured the beautiful landscape very well.
We have returned 3 weeks ago and already miss the Kalahari again
So I especially enjoy KTP trip reports
Waiting for the next installment
Aha, a fellow landswoman and KTP fanatic
Hi Nina! Glad you like what you see, but I’m sure you have a lot to tell from your own trip as well?
If not a TR here, maybe you have some hidden photo gallery somewhere to be looked at?