We indeed do not have something against dense vegetation in contrary it is always great to watch around and see only green but at such sightings I sometimes wish that the grass was a bit shorter as exactly in that area the grass was high as the cheetah itself but cheetahs are cheetahs.
Originally we thought that they might come closer but the contrary was fact as they started to move into the other direction and from time to time we could even realize dimly two other cheetahs close to the one which was reasonably visible.
Whilst I was looking through the binoculars I always explained and pointed to Timon were to focus and so within only a couple of minutes – exactly five as this was how long this sighting lasted – Timon tried to photograph as much as possible not knowing due to the distance as besides the high grass the distance where the cheetahs were sitting was incredibly far if even a couple of pictures might come out usable
but as you see the yield was not that bad although the sighting was for our liking far too short but as it was meanwhile nearly 2 o’clock we originally thought we might not see much at that time of the day and although we stayed a bit longer until also the last spot was invisible the cheetahs disappeared now completely.
Already quite impressed by the sightings we had that day we were still extreme curious what might the next days bring as the area around Satara is indeed a good terrain for everything. This year we were rewarded with bungalow G178 which is the second last from the back and soon I started to remember KDU told me once in a post that between the bungalows in that area a wild cat could be seen so I was a bit excited that maybe we will also have the luck in seeing same during one of the next days but before we even could move in I made Timon aware of a cute fluffy sleeping beauty close to a dust bin
which was indeed not a nice sleeping place for the little scopsie as the branch on which same was sleeping was nearly on eye level for everybody and consequently soon a crowd had build up and I was certain that the scops owl will chose tomorrow another sleeping place with a bit more privacy!
The location of our new home was stunning and although a bit farer away from the fence than in the beginning of the G circle you still had a view into the green with the large and beautiful trees and the birdies all around out of which the noisy woodland kingfisher - one started to trrrp-trrrrrrr and then even a chorus answered with trrrp-trrrrrrrr – needless to say that I miss this call desperately. We did feel very well as we normally always do when staying in Satara although on a Saturday nearly each bungalow in the G circle was occupied.
For our afternoon drive we decided to drive down the S100, however, the last years also after a good and wet rainy January / February we could not trace that much animal activity in the beginning of that road until Shibotwana and so we did not expect that much and we were not wrong again. We had to drive quite a few kilometres into that road until the first herd of elephants, wildebeests and impalas came across.
Later on also warthogs and waterbucks joined in
and on top due to the cloudy weather and the late hour already the light changed permanently from nearly dark – when a cloud was hiding the sun – and golden so the photography was a bit tricky that afternoon.
On top of a tree a group of grey louries was plotting something and eyed into our car already suspiciously.
The wind blew strongly from the back and the noisy bird presented us a fancy stormhairdress
at least we had now a good laugh whilst downloading the pictures later that evening.to be continued with the promised dinner guest.......