The only disadvantage at that sighting was that the shortly passed by 3 elephant bulls came steadily closer and the crackle and rustle got louder and also the lions were meanwhile well aware of the presence of the grey giants
and so it did not take long until one after the other lion got up and made their way deeper into the bush
further away from the elephants.
Finally we could admire a couple of golden kitties in different sizes out of which the fully grown lionesses looked like beauty queens.
With the breaking up of the lions also the other three cars started their engines and only after a short chase they left this sighting and continued their way.
But we still could not or even better to say wanted to believe that this amazing sighting was already over so we still stayed and were not disappointed as more and more lions did finally leave their resting places and followed the other ones deeper into the bush although a bit farer away but still visible. So we also followed them slowly and stopped when they did and during one of these stops a not shy birdie landed close to a bush we parked so Timon could also capture same which I think is a rufous-naped lark
on top same then started to sing!
How amazing is that?
Nearly that stunning as the trrrp-trrrrrrr concert the previous days in Satara and with that birdie sighting which was by the way another lifer for us we nearly forgot the lions and to our great joy one of the nearly grown cubs showed up close a dead leadwood tree and soon got fascinated by same.
As cat owner for many years now we nearly could read the minds of this lion – “I can do that.....or yet not?”
“Maybe my thoughts can beam me up there”
“Man! This could not be that difficult”
“Did you not get bored in watching me! – The audience is also getting more and more unthankful”
“Okay I will try again but first I have to yawn”
However, gravity was stronger and our lion friend did not make it up to the tree but we were more than pleased and applauded silently.
After the failed attempt to climb the tree our cute friend soon followed its pride and at least today we did not see them again. WoW – We could not tell it again and again – What a stunning morning once again and if not the elephants had chased the lions away which once again proved that the real King of the jungle the elephant is who knows how long we could have watched them that day.....Our stays at Satara were always amazing but we had already stays there where we did not see a single cat and this stay was for sure one of the better ones.....
Slowly we continued our way but Timon stopped nearly immediately again for this cute female lesser kestrel
another lifer for us!
Then came across a red-crested korhaan
and normally when discovered they are walking right into the high grass and only allow some head shots but this one
did not even cleared the road and continued walking bullishly into our direction.to be continued................