25/03/2013 – Urikaruus and Urikaruus to Twee respectively
We woke up to a bat doing its round in the bedroom.
But as it was only one, we weren’t too fussed and just opened the balcony door for it to get out. Which it did.
Today, Spots would have to go down to Twee to retrieve the exchange tyres. Seeing that I would have to have to spend quite some time in the camp there until everything was dealt with, I decided to take a time out at Uri and not to accompany him.
The morning started with yet another giant eagle owl.
Spots left around 7.30 am and I sat watching the doves.
And some hartebeests that looked a bit irritated with the dove action at the waterhole.
The only way for me to get the lanner going after the doves is with a video:http://v6.tinypic.com/player.swf?file=2gtu889&s=6
Also, some springboks called in.
And I had my one and only sighting of a Namaqua dove.
While I was sitting on the deck reading my book a bird flew into the tree right next to our unit. When I looked up I couldn’t make sense of it immediately as I had never seen it before. I didn’t have my camera ready and before I knew it the birdie had disappeared around the corner.
So I went to the front of the unit to investigate if I had a chance to catch it there. I did – my first ever pearl spotted owlet.
I was happy as could be!
Also, the bully from yesterday returned.
And a lanner feeling really hot.
Otherwise there wasn’t much going on apart from Jacques coming and going between his cleaning duties to have some chats. He also fixed some holes in our unit after I had discovered that the bat community had grown again since last night.
He also told me that Willem had radioed him to let me know that Spots had left Kielie (he had to take up something from Twee to be dropped off at Kielie) and should be around soon. Well, Spots wasn’t arriving soon, which left me suspicious of what he might have seen on his trip.
When he arrived, he said he wasn’t late because he had seen anything but because he had helped out a family who were stranded at Kamqua with a … flat tyre…
Yet I grabbed the camera the SO had taken with him and checked the photos. Well, this is what Spots saw at Monro:
I didn’t know whether to start pouting or not… A total of 6 lions together and the smallest cubs I would have get to watch ever so far…
But despite the slow day in the camp, I reasoned that my chances of seeing tiny lions cubs would probably be better than seeing a pearl-spotted owlet.
Plus, I hadn’t have to endure the ordeal at Twee.
Plus, I hadn’t have to sweat at Kamqua.
Plus – which I didn’t know back then, but which makes it even easier to get over it now – I would have one of the three bestest sightings to come later on the trip.
Spots also saw an Egyptian goose just outside Twee:
A very common bird, but not in KTP. At least I would get to see some in flight a day later as well.
Tbc with the rest of the day.