Nossob Webcam Summary - February 20101 – 3 February 2010 – Monday to Wednesday
The cam has been offline for three days, we do not know the reason and are hoping that we have not missed anything exciting. Withdrawal symptoms are awful, we keep peeking at the Webcams Page to see if the Green Monster has been slain? 4 February 2010 – Thursday
Cam back online at 4pm.
“Tilandi” posted the first sighting and we saw that the three puddles are starting to dry up – for the moment Puddle No.1 at the waterhole still has a fair amount in it!
Shortly afterwards a Red Hartebeest came into view and we watched so happily as the postings became more & more!!!
Seeing the Jackal in the afternoon, we did not realize how much we had missed these little guys!
During the night we had first one Jackal on cam, then two, then three together and also a lovely reflection of the rising moon in Puddle No.1.
5 February 2010 – Friday
This morning the cam was on and off like traffic lights turning RED then GREEN then RED. Our first sight was of the blinding sunrays reflecting into the cam from the puddles.
We saw Red Hartebeest, Wildebeest and Jackal throughout the morning – Danie zoomed onto a flock of Tawny Eagles that were crowding the waterhole and nearby tree!
In the afternoon we again saw the two earthy Red-toned Hartebeest close to the cam.
Later on in the distance the elusive Gemsbok and the evening brought with it some lazy Jackal having a snooze.
Late night viewing was aided by the Spotlight from the hide – This is always welcome as the Nossob light seems to have limited candle power, and if it was not for the sharp eyes of “Katja” we would not even known a Lion had come to drink.
Is the problem only the strength of the light and "Matthys" will follow up this problem for us!6 February 2010 – Saturday
“Hailey” started the thread this morning and due to the sun reflecting off the lens we only saw the outline of far off Wildebeest drinking.
As the morning progressed and the sun rose, so the picture cleared to reveal much reduced water lying about, but there is still a lot of long vegetation to be seen.
A flock of birds came and washed and spruced themselves up for the day ahead. The now very regular Secretary Birds were seen in the distance.
A large herd of Wildebeest slowly approached the waterhole, their little ones protected in the centre of group!
These monochromatic colours of Nossob never fail to show us what beauty arid scenery has.
In the afternoon The Eagles were back, but only at the Hotel Nossob and not the Hotel California, with some Wildebeest appearing as well.
A Jackal was the usual night visitor.7 February 2010 – Sunday
The first Sunday morning sight looked like the Clouds had descended to Earth, that should have had angels perched upon them, it was a special reflection in the mirror of the waterhole!
The Secretary Birds were back and seemed to be imitating their cousins in the Ballet “Swan Lake” to an audience of Gemsbok & Wildebeest.
Sunday Lunch we saw the Wildebeest getting their share of water in the furtherest of the puddles.
For all intent & purposes the other puddles have dried up.
As the evening descended the colours on our screen changed completely and we saw fiery pinks, oranges and mauves, with a hardly distinguishable Jackal in the foreground. (Not in this picture, so do not squint your eyes
The night brought more Jackal and “Hailey” optimistically hoping she could see Lion prowling in the blurry background.8 February 2010 – Monday
The morning started with a very pretty pink sunrise, highlighting how much the puddles have dried up.
We saw Wildebeest in the distance, then they come closer in a dusty haze.
Secretary Birds made wise moves around the waterhole, first one, then two and three together. They really seem to be changing their position to show the best pose to the camera!
A Jackal approached the water and Danie seized the opportunity to zoom in on this fellow, lapping up some water. Wow what a fantastic picture you saved “Ceazar”
When we see Jackal on cam they are really just ignored a lot of the time, but to see them close up really paints them in a different way.
Danie panned to the hills in the background and we could see how different the scenery is there.
In the evening the Spotlight from the hide isolated Jackal at the waterhole, without which we would not have seen them.
The very sharp eyes of "Lionspoon", "Tilandi" and a few others saw a lion and not until virtually the last post did we get a semi-clear picture of the it.
"Matthys" has put in a request to the Section Ranger as to why the Night viewing has deteriorated so much over the last few months? We will wait for an answer and may be able to report what feedback we get.
The Lion left the waterhole for half an hour or so and then came back and his blurry figure was the last sighting of today. 9 February 2010 – Tuesday
The cam was offline the whole day today.10 February 2010 – Wednesday
In the pre-dawn darkness a Jackal was spotted at the waterhole and as the light grew stronger a Red Hartebeest and a far away Wildebeest. Most of the water has dried up and we see only a faint reminder of the two puddles catching a stray sunbeam reflecting off their surface.
The foreground puddle still dazzles us with beautiful colours at sunrise.
Who could ask anything more than this scene to wake up to without actually being there?
At approximately 8am the Wildebeest he(a)rd the breakfast bell ring and they crowded around waiting for their turn at the water.
Later in the morning what appeared to be a new water bird visited the waterhole? What are they and have asked the BIRDS Forum with identifcation help.
They came back very smartly with an answer "White Storks" Thanks guys
A Secretary Bird came by and stretched its wings and in the afternoon the Wildebeest herd again came by for a drink. “JoyceW” snapped a magnificent picture on a Gemsbok stooping to drink.
A Jackal came for a drink, but if not for its reflection in the water his “camouflage” would have worked 100%.
then he dropped down to the ground and resting was the order of the day.
Again the night viewing made it virtually impossible to distinguish anything at the waterhole, despite this a few pictures posted.11 February 2010 – Thursday
“Hailey“& “Slyvia” showed us what a real sunrise on the cams looks like.
A few Jackal were spotted as well as another Gemsbokl. Mid-morning the Wildebeest arrived for their daily tipple.
Then a conference of Secretary Birds gathered for a natter at the water?
A lone Wildebeest and then Springbok triplets quenched their thirst.
Some Eagles were seen as well as the regular Jackal or two, one of them “caught “ stalking the birds!
Late afternoon again brought the Jackal/s to the waterhole, and then we saw a majestic Gemsbok by the cam light. What a beauty!!12 February 2010 – Friday
Again this morning there were Jackal around and another beautiful sunrise. We could see Gemsbok through the sunrays on the cam lens.
The Wildebeest came to drink much earlier this morning and later in the morning Red Hartebeest were also spotted.
A Red Hartebeest appeared to be falling over
when we checked in the next picture all was calm as though nothing untoward had happened?
The afternoon Wildebeest herd came to drink while Red Hartebeest patiently waited their turn and when it came up we saw that these animals are also quite beautiful!
Pretty Springbok also arrived a bit later, then in the early evening a lone Gemsbok gave us an awesome silhouette and we also saw the distinct markings on its lower back!
And so the viewing for today came to an end with “Lionspoon” posting one of “Spots” saved pictures!!
What else is in his album? Hope you have posted all the best ones "Lionspoon"?13 February 2010 – Saturday
We were awoken with literally a brilliant sunrise this morning, submitted by “Foxy” and posted by “Mel”
Our regular morning Wildebeest herd arrived like clockwork to drink and kick up another dust storm.
A fly got stuck on the cam lens and we also saw the Jackal slinking around about the waterhole.
Lots of Springbok came to drink at a now very dry scene. A Secretary Bird showed us why their name should rather be “Daddy Long Legs” as it strode past the waterhole.
A beautiful lone Red Hartebeest came to drink and then an equally beautiful Gemsbok - both sharing the water with a White Stork.
As night descended we again saw the blurry Jackal.14 February 2010 – Sunday (VALENTINES DAY - A Lion Lover’s Day)
Early morning had the cammers very excited as two male Lions took their drink, unfortunately the picture quality is very bad and they looked the part of a Ghost Story in the making?
But the light changed and we thanked the dawn-patrol for turning up the watts to give us a much better view.
About two hours later they were back! This time our view hampered by too much light as opposed to too little!
The day progressed with the usual sightings of Jackal, Wildebeest, Springbok and Secretary Birds.
Then mid-afternoon were saw first just a nose of a Lion, then he came into full view for us!
Not long after we were treated to these animals jumping out of their skins. They must have got a sniff of those Lion.
As the evening drew in, we could just see Jackal drinking. Later on a Lion came to drink but the sighting was so blurry that it was virtually impossible to see him, later Jackal were back and the spotlight helped us see them.15 February 2010 – Monday
Early this morning the bad visibility at the waterhole continued, but as the sun started to rise the viewing became much clearer and we saw some Wildebeest in the distance.
Then Danie changed the angle of the cam – What’s happening we wondered, but nothing over there!
He zoomed in to the waterhole and we were treated to close ups of the water, then the cam turned to the other side of hide and we saw close-ups of the tree branches?
At 5pm the cam went down until late in the night when we again saw the blurry Jackal on cam.
After that the cam went down.16 February 2010 – Tuesday
At 11am today we saw the roof of a “bakkie” in the corner of the picture and we got the VERY good news that the branches of the tree were been cut back, this is the reason that our nighttime viewing has been so severely hampered.
Brent the Section Ranger and his team at Nossob fixed all the problems and we all waited with baited breath for the night viewing to begin!
It was so clear, the difference as noticeable as the difference between day & night (excuse the pun) and we THANK you all so much for listening to us and taking action!
Now we have a clear view of the BBJ’s going about their business and we wait, expectantly, ever optimistically for the nighttime Lions to arrive.
A new cammer "Toko" joined the ranks, posting great pictures and taking part in the revived “Your Favourite Sightings” thread that JJ and Katja have volunteered to run after Tom its founder moved to a remote “Internetless” location.
and 17 February 2010 – Wednesday
The morning viewing opened with an indistinct Wildebeest outline due to the lighting conditions. Then we saw a whole herd in the background. Danie then did some zooming magic for us and we saw a close up of the dead tree at the waterhole.
The day proceeded normally with us seeing a small herd of Springbok and a few Secretary Birds.
Then late afternoon Danie again zoomed in for us we saw a close-up of the birds sitting on edge of water, he then turned the camera onto the people in the hide and a VERY close close-up of a water bottle – Katja noted was very necessary to keep taking in fluids in the heat.
Then the camera was on the move again, first out to the distant trees and then around to other side of hide.
Then this awesome view – Thanks Danie, it really is fantastic to see the whole picture, especially for those of us who have not been to Nossob.
Then back to the waterhole in ZOOOOM mode, fortunately a Jackal arrived and we could see it in minute detail and the close-up also afforded us the opportunity to understand why it is called “Black Backed Jackal” Danie you rock!!!
The Jackal lay down for a while, then gave a good scratch and a lick of "you-know-where" and we saw every possible movement of the Jackal. To see all the pictures that were posted go to Nossob Cam Sightings : February 2010
then Danie outdid himself and gave us a view of the breath-taking sunset. Night viewing was made up of a Jackal and a Wildebeest.18 February 2010 – Thursday
We saw an early Jackal this morning, and the shining eyes of another small animal, but were not sure of its ID? As the sun’s first light slowly crept across the Nossob canvas it painted a beautiful picture for us of mauves and sparkling water!
Secretary Birds and Wildebeest were seen, also a solitary Springbok having a drink.
As the shadows grew longer in the afternoon the Jackals were out and about again.
At around 8pm we saw a fuzzy animal that could be Brian the Brown Hyaena? A few hours later after watching Jackal & more Jackals – Brian (the Brown Hyena) was back!!! We have not seen him for a long time, but this could just be because the visibility was poor and he is difficult to see at the best of times. Even with the light been fixed it was still a fuzzy picture – seems as though Brown Hyaena’s do not reflect light very well.
A few minutes after that the last sighting of a Jackal.19 February 2010 – Friday
Oh Joy! This morning “Hailey” & “Mel” caught the early morning Black-maned Lion and we were treated to the exquisite purple colours of dawn in the deal!
As the day proceeded we were so hopeful of many great animals sighting, because of the HIGH we were on, but unfortunately our hopes were dashed when the cam went down around 10am.20 February 2010 – Saturday
The diamond-shaped reflection on the cam hid a Red Hartebeest in the background.
A reflection of two Springbok created an X symbol on the water – so unusual
Some Wildebeest kicked up a dust storm, then galloped one way, then back again.
All the usual game & birds were around today and in the evening of course brought the Jackal.21 February 2010 – Sunday (CHEETAH)
This morning was a superb example of African Dawn colours and we enjoyed the pictures Hailey had posted of Jackal, Wildebeest at the waterhole and the ever so gorgeous Gemsbok drinking.
Then she put up a picture of…. Yes! A Cheetah with a cub no less!
Not believing her eyes she queried the sighting thinking they were Lion!!!
The Cheetah posed for us, first drinking, then sitting, and walking around the waterhole and then left the scene all the time on camera as they walked off – We danced and cheered with jubilation at seeing these sleek, regal cats.
When were Cheetah last seen on the Webcams? (Anyone know?)
Needless to say the above sighting was chosen as “YOUR Favourite sighting” for today, as well as for the WEEK. This fun thread has been restarted after TOM its founder was no longer able to run it. If you have time please vote for your favourite on the Webcams Forum.
We carried on watching the cams as a Jackal, Red Hartebeest and Wildebeest were seen praying the Cheetah would return! – but they did not and we were so disappointed that we could not get another glimpse of them when we knew they were in the area.
In the evening two Springbok came to drink which is a sight not often seen – they looked very skittish, perhaps it was the light?22 February 2010 – Monday
A solitary Wildebeest was seen moving around the waterhole, first far off, then closer, a pair of Jackals came next to have a drink together.
Then a herd of Wildebeest churned up the puddles around the waterhole and left behind mudholes instead.
Then at 11:30am the cam went offline.23 February 2010 – Tuesday
Nossob cam back online for an instant today and “Lionspoon” managed to catch & post a picture to prove it to us. 24 February 2010 – Wednesday
Nossob back online today
and this morning “Hailey” informed us that it has been pouring with rain and now the scenery is back to water water everywhere!
Not much going on today, the usual Wildebeest and Springbok seen, but they were off at a distance. A Secretary Bird was also seen. The last view was of the Wildebeest.25 February 2010 – Thursday
As usual a Jackal was first out of the gates this morning and once again a very pretty dawn picture – sun lighting the re-filled water puddles.
Ostriches seen in the distance, then Springbok and after them Wildebeest coming for a drink, with a Secretary Bird cooling its feet off in the water!
Then at midday Danie zoomed to two Gemsboks milling around the waterhole – unfortunately they never heard the instruction clearly from the cameraman to bend down so we could see them completely in the frame.
Nevertheless when the cam was zoomed out again we saw this beautiful picture of them.
Then they returned to the camouflaged background and disappeared from view.
A Wildebeest and a Secretary Bird (which is depicted on the South African Coat of Arms) came for a drink.
An unidentified bird came into view, and the shadow cast from the spotlight giving us the only hint, telling us it was a bird!
Jackals last animals seen as the day made its exit!26 February 2010 – Friday
Very little seen on cam today – A couple of Wildebeest, Secretary Birds and the usual nighttime Jackals.
The last sight of the day was unusual in the sense that a Wildebeest was seen drinking at night, with a Jackal in the foreground. 27 February 2010 – Saturday
The day started with a fiery reflection of sunrise, then a huge herd of Wildebeest came to drink and when they were finished they slowly drifted off towards the horizon.
We do not often see this sequence happen, so let us view it as it happened.
We then saw some Springbok at the waterhole and their stunning markings were reflected in the water.
The sightings ended with Jackals, first singly, then in pairs – they were the last sight of today.28 February 2010 – Sunday
Again today a large herd of Wildebeest approached the waterhole appearing on the horizon, coming closer as each frame changed – an amazing sight to behold as it looked like a wagon train in the wild west - minus the wagons.
The two Gemsboks were back mingling with the Wildebeest and then they were left alone at the water hole. This unique picture shows their symbiosis.
We saw a few Springbok and some more Wildebeest and then the dead tree at the waterhole was suddenly filled with birds in a line across the branches obviously waiting to take their turn at the water.
The rest of the night was filled with Jackals as usual they were the last animals on cam for today and this month.