@ Nyala...thanks.... yes, pity about the cubs
@ Gavinw...patience!!! It seems you too have been taking lessons in nagging
@ Billyf..you are right ...Monty is no threat - just a tad noisy. Oops I better not let Doug hear me say that !!!!!
Ingrid...thanks I just love those meerkats too !!!
Yet again I woke up frozen..what was happening to the weather.
I had already upgraded from summer pj's to winter pj's...the next step would be to find those hot water bottles that had been packed somewhere in the trailer.
By now we were well into the morning routine ..of course Doug was the official waker upper.... waking up is not one of my strong points...it also seems like WW fails miserable in that department as well
Once we are up we are pretty good at getting going though and this time we were first in the queue...not that it helps though because the cars behind us soon overtake us. The temperature was a chilly 4° C and Monty does have much of a heater :roll
Our plan was to drive to the hyena den just north of Urikaruus. We had been privileged to see this happy family in May. Apparently the mother and cubs were still there and I was hoping to get a photo for Pikasso ( you owe us for the petrol Pikasso )
and update the thread on these delightful cubs.
By the time we had got to the turn off we had seen wildebeest, a female korhaan and many pale chanting goshawks.
The 10km dune road was rather quiet but we did see a huge group of ostriches. The group consisted mostly of teenagers with one or two adults with them. As we drove down into the riverbed all eyes were sharp...we were looking for the lions and cubs or a leopard. We were not that fussy as to which one we saw first.
Instead we found 2 secretary birds....
Next up....a herd of springbok..all very busy eating their breakfast.
We stopped at Auchterlonie for coffee which we had sitting in Monty because the wind outside was bitterly cold. Doug noticed meerkat in the distance. We didn't waste too much time at Auchterlonie because we were eager to get to Urikaruus.
Along the way we came across a crimson breasted shrike shouting the odds on the top of a tree ( see video) and then Doug spotted a striped kingfisher flying alongside Monty. This was a lifer for me
Not much of a photo opportunity but Doug managed to get one just for ID purposes!!!
Next up...an inquisitive pygmy falcon. Incidently we saw many pygmy falcons along the Auob riverbed
We had a quick stop at Kamqua and then onto Urikaruus. Just past the turn off to Urikaruus Camp we spotted a couple of giraffe. We had never seen giraffe so far south. They were quite far away though.
We found the hyena den quite easily but unfortunately for us we saw neither hyena nor cubs.
We sat waiting patiently for half an hour but no luck. So sorry Pikasso....no photos of the cubs. We turned around and made our way back to camp. A couple of hornbills played hide and go seek with me...they are such comical birds!!!
After spotting these comical birds I then spotted a very beautiful bird...a lilac breasted roller. It was on Doug's side and by the time he pulled up alongside it I could no longer see the bird so I handed the camera over to Doug. The LBR posed beautifully ....
looking the one way
and then the other.
WW and Doug took hordes of photos while I sulked
Birds that we did not manage to photograph were hoopoes, lanner falcon, black chested snake eagle , swallow tailed bee-eater and yellow billed kite.
Yet again we spotted meerkat. This time at Munro and a little bit closer to the road.
We eventually got back to camp and I won't even go down that road as to what I saw on the sightings board
Even though we had been on a bit of a failed mission ...no cats or hyenas..we still had had an enjoyable morning. The Auob river bed was alive with birds ( big and small) as well as antelope and many smaller creatures such as meerkats, yellow mongoose and jackals.
Oops I forgot about this sighting....a whistling rat
We used to see many rats in the past..now we hardly ever see them at all..so they make for an exciting sighting !!!! morning drive
to be continued...