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On the way down to Nossob we stopped at Polentswa waterhole again and during the hour or so that we were parked there some 30 secretary birds came down to drink. There were numerous juvenile bateleurs in the tree and now and again a stand-off would arise between the bateleurs and the secretary birds. It was midday so light was no good for photography.
The rest of day was rather uneventful and not much was seen. Marie se Draai and Gat once again unproductive for me. No raptors to be seen.
At Rooikop waterhole a few lions with cubs were lazing around and I decided to wait there for a bit. The waterhole is not really good for photography as there are numerous trees between the waterhole and the parking area. By this stage there were a number of cars parked and I struggled to get any shots.
I could see 2 lionesses and 2 or 3 cubs, a young male and 2 beautiful large males. At some stage the young male, lying away from the other lions, got up and walked towards the lionesses and cubs. Just as I was ready to take a shot all hell broke loose! What happened was that the two big males charged the young male and chased him about 100m into the grass. At that stage the young male went to lie (submissive pose) on his back and the one male stood over him for at least 10 minutes.
This all happened so fast that it was impossible to get shots. But what a racket! Apparently the older males will chase the younger males out of the pride when they reach the age of 15 months.
These shots are of the large male returning to the waterhole after chasing the younger one. I quite like the "Lion in the grass' feel of the shots.
This is the older male - what a beautiful specimen!
The next morning I headed for Cubitje Quap waterhole again. This jackal posed nicely.
The usual chaos at the waterhole was on the go as thousands of doves came down to drink and then they take off in crazy chaos, just in case the lanners were around.
A bit later the sandgrouse came in and very soon the lanners arrived! This was another highlight of this trip for me.
A lanner managed to hit a sandgrouse and he fell next to the waterhole. As the lanner turned to grab him, he took off and flew right at me, with the lanner in pursuit! Well, the sandgrouse must have been dazed as it flew right into the front fender of my car! I looked up to seen the lanner suddenly change his flightpath to miss my car by inches... Was quite a sighting to see the underside of a lanner no more than 2 meters away!!! Unfortunately no shots, as it all happened pretty fast and I had the 600mm lens on the camera. But that was not the end of the party! One of the lanners eventually caught a sandgrouse and gave an opportunity for a few shots.
One observation I made that was quite interesting was that once the lanner has actually caught something, all the sandgrouse come down to drink even with the lanner sitting a few meters away from them.
The highlight of the morning was when a lanner caught a sandgrouse in mid-air and I managed to get a few shots just after the hit.
Looks like the sandgrouse is using the lanner as a hang glider!
The kiss of death
I felt really chuffed getting these shots as I was handholding the 600mm lens!