Thanks p@m - true, jeans are a favourite too as are cardboard boxes, especially ones you have packed with precious stuff in (like scrapbooking papers)
Micetta - yes, we were very glad we had stayed and watched them sleep
Caracal - you are so right - I need to get this one done asap - I honestly can't cope with trying to juggle 2 TR's at a time - hold thumbs for that 40D today
lion queen -
- ha ha , we have 3 of them and they are all going on for 13 so they aren't as agile as they used to be
and the ginger one also likes to leap onto your back and clamber up to your shoulder from the counter-top or table, especially when you are bending down to pick something up or getting something out the cupboard and least expect it - and he weighs abt 7 kgs - talk about nearly giving you a heart attack - and numerous punture holes in your body from those ragged claws
Lionspoon - hmmmm, maybe all those Bots receptionists are the same
and not very helpful or communicative ..... do you think one of the job requirements is the ability to stare blankly through people
pretty sure it was Elena but will double check with the other photos we took of her - I don't know about the collar though ...
Monday dawned bright and clear and we were up early and out the gate as soon as it opened, refreshed by a good night’s sleep ( the Amarula might have helped
) and off to Leeudril - ever hopeful of the cheetah and leopard abounding in this area
. Needless to say we didn’t see any .... but Samevloeiing delivered for us in other ways with these black winged stilts – another tick for me and a sigh from Elf .... ( sorry about the awfully cropped photo) ...
And then came the magic – I should call this next part “The day of the Jackal” ( with apologies to author Frederick Forsyth) We drove down from the elevated area at Samevloeiing and drove next to the flooded area near the trees - The following 3 photos are all by Elf and I think are some of her most stunning yet ...
And then he started trotting off and I managed to get this one before he was off and out of sight through the trees ....
Elf took this shot of a canary at Samevloeiing too – could it be that she was getting into her birding in a big way ? Unfortunately not, she was only taken by the beautiful yellow of the birdie against the startling blue of the sky ( graphic designers
We continued down the road to Leeudril seeing our first steenbokkie that was gone in a flash as well as our first batties of the trip but they were way too far away for a photo. On our way back, a campervan was stopped with a humungeous lens out the window .... I’m sure he got some stunning photos but we had to be content with this, our first pic of a Brants whistling rat ... I was really happy though .....
We then decided we were going to brave the roads and go all the way up to Mata Mata today. On the way up to Auchterlonie there were some nice herds of wildies and lots of huge herds of springboks – definitely the biggest we had seen on any trip so far and impossible to get all of them in one shot - they would have looked like ants
- this was about half of the herd ...
As we got close to Auchterlonie we could see a mass of cars blocking the road from both directions so we were pretty excited knowing it could only be a cat ( although we did think about Saturdays tortoise sighting