Well today we are moving to Urikaruus, but not without another early morning drive...
Coming closer to Dalkeith waterhole I discovered a Cape Fox den in the riverbed, but unfortunately far too far away for good photos...Larger View
I stopped at Dalkeith to observe the Sangrouses, I just love them and the sound they make when approaching the waterholes in their dozens..Larger ViewLarger View
Here I observed something that I have never seen before. I did read that the adults carry water in their belly feathers to the chicks and that the chicks drink from that feathers, but I never ever actually witnessed it...Larger ViewLarger View
Near Craig Lockhardt I found an Eland.Larger View
And north of Sitzas again a Wildcat...
Wow, this must have been a rough night... Larger View
Now back at Mata Mata it was time to pack our stuff an head to Urikaruus...
We had enough time, as the distance that we had to cover was pretty short.
So we only left the camp around 9am after having a nice breakfast and observing the waterhole for one more time.
The Wildcat was still in the tree near Sitzas.Larger View
It was again a really hot day, some Springboks with their youngsters were resting in the shade of a tree.Larger View
On the way to Dalkeith we spotted a Mongoose rushing down a tree and quickly devouring a Tree Rat.Larger View
It all hapened too fast to get a decent capture of the Mongoose when the Rat was still visible... Larger View
Then another very tired Wildcat.
We saw her in that tree nearly every day, it really seemed to be her favourite place. Larger View
Then she discovered a bird nearby...Larger View
But then the bird was gone and she went back to sleep...
The Weavers nest, where we spotted the Barn Owls last year, partially fell down and the Owls were gone.
But a couple of kilometres down the road we discovered another Weavers nest (a bit far from the road, though) with Barn Owls.Larger View
We were far too early to move into our cabin at Urikaruus, so we decide to have an early ,lunch at Kamqua picnic spot and slowly back to Urikaruus.
We were only about 3 kilometres from the camp when I stopped.
Francolin asked,: Is it another Wildcat?!" As I was looking up in a tree.
I said: " No, it's a Leopard!"
It was one of Barolong's cubs and it was lying there in the tree, watching us...Larger ViewLarger ViewLarger ViewLarger ViewLarger ViewLarger View
We searched the other trees, looking for the second cub and/or Mum on our way to Urikaruus, but nothing.
Well this afternoon we are not going to stay in camp, it was clear that we will check the tree and the area again...
At Urikaruus we moved into #4 after Jacques greeted us with a big smile....
He told us that the Cape Fox Mum had unfortunately moved her den a bit further from the units, but we still hoped that we will see them and the "kids" during our stay.
First sighting in the afternoon, an Ostrich family.Larger ViewLarger ViewLarger View
South of Montrose Waterhole, we were stopped by two sleepy Cats.Larger View
So we decided that this was our turning point.
A friend had told us that there were Spotted Eagle Owls in the tree close to Montrose Waterhole, we had a look and indeed found them.Larger ViewLarger View
North of the waterhole, we discovered that the Cape Fox den we saw last year was inhabited again, this time there was only one youngster..Larger ViewLarger View
Later a Kalahari Roadblock....Larger View
And a Dikkopp chick under a tree.Larger View
We stopped at the Leopard tree and indeed the cub was still there, but moved further up into the tree.Larger View
We stayed with the youngster till we had to return back to the camp.
But nothing else happened.
There is no sound in that video, the wind was just too strong....
What a great day once again. We were so lucky that we found at least one of the cubs.
Later while we were having a braai, Lions came to the waterhole for a drink.....
I just love KTP