So this is going to be our last day in Augrabies.
I told Restio and Bush Baptist during our meeting that a sighting of a black Eagle was very high on my wish list.
So far, as hard as I could possibly look, we could not find one.
Today we gave it another try.
We entered the game area once again.
Not too far away from the entrance there is a small puddle to cross (on the first morning we thought our trip already ended here), not deep and easy to drive as the water flows over a paved area.
Here a Three Banded Plover passed our way.
We came along some nice Quiver Trees
And met Sandgrouses.
They are such handsome birds.
Although it was so dry everywhere there are still some flowers around.
We stopped at Ararat Lookout (one of my favourite), it is so quiet up there and the view into the gorge is breathtaking.
Just a perfect setting for a Black Eagle.
And as we stood there it happened, a wonderful Black Eagle sailed past us nearly right at the level of our eyes .
And even better , he grabbed his prey firmly with his impressive claws.
He landed on top of a rock above us and later started for a flight again.
This time he passed us just to cross the gorge and settled himself on the ridge at the opposite side of the gorge. Too far away.
But we were happy.
From here we wanted to drive to Oranjekom (our plan, to have a small snack there before heading back to camp).
It was already piping hot again.
We stopped just after the turnoff from the main road as two Klippspringer crossed the road and took their time to go further up the rocks. Nibbling on bushes every now and then.
Soon after that we met the Augrabies Giraffes. We were pretty sure that they would stay in that area for a while so we moved on to Oranjekom.
Shortly before we reached our aim we were stopped by a hiker , who really appears to be quite exhausted.
He looked very relieved , that we could answer his question if we speak German, with yes.
Early in the morning he started the Dassie Trail. But must have missed the change of direction at Moonrock (Glenda told us, that you have to look for the signs very carefully, to avoid missing the right direction).
Since then he was wandering around.
He started at 6.30 am and by now it was 11.30 am.
But he insisted on continuing his hike, all he wanted was to know if that was the right direction to the main road, as he wanted to commence his way to the camp on it.
Once again a yes and he was on his way again.
We had a quick snack at Oranjekom in company of quite a few Lizards.
We stopped again for the Giraffes on the way back .
In the meantime they had moved closer to the road and we could observe two Giraffes, who were not sure if the like each other, or if they wanted a fight.
All the time we were very concerned about the safety of the hiker. It was unbelievable hot, and we did not even know if he got enough water (
stupid, we should have had asked him..)
Half the way from Oranjekom to the camp we met him again.
This time he was glad that we offered him a lift to the camp.
Still he was not able to figure out how and where he missed the right way.
The day was getting hotter and hotter.
And by the time we set off in the afternoon, there were already black clouds in the distance.
We stopped again at Ararat. Both of us had the same thought…..
Twice in a single day?! Now we are not going to be soo lucky to see the Black Eagle again.
But, wow. Here he was again.
Sailing passed us just like this morning. And again with prey, which this time could easily be ID as a Rock Dassie.
What a day.
We could not stay for long as the thunder came closer and closer. With the thunder came the wind again, which made it really unpleasant to stay on the rocks and have a look into the steep gorge.
On the way back to the camp we came across again a pair of Klippspringer ,that were used as a landing platform for Starlings.
The Klipspringer did not seem to mind them at all.
Have a closer look at the pics and I think you know why.
I think they helped them to get rid of all these annoying miggies.
Back at camp we were lucky enough to finish our braai just in between two rain shower.
And once again the evening sky shows all kind of stunning colours.
Tomorrow we are off to KTP and are very much looking forward to it and all the great sightings ahead.
We liked Augrabies very much.
It was an ideal start to our holiday. The landscape is breathtaking and the camp lovely.
Do not miss the restaurant .
I am pretty sure that this will not be our last visit.