thanks a lot Richard, Elzet, p@m & Jo!!
hope you're ready for some great sightings to come soon. how does honey badgers NEXT to the car and in the road sound??? Day 3 (part 2): Twee Rivieren to Kamqua via Kij-Kij and DikbaardskolkRoute:
Mata-Mata road, Kieliekrankie dune road, Nossob road, Urikaruus dune road...
As stated previously, we went in for the long haul here. We figured with our itinerary there was no other chance to drive the lower Nossob road between Kij-Kij and Dikbaardskolk so we strapped ourselves in for a 250km drive on corrugated gravel roads
The weather was starting to build up with the promise of the season's first rains - and I got a nice shot of the same tree I captured at sunset the previous evening:
Just as we reached Houmoed, we saw some suricates (meerkat) on the slope next to the car! At this stage some droplets were starting to plonk on my windscreen...
We found the same large herd of Springbok at Munro, and didn't spend a long time with them this time due to the long road ahead.
At Auchterlonie there was another lone wildebeest - otherwise the road was very quiet.
We crossed over to the Kieliekrankie dune road - and what a beautiful stretch of road it is! The flowing red sand dunes captivated my eyes even when there was no animal or bird life around.
At the Kij Gamies waterhole we found another korhaan which flew up without offering me the chance to photograph it, as well as a very edgy oryx (we would later find out why!
there had been lions around this waterhole earlier the morning!
The scene at Tierkop waterhole was also very appealing, with a herd of oryx standing close to a large camelthorn tree against the backdrop of a large red dune:
A little further on we found 2 black-backed jackals on a dune. They were looking up to mischief:
The one scrambled down the dune:
Then something funny happened - the one jackal decided to do his 'business' in a bush. I later found out that this is how they mark their territory!
I caught it on camera - hope you don't mind - it was rather funny as he was giving us the look every now and then as if to say: "Mind your own business!!"
We saw some kori bustards (not close enough for a photo) as well as some goshawks - and this one in particular was being harassed by a fork-tailed drongo...I'd heard of this behaviour by drongos before but never witnessed it (sorry - not a good photo):
We crossed over the dunes and reached the Nossob riverbed for the first time during our trip. Between Kij-Kij and the Melkvlei picnic site we encountered our first decent sighting of a secretary bird!
Anyone for ostrich?
The rest of the Nossob road was very dry and very quiet. We enjoyed the scenery and tried to keep our teeth from chattering on the corrugated roads
Little did we know that the day would get very exciting later on...