6 days in the Kgalagadi without a lion!
My SO would have been in a state if he was you!
Hope Marie's delivered...
I was quite agitated myself!! Ask my SO
From Gharap to Nossob....quiite a change in order of peace and view
At least it's better than going from Punda Maria to Skukuza
Morkel, once again stunning photo's and Gharagap is such a special camp. I had two male lions in camp waking me in April 2011, I can'wait for Nov to try the heat!!!
Thanks Tobie. We are also going back in November - when will you be there?
Beautiful renditions of the atmosphere of the landscape and your sightings, Morkel.
How many minutes did you open the camera shutter, by the way?
I did a lengthy explanation of how I capture these nocturnal images a few pages back in this thread, OWN
Carrying on...Day 6 (part 2):
We headed straight to Marie-se-gat in the hope of at last ticking off some Kalahari lions.
There they were, 2 males lying under the big tree in the middle of the clearing some way from the road!
There was also a female in the shrubs a bit to the right of the tree.
We sat for about 15 minutes, and then one of the males got up! Judging by his bulging belly he had fed well during the day and was now thirsty, making his way down to the waterhole. There were quite a few cars parked around the sighting so I decided to stay where I was and use the good vantage point we had.
I just love these black-maned Kalahari lions!
When he slaked his thirst he was out of view behind the bushes in front of our car...but he looked up for this portrait...
He walked back and flopped down next to the female in the bushes...out of sight. The other male had also gone over to her by now so no lions were visible at this point, save a ridge of a belly among the bushes.
We decided to stick around a bit and see if they would become more active around sunset.
This drongo flocked around the waterhole a bit:
About 40 minutes later there were some springbok approaching from the right and some gemsbok from the left...all grazing and oblivious to what was lying in the shrubbery!
Check this out - we thought we might see a kill! Even though the lions were well fed, they are opportunists and would not pass on the opportunity of quick and easy prey walking past them...
First the springbok from the right came dangerously close...but the lions showed no reaction or interest.
Then the gemsbok came VERY
You could see they probably smelled them and knew something was not quite right...
Moments after it had passed the lioness sat up...and fell down again...but these photos should show you how close the antelope came to stepping on a lion.
A couple of laughing doves were spectators to this debacle...
We turned around with just enough time to spare to make it back to camp...satisfied to have seen our first lions of the trip, but wishing it could have been more considering how close the antelopes came to stepping on some lion toe...
I did a quick scout to see how Nossob would treat my night-time photography endeavours, and only came away with one decent image. Most of you should know this tree