Thanks everyone for all your comments
Especially first visitors to this thread. I am enjoying sharing the trip with you.Day 7
In many ways this was one of the most boring mornings. Photographically wise it was a failure.. For one the lions were not where they normally could be found..All the waterholes were quiet except for the normal… A lot of time is taken in driving as I am now in Mata Mata and the big cats that I know about are at least 30km away…
But when it failed photographically it still succeeded in some unique sightings…
For one (and I know it’s a big one..but I am getting spoilt), I saw the leopard again. She was now on the other side of the thirteenth borehole. The guy in front of me suddenly stopped and aimed his car to the right, so I assumed what he was looking at was on the right.
So while I am looking right the leopard is having a fright..and is disappearing left. I eventually see her but she is skittish and heads up and over the dune…So I have now had three leopard sightings in my trip so far..
I spend about two hours between looking for her again, going back to 14th then back to dalkeith where I eat breakfast in the car….Still nothing is stirring. Tried to take a photograph of a running ostrish but by only having two legs the impression of speed is lost…Threw those shots away…
Went back to look for the leopard at 11am but no sign (she is known to be a daytime hunter) and then gave up…So now as I am heading back to Mata Mata and I am tired, and then I see this Gemsbok eating something in the road.
Rather then shove her off the road I stop and watch for a few minutes…She is digging then eating, digging then eating. I decide it could make an interesting shot even though the light is horrific so I position my car and start photographing. One thing I couldn’t pick up with the naked eye is that as she digs she separates her hoof into two toes…Can you believe it …she actually has ability to manipulate them…Fascinating
…I am sure you have learnt something new..I have..
Then further along the road I suddenly see a honey badger
. I am ecstatic and brake far away…She (or he) and then disappears, probably because I was not expecting this and rummaging to prepare my camera. I drive up and find two jackals following her..She disappears into the scrub…A few minutes later two pop out back onto the road, I am struggling to get my camera, and they both disappear on the other side. Wow great sighting!!! Yet poor for photography..
So the morning wasn’t a failure…Ive added a new mammal to my list…And the gemsbok hoof was good behavioral photography…
That afternoon was generally very still with nothing much happening….
But just to add something
Sunset on returning back to camp
So a quieter day but Day 8 was going to be good and Day 9 my last day I will remember forever....