Bush Walk #2 Continued
This is Amos
This is Frank
Amos and frank showed us a Ellie bull bed on the side of a large dirt mound, you could see where they rested their tusks.
We found a Kori bustard walking thru the bush, and also saw Martial Eagles, Tawny eagle, Ground Hornbills in a tree, and a number of other things.
While walking through pretty heavy cover, frank motioned for us to stop. Amos and frank whispered for a moment and then pointed out a lone bull who was in musth. We were downwind and behind him, so he didn't know we were there. We stayed very quiet, very still and waited until he started moving again, then we went in the opposite direction.
We continued on and working our way to the northwest, eventually came upon two Honey Badger, one immediately ran away from us. the second one however seemed oblivious to our close proximity, as he was busy digging up a scorpion for breakfast. he finally looked up and came our direction tail held high, until Amos shoo'd him off in the other direction. Amos then told us that two of the game Rangers were once on bicycle patrol in the bush when a Honey Badger charged them aggressively, they used their bikes to try and push him away, but he kept up the attack, actually pulling the tires from the bikes. They finally abandoned their bikes and climbed the nearest tree!
This was what the Honey Badgers were digging for, or at least what was left of their prey.
Amos told us that this was the first time in eleven years of Guiding that he had seen a Honey Badger while on foot. We were happy that we could share our good Ratel Karma with Amos.
At this point we had been walking for over 4 hours, and I was wondering when we would be heading back towards the vehicle. After a while longer we made it back to the riverbed, though nowhere near where we started. Amos pointed out some nice hyena tracks, which gave Torticat the opportunity to ask if she could make a plaster casting. Amos and frank indulged her request and she was able to get a great footprint for her collection. While she did, I took a few photos.
Another half hour and we were back at the vehicle. I took this right before we got back, Torticat, Frank and Amos.
What an amazing morning, Amos is an amazing guide with lots of great information and stories. Frank was the silent type, but when he talked it was always to point our something great. We were excited from our adventure packed morning, and looking forward to the coming day and our stay at Shipandani Hide.