While sitting with the lions and I had got bored waiting for them to lift their heads in order to get a halfway decent picture, so I had scanned the trees around us and was treated with spotting a giant eagle owl:
My first self-spotted one this trip – YAY!
When we got to Kamqua waterhole, the oryx and wildebeest from the morning had moved off. Maybe that’s down to the fact that a spotted hyena had taken refuge in the shade of the concrete wall next to the watertank there. Will spare you the photo – absolute rubbish.
While watching the little movements of the hyena a yellow ribbon stopped next to us. It was click click on her way to KTC.
We had a bit of a chat and learned what we had missed at the cricket. click click also told us that Martie and vlakversegat were on their way as well and we would bump into them when going southbound again. Well, both cars arrived while we were still chatting to click click, so we said our farewells to her to say our hellos to the others. We did the yellow ribbon highway, as I called it.
It was super meeting all of you, guys and gals, click click, Martie and vlakversegat.
Also the giraffes had moved into the riverbed:
And a juvenile gabar goshawk was resting in the shade:
For the afternoon drive we decided that we would go to Auchterlonie and have a sundowner while waiting for the animals to come to drink. For some reason, Spots & I have grown very fond of that place over the years. I particularly love the looking at the windmill and the museum in the golden hours.
But it wasn’t meant to be a quiet sundowner as this crow kept shouting its head off right next to our car.
Scanning the trees in the vicinity was rewarded once again as I found a pair of red-necked falcon sitting in one of them. Watching them I found a third one buzzing around, but it had forgotten to take its ritalin
, so it couldn’t sit still for a photo:
Just as with the martial this morning, the amount of red-necked falcons we saw was amazing. I dare say it even surpassed the amount of these raptors we saw on all other trips together. Dunno how many they were in total as I lost count at some point and I don’t have photos of every sighting because sometimes I could do nothing but watch them when they were dive-bombing after their prey.
On our way back – we were doing 50 as nothing was moving and we were getting tired from the heat – I demanded Spots to stop the car. I had found my second owl!
This time a spotted eagle owl. Actually, there were two but the other one was so well hidden I only recognized it when we were about to leave again.
On the dune roads someone was all ears for us:
And in the beautiful light we would even stop for the ever-present kori bustard:
But the best was yet to come! Just in the second last bend before reaching KK camp I saw a movement to my right and once again ordered Spots to a halt. And what did I see there? Yes, yes, yesss! An African wild cat!
What a brilliant day with all the raptors and two different kind of cats and a spotted hyena!
We were more than content and started our evening routine: Cold Castle at first, then me preparing whatever is side orders for dinner, then Spots lighting a fire and me having a shower before having dinner, sitting some more to listen to the night sounds and observe the waterhole for what might come.
Summer 2014 - Oz!
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