I'm rather busy preparing for a meeting in Montpellier next week, but cannot avoid another posting! A TR is like going on with the trip excitement.
In this posting, a Meerkat and Ground Squirrel show.
We found two Meerkat groups in the first day, all very amusing, good to watch for long times, and often mixed up with Ground Squrrels, something common as the latter take advantage of Meerkat's dens. Probably advantageous to Meerkats too. Extra eyes are always great!
As soon as we left Twee Rivieren, we followed Kgalagadi Guru's clue about a Meerkat colony near Leeudril. We found the den entrances, but no Meerkats visible. Still too early, too cold.
We were disappointed, but in the Aoub river road, we found the two groups in the way to Houmoed. We also had the opportunity to see Fork-Tailed Drongos fooling the Meerkats to steal food. We tried some pics that could show the scene, nothing good followed from these attempts.
We thought at first they might be hard to spot. Not at all! As they keep upright looking in all directions, we find them relatively easy by looking at the side of the roads.
They were also very active, digging to find food.
My friend Pedro with his astonishing Powershot Cannon camera with 50x optical zoom (not digital. How do they do that?), got some very nice pics of Meerkats, such as the following close-ups.
Here we can see a Meerkat and a Ground Squirrel, both foraging.
Look at this Ground Squirrel's posture and expression. Almost like a cartoon character! They were always very funny, amusement guaranteed!
Or in this one, which reminds me of a wonderful scene in David Attenborough's superb "Kalahari" episode of the BBC series "Africa", in which a Ground Squirrel lets its food fall when freeze with th sight of a predator...
And they are really cute eating.
Finally, a close-up of a Ground Squirrel.
Thanks for all on board!