After a lovely night with good sleep, we got up early and were out on the road as soon as the gates opened. Our first sighting this morning, even before the sun was really up yet, was a newly born blue wildebeest.
The membranes were still hanging from the mom's rear end, and she was licking this little guy clean. "Happy birthday little one!"
What a special way to start a new day in the Kalahari!
Keeping a watchful eye on the insects awakening on this morning, was this Marico Flycatcher (Marico Vlieevanger):
Always ready for a pic to be taken!
Now one of our hopes for this trip, was to expand our bird list a bit. And one of the species we still needed a few ticks on, was that of the cuckoos. So you can just imagine how excited we were when we spotted this guy in the area of Craig Lockhart:
He was flying around, calling out loudly. Our first Great Spotted Cuckoo (Gevlekte Koekoek)!
And he was calling for a reason... He was not alone...
A mating pair of Cuckoos!
This morning was starting out great! We were just so happy to be in the KTP, with baby beesties being born, Cuckoos mating, and beautiful Lilac-breasted Rollers (Gewone Troupant) painting this morning with its beautiful colours...
Our joyful mood continued as we drove into the loop to Veertiende Boorgat. We saw 2 or 3 cars following this lady in our direction:
She must have just quenched her thirst at the waterhole and she was now on a determined walk back to where she came from.
If you ask me, she still had little cubs suckling from her - so I think she was heading straight to her den!
Now while we were following this determined lioness, we noticed some cars moving in the opposite direction - towards the waterhole. They were looking at something on the other side of the road. What could be better than this lion sighting???
We decided to drive a little bit forward (in order to turn around and follow the lioness further), and then I saw what the other cars were looking at...