Sharifa, p@m and GavinW,
Thanks for all the lovely comments.
I see the other mites or a bit shy, but I hope those on board are still enjoying it.
Sightings of any cubs are always on my wish list and we were very lucky to see a few of them very close-up. I hope that we will see them again in July as slightly larger cubs or nearly teenager. Not sure how fast they grow.
There were also lots of courtship activities so babies might be on the list again. Well let me kick off with 14 December then to show you more cuties, this times the spotted cat or hunting lazy horse as Cheetah123 would say.14 December 2011: South and North of Nossob
The day started with a drive to the south. After Rooikop SO spotted a lion crossing the road and we made a quick U-turn following them to the water hole. It was actually difficult to see them moving through the long grass and the first car that came from Nossob at first thought we are a lot of birders.
Luckily few people took a drive out south and even when back tracking within 5 km from camp we were at first two cars and then another car joined us.
On a mission to get water at Rooikop
We continued on our drive to Marie's waterhole and about 2-3 km into the loop found two spotted hyaenas walking towards the water hole.
At the waterhole they met up with Gemsbok who were not too impress with them and they had to leave without water.
Just before the waterhole SO spotted a cheetah sitting on the dune very far off (sorry only a few speckles on a dune
). We were hoping that it will come down to hunt, but after 20 min gave up.
There was however a surprise waiting for us back towards Nossob and just before the turn-off we saw another cheetah,
This one was ready to hunt. Not sure how we missed her when turning off the first time, but maybe she was hiding the cubs from the lions that was spotted 500 m from there. It just shows you what you leave behind when turning back and that all the good sightings are not ahead.
At first it looked as if she missed and when we spotted the 4 cubs waiting for mum we really felts sorry for her missing out on a meal, but the next moment we saw her coming back with a spingbok lamb.
The cubs were waiting quietly not moving until mum called.
Unfortunately mum decided to drop the kill quite a distance from the road and while we caught watch them eating and climbing the tree it was too far for good shots without a 800mm lens and two times converter.
After the quick snack they were walking in our direction, but mum was very protective and avoided crossing where we were waiting. Instead they wandered further down the riverbed towards Rooikop playing and tackling each other.
Another creature was watching as well. After a kill it does not take long before the raptors will move in and these must be scary for this guy, a slender mongoose.
Back at camp we were told that they found 3 lions in the road north of Kwang. These guys must have entertained a huge cars by the look of all the tyre tracks. When we arrived they were rather lazy and the female moved off into the bushes. The other male was about 100 m away and I am not sure if its the brother or some competition.
Mating lions in the road near Kwang
I had enough - hope she enjoyed it.
Tough to be a male - lots of hard work ensuring your offspring.
Lapped-faced Vulture at Cubitje Quap - not much left for me.
Back at camp the Ninja squirrels entertained us.