Okay...just a few more lines before I disappear for the night!!
Well as I said we were full of expectations. Many people had sighted the leopard and cub and I just presumed we were next. Not far out of Twee Rivieren I spotted a Martial Eagle. Well it was an opportunity to test the new camera but my goodness me he was far away…not a very good photo at all but I just loved the way he was gawking at us…I thought we were in the KTP to gawk at animals and birds…not the other way round.
Anyway we soon moved on and rounded the bend to Samevloeiing. I am not quite sure what I expected to see, but I was shocked.
There was nothing at the waterhole except carcasses…it was silent... not even a chirp of a bird. There were 9 carcasses in all lying around the waterhole…all with horrible grimaces on their half rotted faces. I took one or two photos but I did not like what I was seeing. I asked SO to move on. I then realized that even though there were huge puddles in the road the surrounding veld was still very dry. This was not I what I expected. Where was the leopard and cub that I everybody else was seeing at the waterhole?
We continued and I was concentrating really hard on finding the leopard. Instead we came across a beautiful male bateleur waddling around like a duck. It was rather comical.
I was all fingers and thumbs with the camera so i decided to grab the video camera...at least I knew what to do with that!
PS I am battling to upload video of bateleur. I will try again tomorrow
Next up was a lanner falcon….I managed a photo or two before the falcon flew away (typical!!!!
We then went on to see a Verreaux's eagle owl , secretary birds and a fork tailed drongo squabbling with an tawny eagle.
In the meantime I was getting more and more grumpy. My fingers were hitting all the wrong buttons on the camera and I knew I was missing some good shots because I was not quick enough.
We continued passed Leeudril and Rooiputs without seeing much...and then onto to Kij Kij. Maybe there would be some lions at Kij Kij. There was nothing
not even a bird or a jackal. Just carcasses....very depressing. After sitting at Kij Kij for a while we turned around and headed back to camp. It was still 40° and we had not noticed that rain clouds had gathered
13-15th Oct Kgalagadi Lodge
16th Oct - Twee Rivieren
17-19 Oct - Urikaruus.