Yeah, a page turn so I will continue....10th May - Mata Mata
We were out the gate just after opening at 7am - very cold! Up to just past Sitsas we saw only a few Gemsbok, Wildebeest and Springbok.
Four Jackals were playing on the roadside. We also glimpsed a White-faced Scops Owl, a Jackal eating a bird, a Tawny Eagle, White-backed Vultures, a Pigmy Falcon, lots of Lion spoor, a Black-Shouldered Kite,2 x Yellow Hornbills and a Secretary Bird
At Dalkeith waterhole we watched a bathing Juvenile Goshawk and the Usual Doves.
Juvenile Gabar Goshawk
Cape Turtle Dove
There were four Giraffe just before Kamqua. We had a break at Kamqua picnic site, leaving at 11.45am. It was now warm and the wind from yesterday had gone.
"Betsy" & crew at Kamqua
On the way back we saw a very young Gemsbok calf with it's mother and three more Giraffes before 13th Boorgat loop, including a younger calf.
Gemsbok calf with mother
There were two White-backed Vultures on a nest near to Dalkeith.
Sadly, the above small "Sand Snake"? was a roadkill victim.
There were several Ostriches playing and displaying around the riverbed. An interesting fact I recently read is that the only truly wild Ostrich are those seen in Namibia or the Kalahari. Those seen in other areas of Africa are generally escaped from Ostrich farms, bred for their feathers originally. Maybe that is why the colour of the Ostriches in this area is so magnificent and vibrant with the rich cinnamon tail-feathers of the males as seen above.
Back in camp, we met up with Jannie again who was just visiting briefly and also found this nicely posing Crimson-breasted Shrike on the Mata Mata fence post.
We stayed in camp for the rest of the day.
/to be continued...
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