I loved the drive home this morning! Because I often only drive these roads after dark, it’s so disorientating to see the same places in daylight.
At one waterhole I stopped because I saw a kudu. It only took a second to notice something was not quite cool. The kudu was flanked by two jackals and all three were staring intently at a bush nearby. Their gaze led me straight to a lion! He was watching the trio closely, but lions are only active for two of twenty four hours, and this hour was one of the twenty two that are spent crashed out and doing absolutely nothing.
A few hours closer to home I came around a corner and found a mating pair of lions in the road. The female shot me a quick warning look and I stopped at a fair distance. This is where the real difference between a closed vehicle and an open vehicle shines through. In an open vehicle, I had to hang back a little. So I sat and enjoyed some quality time with them.
I’d been so focused on the two in front that I didn’t even see the two girls on the dune right beside me!
Eventually (and perhaps to my relief, because I was in a hurry) a few construction vehicles appeared on the horizon. The sight of something so unusual and so fabulously yellow sent the pair over to join the others on the ridge, and I took my opportunity to drive away.
I counted 23 jackals at the next waterhole.
This morning there were baby Bateleur’s everywhere! But it’s not surprising given that it takes about seven years for a baby to finally take on its parents striking colouration and stop being a mud-brown colour with a greenish bill and awkward naked legs. Adult Bateleur’s are the most beautiful raptors imaginable, but it takes a heck of a long time to get there.
And now that i’ve seen my first Grey Hornbill in the Kalahari, i’m seeing them absolutely everywhere I look.
Red Necked Falcon