Posted by: tim ellis | December 29, 2012

Just Cats:- Tuesday 23rd October 2012

Egyptian Goose

This Morning is dry but overcast, and quite cold in the wind – most of the animals seem to be hiding, with the exception of an Egyptian goose who is loudly calling from the top of a windmill. There are a couple of waterbuck and a gnu lying down, but otherwise very little until we finally come across the 4 female lions of the breakaway pride – again they are lying down, apparently unconcerned but ready to switch to full alert if anything disturbs them. A couple of hooded vultures appear, obviously hoping to find something to scavenge, but once they get too close one of the lions gets up and chases them off. She then sits back down, but keeps an eye on them to ensure they dont try and encroach on the lions space again.

Hooded Vulture

After breakfast Richard drives us over to our final base, the Nkorho Game Reserve (also in Sabi Sands) – it is still cloudy and cold.

Someone obviously thinks I am the hardy type, as I have a hut with an outdoor shower again (as well as an indoor one, which is far more sensible, given today’s weather!) It also has a porch that overlooks a grassy plain currently inhabited by wildebeest and impala.

The trees in the camp are home to at least two different species of weaver bird, so there is plenty to watch before lunch.

Red Headed Weaver
We head out for our afternoon game drive with Anton and Thomas – the sun still hasn’t really put in an appearance, and as this morning most animals seem to be lying low. We do find a lone bull elephant who passes close by the bus, then vanishes into the bush.

Anton has heard on the radio that a wild dog (painted hunting dog) has been sited nearby, but has also hidden itself in the bush. Despite this, we head off to see if we can find it – without success. We do, however see a canine shape as we round one corner, but it turns out to be “just” a side-striped jackal.

Chameleon

We stop for sundown drinks, although given the weather, hot chocolate would probably have been more suitable than cold beer. After this it is time to turn on the spotlight. We start with the obligatory chameleon, before managing to find both small and large spotted genet. Finally as we approach camp we pick up another side-striped jackal in the spotlight.

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