Sunday, 10 April 2011

09th April: As Per Usual!

Pic of the Day.

Morning Drive.

( Herald, Grant, Marka & Giyani)

Lion ( Maghlatini Males) / Karans – Western Cutline.
Leopard ( Kuhanya) / DeLuca – Drongo Drive.
Leopard ( Shongile) / Motswari – Motswari Northern Access.
Buffalo ( Dagha Boy) / Karans – Twin Peaks Rd.

Afternoon Drive.

( Herald, Grant, Marka & Giyani)

Lion ( Maghlatini Males) / Karans – Western Cutline.

Daily Synopsis.

After the day before it wouldn't matter what you found out there, it would never measure up. Unfortunately we were faced with a very slow morning that made it feel ten times worse. Although the morning sightings look busy, all of them were found late and allowed very little time to be enjoyed.

Interestingly, Kuhanya was found the furtherest North East we have seen her and this could possibly be were she disappears to when we loose her for a couple of days. It looks like she has firmly established her territory here in the North East with Motswari falling in the heart of it.  

After following Kuhanya through her new found territory, we were rushing back to camp for brunch when we found Shongile resting in a Marula Tree on our Northern Access less than five hundred metres from camp. She and Kuhanya must be aware of one another and there will come a day were the two of them will have to face off to establish the boundaries of their respective territories. We could not spend long with her, being late already, but it was great to see her again as it has been sometime since her last visit. It was also a great way to finish off my guests stay, seeing as many different leopards as the number of nights they stayed, five in total. If it's Leopard you are after the Northern Timbavati is where they're at!

The afternoon got off to a late start for most of us, as we had many late arrivals. This allowed little time to find things and we all visited the given, the Maghlatini Males and their dead Giraffe. All three brothers were to be found sleeping off their indigestion in the shade of the surrounding shrubs of the now extremely ripe Giraffe. As for the rest of drive, a number of good sightings of Zebra and Giraffe occupied the little remaining time. After dark we had a nice sighting of a Large Spotted Genet and also a Verruex's Eagle Owl that otherwise would have left us with a very quit evening.

Lets see what tomorrow holds!

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