Photo of the Day
|Machaton cubs drinking milk|
(Chad and Marka)
12 x lions (Machaton Pride – 3 x lionesses and 9 x cubs) – Tanda Tula, Eastern Link
Wow, winter arrived last night! I even had to wear long pants! But it was fine, and we braved the morning chill for the promises that the bush held. The morning was not a bad one to end off my last 9 days of driving, but Marka had a bit of a quiet one in the north as he continued his search for leopard.
|Chilly morning around Argyle Dam|
It was actually ridiculous how many leopard tracks were around this morning – and all of them on roads that I drove repeatedly yesterday! All about timing I guess!
I left Petros to again follow up on tracks for Kuhanya, now on our southern access, but while tracking them, he found tracks for a male leopard on top of her tracks, but heading in the opposite direction, so followed those instead.
With Petros on foot I carried on looking for animals in golden light, but all I could find was a herd of impalas at Argyle Dam, so spent time with them, and watched the mist rising over Argyle Dam.
From there we headed to Sohebele Dam, half hoping the buffalos might be there, but only our hippos and more mist were there to keep us company.
|Hippos and scenery of Sohebele Dam covered in a layer of rising mist|
Petros wasn’t having any luck with the leopard tracks, and walking into two buffalo bulls sort of spoilt his tracking efforts! I pushed south, and found several more sets of leopard tracks, but didn’t stumble upon any of them. We did find lots of nice birds and then we arrived at Hide Dam to find a small herd of male giraffes in the area.
|Pearl-spotted owl, red-crested korhaan, helmeted guineafowl and giraffe at Hide Dam|
Following on from that, I headed a bit further south to Machaton Dam to respond to an invitation to go and see the Machaton Pride a few hundred metres east of the dam. Near the dam we had a nice sighting of a herd of zebras and some waterbuck and impala.
|Egyptian goose, zebra, waterbuck and impala around Machaton Dam|
|Machaton young cubs suckling from mom|
Speak to you all again soon!