Friday, December 31, 2010

Sightings from the 22nd to the 25th

Seasons greetings everyone from a very chili UK!
It is great to be home with the family, but missing the WE family! Here is the last installment of sightings from me for a short while!

Wednesday the 22nd PM drive, we had a wonderful hyena sighting with the cubs and mother. She had been sleeping at the den entrance and the cubs were no where to be seen. Just as I thought we were not going to catch a glimpse of them, she stood up and walked towards us followed by the 2 little tykes! Just like a pet dog she began eating grass and sure enough the desired effect took place. For some reason the cubs immediately rolled in it, which I have never seen before. After they were satisfied with the way the smelled, I can assure you it wasn't pleasant! She was ready to give them dinner and a few meters from the vehicle she allowed them to feed! Perfect!

After seeing buffalo, hippo and also a great zebra, wildebeest and impala sighting, on the AM drive of the 23rd, Herman spotted a small Crested Francolin family. The chicks couldn't have been more than 2 days old! They were tiny and still a bit shell shocked to say the least! Trying to keep up with the parents, they copied their movements running when the parents did and feeding when they were still! Such a treasured moment to see them, it is one to watch out for!

We had a gem of a PM drive on the 24th! We found the short horned male rhino on route to the dam, marking territory as he went, only to hear the crash of 5 were also there! I was hoping to see some interaction between him and the large male in the 5, who we also see marking territory, but short horn deflected. This makes me think the boundary between the territories was around there! Interesting! If that wasn't enough, we finally caught up with Mixo! He was found just South of Gowrie dam, sleeping the day away in the khaki bush, maybe trying to avoid the flies. As the sun set, he made his way past the gate to Inga's house, where some of the crew live. No matter how many times this happens, it is still a thrill to know how close these majestic creatures can and do get to us!

Evidently he was unsuccessful with making a kill and decided to stay in a marula tree in the area as he was found the following morning close to the house again. Sadly with the power being out over night and the morning, radio communication was very bad and we only found out a bit later into the drive he was there! By this time he was on the move into the thick bush, where we struggled to keep up with him. But it is great to know both the boys are still around! Amazing!
I hope you have a great couple of weeks and I shall see you all when I get back!
Written by Tara


  1. Wow thanks for the generous blog information, Tara! Enjoyed all your imaginative and rich details about the sightings. Your own brilliant personality and sensitivity toward the animals shines through too, making this report an extra treat!

  2. Thank you Tara, a wonderful Blog you have written those hyena cubs were something.
    Regards Doris