Not so Sociable!

Good morning everyone… The last month the Pale Chanting Goshawks are building nests and are mating again. We caught this one having a little Sociable Weaver snack on a nest! This is generally a rather quiet bird, but during the breeding season the male makes a series of tuneful whistling calls. They also eat a variety of vertebrate prey, mainly lizards, but also small mammals and birds, like Sociable Weavers! Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

Father of the cubs!

Good morning everyone… We got very very lucky yesterday! We found not just the leopard cubs and mother, but also the father of the cubs about a kilometer north of the den! He was chilling as usual and did’nt take much notice of us at all! He is always recognisable with his crinkled right ear! This is a beast of a leopard and weighs probably close to 90 kg! The cubs are also growing up fast and venture out of the den often to play around! Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

Shy cubs!

Good morning everyone!… The leopard female we are following in the south of the park is giving us the run-around! She has moved den three times in the last week and its very difficult tracking her with the grass so long, and remember she has no tracking device on her so that makes things even near impossible. But if you spend most of the time searching you will get rewarded at some stage! And yesterday was such a day! Not just did I see the father of the cubs, but also the mother with both cubs! It was indeed a special day! The cubs are still very shy, and don’t like any noise close to the den, so i keep my distance to at least 40m! Heres one of the cubs at this morning’s sighting. Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

Sky on Fire!

Good morning everyone!… The Kalahari sky was on fire again last night and I looked for objects to silhouette in front of the sky! Three ostriches came to the rescue just when I thought I wont get any animals! With a long neck and legs and the ability to run at maximum speeds of about 97.5 kilometres per hour, but here they just cruised and picked up little pebbles and grass-shoots! Enjoy and see you tomorrow!


 

Kalahari Life!

Good morning everyone…  As usual life continuous in the Kalahari, and naturally the lions show us how its done! Lions spend much of their time resting and are inactive for about 20 hours per day. They spend an average of two hours a day walking and 50 minutes eating. Life is tough for a Kalahari lion! Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

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Misty Male!

Good morning everyone… Over the weekend we had a bit of mist over the Rooiputs area,  and we found a young male, one of the four males of Kij Kij, just outside the entrance of Rooiputs. And our leopards cubs are also doing very well, ill keep you updated about them once a week!. Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

 

 

Heeeehaaaa! Spotted the cubs!

Good morning everyone… We are over the moon this morning!!! At last we found the cubs of the leopard female we’ve been following the last 7 months. They are beautiful and about 6-7 weeks old! I’ve been searching for them since their birth, after i saw the mother with suckling marks around her teats. Cubs are usually born in a litter of 2–4 cubs. But mortality of cubs is estimated at 41–50% during the first year. Around three months of age, the young begin to follow the mother on hunts. Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

Happy Happy!

Good morning everyone… This morning early (freezing cold!) around 6am, Oscar, our big leopard male from the south came to say happy birthday to Noa!

He is back in the valley and hope to see him again soon! He is one of the biggest males we have seen in this park, roughly 90 kg I reckon!

Happy birthday Noa! Enjoy and see you tomorrow!

Circle of life!

Good morning everyone… A while ago we told you about one of my favourite old lions in the park called “Murtu”! The young male who has been seen in his old territory is taking over! He yesterday moved in on one of Murtu’s lady’s, and just when they past us on a pan close to Leeudril they walked past on of Murtu’s bones that was scattered over the pan. Circle of life! Enjoy and see you tomorrow.