After as early a breakfast as the hours of
Mokuti Lodge would allow, we set off for the morning’s drive.
Very near the roadside and indignant at being disturbed.
Lilac-breasted roller. I seem to have taken a lot of photos of this species. They seem to be quite co-operative. And pretty.
Risking the slight irritation of my birdy companions, I asked if we could stop for a photo of these palms, which we had seen the day before without stopping. My companions were in fact quite pleased, in the event, since …
… they spotted in one of them what we would note at the of the day as a white-backed vulture.
Northern black korhaan. If I were to go by my bird book I would say it might be a White-quilled bustard but that is not on our checklist, and it has a different Latin name.
Black-winged stilt and very blurry ‘duck’. ?Teal?
We came across a lot of ostriches.
Many, many ostriches.
A male (black) and a female (brown)
To me they seem rather sinister when you can only see necks and legs
Strutting their stuff
Showing their irritation I think. We had hung around for a while.
We stopped for unexpected mid-morning hot drinks, prepared and served by our leaders.
Any stop provides an opportunity for looking out for birds.
African red-eyed bulbul
Someone said, rather patronisingly, that this bird was far too far off for me to be able to take with my small camera. Well, ya boo shucks! Pearl-spotted owl(et). Book says ‘appears dumpy, large-headed and short-tailed’. Yup!
Laughing dove. Soooo pretty!
And we continued on our way.
How leader Neil managed as he was driving along to spot this motionless creature by the side of the road, so well camouflaged against its background, I couldn’t say. ‘Experience’,
Etosha Agama (lizard)
Pale chanting goshawk
We arrived at a waterhole, where we were to observe wildlife drama. Wildebeest and zebra were standing around, preparing to drink, but then along came an elephant troop.
A hyena sloped off.
Indeed, two elephant troops arrived – and merged.
To take over the pool entirely. I love the way giraffe’s heads show up against a treeline.
After drinking, mud baths are in order
A gemsbok/oryx arrived, but did not yet go near the pool.
Wildebeest hold back
As do giraffe. The bolder zebra were soon ‘discouraged’.
Two of which took it out on each other.
In due course the elephants did move off…
And the first to drink in the, by now very disturbed, waters were a black-backed jackal and a blacksmith lapwing.
It was time to return to the lodge for lunch and a siesta.