On our mission to the plains, right next to the road we spotted something whiter than normally in a tree right next to the road! Wow how exciting to have found this little frog and completely unexpected as we were on a serious bird mission. The reason we spotted him is due to the fact that he was over heating and simply went lighter to reflect the heat away. If the frog got to cold he would simply go darker to absorb heat. Was so special to him.
The day was odd as it was hot and sunny and then became darker as if we were having an eclipse, which obviously drew our attention to the skies to see what was happening. There was this halo/slight rainbow around the sun absolutly mind boggling, and so beautiful. Further research from the 2014 Sky Guide shows that the halo is formed by light interacting with millions of ice crystals in high altitude cirrus clouds. Pretty amazing!
Woke up this morning with rain coming down steady, and what a relief it is. Its been so hot here and the bush has really needed it, from the look of this picture the animals need it to - this little shy creature popped out the rocks with a burst of energy running around in the rain. No real threat of birds of prey and snakes so Mr Shrew is taking full advantage of the situation.
What an amazing sight, we spotted a Caracal as it was about to cross just behind the Cruiser. The Guinea Fowl still kicking in its mouth, trying to break free but the Caracal clamped his jawes closed. Once the major chaos of Guinea fowl kicking, checking for danger and getting comfortable with us around, he proceeded to pluck the feathers out. Still cautious of any potential danger he then started his well deserved meal - Bush Chicken!!!
Slender Mongoose are such shy little mammals that often we just get sight of them rushing across the road, and often identified by the black tipped tail. This day we were delighted to find where they have made a comfy home for themselves. Finally to get a glimpse of them doing what they do best being vigilant, soaking up the sun and keeping a eye out for a scrumptious meal.
First day back from holiday and we have one very unexpected guest! About 5 in the morning i woke up to hear chomping outside my window. I got up to have a look and i was looking at the top of a large pachyderm. Mr Elephant had decided that our lodge and my garden needed some urgent attention and it was no where near his standards!!!
Above: Some small evidence in the lodge drive way!
Left: His track between the rooms in the garden.
Bottom Left: His way in, the electric fence stopped him so he made another plan by legging it over the gum pole!
Bottom Right: He stripped this tree but has not completely ring barked it, he also had a party in the BOMA and climbed over the wall to get to Daves' and my house!
Four bags of poop not so exciting to come back to but the worms in the nursary is going to love it!
One of the lionesses in this area recently had three cubs! They are doing extremely well, getting more playful and adventurous everyday! Being quite shy in the beginning it was hard to get a glimpse of one but they are slowly getting used to us being around and behaving naturally. Mom has been very good hunting regularly and hiding them well when other males come into the area. They have also in the past week been introduced to their father, which was a success and as far as we know the cubs hasn't been introduced to the rest of the pride but it should happen soon. Its magical to get new little faces in the area and hope mom keeps up the good work!
What an amazing sight with mother Ostrich providing shade for the chicks, as the little one on the far right looks incredibly hot. In Daves and my guiding career these are the youngest wild Ostrich chicks we have ever seen.
Today we got to appreciate one of Madikwes beauties, the Marico River. Fantastic bird life like the very rare African Finfoot, Kingfishers, Fish Eagles and potentially seeing Hippos frolicking in the water. This was an ideal spot for a Bush Breakfast.