Currently in Phalaborwa sorting out Mingerhout for new tenants moving in next week. As I used to do countless times when my work focus was here, I decided to pop in to Kruger to see what I can find. It's one of the perks of being based here and one that many locals make ample use of.
Despite the overcast and later drizzly conditions, nature produced two sightings of female predators in the two hours that I was out there. The female leopard was having a drink at the Nandzana-waterhole and almost completely hidden from view in the trough when I arrived and it was the flick of the tail-tip just above the rim that alerted me to her presence. She barely glanced in my direction when she was done and gracefully slinked off toward the Ngewenyeni riverbed to disappear in the vegetation. #africanwildlife #carnivore #krugernationalparkthings🐘🐃🐗🐍🐆🐊🦃🦁🐸🐯🐒🌍🇿🇦 #krugernationalpark
Driving further along the Ngwenyeni for another 4km, I was surprised to find this lone female African Wild Dog prancing along the road, clearly on the look for the pack and frequently listening in all directions for their calls. It was a privilege to spend more than 20 minutes in her company during which time she scent-marked extensively, also rubbing her entire body against some shrubs, before lying down in the riverbed for about 10 minutes. She was disturbed when two Tawny Eagles landed in the trees above her, clearly coming to see if she has had some success on the hunt. The image of her looking back is when one of the birds called at her.
She eventually jumped up after apparently picking up on a sound of interest and trotted off into the bush, hopefully to join her pack.
Despite its challenges, Kruger always produces something memorable!