Caravanning in the Kgalagadi – Nossob Thursday 19 March 2015

Today is a rest day.   We go out early in a southerly direction and try to find the lions but we have no luck and find out later that nobody else had a particularly successful day today either.

The highlight of the drive is at Casper se Draai.  We spot the melanistic Gabar settled in a tree which does not make for good photography.  But it flies off and we head in the same direction and find it perched in a tree with a juvenile and another Gabar of normal plumage.  It is obviously a family – Mom, Dad and junior.    They have a dove in the foliage and are feasting on it.  Luckily for us they are on the correct side of the road – not into the sun – and we get some reasonable photographs.

Melanistic Gabar Goshawk

Melanistic Gabar Goshawk

Normal plumage of Gabar Goshawk

Normal plumage of Gabar Goshawk

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Parent and juvenile on right

We decide to return to camp and have a rest day as we are leaving for Polentswa tomorrow.  On the way back we do some more birding.

Familar Chat

Familar Chat

Yellow Canary

Yellow Canary

Crimson-breasted shrike

Crimson-breasted shrike

Burchell's Sandgrouse

Burchell’s Sandgrouse

After lunch I go for a swim and meet some people from Somerset West.  They ask where I live and I say – Fish Hoek.  Oh says the lady, we are with our aunt and uncle from Fish Hoek – Eric and Margaret.  I am gob-smacked.  They are members of The Bird Club and I know Margaret and Eric very well.  I also know their daughters!  Later Earl and I pop up to their chalet to say hi.   I had told Eric that we were off to KTP and he’d said – You lucky fish!   At that stage he didn’t know that he would also be having a trip here – two weeks ago his daughter, Alison, suggested he and Margaret go in their place as here hubby, Alan was not well.  Margaret tells me that it has been a brilliant trip with their niece and nephew treating them like royalty!  Her niece also said that they’d learnt a lot about birds from Eric!

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2 thoughts on “Caravanning in the Kgalagadi – Nossob Thursday 19 March 2015

  1. Amazing birds once again and what beautiful colours. Wow fancy seeing Margaret and Eric there. Saw them last Thursday me at the ladies lunch and Eric and Don going to lunch. They never made the lunch as the traffic from St. James to Fish Hoek was unreal so I guess Eric would have told Don about seeing you there. Enjoy.

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