A Sprinbok Mother Fiercely Defends her Threatened Baby ..

Dawie’s Update from Ta Sebube Lodge on the on the Kgalagadi Photo Safari:

We arrived rather late at the Kgalagadi Game Reserve after only leaving Upington at midday. But we made it in time for a very successful first game drive.

As always, there was much to see and experience in this unique reserve. We saw plenty of Oryx, Springbok, Ostriches, Jackals, and various birds including Pale Chanting Goshawks.

Numerous Sringbok have given birth since we were here less than two weeks ago, and because the babies are so vulnerable, predators seek them out. We saw a very dramatic interaction when a Jackal decided to go after one of the little Springbok lambs. The mother defended her little baby fiercely and a fight developed that eventually caused the Black-backed Jackal to retreat hastily when faced with her fury.

We spotted a Wild Cat sleeping peacefully in a tree, but unfortunately, although it was a terrific sighting, photography was just about impossible as the tree was just too far from the road.

But there is so much else to photograph, and we stopped for more Gemsbok and a Tawny Eagle.

On the way back to the Lodge we were incredibly lucky to find another Wild Cat. And this one was right next to the road, so it more than made up for the distance of the previous sighting. Our cameras came out and we spent quite a few very busy minutes photographing the little cat. The cat was very relaxed as it walked about, searching for suitable prey to hunt.

Our final sighting before we reached the Lodge was also impressive. We saw a couple of Cape Foxes, that really ended a fabulous start to our safari. We arrived at the Lodge ready for predinner drinks and the delicious spread that we knew was waiting for us. In the morning we plan to drive along a different road to see what lies in that direction …