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Kwando Safaris October Sightings Part I

Monday, 29 November 2010 15:30 by BillGiven

It is once again time for the Kwando Safaris monthly updates. As usual, I will be presenting the updates in two parts. Today's post will feature sightings from Tau Pan Camp and Kwando Lagoon Camp. Tomorrow's post will feature three other Kwando Safaris camps.

Tau Pan Camp

What you hear at Tau Pan Camp at night are the black backed jackals calling. There are a lot of them around and it is nice to lie in bed a listen to their eerie calls With the clear air due to the rain, the night skies are spectacular. Stars so clear and numerous you have can hardly believe it!

General game consists of gemsbok, wildebeest, steenbuck, red hartebeest, springbok, common duiker, kudu etc. and all are seen in great numbers.

Predators were not shy this month. A pride of ten lions was observed doing what lions do…..sleeping. Also the leopards were out and about and we had some good sightings of them. Cheetahs, even mothers with youngsters were spotted regularly.

Birds sighted to name a few included black kite, yellow billed kite, brown snake eagle, bateleur, lapped faced vulture, kestrels, kori bustard, secretary birds etc.

Editor's note: For those of you unfamiliar with a secretary bird, Bill shot some video of a Secretary bird in Tanzania - it is presented below. Note that Bill also has uploaded approximately 100 videos of dozens of different species to his Video Channel which can be accessed here

Kwando Lagoon Camp

Kwando Lagoon Camp - We still have the six African Wild Dog pups, but the number of adults is now only 11. this has most probably to do with some dogs breaking off to start their “own” packs. This is a normal event, so we are not worried. The rest of the pack is doing very well, hunting successfully and clearly in good condition.

The cheetah coalition of three brothers is doing well to, being seen on an impala kill, while all the other times they are seen they seem to have full bellies!

The reports we are getting about elephants and buffalos just say: they are everywhere!!!

A highlight was the sighting of three, and a week later four more sitatunga. These extremely shy antelopes are very well adapted to live in the wetlands of the Okavango Delta, and are very rarely seen. Off course the http://thewildsource.com/tws/wildebeest.aspx">wildebeests, http://thewildsource.com/tws/zebra.aspx">zebras, http://thewildsource.com/tws/giraffe.aspx">giraffes, warthogs, impalas, baboons, reedbucks etc. weren’t missing too.

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