Ranger Diaries – Sightings Galore

By Samara on March 5, 2015

Cheetah walk  – A Curious Cheetah

It was a beautiful morning with the clear blue sky. Everyone was in eager anticipation of what we might encounter on our morning game drive and as usual mother nature held her best until last. Little did we know we would experience an amazing cheetah sighting.

Lazy Cheetah
Lazy Cheetah

Having spent a couple of wonderful hours searching we came across the graceful,elegant giraffes and majestic elands.We spotted the cheetah south of Surprise dam laying in the grass.We approached the  cheetah on foot and for about 20 minutes we stared at these awesome wild creatures so close.

Eland
Eland
Giraffe
Giraffe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The female cheetah out of curiosity decided to take a few steps to check what was our intentions.My guest did not believe how close we were and what a magnificent sighting. Africa and its wildlife continue to behold and surprise, yet never disappoint.

Curious Cheetah
Curious Cheetah

Winged Visitors – Amur Falcon

We had an amazing sighting of one of the migratory birds at Kondoa Mountain the Amur  Falcon.The Amur falcon takes its name from its Asian Breeding grounds around Amur river between china and Russia.It is a gregarious migrant usually arriving in the reserve in the company of the Lesser Kestrels in November  and December. They Stay until the last summer rains.Amur falcon travel up to 22 000 km in a year this being one of the longest migration routes of all birds.Before departure they often gather in huge flocks in a last communal feed before heading back north for summer in Siberia and northern Manchuria.

Amur Falcon
Amur Falcon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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