Ranger Diaries – Cheetah & Flight of Angels

By Samara on February 26, 2015

Cheetah Kill

On our afternoon drive the mission was to track the cheetahs,we tracked the female cheetah for half an hour.We were fortunate enough to see her busy zig – zagging her way through the dense vegetation around Roi dam.We could not keep up with her pace,we decided to stop and drove around to the southern view point.We noticed she was hunting,the wind was in her favor and the sky cloudy, good weather for hunting.We started tracking again from the view point down the valley and i spotted her lying next to a baby kudu kill. She lay down, panting and avidly looking around for any possible threat to her and the meal. She started feasting and we were lucky enough to be positioned for great photos and what an amazing, not often witnessed sighting and interaction of such a beautiful endangered species.

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Cheetah Kill
Cheetah Kill
Cheetah Kill
Cheetah Kill
Cheetah Kill

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bird sighting

Flight of Angels [ Blue Cranes]

We had an amazing sighting of a flock of blue cranes at Paarde kraal flying on free wings and singing to its glory.That is what i call the flight of Angels.Individuals within a flock don’t fly into each other because each bird maintains a personal space around its body.As this space is encroached upon, the bird instantaneously flies in the opposite direction, creating a chain reaction. The calls of cranes are amplified and resonated by an extended and convoluted trachea at the voice box,allowing their calls to be heard from far away. This may help members of a pair to find each other or to advertise to distant neighboring pairs.

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Flight of angels
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Flight of angels

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