Close encounters with a mongoose
Trip Start Dec 16, 2005
125Trip End Jun 12, 2006
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Banded mongoose were all around the camp, as I lay on my front to take a photo, one inquisitive the little blighters came face to face with my lens!
Moses had told us the names of two birds of prey we saw but none of us could quite understand what he was saying as the names were sort of similar and we weren't sure which words belonged to which bird. I think they were Duck Hunting Bushawk and chanting goshawk, although I'm now back at home and in front of goggle I can't find any bushhawks.
Lunch was at a rest camp called Halili, before we got back on the road again that afternoon. The afternoon was devoid of wildlife, as we drove over miles and miles of vast savanna. A few things we did see were black male ostrich together with their gray female counterparts. We also saw some blue cranes and a Kori Bustard, the world's largest flying bird.
The annoying thing about the green monster was the difficulty communication with the cab. We had to bang on the truck and shout, by which time it was too late or what we had spotted had seen us and hightailed into the distance. Luckily Patrick and Moses spotted most things.
Our campsite that evening was Okaukuejo