Survival (or not) at Nossob waterhole

During a mid day visit to Nossob hide I noticed that the animals coming for a drink were very careful and some of them quickly ran off even before drinking. I then noticed a drenched sand grouse swimming around in the waterhole. The poor bird was trying it’s best to get out but with very little success. I also noticed a second one, unfortunately already dead floating around.

Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi

Then two crows came for a drink and the one immediately tried to have a quick meal. He grabbed the poor sand grouse by the beak and tried to pull him out. This time the bird tried it’s best to not be pulled from the waterhole.

Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi

Eventually the crow lost his grip on the sand grouse and gave up the idea of a quick meal.

The next visitors were some thirsty Secretary bird who immediately started quenching their thirst

Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi

The one secretary bird also noticed the struggling sand grouse and carefully approached. It gave the sand grouse two quick thumps which killed the sand grouse (I hope)

Kgalagadi

The secretary bird then lifted the dead bird out of the water (dropping it a few times) and then ripped it apart and gobbled it down.

Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi

Kgalagadi

Although a very sad incident with the sand grouse really fighting for survival, it is really a true reflection of what nature is about.

2 Responses to Survival (or not) at Nossob waterhole

  • Ray Cooper says:

    Hi Tobie,
    Amazing photos.
    I am hoping to go to KTP in January/February 2017 and wanted to know what condition the road is in from Upington to Twee Rivieren.
    I will be pulling an on-road caravan which I would like to park there and travel to different spots in the park.
    Your assistance and comments will be high appreciated.
    Best Regards,
    Ray

    • Hi Ray,

      Thank you very much for the comment regarding the photos.

      You will thoroughly enjoy the park but keep in mind that January / February it WILL be very hot but you might experience some typical Kalahari thunderstorms. I hope you have made your reservation for accommodation already. The Park is becoming very popular. There is also a lodge 5km from the gate (Kgalagadi Lodge) where you can stay and do some day trips into the Park if you can not find accommodation inside.

      Good luck and enjoy.

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