4-6th of August
With Hylton Graeme and the 4 kids
We started trapping in one of my thorn scrub sites just south of the Soutpansberg mountains, not much about at all and managed to get a pair of Pale-chanting Goshawks on the one trap!
Only other bird we saw was an African Hawk Eagle that flew before we could get to it.
|The Big Girl!|
The kids were told in no uncertain terms that one squeak out of them would result in a painful and slow death!
|very chuffed girl!|
|Cave art girls!|
Wow, what a beast. The other vehicles had stopped and were looking out like a bunch of hungry goldfish at the side of a tank! I explained to them what we were doing and asked if they would like to watch. They were a big family from Sweden on their last day of holiday!!
|Kara and the JB|
The bird was obviously a female and a 2nd year, it weighed in at 5kg's and my eldest daughter Gracie, did the honours and ringed it. Not many 12 year old girls have ringed Africa's largest eagle.
After releasing the bird, the Swedes were quite emotional (as we were!) and said that this was the best experience they had had on their holiday!!!
Well after that, what else was there???!!!
Well, we caught no more raptors and spent a calming hour looking at the cave rock art made by the Bushmen 16,000 years ago!
Then it was back to Magoebskloof where we got a single adult Jackal Buzzard outside Hearnetzberg.
So that was it, 3 days, 4 birds, but the one big one more than made up for it!!!