Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Namibia 2017 Part 18. Etosha N.P. After the highs.

It would be near impossible to top the excitement of the previous day's sightings but Etosha NP had already demonstrated that it can serve up something new every day. Today would be no different hopefully.
Unfortunately it started with the weather, exactly the same as the previous day to begin with. Pretty miserable in as much as it was dull and miserable but at least it was warm. Once again Claire decided the better option was to come back in to the park with me.
First stop had to be the waterhole but to our disappointment the Lions had gone. Oh well, we could check again later.
We headed back towards the causeway that splits Etosha and Fisher's Pan.
Some new species!
Black-necked Grebe 
Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps  Nigricollis
There were quite a few.
Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps  Nigricollis
Couldn't fit them all in one image there were that many!
Black-necked Grebe  Podiceps  Nigricollis
You know the feeling when you turn up at a lakeside though?
Little Grebe
Generally no mad panic but everything tends to paddle slowly away giving you the best of rear views!
Cape Teal  Anas  Capensis
That was the closest I had been to Cape Teal though, and the Little Grebe.
Over in the corner of the lake we found some more species, another first in Cape Shoveler
Cape Shoveler  Anas Smithii
and I don't recall seeing Red-billed Teal earlier in the trip either.
Red-billed Teal  Anas Erythrorhyncha
Before heading around Fisher's Pan we had a look along the road that heads north.
A Rhino!
Black Rhino
Not exactly a good view but we'd caught a glimpse through the undergrowth.
Driving around the edge of the pan we had one or two interesting views.
The only Warthogs in the east!
A seated Giraffe made a change and an opportunity for some more dove shots.
Cape Turtle Dove    Steptopelia Capicola
Both Cape Turtle and Laughing Dove were sat in the same bush.
Laughing Dove Streptopelia Senegalensis
Very considerate, saved moving the car.
We also had this new one too, not 100% but I'm thinking White-browed Scrub Robin
White-browed Scrub Robin Cercotrichas Leucophrys
It wasn't very exciting though despite seeing several new species. Maybe the weather was at fault. Still flat and grey.
Etosha Pan
We returned to the edge of Fisher's Pan but this time took the road to the far end.
Along the way there were the usual suspects.
Lilac-breasted Roller    Coracias Caudatus
Maybe the chance of a better shot
Scaly-feathered Finch    Sporopipes Squamifrons
Maybe not
Red-headed Finch     Sporopipes Squamifrons
Photography can be so frustrating.
How do you get a small bird like the Shaft-tailed Whydah fully in the frame without it being very light on detail?
A bit of wind helps!
It was lovely to see a Cattle Egret in full breeding plumage and in full view too.
Cattle Egret    Bubulcus Ibis
But others like these Maribou Stork were exasperating .
Maribou Stork  Leptoptilos Crumeniferus
Mind you they are so ugly I appreciate why they are camera shy too.
Whiskered Tern
Whiskered Tern   Chlidonias Hybrida
and Glossy Ibis just didn't want to co-operate at all
Glossy Ibis    Plegadis Falcinellus
and African Spoonbill not much better.
African Spoonbill Platalea Alba
Still not too frustrating as I have seen them all before.
This one got me briefly grabbing for a shot until I realised it's a juvenile Pale-Chanting Goshawk.
Pale Chanting Goshawk    Melierax Canorus
I have to admit I was actually getting a bit bored.
Sometimes you see something ordinary that appeals though
Common Ostrich   Struthio Camelus
Synchronised Ostrich team or was it the head of the Gorgon?
Common Ostrich   Struthio Camelus
Time to take a look at the Lion waterhole again methinks!
Blue Wildebeest
Driving alongside a Wildebeest it decided to give us an action shot of sorts.
Golden-breatsed Bunting  Embieriza Flaviventris
and a Golden-breasted Bunting, the second we'd seen was worth stopping for.
The waterhole was empty though.
Shame, but we passed some Bee-eaters that looked nice in the improving weather.
European Bee-eater  Merops Apiaster
Time to investigate Klein Nanutomi waterhole, one we hadn't as yet seen.
Lovely flowers.
More Springbok fighting.
Terrapins seem to live in most of the waterholes and I have to say, this one , the waterhole that is, gave great views.
White-backed Vulture   Gyps Africanus
The White-backed Vulture didn't! It stayed too far to get a clean image in the increasingly hot conditions.
We had a drive around DikDik Drive and yes we saw a diminutive Antelope but I didn't take any pictures because I assumed I already had some. 
Mistake, they later turned out to be Steenbok. I should have made better use of my animal guide book. Never mind, something for next time I guess.
Back for a last look at the waterhole, nothing had turned up save a Starling on a tree that looked very appealing.
Cape Glossy Starling   Lamprotornis Nitens
"Come on Claire, lets call it a day" I said.
She was only too happy to agree.
We left them to it.
Some late afternoon sunshine back at the lodge, a cold beer or three and a delicious dinner. All was not lost.

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