There are a few things that landmark the true start of summer for me. The arrivals of the Woodlands kingfisher and the cuckoo’s, the start of the rainy season with that gorgeous, earthy smell (which also brings out the red romans that freak me out) and of course the impala lambing! I have already heard the typical call of the Diedericks cuckoo and the Klaas’s cuckoo but not the Woodlands yet. Although a friend just heard one close to Phalaborwa, which means they are on their way!
I saw the first report about impala lambs being born in one of my Facebook groups on Monday! Apparently, the babies were seen close to Pretoriuskop. I love impala babies. They are the cutest things on the planet, so yesterday morning I packed the boys in the car and set off to try and find some baby cuteness in our area.
I never got to see any babies though. A mere 3 kilometres from home I saw a few cars parked on the left-hand side. There was a big male impala hanging high up in a tree. This could only be a leopard’s kill! I imagined the leopard was probably not far.
There was still a couple of impala around and all of a sudden they started snorting in alarm! I looked through my binoculars in the direction the impala were looking and eventually managed to find the leopard! He was extremely well hidden! I hoped that the leopard would eventually get back up the tree to feed some more, so I switched the car off and decided to wait.
Alex and Jack could not see the leopard at all and they were soon getting a bit bored. That is why lollipops were invented! To keep your kids entertained at a sighting;-)) Alex made me laugh. While I was trying to explain to other people where the leopard was, he was waving at all the cars coming past telling them he saw a “nijlpaard”. Which is Dutch for hippo. Leopard is “luipaard” and he obviously got the two animals mixed up and lost in translation.
Eventually, our patience was rewarded and the leopard showed his beautiful self while he climbed back up the tree. After a few precious moments watching this magnificent animal feed on his kill, we went home. We will recommence our search for the impala lambs later today!
Have a lovely summer everyone!!