On Sunday morning, after we'd been down in the pit (and I'd photographed the excavator at work), Grant drove up onto the tailings dam. There he met Production Manager, Thys coming from the other direction. They stopped the vehicles alongside each other and while they talked shop, I got out. I walked to the rear of the vehicle where I'd seen a raptor eating a likkewaan/monitor lizard which it and another eagle had killed the day before. (Grant and Thys had seen the kill)
The time was 6.40am.
A raptor (as yet unidentified) enjoys the last of the previous day's kill
Another raptor (also unidentified) sat in a small thorn tree nearby, obviously replete
That night after pit inspection, we headed for the bush and once again weren't disappointed at the many small creatures, reptiles and birds we saw. (more about these tomorrow!) As Grant turned off onto a side road, I called to him to stopped. In front of the vehicle was a Spotted Thick-knee with something dangling from it's beak. I got several photos and when I downloaded them, I saw dinner had been a worm.
These birds and dozens of others which I've posted about and will still post about, are living proof that birding and wildlife is thriving alongside the mining operations.
I hope you're all having a wonderful week.