By now, Skabenga and Eddie are almost ballistic with anticipation for the forthcoming walk. Often I don't have anything to photograph. Like today, when it had rained all night and there wasn't even a sunrise in the offing. But I had my camera around my neck. In case.
At home, I remove walking shoes, peak and glasses and put the camera on the table for when we walk again around mid-morning. You can imagine how this is a sign for the dogs to hop around barking madly and wagging their tails.
Today at around 10am, I went to the exit gate and looked up the road; I could only see Thunder. Missy was nowhere to be seen. Pulling on my walking shoes, I left my glasses and camera on the table and set off up the road. Skabenga kept looking up at my head - I'm sure he noticed I wasn't wearing my peak or glasses or carrying my camera.
I was quarter of the way up the road, when I saw Missy lower down towards the outer fence. She was safe and came walking up to the road when she saw me.
I looked UP the road and spotted a raptor on the fence pole quite a distance away.
Just the day I don't take my camera.
I walked back to the house, set myself up with peak and glasses AND camera and walked up the road again. You can imagine how thrilled the dogs are at all this to-ing and fro-ing.
Finally I was within a couple of hundred meters of the raptor; I leaned the camera on a fence post and started to take photos. I wasn't going to go closer as I had the dogs with me - although Skabenga always stops and waits when I tell him to - as I knew the raptor was checking for a meal in the grassy road and I didn't want to disturb it.
A raptor sitting on the fence along the road
While I watched, I noticed a small buck (deer) emerge from the long grass on the left, cross the road and climb through the fence next to the raptor!
A small buck crossed the road as we watched
We think the raptor is a Steppe Buzzard and the buck is a duiker.
Today (because I went back for my camera) I'm able to share my Critters in the 'Berg with other readers by linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here!
Moral of the story: I'll never walk out without my camera again!
HAPPY SATURDAY TO YOU ALL!