A walk on the wild side

Early on Saturday morning W and I headed out into the bush for a walk.  If you get up early enough there is always so much to see before it gets too hot.

Within the first 2 minutes we found our resident herd of Wildebeest (Gnu).  They have this strange snorting sound they make when they see us – we snort back.

A recent visitor of ours from Europe commented that so much emphasis is placed on the Big 5, that many tourists miss out on all the interesting small stuff.  We find that the longer we spend in the bush, the more fascinating the small things become.

Like these ants crossing the road

There weren’t that many of them but they are huge!  These giants are called Matabele ants.

Once they have passed by, you can see the track that they leave – it looks similar to a snake track but is normally much straighter.

Next up, Zebra spotted us

I’m not sure why, but for some strange reason I get the feeling that our Zebras are just really stupid.  They don’t run when they should, and run off for no reason when nothing is threatening them.  They also seem to have that kinda “vacant” stare in their eyes.  Anyway, we were still glad to see them.

There were many spiders about.  I really struggle, with my happy snappy camera, to take decent photo’s of spiders on webs – it’s a focus thing.  I was quite happy with this shot.

I do not have a spider book yet, so have not been able to ID it {hint, hint}.  Hopefully one of my FGASA course mates who were on training with me will be able to help out? {if they read my blog} My photo doesn’t show its colours very well – it had some really bright orange stripes on it. [edit:  Spider identified as a Golden Orb Web spider]

When we walk, even if we don’t see any animals, we have good fun tracking spoor, teasing antlions and identifying poop.  Sounds stimulating doesn’t it?

Gnu poo

This is a trap dug by an antlion larva.  The sides are really steep and when ants walk into the trap, they fall to the bottom where the larva gobbles them up.  Antlions are called Doodlebugs in America.

We play with them using a piece of grass – by moving the grains of sand they think they have an ant and they pounce – making a little puff of sand.

This is what they look like

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1 is the larvae and 2 is the adult antlion

And finally, near the end of our walk we found these two at it

Songololo porn

These millipedes do this         All     Over     The      Place     at the moment.  You need to walk around with blinkers on.  As you can see it looks more like kissing because their reproductive bits are found on the second segment from the head.  When they walk around they leave mini trails like this.

I took quite a few more pictures of animal poop but I think you have seen all your stomachs can handle for one day.

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3 thoughts on “A walk on the wild side

  1. Just too precious. I love hearing about the countryside as seen through your eyes and told through your writings. Thank you so much for the novel (and amusing) look at your world.

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