Singita Pamushana

Pamushana | July 2012

Great news comes in threes – and so it was one afternoon last week when our guests had a sighting of wild dogs that included pups of about eight weeks old, in a pack of ten. This is our first wild dog sighting in quite a while as they are known to range over areas as vast as 500 square kilometres, and we are delighted that they’ve returned to our safe land. Immediately after seeing the wild dogs the guests were then treated to the extremely rare sight of a pangolin! The third piece of great news was an announcement from one of our staff that had us popping the champagne – in fact there is much for each member of our team to celebrate at the moment, these are exciting times indeed. I was surprised to see this bateleur (Terathopius ecaudatus) and hooded vulture (Necrosyrtes monachus)perched so closely together on dead leadwood branches. I inched the vehicle closer, switching the engine off each time so as not to disturb them, and crept right beneath them – no more than six metres away. They seemed to be giving each other the cold shoulder, which gave me the perfect opportunity to photograph this rare sight.