It was our second hyena sighting!
We startled this hyena and rather than running back into the culvert, it ran out and away, and as we stopped to watch it, it seemed a little frustrated that it couldn't get back to it's daytime hiding spot.
My lens is bigger than your lens!
A safari tour group came by and one guy had this HUGE lens attached to his camera. Good for him, but we will never want to be traveling and carrying around that much equipment only to get those one or two shots that we are not able to get with our current camera gear. Doesn't seem worth the aggravation.
It was about twenty minutes later that we saw a group of springbok. There are a lot of springbok in Etosha...thousands.
The tour group with the guy with the big lens stopped and talked to another one going the opposite way. You could tell there was some excitement, and when they started driving again they seemed to have a purpose. So we followed them!
And good thing we did!
The Lion King!
Jackals, enjoying the lion's dinner leftovers.
It is not all pretty pictures in Namibia's Etosha National Park. Unfortunately, the circle of life means that some animals will not survive so that others may live.
The rest of our drive was uneventful. Here it was, our last safari in the park and we still had not yet seen a rhino or a leopard. There was still hope though!
We relaxed again in the heat of the afternoon. Ruth went to the waterhole in the hopes of seeing rhino, and I went and had a snooze by the pool.
It's fun to watch the ground squirrels. The middle one is a young one!
Dramatic sky at dusk.
Ruth, watching the waterhole.
We sat for a while and watched the springbok and a few jackals. A couple of lions showed up again, but Ruth's date with a rhino didn't look like it was going to happen. She got stood up!
So we went back at the campsite and had a look at our pictures for the day on the laptop. As we were getting things packed away for the night, Ruth says "let's go have one more look at the waterhole". I was tired, and didn't want to go, but eventually she talked me into it and away we went. It was after 10:30pm.
And there he was. No, wait...there were two of them! We think they were black rhino, which is the rarest of the species. But our camera gear is limited and distance shots and night don't work out so well. Sure wished I was the guy with the big lens at that moment!
But this is the best we could do.
What a great way to finish off our safari's in Namibia's Etosha National Park. The only animal we really wanted to see but didn't get a chance to was the leopard. And we really didn't see as many elephants as we would have wanted to, but when you read the next post about our day on Saturday, I think we made up for it then!