|Baboon sentry keeping an eye for lions|
|Wire-tailed swallow building nest|
|Giraffe watching us|
|Spot the jackal|
|Zanzibar red bishop|
The afternoon was spent checking out the towards Mkata dam. Another dam which had been empty for months, was now so full that we couldn't get near it. And there wasn't much around anyway, except for the couple of resident wildebeest. And we also soon discovered that the bridge that connected Mkata dam to Mwanambogo Dam in the north, had been washed away. Well, not quite washed away yet, but so damaged that a bushbuck walking across would probably make it collapse.
But we spoke too soon...
An early morning start proved unfruitful for both tracing the male lion we'd seen the night before, and the cubs we'd been chasing near Hippo Pools. But no one else had seen anything either, which made us feel a lot better, especially when we were the first to actually find a lion ;)
|Hiding in the bush|
We've made a habit of driving between 2 dams - Hippo Pools and one nearby called Millenium - and were just heading to the Millenium dam when we almost missed a lioness on the side of the road. Turns out we had actually missed a male lion that was lying near to her as well. It turned out they were a mating couple and after a quick session, she headed down the road away from the cars that had arrived in the meantime. We spent about half an hour with them, but were still itching to find the cubs, so headed back to Hippo pools.
|Lioness heading off down the road|
|Wire-tailed swallows nesting|
|Dru photographing elephants from the resthouse|
|Black-bellied bustard calling|
We watched her for quite a while, but eventually someone got fed up with her not moving and had to drive onto the bridge to get to our side to leave the park. The lioness seemed surprised by this, but moved off the bridge to the side.
We took the opportunity to cross the bridge at the same time, to see if we could catch the male, who we knew was on the other side. But apart from a quick head popping up, he wasn't planning on doing too much, so we decided to head back across the bridge.
|Eastern paradise whydah|
A quick tour around the Hippo Pools area with no luck, and we headed back to the resthouse. This time around it was an uneventful evening with no lions walking around, but the mosquitoes were unrelenting and despite having plenty of spray on, we got bitten badly (I counted - 13 bites in a row across my back! and that's besides all the ones on my feet). Made us happy that we had a bed with air con and a mosquito net for the evening ;)
|Red-necked spurfowls fighting|
Eventually, after over an hour though, the lions were showing no signs of moving - they hadn't even got up once. And we were starting to think about heading back to Dar. So with a fair amount of reversing and manouvering that we had to do, we finally managed to back out, leaving the rest of the safari vehicles to catch a look at the lazy lions.
|Smile for the camera|
|Impala with red-billed oxpecker|
* First time sighting
|Eastern parasite whydah|
|Zanzibar red bishop|
|African grey hornbill|
|Grey kestrel *|
|Southern ground hornbill|
|Northern pied babler|
|Broad billed roller|
|Wire tailed swallow|
|Pin tailed whydah|
|Collared palm thrush|
|Emerald spotted duck|