Interesting 2014…wildlife.

Interesting 2014…wildlife.

We are at the end of the year 2014. Time to look back at the year, for the most part, we only started blogging a few months into the year, but still shared many of our findings. What would be the top finds? (We will add links to the full posts for those who has not seen it.)

What about the starfish we saw? Lovely to see one again.

92-DSC_0372The post about the bathing elephant still remain a favorite but it hails from an earlier visit.

DSC_0626-001In 05-DSC_0791August we saw more bathing elephants, we saw lots of elephants to be honest, all of them presenting different angles to these incredible animals.

Our Favorite remains the daycare with playing youngsters.

23-DSC_0423Finding the Black-backed Jackal drinking water one early morning presented a nice photo opportunity, but the plover attacking it made the opportunity unique.09-DSC_02408-DSC_0281One of the most unusual finds has to be the Caracal we saw, by pure luck again, giving a yawn as it got up. We seriously decided we could hardly do any better on that trip. 6-DSC_06661-DSC_0654More recently we got a nice shot of a male lion, which we liked.

DSC_0359On the same trip the 2 Giraffes that had a mock “love” fight and then made a mirror image were going to count under the best catches of the year.

DSC_0681 DSC_0678We loved the whales (mom and calf) playing in front of the house, mimicking each other.

18-DSC_0397We cannot leave out the Blue-headed Agama’s that returned to the garden…they are still here and offer lots of interest for the family.

2-DSC_0288 The Leopard Tortoise that walked into the garden and stayed up to now, we see him now and then, feeding on the grass.

11-DSC_0367.NEFThe Blesbok with the calf was a cute find.

DSC_0640 DSC_0638Photographing the dolphins hunting small fish at full speed made December already something to remember.

2-DSC_0134 08-DSC_0073But it culminated into the find of the year, just nudging the Caracal and the elephant babies, we would say, with the Cape clawless otter, such a rare find, maybe not fully understood by readers seeing them regularly, but for us in South Africa not that common, adding the fish for breakfast added the cherry on the cake.

DSC_0035e DSC_0070We saw and captured much more than just the few we mentioned above and each time was special, because Boeta shared in almost all, except if he was sleeping, but it is also always an honor to be able to see and experience nature as we are fortunate to do. You can see a full list of the fauna posts under the fauna page.

Here is hoping to see more of the same to share in 2015! Cannot wait. It is one of our greatest gifts to share it with Boeta and teach him about the wildlife we see, and he is enjoying it too, more and more, even started to talk softer as we look at something – very cute…and then loudly – THAAAAAT!! Hehe!