Monday – how shitty days get better
You know those days that have you sigh: ‘This is not my day’ before 9.00 am?
Yeah. I’m having one of those.
It all starts out nicely by finding seven hyenas on a den, but unfortunately the grass is so tall that I only manage to photograph the nearest ones for ID’ing.
An hour later I have spent about 20 minutes moving gear around and trying to ‘field-clean’ my backpack after the container that held my breakfast turned out to be not so breakfast-proof and yoghurt has covered everything that was in my bag.
Another hour later I am trying to kick-start through the pain in my thigh after it got caught between earth and motorbike. An anthill encounter that has sent me flying but without the nice landing this time.
Plus one more hour and I’ve spent half of it finding one collared wildebeest, hidden in the tall grass.
I’ve had enough. Not my day. Time to go home.
On the way back it is only one (ok three) small things that cheer me up like nothing else; my favourite Liuwa bird: A Kittlitz’s plover! (Favourite for a totally irrational reason, FYI). And what I’ve been hoping to see for a while now, is finally right in front of my eyes. Two Kittlitz’s Plover chicks! Tiny, fluffy, cute. Literally all I needed to brighten up my day.
Sunday – Roll it gal 2.0
Today I fell off my bike again. Rolled off if you will. Yes, I automatically checked whether nobody had seen that (nope, nobody saw that). It had something to do with me turning too far and the bike wobbling (it was on the stand, I’m stupid, I know that) and me losing my balance because of that and rolling backwards and because I had been turned so far, BAM there was the Liuwa sand all of a sudden.
While I sit on the floor laughing at myself, I take this picture through the gap of the hindwheel of the one single animal that caused all the trouble. Kind of worth it.