Liesl had this to say about this week’s experiences on our 3 month course.
Another week has passed with never a dull moment. We’re easing into a routine but the work pace is fast. Our passion and enthusiasm are keys in absorbing loads of new information.
Ian ensures a perfect “guiding experience” on our daily walks. The opportunity to experience nature in every aspect is priceless.
Monday’s walk took us all the way up Grietjie Berg with Ian guiding in a bird survey. With our yet limited knowledge, we could only watch and learn. (Doing daily bird slides is slowly but surely starting to pay off though). Spotting a striped pipit was a highlight as it’s a first for the reserve.
Wednesday’s night drive didn’t deliver much in animal sightings, but rewarded us with a very interesting astronomy lesson. Antares is not only a field guide training centre, but actually a star in the constellation of Scorpio.
We had a thrilling Friday morning, tracking lion spoor for three hours. We were not too sure whether we’re disappointed or quite relieved in not coming up face to face with them. But…hearing them roar last night and getting goose bumps, reassured us of the latter.
The photos below are from some previous encounters we have experienced at Antares since we never got to find them on Friday morning.