With the birth of young animals before the summer rains, sightings like the one below, taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, can be extremely rewarding. By Katja Soehngen
Our most recent trip to the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park took place in November 2013. Although we have stayed in the park during May, November is our favourite month for a trip to this arid park.
Predators are frequently seen around the waterholes and huge herds of springbok roam the riverbeds. Moreover lambing season starts for the springbok in anticipation of the promised and long awaited rains of the summer months. It is just too beautiful to see the many springbok lambs around the park.
One morning as we drove from Dalkeith Waterhole to Mata Mata Rest Camp, we came upon a newborn springbok, struggling to walk towards mum with far too long legs, hardly able to coordinate its movements.
Mum called the little one and somehow the lamb managed to walk all the way to her. Now the next big task for the baby springbok was to find the source of the milk.
It was just awesome and very emotional to witness the first steps of this young springbok and to see how tenderly the mother encouraged her baby to walk towards her – his steps becoming more and more stable. A truly magical moment in the Kalahari!
Nikon D300s; Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1:2,8G ED VR II; Nikon TC-17E II Teleconverter; Video footage: Canon Legria HF M306
About the photographer
Katja lives in Cologne, Germany. “I have been a keen photographer since my childhood days. On my first trip to Africa I fell in love with the African landscape and wildlife. During 22 different trips to South and Southern Africa I have been able to experience the vast beauty of nature.”
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