Happily I recently spotted one of the young mongooses crossing the garden patio. It’s old enough to be independent now and to forage on it’s own. The family has been skittish, laying low as a caracal (lynx) has moved into the area. Put a predator in the mix and there’s a palpable sense of alertness. The dassie (rock Hyrax) colony which live below along the rocky shore are hyper-vigilant, doubling sentry duty. Their urgent alarm calls ring through the air and send everthing diving for cover of safety. A caracal’s range may extend to a large area, but with the recent fires, there is scant vegetation cover and perhaps meager pickings for a lean hungry predator. Meanwhile gardening chores are undertaken with a degree of caution.
This week’s photo challenge is to tell a story with three photos (see the details here).
Now there are two.
Just as dusk was falling we had visitors across our patio: Mongoose with her pair of offspring.
We were first alerted to their presence by the insistent alarm calls of the roosting birds. They were just passing through and Mum shepherded them into the nearby vegetation and the birds settled back down again.
Wrapping up the day, in the late afternoon a young caller came past the patio doors, a quick look in as if to wish us well on this, a most perfect of Christmas days.
Winter is a difficult time for some of our garden visitors. The creatures, such as the Grey Mongoose live in burrows which often get flooded out by heavy rainstorms. They are diurnal creatures and we’re fortunate to spot them fairly frequently, although they’re a little shy of posing for photos. An adult pair lives in the vicinity and we watch out each year for their young which are born from August to December. The youngsters are playful and at times we see them dashing after the young dassies which are equally up to a game of tag. It’s interesting to see different species interacting.An adult Cape Grey Mongoose with young. They are not afraid of humans and can become quite tame. Recently I spotted one hunting in the penguin sanctuary and wondered whether it would raid nests for the eggs. Once the penguins picked up on the intruder they set up a huge racket, no chance of getting past those vigilant parents.