Our luck continued after the breathtaking airstrip encounter when, the very next morning, the pack were found along the banks of the Sand River. Eager with anticipation, we positioned ourselves, cameras at the ready, hoping to capture the magic of all five adults and thirteen pups crossing the river.
The sun now high in the sky and temperatures rising, the wild dogs flirted with the idea of crossing, playing along the water’s edge in a display of playful camaraderie. However, luck wasn’t on our side as they decided to revel in the shallows, eventually settling in the cool shade nearby.
Anticipation hung in the air as we set out early in the afternoon, eagerly awaiting the moment these magnificent creatures decided it was time to take the plunge. Our patience was rewarded with a delightful afternoon of birding, surrounded by the serene scenery on the edge of the Sand River.
As the golden hues of the setting sun began to transform the scene, the wild dogs finally began to stir. With a sense of reluctance, they trot along the riverbank, teasing us with their dance in the shallows.
Finally, the wild dogs take the leap, crossing the river in what could only be described as organised chaos. Pups banding together around a couple of the adults, the rest keeping a watchful eye for any danger. Before you know it they are bounding through the water and onto the northern bank and off they go.
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