We were soon to find out that these nests can be seen everywhere, and that in places they pull down the trees, and telegraph poles when they become heavy in the rainy season. But for now they were an exciting find, and an incredible piece of natural engineering.
This Golden-tailed Woodpecker came skimming across the sand to end up in an Acacia tree.
I could hear song from within the trees, and waited to see if those doing the singing would reveal themselves. When they did I realised they were a type of Bulbul, an African Red-eyed Bulbul. They seem to get ignored, a bit like the starling in Europe mainly because they are common and i saw a lot on this trip, but at this point it was a new bird for me.
Another bird that had me guessing was this White-browed Sparrow Weaver, from a distance it looks like a shrike, so i was a little disappointed to find it was a weaver, but nonetheless, another new bird.
With everywhere so dry the water hole and a run off from the pool was very popular, these Sociable Weavers would gather in the surrounding trees, and then drop to the water all in one go.
I spent the time scanning around, picking out distant Springbok, and Oryx, but I also managed to find these Red-billed Francolin. At the time I was quite excited to see these ground feeding birds, because normally they are shy and difficult. When I read up on them though I found out that they are commonly found around camps and lodges, oh well another new bird.
The Springbok were coming closer now, and this male posed nicely for me. I knew I was going to be seeing a lot over the course of the holiday, but you have to take the first picture.
Another animal that would appear close to the pool was this Ground Squirrel, nice pose, but from the wrong animal.
Then finally the sun set, and it became very cold.