Click to Enlarge - Brant's Whistling Rat foraging, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.


The Whistling Rat...

This little character has to be one of my favourites in the Kalahari. It's known as a whistling rat because of the piping whistles it makes. I found this little fellow at a lion sighting, Three big male lions were keeping a lioness company because she was in oestrus. One of the males was mating every seven or eight minutes.

The whistling rat was oblivious to this and much more interested in his own business of getting the burrow ship-shape and stocked for winter. Eventually, my attention was fully focused on this little guy scurrying around. Patience was rewarded with this shot of him collecting a small branch for use in his home.

I have to say it is one of my favourite Kalahari images at the moment and even though I know no-one wants a whistling rat on their wall, I'm still going to tell the story and make a canvas up. To me, it is such a beautiful little moment. One that is hidden away from most eyes and that takes place amidst the drama of more glamorous but perhaps less interesting, happenings.


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