Yes I agree the sound of death doesn't seem like it should be something exciting...but. When you work in the African wilderness, or any wilderness really, this particular sound is very exciting. After all who doesn't want to see a natural kill?
On this occasion, we were slowly returning to bush breakfast in the hot morning sun. Myself and Jack, my tracker, picked up on movement in the bush and pretty quickly discovered is was Shaddie - A ranger from another lodge. He told us that he was in the process of trying to track a leopard, who's footprints he had just found further up the road. Before he could even finish telling us everything, there was that sound. it was hard to tell exactly what had made it but at first we thought it was the leopard taking something down. I quickly started the vehicle and drove into the bush. We circled around bushes and rocks, turning off every once in a while to further listen for that sound. Myself and Jack thought we were on the money! And we were but in this case it was not a leopard but rather a pair of African Hawk Eagles and their prey was a Crested Francolin. Needless to say we were late for bush breakfast that day as we sat and watched as one of the gorgeous eagles quickly plucked the francolins feathers and began eating. It was a great thing to see, if not a bit gruesome. It may not have been the epic leopard kill that we were hoping for but man this was none the less amazing.