Stories on Stones

Stories on Stones

At a time like this, when half the world is on lockdown because of the pandemic, when civility and decency and the very foundations of democracy seem at risk in the face of racist populism and rabid know-nothingness, when the planes are grounded and we can barely venture out of our houses, when our ‘advanced’ [...]

Madikwe Magic

Madikwe Magic

It is hard to describe our experience at the Madikwe Game Reserve up near Botswana - Rob and I have been on many other game-viewing trips, in the Kruger Park, the Pilanesberg, Marakele, the St Lucia Wetlands and more, but never anything like this. Two examples will suffice, at least for now. On one of [...]

Burchell’s Coucal

Burchell’s Coucal

Thanks once again to the very helpful and knowledgeable folk in the BirdLife South Africa Facebook Group, who within seconds of my posting let me know that this gorgeous bird is a Burchell's Coucal. I can assure you, on my own, I'd never have figured it out.

Squacco Heron, Marievale

Squacco Heron, Marievale

Once again, I had to call upon the distributed knowledge that resides in the heads of the many birders and photographers who are part of the SA Birdlife FaceBook page for help with identifying this Squacco Heron, spotted in the reeds beside the road at the Marievale Bird Sanctuary this Easter Friday. Hopefully, in time, [...]

Sharp in tooth and sharp in claw – Marievale Otter

Sharp in tooth and sharp in claw – Marievale Otter

We were standing on the side of the road that bridges the vlei, looking up and looking out - not down - at the birdlife when someone standing nearby on the back of his bakkie called out, 'have you seen the otter?' We hadn't, but we did, and here are pictures to prove it.