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’ [...]
Wishing everyone a Happy New Year - a year of tolerance, respect, and care for our planet.
Blood Moon, Johannesburg. South Africa 27th July, 2018
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 [...]
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.
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, [...]
Why does a coot cross the road? To demonstrate its flair? Marievale, Nikon D500. Nikon 70-300mm. Processed in Lightroom and Colour Efex Pro
We saw this Spotted thick-knee, otherwise known as a Dikkop, standing behind the car park at the Visitors Centre at Marievale around 10am on Easter Friday; it was still there, but lying down this time, when we left several hours later.
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.
You knew at once, didn't you, that this was a female Amur falcon? Of course you did. Well, I didn't, and though I paged up and down and sideways through Roberts and the SASOL guide I couldn't figure it out. Until, of course, I posted the image on the SA Birdlife Facebook Group page, with [...]