This confident raptor seemed unperturbed as I stopped the car below his high-wire perch, carefully climbed out, and rested the long lens on the open car-door... Such a beautiful bird, the black-shouldered kite!
We were out early one morning, in the open Landcruiser, on a game drive in Madikwe, when suddenly I saw this black-shouldered kite stooping, hovering over one spot, then moving away a bit and stopping once more to hover, the rising sun under its wings - a moment of real beauty, edged with menace. I [...]
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 [...]