Seabirds – Magic in the Air [Part 1]

"Magic is in the air ... there ain't no science here..." And a good south wind sprung up behind;  The Albatross did follow,  And every day, for food or play,  Came to the mariner's ...

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The Pink Pimpernel

Who is the Pink Pimpernel? Is the Pink Pimpernel an anti-hero? We may never have satisfactory answers to these pertinent questions but let's set some of the fundamental issues straight. Unpacking the Kamfers Dam debacle requires a gambol back in ...

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The Pink Parade & human frailties

Is 'Conservation' trailing an elongating shadow as the sun sinks on common sense? - If we consider this year's 'partially-failed' Lesser Flamingo breeding attempt & the subsequent rescue of abandoned chicks, en mass, ...

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Birdlife South Africa: by-catch

For a small, annual sum, members of Birdlife South Africa enjoy a meaningful contribution to an organisation giving wings to birds - the NGO positioned at the polished end of the National Conservation Spear.  Birdlife's successes are legion ...

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Ticking the Tweeters

We share our home with a geriatric, milky-eyed Yorkie. He tolerates his own company - halitosis & flatulence his bedtime mates - much to the dismay of most everyone else in an ...

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Birdlife’s #BBD2018: ‘Preparations’

Birdlife's Birding Big Day [#BBD2018], juxtaposed on our local 'Wider Gauteng Challenge', lends some black & white authenticity to what is usually a colourful year; at least it should do, but doesn't always. We're committed ...

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A bird in hand – Zaagkuilsdrift

We were pulled-over by an admin account sailing at full-mast with an old bangerful of bookclub friends. Foregoing the usual how-de-dos & the other social subtleties that hint at good-breeding, we 'paid ...

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Easter in the N. Cape

The Easter weekend is South Africa's traditional weekend for a pilgrimage to the coast or to family residing further afield. The ensuing chaos is a SANRAL [South African National Roads Agency ie: ...

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Who is South Africa’s best birder?

Some of us venture into unchartered country and forego peace & quiet until the geography's mapped. We go where angels fear to tread... At a recent twitch for rare birds; & ...

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Up the sharp-end without a scope!

By some quirk of fate, we found ourselves in the company of others facing an unpalatable truth. We'd left the spotting-scope on the lee-side of chaos, two fuel-stops further west. ...

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A big cat diary

Over the years we've nailed our share of Big Cat sightings to our totem. We've seen them in action too; a fast-tracked byte to the protein bar. Even so, 2017 was ...

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“To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.” —Oscar Wilde.