Marion Island – the ugly truth

Imagination is the genesis of creativity - an original idea with value. "The path to least resistance leads to crooked rivers & crooked men" [Henry David Thoreau] I picked up a copy of Peter Ryan's 'Guide to SEABIRDS of Southern Africa' & was struck by the recurring theme - '... high chick mortality due to mouse predation.' That tends to get annoying. Appended nearer the front of the publication are some harrowing pictures of ...

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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; & in the company of lunatics, an inappropriate utterance clattered across the crumbling Bridge of Decency & resonated on the souls of all who heard it. I've been on it, ever since. Here it is: Who is South Africa's best birder? There ...

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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. Reduced to mayhem, our only option was to scan the wetland - ID the common folk - dismiss these from the assembly - & move on to others with more potential. We were squinting against failure & the stakes were ...

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