The diminutive pipit

  Anybody who has ever picked up a camera in South Africa will agree that there are less frustrating species to photograph than the diminutive Short-tailed Pipit. Locating this male, through ...

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Kruger 300 Challenge – Intro

Once every 5 years, or thereabouts, we set aside time & embark on, what we call, our Kruger Trek - ie: a north2south transit of the Kruger National Park. Summer's ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 2

We blitzed the 90-odd kilometres from Lower Sabie to Satara, [via Muntshe], in 10 hours flat. We like Gee, rather than Wiz, when it comes to speed in the park. ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 1

It’s a glass past 10 - nearby Painted Reed Frogs ping a challenge. A Western Barn Owl hums a tune. Out there, the natural world does battle – here, not ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 4

If you like your bubble & squeak, Days 4 & 5 boast those ingredients. It’s not for everyone but lick the spoon & it seems to work. As each day ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 5

Is there anything more annoying, less useful even, than a leopard & her cub next to the road? It’s bloody chaos & we’re usually in the thick of it. Glance ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 6

I suppose it depends on how you look at things. We’re here; others aren’t & in that context then – this: The beauty of the Kruger, in the summer, are the ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 7

The genet & I are keeping the 3am-clock company. He’s at the insects crowding the dance-floor, under the night-light, nearest that end of the veranda. I’m this end drying off ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 9

Perched high up on our must-go-back itinerary, Pafuri is the wunderkind of Kruger's special spots. Aficionados go gaga - we go go-go & go we usually do; this time too. Don't go ...

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Kruger 300 – Part 10

Spending 5 hours unmoved, implacable & in the midday sunshine (+40°C) is stock-standard routine. Lunacy too, I would guess, if the stares from the normals are the fulcrum of sanity. ...

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Big Birding Day

At 06h00, on Friday the 24th of November, Alisha added a line-entry to the thesis I've called (privately) 'My daily toil'. [By then I'd completed the ironing, vacuumed the house - ...

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