800 Challenge: Half-Year review

  When you look at this map of Africa from up here, our efforts, down there, seem disappointingly insignificant! Then again, our adventure is, in fact, conducted from down there rather ...

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White Shark!

Reports of a Franklin's Gull sighted & subsequently photographed off Dyer Island in the Western Cape decided this weekend's agenda. We packed for Cape Town. Our intentions were to join ...

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Citizen Science

We're rather proud of our Citizen Science projects in this country. One of the more, dare I say it, relevant projects & I say relevant for selfish reasons only, is ...

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Ol’ Pels

A fortnight ago we spent some time in Pafuri (Limpopo Province, South Africa) in the far north of the Kruger National Park famous for its Crooks, clandestine military traffic & ...

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Namibia’s wraiths

Northern Namibia's heat-stressed hills resonate an ancient energy and in the jagged fissures the furnace-like breeze recalls the ghost-like laughter of fallen friends & foe from the folly of a ...

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Opportunity’s door

  After the crushing disappointment of another cancelled pelagic (seabird) trip I'll admit the first misgivings of our campaign. We won't get another chance to get out to sea this year ...

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The Bishop’s Seat

Sunday morning's vigil from the Bishop's Seat, in the drizzle, from high on the aerial boardwalk in Eshowe's [KZN] Dlinza Forest, had me contemplating the world from tear-infused eyes rather than from ...

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High blues

We found ourselves this last weekend at 29S 55' 10.635" / 30E 4' 12.09" - Highover [Southern Natal Midlands: KZN] near Hela Hela, somewhere close to Richmond. Why? Only a ...

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Forest whispers

A day's birding in any forest is generally frustrating, a pain in the neck & paradoxically, incomparable in reward. Add the vagaries of shifting weather & the brew becomes a ...

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Elysian Fields

Imagination is more important than knowledge.... [Albert Einstein] Before I caption this weekend's activities, some housekeeping. Our intended migration south for four coastal species turned out to be a figment of ...

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Thunderstorm

Throw a handful of hungry mouths, a camera bag & a hotbox into the back of the Land Rover; depart in brilliant sunshine or under a twinkling dawn-sky & more ...

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