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In celebration of birds!

Huge THANK YOU to Sandy and Hills of Africa Travel for featuring some of Dave’s fish eagle photo’s on their fabulous blog: http://livethemagicofafrica.wordpress.com/.

Have a look there and read Sandy’s insightful article on these stunning birds. She taught us a new term – “kleptoparasites” – which fish eagles are categorized as because they have “been known to steal prey from other bird species, as well as steal eggs and young from other water birds’ nests”.

Dave shot a phenomenal sequence in the Okavango Delta which illustrates this perfectly. It involves a fish eagle swooping in to steal a fish from a saddlebilled stork. The series is included in Sandy’s post, but it’s so exceptional that I’m going to add it here too.

Dave supplied this sequence to Birdlife South Africa, an organization which “Gives Conservation Wings”. It is printed across the contents pages of their beautiful book, “A Feathership of Partners”, which was conceptualised and created by Malcolm Drummond – thank you, Malcolm! If you love birds, please visit their site (www.birdlife.org.za) to see how you can help 🙂

SUCCESSFUL CATCH...
SUCCESSFUL CATCH…

BIG FRIGHT!
BIG FRIGHT!

DIVE-BOMB
DIVE-BOMB

CONFRONTATION
CONFRONTATION

FLURRY OF WINGS
FLURRY OF WINGS

THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY...
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY…

No breakfast for the birds, but the fish was smiling!

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Reflections

Reflections are everywhere.

HAMERKOP - Kruger National Park, South Africa
HAMERKOP – Kruger National Park, South Africa

Life reflects infinitely more than what is immediately apparent.

Quotes to consider:

“Tell me who you love, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Creole Proverb

“It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.” – Eric Hoffer
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Plenty

Earth provides plenty, without prejudice.

YELLOWEYED CANARIES BATHING WITH CAPE WHITE-EYE - Thanda Game Reserve, South Africa
YELLOWEYED CANARIES BATHING WITH CAPE WHITE-EYE – Thanda Game Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“No matter how much cats fight, there always seem to be plenty of kittens.” – Abraham Lincoln

“Abundance is not something we acquire. It is something we tune into.” – Wayne Dyer

“There is always plenty of capital for those who can create practical plans for using it” – Napoleon Hill
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Intelligence

Intelligence is imparted in perfect proportion.

OSTRICH - Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa
OSTRICH – Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“It is wiser to find out than to suppose” – Mark Twain

“Intelligence is not to make no mistakes, but quickly to see how to make them good.” – Bertolt Brecht

“The brain is a wonderful organ. It starts working the moment you get up in the morning and does not stop until you get into the office.” – Robert Frost Continue reading

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Tranquility

Tranquility rests amongst trees.

REDBILLED HORNBILL - Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
REDBILLED HORNBILL – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquility and occupation which give you happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

“Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise not blame.” – Thomas Kempis

“Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.” – Michel de Montaigne Continue reading

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Synergy

Synergy = Solution

GOOSE & DUCKS - Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana
GOOSE & DUCKS – Khwai River, Okavango, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“None of us is as smart as all of us.” – Ken Blanchard

“The whole is greater than the sum of the parts.” – Unknown

“Synergy is the highest activity of life; it creates new untapped alternatives; it values and exploits the mental, emotional, and psychological differences between people.” – Stephen Covey Continue reading

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Balance

Balance is a thing of beauty.

PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
PALE CHANTING GOSHAWK – Central Kalahari, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving” – Albert Einstein

“Women need real moments of solitude and self-reflection to balance out how much of ourselves we give away.” – Barbara De Angelis

“There’s no secret to balance. You just have to feel the waves” – Frank Herbert Continue reading

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Home

Home has no substitute.

BLACK EAGLE ON NEST - Roodekrans, Johannesburg, South Africa
BLACK EAGLE ON NEST – Roodekrans, Johannesburg, South Africa

Quotes to consider:

“A house is made of walls and beams; a home is built with love and dreams.” – Unknown

“Home is not where you live, but where they understand you” – Christian Morganstern

“He is the happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Continue reading

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Parenthood

Parenthood is pathless.

DOUBLE-BANDED COURSER WITH CHICK - Central Kalahari, Botswana
DOUBLE-BANDED COURSER WITH CHICK – Central Kalahari, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.” – Mel Lazarus

“Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.” – Marcelene Cox

“Parenthood is not an object of appetite or even desire. It is an object of will. There is no appetite for parenthood; there is only a purpose or intention of parenthood.” – Robin G. Collingwood Continue reading

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Time

Time is to be treasured, not marked.

YELLOW-BILLED KITE HOVERING - Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana
YELLOW-BILLED KITE HOVERING – Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana

Quotes to consider:

“Don’t count every hour in the day, make every hour in the day count.” – Unknown

“Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” – Harvey MacKay

“The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” – Albert Einstein
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