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Selecting a calm, open spot along the winding Khwai river in the Okavango Delta, we loll beside our vehicles while Danie fires up the gas. He’s a master at the art of the skottel braai, tossing bacon and eggs like a ninja with a nunchaku. The aroma is enticing as the air is crisp, and we’re starving. It’s around 8:30 am, but we’ve been awake for ages, catching the best of the light ever since sunup.
Hippo’s blast lazily every so often, reminding me of Jeremy Mansfield’s brilliant impression. He had us in stitches one morning on Highveld Stereo, transporting us right here to one of our favourite places. The snorting intensifies, trapping our attention on two large beasts, intent on one-upmanship. Their teeth clack together for a good twenty minutes, against the lively orchestra of splashing water.
They’re still at it by the time we’ve wolfed down breakfast, so we mosey further along and drift into the day. Swinging past later on our afternoon drive, we find the pool more peaceful. That’s not to say there’s little to photograph. Game is abundant, but Dave is diverted by a branchful of Bateleurs. Climbing from the car, he creeps closer, avoiding heaps of dung while relishing the freedom of this stretch of land.
The raptors oblige, perching long enough for him to capture their beauty:
- Botswana: Safari Under Cover (audleytravel.com)
- Heart-warming pictures capture the tender moments between animals and their offspring (mirror.co.uk)
- The Caprivi Strip (audleytravel.com)
- Taking a punt on the polers of Botswana’s Okavango delta (guardian.co.uk)
- Picture Perfect [Snap Judgment] (jezebel.com)
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 🙂
FLURRY OF WINGS
THE ONE THAT GOT AWAY…
No breakfast for the birds, but the fish was smiling!
Aptitude is invariably appropriate.
FISH EAGLE WITH BARBEL – Khwai River, Okavango Delta, Botswana
Everyone is gifted in their own unique way. Gratitude begets grace.
Quotes to consider:
“Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude.” – Zig Ziglar
“Genius is nothing but a greater aptitude for patience.” – George-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
“You are the only person on earth who can use your ability.” – Zig Ziglar
Colour adds character.
BATELEUR – Okavango Delta, Botswana
Quotes to consider:
“Mere colour, unspoiled by meaning, and unallied with definite form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways.” – Oscar Wilde
“It is not the form that dictates the color, but the color that brings out the form.” – Hans Hofmann
“Laundry is the only thing that should be separated by colour.” – Unknown
Home has no substitute.
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