Easter Bunny

  ” Once upon a time there were four little rabbits and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail and Peter “ ………Beatrix Potter On hind legs he gets a better vantage point.  Always on high alert looking out for signs of danger. Low on the food chain, poisoned and hunted by humans it is … More Easter Bunny

Time Enough.

“The Butterfly counts not months but moments and has time enough” ……….. Rabindranath Tagore From the new buds that burst into flower, to the delicate butterfly that lands to collect the nectar, the transference of pollen, creating an ever-moving cycle of life. The butterfly’s life cycle is a short but a fulfilled one. The butterfly … More Time Enough.

Habituation

“What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make”   …….Jane Goodall On our recent trip to Uganda we experienced many wonderful encounters. Our chimp habituation trek was quite something else.  As the name suggests, the chimps are not fully used to the close proximity … More Habituation

Gymnogene

The African Harrier Hawk, also known as the Gymnogene is a slightly different kind of bird of prey.  He is a large woodland hawk, with beautiful feathers and markings. His unusual behaviour caught our eye as we watched this guy probing for bugs with his beak and feet.    With feathers flapping and gripping tightly … More Gymnogene

The Nile Delta

Silky smooth waters beckon me to explore as I stand alongside the mighty Nile River. Hippos are just up-stream as I pan the shoreline for any sign of crocodile. Pied Kingfisher are hard at work sourcing their early morning breakfast.  I listen as they giggle trying to outdo one another. I watch in awe as … More The Nile Delta

Nurturing Nature

Each year we play host to a new family of ducks. I love that we are able to nurture a part of nature, providing a nursery for new little hatchlings, in the hope that they get to reach adult life. I love the whole process of watching new lives begin. It starts with the courtship. … More Nurturing Nature

Zebra Duck

Fascinated by this beauty resting on dead timber in the wetlands.  I marvelled at his Zebra like striped feathers – the black/brown and white had me mesmerised. Then I noticed his fascinating bill shape, apparently he is a specialised feeder.  He uses this unique bill tip to suck up water and expel through grooves on … More Zebra Duck

Topi battle.

We took brekky and lunch with us the following day and headed to the Serengeti border. We witnessed hundreds of Wildebeest browsing on the plains. Due to the unseasonal weather patterns, they had retreated from the main Mara area. Although we did not see a crossing we did enjoy the multitudes. Bird life continues to … More Topi battle.

Permission to land

Ok, Ok, I here you say that these birds are not everyone’s favourite.  But they are a crucial part of the eco-system.   Cleaning up carcasses, which intern helps stop the spread of disease. What impressive landing gear these guys have.  All wing and small tail feathers. Certainly not the prettiest of birds, but fascinating … More Permission to land

Spirit of Christmas

May the Spirit of Christmas fill your heart with love. A reminder to nurture what is precious in your life. We only conserve what we love, we only love that which we understand, we only understand what we know, we only know what we are taught. ………………Baba Dioum   Merry Christmas  

Heartbreak

“Who will now care for the animals, for they cannot look after themselves? Are there young men and women who are willing to take on this charge? Who will raise their voices, when mine is carried away on the wind, to plead their case?”                       … More Heartbreak