Today we are headed up the Rufiji River to Stieglers Gorge. The Rufiji River itself is around 600km in length and at some points is a mile wide. We head out at 6am, The Rufiji is breathtaking at this time of morning. Literally hundreds and thousands of Hippos and Crocodiles inhabit these waters. We glide … More Stieglers Gorge
I have been lucky enough to explore some of Africa’s beautiful treasures. For me it has become a yearning of the heart. Is it the vast plains of the Mara or the lush beauty of the Okavango? Could it be the amazing wildlife encounters, that keep me wanting more? Somehow there seems to be a … More Connection
New sights and new smells create curiosity. Curiosity brings about learning. Learning creates growth and understanding. The art of engagement is surely lost on today’s society. We can all take a leaf out of nature’s book. When out in nature, I can literally spend hours / days / weeks / months, relishing in its beauty … More Rules of Engagement
When you’ve taken your last breath and exhaled it on the breeze I will hear you in the rustling leaves I will see you gently swaying amongst the tall, golden grasses. and I will feel you as the soothing wind ruffles my hair. The warmth of your soul will greet me with the suns early … More Last Breath
“Hippopotamus” The name comes from the ancient Greek, meaning River Horse . They can be cranky and are known as one of the most dangerous African animals. However there is nothing more enjoyable than listening to a pod of hippos as they lay semi submerged in rivers and marshes. French like calls, ear twitching and … More The River Horse
He’s as Aussie as they come. Pardalotes are native to Australia, related closely to flowerpeckers, these tiny birds can be found nesting in tree hollows or in an excavated earthen embankments My favourite is the Spotted Pardalote, which I have come to know so well. But this little cutie, his cousin the Striated Pardalote, kept … More Flowerpecker
It is no wonder that they call this fellow the “Flame Robin”. With his brilliant burst of colour as he briefly remains motionless for a second. From a distance he looked like a little brilliant, bright orange golf ball stranded on the lawn. But when the golf ball took flight I knew I was in … More The Flame
Drifting gently on the breeze, bobbing gently to and fro. Friends gather on mass – it’s a kind of rhythm that flows. Beaks and feathers, preened and waterproof, glisten in the sun. Ducks abundant on the lake, there’s a choice for everyone. Reflections mirrored upon a watery canvas – a sense of calm is in … More Watching the world float by!!
Chirping softly, I can hear her but she has not come into view. Continued chittering, and chattering alerts me to her direction. I catch a quick glimpse as she flits amongst the undergrowth and then for a brief moment her delicate form comes into view. On dainty legs she balances so perfectly on swaying foliage. … More Simple Brown
What is our fascination with the Moon and the Sun. In its fullness that bright sphere entrances us. Hundreds and thousands of people came out to view the Blood Red Moon. For those of you who enjoy the great outdoors and camping, you really get to appreciate the moon in all its glory. That … More The Circle of Life
The Grey Butcher Bird has a wonderful song, an upbeat energetic tune. However it was his cousin the Pied Butcherbird that provided a magical moment, whilst camping on the banks of the King Edward River. Just as dawn was breaking, in the pristine wilderness area of the King Edward River, located in the remote Kimberley … More A symphony amongst the silence.
” A bird does not sing because it has the answer It sings because it has a song. “ …. Maya Angelou The Southern Carmine Bee-eater a glorious bird of exquisite plumage. His emerald-green head is divided by a black banded mask that separates his brilliant crimson torso. Nesting in sandy cliffs usually carved out by water courses. I … More Carmine
When out exploring Nature’s bounty there is just so much to take in. The sights, the sounds. Identifying the changing nuances of your surroundings helps you to appreciate your environment even more. Identifying these changes creates a whole new thought process. Changes in the foliage, the terrain and even the weather patterns allow you … More It’s in the detail
Emotions are the glue that binds us together and it is how we connect. When animals express their emotions, they are unfiltered and in the truest form. Unlike humans who at times, hide or conceal how they are feeling, animals feelings and emotions are unedited, built on the absolute truth, expressing the purest of … More Emotions of Animals
Fluffed up and ready to take the plunge. The Australasian Grebe is an excellent diver. This male has lovely chestnut coloured feathers on his neck and a very noticeable yellow oblong from his beak to his eye. They are the smallest of the Grebe Family of birds. The females as always are a … More Little Diver
Foraging in the shallows, we enjoyed the company of this White-necked Heron. I love his white neck with distinctive dark spots that line the centre of his neck and his impressive maroon and bottle green plumage. This watery haven is home to a myriad of birds, plants and foraging critters. A place of tranquility and … More Spots before my eyes
A chance encounter – a wondrous moment. A feeling of awe and contentment. Being thankful for the simplest of pleasures. Nature it can brighten your day, fill you with a warmth greater than the sun. Whilst seeking out some birds that I had heard chirping in the long grasses. Focused solely … More Refuge under his wings.
On the floodplains of the Okavango delta, there is great beauty provided by the water that feeds down from Angola cleansing the earth. To the human eye it is visually appealing. Large expanses of water encircling islands of green, home and habitat to a vast array of animal and bird life. Creating a stunning … More Delta
“Kites rise highest against the wind, not with it.” …..Winston S Churchill Some of us may have childhood memories of flying kites down at the park. Visions of diamond shape sails darting and weaving amongst the clouds. They had the ability to keep us mesmerised for hours. Flying freely on the wind. “Kite flying … More Kite flying!