Category: birds

This One’s for the Birds

This One’s for the Birds

It was a fun audience at my South Africa presentation in July. They came with great questions, and even gave up a few chuckles at my goofy jokes, and my grand designs to have Kurt build a party-size backyard braai. Many thanks to the Indiana Free Library for having me, and for hosting my upcoming …

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Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Resurrecting the Bare-Bottomed Zebra

Have you ever heard of a “quagga?” What’s black, and white, and red all over? Answers to these questions within my newly published essay at travel website, iExplore! Click here (or the photo above) to join me as I search for these “extinct” zebra, the elusive pygmy falcon, and capture a bit of travel photography …

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Can You Identify this African Bird?

Can You Identify this African Bird?

I have to admit, this one had me stumped. Kurt and I were going through photos of our first trips to Kruger, in late winter/early Spring of 2013, and came across this photo I took of a pretty yellow-and-white bird in a bush. Having spent the last two years cramming birds of Southern Africa into …

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Tuesdays in Tshwane: Collared Barbet

Tuesdays in Tshwane: Collared Barbet

Happy Tuesday, readers! Sharing a few snaps of a couple collared barbets. These two might be a mating pair. Does this surprise you? If so, you’re probably familiar with birds, and know that many male birds have more color, or striking variation in color, than females. The generally accepted explanation for this is that males …

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When a Bird Challenges Your Car, You…

When a Bird Challenges Your Car, You…

Welcome to another segment of “Tuesdays in Tshwane,” bits and pieces of our life living on the outskirts of South Africa’s capitol City, Pretoria (nka Tshwane.) These segments aren’t intentionally all about birds, but they certainly are abundant and varied here, so they do play a large part of our frequent encounters. We had an …

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Squabs and the Strange Poets Who Write About Them

Squabs and the Strange Poets Who Write About Them

WTF is a “squab?” Who even knows such a thing, and worse…who writes about it? Do YOU know? A “squab” is: a) Traveling Marla b) a baby bird c) a cushiony place for your butt d) All of the above Did you guess (d) All of the above? Ding ding ding! You’re correct. A “squab” …

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Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and The Kindness of Strangers

Verreaux’s Eagle Owl and The Kindness of Strangers

I’ve been lucky enough to spot a Verreaux Eagle Owl (aka Giant Eagle Owl) on my own before (see that post here) but I would not have noticed this one if it weren’t for a stranger passing us on a dirt road who flagged us down and told us where to look. By the look …

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