The sighting, September of last year, was our second time seeing this vulnerable species in Kruger National Park. It was around sunset on our way back to our campsite at Pretoriuskop. This bird not only looks strange, but apparently has some breeding habits that make it very slow to reproduce. According to wikitardia, Southern Ground … More Southern Ground Hornbill in The Kruger
Between the Boulder’s Beach parking lot and the Boulder’s Beach Penguin Colony is a beautiful boardwalk named Willis Walk. Before reaching the official SANParks Boulders Visitor Center and penguin viewing area, visitors can sneak peaks at many penguins nesting and nestled under the shrubs along the walk, where caretakers have made plenty of nesting sites … More Willis Walk Bridle Path in Simon’s Town
Okay, so nobody said anything about elephants, which is good because although I haven’t seen a live elephant in at least a week, I have been hooked on a herd of elephants from the book The Elephant Whisperer, by the late author, Lawrence Anthony. And I refuse to give up either the book or the … More I’m Not Giving up Elephants for Lent!
We saw our first wild cheetah on Saturday, at Pilanesberg.
Welcome to Manuscript Monday! Tomorrow, February 4th, will be 40 years since Chamizal become part of the National Park Service (although it wasn’t until 1966 that it became Chamizal National Memorial). The once-disputed boundary lands of El Paso in the United States and Juarez, in Mexico now contain a peace memorial thanks to a treaty … More Chamizal National Memorial and “Persons in Between”
Okay, so there was only one turtle. We were swimming with a sea turtle in the Maldives. And by swimming I mean we were dog-paddling, waiting for the boat to fetch us after our excursion time was up, having seen no turtles, when suddenly a lone turtle appeared from the murky depths, surfacing to grab … More Swimming with Sea Turtles
A few months ago I saw this beautiful photo on Facebook, posted by The SanWild Rhino Sanctuary. I asked them the story behind the photo, and if I could share it with my readers. I knew the next time we went on holiday this would be my mid-week post.
Spotted this pair of African Fish Eagles along the Lower Sabie River, between the rest camps of Lower Sabie and Crocodile Bridge. They are African Fish Eagles. Apparently there are only about 128 in the park, according to Robert’s birding guide, but they are relatively easy to find, since they live, feed and mate along … More African Fish Eagles
There were two spots I made on our first trip to The Kruger that made me really feel like I accomplished a lot: Verreaux’s eagle-owl; and a civet. The civet story and photos can wait for another day. Today is about that owl. We were on a dirt road in the southern part of the … More My Best Spot in Kruger: Verreaux’s (Giant) Eagle Owl
For the second time, we did not see any cheetah in Kruger National Park, a.k.a. “The Kruger”. Or…is it “the Kruger”? I love the way South Africans refer to it, particularly when they use “the”. I was trying to think of an equivalent in the states. We also drop the words “….National Park” off the … More The Marla and The Kurt Went to The Kruger Again and Saw 0 Cheetahs