Look Up, Look Down
for Week 53
Recently I found this Sulphur Crest Cockatoo close
enough to capture a reasonably good photo.
It eyed me off, and decided that I would probably do him no harm…
and decided to preen its feathers.
It reminded me of many summer nights when hundreds of cockatoos
would be noisily bidding each other ‘goodnight’
in surrounding pine trees.
After several hours of ‘goodnights’, when they were almost quiet
our neighbour would fire a shotgun either into them, or in the air,
and hundreds of cockatoos would be woken
from their almost slumber…not mention yours truly.
This one was kinda cute and it is hard to think that it was one of
hundreds which managed to spoil a quiet evening.
Look Up, Look Down, challenge
While on Safari in 2013, we were introduced to
Sausage Tree Safari Camp’s only wildebeest.
Willie had lost his life partner and their offspring to hungry lions a few years ago.
Being a wily Willie, this clever wildebeest devised a cunning plan.
Willie decided to join a herd of impala
in the hope that he would be overlooked by hungry lions.
Willie was spending his days feeling protected by the large number of impala with whom
he now shared Sausage Tree plains.
We thought Willie would live forever.
Or at least die of old age.
Alas! Leo had other ideas.
Earlier this week we received the sad news that Willie had met is match.
A hungry Leo decided that Willie was a more satisfying feast than impala…
and Sausage Tree has lost its only wildebeest.
However, Willie did not go down without a fight.
Leo’s belly may have been full, after the kill, but he is now sporting a black eye
thanks to Willie’s valiant attempts to escape.
And so the circle of life goes on.
Thanks Liam for allowing me to use your photo