I decided to post my favourite
African bird images this week.
The African Harrier Hawk had posed
long enough for us and was off.
I believe this to be
Northern White Crowned Shrike.
Sausage Tree Safari Camp,
A Red Breasted Weaver
entertaining the breakfast crowd at
I’m not sure if it lost purchase on the thorns or not.
However, one second it was hanging from the thorns ,
the next, plummeting groundwards.
Whatever the reason, I managed
to capture one frame of
its headlong dive.
I don’t keep a regular diary and initially
was wondering what I could post.
Then I remembered the photo of these lion cubs
and its artistic transformation which hangs
in our living room.
We had seen one of Warren Carey’s (S.A. artist)
during our 2013 travels and very nearly made a purchase it.
Contact was made and Warren agreed to draw
one of our lion cub photos and
we had our souvenir.
The following year in Botswana MGW took this photo
and we decided that this would look good…
…on our living room wall also.
These are my snippets of the past decade
which will always remind me of our
visits to Africa.
Not far from the Geelong CBD…
…can be found, if you are lucky…
…Australia’s largest airborne bird,
the Wedge Tailed Eagle.
This vulture was rehabilitating in South Africa’s
Moholoholo Wildlife Centre.
In 2013 we were allowed to feed this magnificent bird.
Its eye are focussed on the next hand
to hold and feed it.
Peeling paint and rust
Vulture waiting to be fed at South Africa’s
Moholoholo Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre .
A Bateleur Eagle, also at Moholoholo.
After being nearly run over by
our Safari vehicle…
…Limpy wasted no time in telling her brood to
keep out of the way of crazy Safari drivers.
Limpy’s roar did not compare to this bloke.
However, the winner came about 12 months later
when, a little after 10PM we had just adjourned
to our sleeping bags and tents when an
almighty roar quietened all other night life.
I only have a few images of birds…
…which I would call game birds…
…and those are ducks.
I think these are various varieties
of wild ducks…
…mostly found at
…well inside Geelong City limits.
Like humans some prefer not to be photographed.
A South African Quail in Kruger National Park.
Not sure if they are game birds in SA, however,
their Australian Cousins were highly regarded
as a meat bird by those who liked the sport
when I was younger.
Meet Tembo the Elephant who for
a short period of his life was
described as rogue.
After his mother died he went rogue
and killed four hippopotamus.
The treat I want to share this week is
our last African game drive in
the first week of October 2013.
There wasn’t supposed to be a drive the last day,
however, we were treated to one and
it was one I will never forget.
Limpy (she had a deformed foot) and
her six week old cubs were the stars.
At six weeks the cubs were ready…
…to play with anything…
Go and play with the tourists instead of my tail.
Nosy obligingly heads off…
…for some tourist watching.
Rosy is a bit shy.
Our intrepid explorer keeps on coming…
…until he comes upon some elephant dung…
…which smells delightful and tastes even better.
Rosy joins Nosy now that Nosy is safe.
Don’t they look regal upon their throne?
Put on a show for the tourists?
Let’s show them how tough we are.
And so began…
…their play fight.
…more play than fight.
Twenty minutes and nearly 300 photos later
as the sun was close to the horizon,
we departed this site.
Upon arriving back in Australia
we contacted a South African
artist whose work we admired and
he drew one of my photos.
Now have a constant reminder of that
experience on the wall in our living room.
Sadly in September 2014 Limpy was euthanized
by local veterinarians as she had contracted a
contagious disease of some description.
Africa, Australia and the United KIngdom
provide this week’s birds.
Magpie (Long-tailed) Shrike
Kruger National Park
A Raven of the
Tower of London
Australian White Backed Magpie
helping itself to some morsels of leftovers
after coffee and a snack in
the Geelong Botanic Gardens.
Only a small amount of black on
the male Superb Fairy Wren
New Holland Honeyeaters…
…have mostly black feathers.