Africa is not for the faint-hearted.

Parent birds are faced with difficult options when one egg is delayed hatching. Continue reading Africa is not for the faint-hearted.

How to safely handle a Rinkhals.

EVERY day in nature is a lesson, and while wading through books, we learn a lot, actually being able to experience some natural event will embed the knowledge forever. Yesterday I was privileged to be present for a search and release of some snakes that had been rescued from a proposed construction area. The snake that grabbed my attention was the Rinkhals. I have always … Continue reading How to safely handle a Rinkhals.

The Nature of Farming

There is something mystical about the Karoo light. In summer the landscape shimmers beneath the relentless sun, the hills and thickets a quantum image seemingly fixed only in your mind’s eye. Amanda and I are perched on a hill near Middleton, a sculptured geological model of the towering flat topped mountains 50km further north. We are on one of nine birding sites that we monitor … Continue reading The Nature of Farming

Device of trail coffee

Receding into the distance to the North West was the vista of the Mustang Plateau. We were sitting at the top of the Thurang La pass, at an altitude a few meters over 5400. It had been a long, slow morning, starting predawn to ascend the 490m from Thurang Upper base to a pass. Progress for the morning had been slow as the two Israelis … Continue reading Device of trail coffee