Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

“Do you realise that it is going to be freezing during your stay here?” was the opening question from Erna when she phoned a day before our planned arrival at her establishment in the Roggeveld. “Yes, we have seen the weather report and are packed for extreme weather” I replied. Amanda and I were preparing for our winter visit, the first of four 14 day … Continue reading Mud and snow beneath the stars in the Karoo

Travelling with dogs.

One of the hardest regions in South Africa to take your dog for a walk has to be in the Garden Route. Blessed with forests, nature reserves and empty beaches, all seem to have a ‘No Dogs allowed’  policy, a frustrating limitation for dog owners. Being dog lovers and wanting to share our outings with our trio of four legged friends, we have had to … Continue reading Travelling with dogs.

Things are closer than they appear.

While on a project observing for birds on a proposed wind farm near Mosselbay in the Southern Cape, we were visited by a pair of ostriches. Harmless, they were entertainment for three hours as they pecked every shiny bit of chrome on our vehicle. Once they had circled the car a few times their interest changed to objects inside the car. Through the open drivers … Continue reading Things are closer than they appear.

Moments like these…

Cresting the ridge we had just walked up, a carpet of aloes and flat top acacia’s cascades into the retreating valley below. The last half hour had been nothing short of exciting. We are on our last and final visit of a series of four bird monitoring sessions on a proposed wind farm in the Karoo. We were busy with a pair of walked transects, … Continue reading Moments like these…