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Take me to the river: Riverine roaming at Kruger National Park

Rivers with natural vegetation along their banks are special spaces that for some may evoke spiritual responses and notions of the sacred. Even when rivers are dry the riverine vegetation retains a sheltering and nurturing power.

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From tall giraffes to a ground-dwelling nightjar

Giraffe are always fascinating to watch. Usually they are sedate and they spend a lot of time browsing leaves to provide nutrition for their enormous bodies. Recently at Kruger National Park we saw giraffes galloping away from an apparent threat, and later a giraffe nearly trod on a ground-roosting nightjar that otherwise we would have overlooked.

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Looking forward

A pair of double-banded sandgrouse join me in a message for 2022.

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Zooming in: Kruger Park pics for Christmas

Few words this week as I share a small selection of photos using the zoom lens for a slightly closer look. All these photos were taken on our recent trip to Kruger National Park.

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Life in the mopane scrub and woodlands at Kruger National Park

Mopani trees with their butterfly-shaped leaves and variable growth habits are beautiful to look at, and being hardy and nutritious too they support an abundance of life in hot, dry and low-lying areas, such as in the northern sections of Kruger National Park.

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Companionable creatures at Kruger Park

And so we are back from our stay in Kruger National Park, which offered us much in the way of rest and reflection. Here is the first in what is likely to be a short series of posts on observations that captured both my camera lens and my attention.

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Home and away: From near to far

We are about to go away on holiday – the first time since before the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our destination is Kruger National Park, which we have not visited since as far back as the 1980s.

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An unusually confiding tambourine dove

I don’t see tambourine doves in the garden as much as I used to and in any event they are shy and skittish, so the other day when I looked out of the window and saw a tambourine dove foraging on the ground I fetched my camera.

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Black cuckooshrike – named for the unicoloured male, this is the female

Recently a bird I had not noticed in the garden before caught my eye. With all that barring on its underside could it be a cuckoo I wondered? It sat for a fair amount of time in a small tree not far from one of the birdbaths, quietly watching.

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