Mfolosi in March

Just a day trip. Late start, so it was already warm and quiet by the time we got there. Bird list: Barbets, Crested and Acacia Pied; Bulbul, Dark-capped; Greenbul, Sombre; Eagles, Long-crested and Brown Snake-; Shrike, Red-backed and Fiscal; Bush-shrikes, Gorgeous and Orange-breasted; Starlings, Cape Glossy and Violet-backed; Swallows, Wire-tailed and Lesser Striped; Kite, Yellow-billed;Continue reading “Mfolosi in March”

Mfolosi Day Trip

This trip was notable for the worst lunch ever: Jess usually makes a great lunch. Fresh rolls, mayonnaise, freshly-sliced tomatoes. This time she had plastic rolls, viennas – and chicken viennas at that – and tomato sauce. Ugh! She has undertaken to work with me in raising the standard.

Mfolosi Day Trip

A drizzly day, not much to report. I was learning about the new little Canon pocket camera. Haven’t worked it out yet. When we got home I saw it took video all the time we thought we were just focusing for still shots! So aiming for this: We got this (except much longer): Also, IContinue reading “Mfolosi Day Trip”

A Quickie

Mfolosi again. Just one night with three twenty year old lasses, Jess, Tarryn & Jordie.  On the way one of my pet theories got a bit of backing evidence! When birding by car, I say, ‘Stop anywhere: There will almost always be some birds around’. Busting for a leak I stopped under a bridge onContinue reading “A Quickie”

Wilderness Walk – Mfolosi: The Gentle Art of Lurking

Our two walks in the wilderness with the Taylors, Foggs, Janice Hallot and Gayle Adlam blur into one and I have got the photos all mixed up, so here are some more memories from 1999 or 2005. On the drier of our two walks there was little surface water about, so around the campfire oneContinue reading “Wilderness Walk – Mfolosi: The Gentle Art of Lurking”

Nature Red in Tooth and Claw

Memory is a Dodgy Business. I remembered the scene so clearly. Standing next to a fresh buffalo carcase red with blood; looking around, nervous that the lions who had obviously recently killed it might come back and be annoyed with us for putting our feet on its lunch. We were on a walk in theContinue reading “Nature Red in Tooth and Claw”

Mfolosi Again

Friday, December 20, 2013, pete swanepoel wrote: Went back to Mfolosi today. Kids were mad keen, especially Jess. Determined to see a lion. So we did. A lovely big male. I thought that’ll keep her quiet for a while. Only to find out later that dear old silent-one Jess couldn’t see it but didn’t sayContinue reading “Mfolosi Again”

Lion spark

Let’s go to the lion park, Dad, I’ve never seen lions!This is Jess. I remind her that she has, actually, in Zambia – but she was little – five years old, 2003. I must show her the pics in South Luangwa Park. They’re in hard bargaining mode, as we’re on our way to my folks’Continue reading “Lion spark”