Monday, October 22, 2018

A flutter of wings at Marakele National Park...


Probably our most iconic bird...
The African Fish Eagle.
Often the cry of this bird can be heard before it can be seen
and it seems to "define" Africa.
Those who hear and experience it will not be left unmoved. 

Most of these sighting took place close to this dam.
This large dam in Marakele National Park is a great spot for bird sightings.

An African Darter catching some sun...
These birds can often be found in this spreadeagled position
in the early morning or late afternoons.

This is a first for me...
A Bennett's Woodpecker.

A juvenile Yellow -Billed Kite hiding in amongst the dry branches

A Blacksmiths Lapwing (previously a Plover).
This bird can be found in urban environments,
often on the grass verges on the sides of busy roads.
In the wild, their call is almost as raucous as that of the Grey Go-Away bird.

A "squadron or flock" of Little Egrets
heading off in the early morning light.

Being watched by a Little Sparrowhawk...

A pair of White -fronted Bee-eaters.
One of which had caught a bee, but decided NOT to share it!
The insect vanished in a flash.

Time to take off and head in search of a meal.
The wing span of a female eagle is 2.4m,
while the male is slightly smaller at 2.2m. 
With an impressive wing span like that,
one would assume that it was the largest South African eagle.
But you would be wrong!
That title belongs to the hefty Martial Eagle.


You to can experience these inspirational bird sightings.
Stay at one of the two MORE lodges in the Park.
To find out about the facilities that are on offer,

 

The latest addition to my sponsors list...
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by https://torchsa.com/

My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!
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When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

A new clothing sponsor has come on board...
Welcome to Kallie Khaki.
Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

I have worn these shoes in the jungles of India
and on the beaches of Croatia.
Not to mention, many game reserves in Africa.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.

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When I get home. I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high speed fibre connectivity 
to enable me to get my postings published in record time.

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This powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...



When offered an option...
ALWAYS be Batman.
Here he is seen looking at a CMR Beetle.
It was named after the Cape Mounted Rifles,
as its colouring resembles that of the regiment.
He can handle it as he is wearing gloves!
Do not be tempted to pick them up bare handed
or you will end up with nasty, painful blisters.
The newest of my travelling companions.
To find out more about the collectible Funko range of figurines,
visit:

My new addition, this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely an stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,
visit:


A new "tool" in my camera bag.
This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows to to move from supported
to hand held in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
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