Friday, July 26, 2019

"Oh feathers"! EcoTraining Camp, Mashatu, Botswana

The dining room/lecture area at the EcoTraining camp in Mashatu.
The focal point of the camp, it is also used as a study area
or just to sit and be social...

And not too far away, this quiet area where students can study.
Or use the time to watch the birdlife
 that visits the small pond there.
With the students out of camp, I decided to 'set up camp'
here for a while and see who came to visit.
I was not disappointed.

"I am the boss of this place" 
is what this  Meves's Starling seems to be saying.
This particular species seemed to control the pond and surroundings.
Bigger than most of the other visiting species,
it was easy for them to commandeer the water source.

There was ONE branch that had sunlight,
and each Starling to it, in turn, to sit here and preen.
The morning light on their feathers made them look reflective and iridescent.

"This airspace is ours".
Just some of the Starlings that were making this area
look like a scene from the Alfred Hitchcock movie
"The Birds".

A Crested Barbet visited.
One of several that have claimed this part
 of the camp as their home territory.

Dark-capped (Black-eyed) Bulbul.
One of my favourite bird species.
We have them in our garden at home, 
where their antics often keep me distracted from my work.

Arrow-marked Babbler.
Like all the members of the Babbler family,
these birds are raucous when in a flock,
but quiet when alone.

This Tree Squirrel seemed to be wary of sharing the water
with any of the bird species.
He sat here for the longest time, 
contemplating whether he should have a drink or not.

He seemed to be building up courage by chattering to himself.

Until he finally took a leap of faith to slake his thirst.
But unlike the birds that took their time at the water,
he was in and out in a very short space of time.

These three trundled into camp,
stopping briefly to slake their thirst before heading out again.
They were in and out in double-quick time

A Natal Spur Fowl comes to visit...
the bushveld alarm.

I had heard the iconic call of this bird all morning as 
I sat at the small pond in camp.
Finally, once the 'traffic' at the pond had cleared,
I ventured off to a small body of water close to the camp
where I discovered that it was being
 guarded by this African Fish Eagle.

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This is the EcoTraining mission statement... 
1] Vision: To be the Global leader in environmental education
 by reconnecting people with nature...
For me, the most important part of that statement
 is the word *reconnecting
2] Mission: To provide inspirational & immersive learning experiences
 for professional safari guides and guardians of nature
and finally...
3] Values: Inspire. Professionalism. Caring and Accountability.
Are you ready to make a commitment to yourself and your future?
If so, then visit their website for more information:

A big thank you to each of these brands
 for coming on board.

This has been my constant travel companion 
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometres/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
 in South and Southern Africa.
Check out their Facebook page:

This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:

My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!

When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

Breaking in my new pair of Green Veldskoen Shoes.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.
Now to try out the rest of the colours in the range.

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.

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...

ALWAYS choose to be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,

I could not do without 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 a 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,

To see who else were winners in 2018, visit:

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