Wildlife: Week 2

 

Everyday Wildlife

Butterfly? – No, Moth!

 

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White-Crowned-Shrike are Very Comical Birds

 

The Dawn Chorus Of Everyday Wildlife

A typical summer day at Little Bundu starts about 4:30am as the first faint flush of dawn tiptoes across the sky above Mozambique and Emerald Spotted Doves call out to each other over the bush. Not to be caught napping, the white crowned shrikes soon start their excited chattering followed by the melodious cackling of red-billed hornbills.

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Red-billed-Hornbill

 

Today We Make Like the Past

In the Great Colonial Tradition, the staff would brave the everyday wildlife to deliver trays of morning tea to each occupied rondavel, before residents and visitors had to face each other over an impossibly overloaded breakfast table. In Safari Camps and Tented Tourist Lodges up and down Africa, the ritual is recreated everyday for those wishing to capture the “Authentic African Experience” a la Karen Blixen.

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Shy Bushbuck-Ewe Hid Her Newborn in a Thicket Nearby, as we came along

 

It’s a New Day and a New Era

But that was long ago and this is now. As the thrushes forage about in the undergrowth, it’s just us, the breaking day and the beautiful creatures we share this slice of paradise with. Everyday wildlife surprises us with new treats and creeping quietly onto the stoep with that morning mug of tea, you never know what you’re going to find.

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Kurrichane-Thrush King of His Castle

 

Dainty Majestic Antelope

Today for our everyday wildlife, it’s a bushbuck ewe, nibbling at the growth where our patch of civilization slides down into the bush. Her hair is raised because she’s nervous – although it happens to many animals, it’s most noticed in animals like warthog and aardwolf. And over there, half hidden by twigs and leaves is the bushbuck ram.

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Bushbuck-Ram Observing From a Safe Distance

 

Me Heap Tall Guinea Fowl

Kek-kek-kek…cherrrrr-cheng. Here come the guinea fowl, all strung out through the shorter grass. There must be thirty or so in this flock… Every now and then, a male finds a stump and climbs to the very top to call out his victory over the savannah

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A Splashy Display

Not far from the guinea fowl is a fleshy plant that is all that remains of the Snake Lily. This splendid flower appeared out of nowhere, an ever growing mound of scarlet and yellow atop a thick bare stalk growing alone under a big Tambotie tree. For two or three weeks this flower illuminated the vista and then, almost as suddenly as it had appeared, it wilted away. Not long after that, a whorl of fleshy leaves appeared where the flower had been and has grown to about eighteen inches in height, with markings on its’ stem resembling a snake.

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Snake-Lily-and-Friend

 

Rarer than Hen’s Teeth…

Most everyday wildlife goes quietly about its business relying on camouflage to hide from hungry hunters. This time the sun revealed something we haven’t seen since coming to the bush… Yes, it’s a rabbit! Actually, a Scrub Hare supposedly found throughout Southern Africa. These grass eating rabbits don’t show up too often. They’re shy and retiring and when the grass is plentiful, they’re well hidden. This guy’s cover was blown when the sun shining through his ears caused a deep orange hue that lit up the dull surrounds. For interests sake, you’ll see many more elephants than scrub hares in this neck of the woods.

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Scrub-Hare

 

The Ubiquitous Warthog

What would everyday wildlife be like if there wasn’t at least one baby picture? Here are the latest of our resident infants, triplets with their proud mama.

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Warthog and Babies

One, two, three… Now all say awww!

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