Author: Cheryl King

World Rhino Day 2018

Today is World Rhino Day.  Although according to statistics, the number of rhinos being killed has declined, the news is still grim. I promised myself when I started this blog that I would never focus on the negative.  However, visit Save The Rhino where you will not only learn how critically endangered our precious rhinos are (about 3 killed each day) but also how corruption has thwarted efforts to stop this carnage.  The more people who know about this the better.  Hopefully, all those involved, the poachers, king-pins and others in high places are brought to task. Finding a Rhino...

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Eye Ball to Eye Ball with Cape Vultures

Want to come eyeball to eyeball with a Cape Vulture?  Visit Oribi Gorge’s vulture viewing hide on Kwa Zulu Natal’s South Coast. Although not as cute as the tiny Pearl Spotted Owlet or the endearing penguins in Simonstown, Vultures have their own special magic. I’ve always associated vultures with sitting in a vehicle at a game park watching them squabble over a rotting carcass.  Although it’s a  privilege to watch these huge birds gorge themselves on their foul-smelling meal,  I never quite felt endeared to them. However, having come up close and personal with Cape Vultures here at Oribi, I’ve...

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My Favourite Quote for 2018 Women’s Day

With Women’s Day on Thursday (9 August 2018), I got to thinking what would be my most favourite quote by a powerful courageous woman. There are hundreds to choose from, but the one that resonates with me is Eleanor Roosevelt’s statement :   “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” Eleanor Roosevelt was a very powerful woman in her later life.  She was married to Franklin Roosevelt president of the United States, enjoyed immense wealth, was a successful diplomat and humanitarian.  She travelled widely, received awards for her work and wrote a successful newspaper article for...

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An Owl of a Weekend

An Owl of a weekend – that’s the only way I can describe this past weekend.  With great sightings of Marsh Owls along with a good few Pearl Spotted Owls as well as an unsuccessful search for a White-Faced Owl, I just had to say this was a weekend of owls. Our weekend started with a two-hour drive from Johannesburg to Zaagkuilsdrift in the Limpopo Province.  Just off the N1, with another 24 km of dust road to the lodge, it felt like it was raining birds.  The treat for me is that I saw many birds that are not...

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Ashburton’s Aloe Festival 2018

As promised in my previous post, here are some photos taken when we spent a day in the Lower Mpushini Conservancy during Ashburton’s Aloe Festival.  From their programme (left) you will see the festival was over two days filled with much activity, fun and enjoyment. Being typical birders, we started our day very early at Spencer’s Place which opened to the public at 6 a.m.  It was a freezing morning, so we decided to hold off with the birding and enjoy a hot cuppa along with some rusks.  This was all in the company of a few dogs, ducks and beautiful Palomino horses.   Our trail started next to the stables, so after petting each of the friendly horses, we ambled through the farm gate and made our way along the trail towards the river (which sadly, was dry). Being winter, we didn’t find many birds but that’s to be expected.  I just love being out in the crisp fresh air, surrounded by nature.  Our plan was to visit all the venues open for the festival, but we spent far too much time wandering on the bird trail.  Guess we needed to be more disciplined and not chase each and every bird we saw or heard. There were a number of interesting talks to choose from.  Unfortunately, we were too late for the “walk and talk” by Richard Boon about trees...

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