If you could only see in the mirror what I see….   42 comments

Why is what we see in a mirror, not how others see us ?? Should we even care ?? I love the reflections these birds make, but not always what I see in the mirror……

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I was returning from work today and spotted these on a lake in the middle of a housing area… sneaked on in and took some photos… will be posting more of these when time allows…

Springbok BBQ … A different slant on a BBQ.   60 comments

Unusual springbok behaviour.

We were privileged to have our son take us to “Witsand” in the Northern Cape. This is an exceptional eco-destination featuring geological and climatic anomalies that cause the desert sand to ‘roar’. This natural attraction is one of the Kalahari’s best-kept secrets.

The birding here is exceptional, and you’ll see plenty of dry land wildlife, enabling to make some great photographic captures. BUT, that is only if you ensure you take a camera with charged batteries and the two sets in the bag are also charged. Hell, make sure your video camera’s batteries are charged. I DIDN”T——

This is a fascinating place and well worth the 70 km. dirt road trip that tends to test the springs of any LDV. We had, what I’d call luxurious accommodation, (here’s a photo from before the batteries conked.)

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The bush surrounding the accommodation nice and thick, giving a total feeling of isolation. (Wonderful)

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and then at night we had the privilege of witnessing and even capturing it on camera a springbok enjoying the remnants of our braai or BBQ… here is a video of that…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDRWMsRGWH4

and then to have one come and eat charcoal from a hot braai place and chew it, just unbelievable… I have never witnessed this before, or for that matter heard of anyone else that has… a definite first for me… here’s a vid of it… and remember this is not a zoomed shot… the animal was no more than 6 feet away from me and Linda and for that matter totally ignored us when we spoke….

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JgpKST1j6kc

Hi to all… I’m back for a while…   65 comments

It seems so long since I was able to get on-board here. Been busy at Wingate and Sishen Golf Club with their OH and Safety induction. What a wonderful experience to be back up early everyday preparing for work before sun up….

We had a weekend off last and my son took us to Witsand, a place we had as yet not been to, this is what they say about it on a website…

“Witsand Nature Reserve in the Northern Cape is an exceptional eco-destination featuring geological and climatic anomalies that cause the desert sand to ‘roar’. This natural attraction is one of the Green Kalahari’s best-kept secrets. The birding here is exceptional, and you’ll see plenty of dry land wildlife.”

You have to know we went there full of excitement and I made the cardinal sin a photographer can make… I went with low batteries, no backup charged ones and of course forgot the charger at home. My video camera had just enough for me to capture something Linda and I would not have believed if we did not experience it….

It happened whilst sitting at the camp fire latish in the evening, having eaten well and just enjoying the noises of the bush, also feeding the genet cat that came to visit. Three springbok came up to the fire to visit with us. Linda and I kept quiet at first and stared in disbelief. ANIMALS ARE SCARED OF FIRE my brain screamed.

One started to lick on the braai grid that was cool, then came and started to lick in the ash of the fire. “THE FIRE IS HOT” I screamed under my breathe…. these springbok actually started to seek out pieces of charcoal that were not still glowing red, but warm and ate them.

This all happened within two to three metres of us and when we started to talk to each other in disbelief they carried on totally ignoring us…. I captured this on video and when back in civilisation I will download it to “youtube” and add a link for you to see…. here are a few photos first from Witsand and then a few from yesterday which I had a chance to get out and capture…

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We leave tomorrow for Pretoria for a short while (a week) and then on the road again… but this will give me a chance to catch up a bit with you all… look forward to that… and to the odd blog I’m going to be able to post…

In the still of the night…. preparing for work…   29 comments

As i sit in front of the thin box preparing for the day to start.. I keep thinking of what you are all up to – In the still of the night -

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Posted August 7, 2014 by bulldog in Photography

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Ver in die ou Kalahari…. far in the old Kalahari….   21 comments

Jim Reeves sang a song titled “Old Kalahari”, not sure how many of you know of the song or for that matter Jim Reeves. But here are a few lines of the song ‘cause that is where I am and busy, busy, busy….

Ver in die Ou Kalahari daar sing die Boere so (far in the old Kalahari the farmers are singing thus) 
Gee ons die Ou Kalahari die Ou Kalahari bo (Give us the old Kalahari, the old Kalahari is tops)
In misty plains all around me the burning sun and sand
Lovely and peacful surroundings my old Kalahari land

Sonbesies sing in jou bosse die hittige son te versmaai (Sun Beetles sing in the bushes the suns heat to scorn)
Rooi Afrikaner-osse sien jy om elke draai (Red Afrikaner Oxen to be seen around every turn) 
Ver in die Ou Kalahari tot daar in die Molopo (Far in the old Kalahari up there in the Molopo)
Gee ons die Ou Kalahari die Ou Kalahari bo (Give us the old Kalahari, the old Kalahari is tops)

When I am called on safari by him whom I cannot deny
I pray that the old Kalahari will be part of that land in the sky.

Well that is where I am and I have a contract to complete here, so I might not be around for a while, but will pop in when I can… saw this bird this morning and had to capture it for you all…..

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Posted August 5, 2014 by bulldog in Photography, Thoughts of the Bulldog

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How low can you go… or how near can you get…   44 comments

I promised a few close ups of the Buffalo that we saw the other day and here they are… I’d parked on the same side of the road as them as they lay calmly in the grass and I love to capture something different… so look out this is the sharp end of a buffalo…

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Posted July 31, 2014 by bulldog in Photography

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“Ag Pleez Mamma wont you let me haz a drink….”   53 comments

This young buffalo was doing his best to get his mother to stand for a drink…. I think she was ignoring him as a weaning tactic… but it was amusing and interesting to capture on camera… he ended lying on top of her like a puppy or lion cub would do on their mothers….

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One can almost see the pleading by the youngster… and the last photo, momma seems to be saying an emphatic “NO !!!”

Posted July 30, 2014 by bulldog in Photography

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