How do you measure privilege?? .. By witnessing nature at play ..

The 3rd May 2014 a day I was privileged to witness nature at play, or should I say my favourite Purple rollers mating.

I went for an early morning walk on the Sishen Golf Course, not managing much (lungs not co-operating) I got to where I’d seen the Purple Rollers for the past few days. They were there and sitting in separate trees, one in the tree where their nesting hole was and the other on a dead tree making photography a lot easier.

I sat with my back to a big tree and took photos of what turned out to be the female bird. As they are both identical in markings, I can state this after what took place. They are continuously calling to each other and the male that had been behind me noisily flew high in the sky. With rolling flight he plummeted towards the ground, it looked something like a fighter jet on a victory wing waggle.

He did this a few times flying back up for height, chattering away the whole time while she sat and watched his performance also chattering away the whole time.

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His flying was just too quick for me to even think of trying to capture, his descent down to the branch and his pairing also too quick. He then joined her in the tree and begged for more….

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I think like me she wanted to see more of his aerial acrobatics before she would give in to him again…

60 thoughts on “How do you measure privilege?? .. By witnessing nature at play ..

  1. A love story …. how sweet How do you manage to take such brilliant series of birds??? I can hardly manage to get a seagull in a shot.

  2. beautiful shots and description. praying you continue to feel better. Enjoy the coast! I hope it does the trick and heals thos lungs faster for you.

  3. Just another typical woman playing hard to get! Great images Bulldog. I will be very excited when I hear you say that your lung function is back to snuff. Take care. 🙂

    • Thanks LuAnn, I am really enjoying watching these birds… it gives me that bit of exercise .. with a reward at the end… the lungs they say wil;l be still months before full recovery.. so moving down to the coast in a couple of weeks in the hope the denser air will improve things…

  4. I can see why you like the Purple Rollers so much…and taking photos of them is definitely more relaxing than playing golf.

    Even though it’s no doubt too slow for your liking, I hope your lungs are getting stronger by the day.

  5. They are such a beautiful pair Rob. What a lovely courtship. As always you’ve captured it so beautitully. Glad to hear all is going well with you. Take care and keep these beauties coming. 😀

  6. I can just hear his trying to talk her into the “dance” 😉 Take it easy with those lungs; things will heal in their own time (says she who made her foot swell up today walking on it too much)

    • Thank you TD… but as you say don’t overdo it… sounds a little like the pot calling the kettle black… you take it easy and let that foot heal in its own time…

    • Thanks Skye… some days the lungs are good other days just impossible… leaving soon for the coast where I hope the denser air will help with the repair…

  7. Great series.
    You got some very nice shots even if you did miss a few due to the speed of flight. Some days you get lucky and some not (when it comes to fast moving birds).

  8. LOL! He then joined her in the tree and begged for more…. typical male! haha! I know, I know… so stereotypical and a huge generalization but…
    Diana xo

    ps. would have been amazing to watch though. Do you ever shoot videos?

    • Thanks Diana… he sat chattering away and she seem little interested, merely preening herself… funny you should mention the video, I was given a video camera recently and it is in my camera bag, yet I never gave it a thought whilst watching this… in fact never even thought of it till you have now mentioned it…

    • Thanks Jan.. yes I can see it in my head, but as Diana has just mentioned do I never take videos… I have a video camera in the camera bag and completely forgot about it…

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