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Girl with Pearl . . . -spotted Owlet.

In homage to Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer’s ‘Girl with a Pearl Earring’ (1665).

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Night Moves

Every night, just before bed, I take Josie out into the small park opposite our house where she sniffs around and has a pee. Last night we were joined by a moon-white Barn Owl that circled low above us, seemingly … Continue reading

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Lost Soul

Like any schoolboy in the 1970s, I had limited opportunities to travel beyond the town I lived in, but my first copy of Roberts’ Birds of South Africa (4th impression of the 3rd edition, published in 1975) was a source … Continue reading

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Winter Owl

I’m on the N4 highway, moving at about 100 km per hour towards Johannesburg. Outside, the air is as sharp as glass and two colours dominate the landscape – honey-blonde grassland below a muted, cobalt sky. There are no clouds … Continue reading

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Mob Squad

Shafts of late afternoon light were illuminating the autumn foliage of the Tamboti and Bushwillow trees along the dry Timbavati River, as our guide Finn hauled the vehicle off the dusty track and into the deep sand. Grinding slowly along … Continue reading

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Gecko Grab

We have a little deck leading off our open-plan work area, and this is a great place to sit and watch birds moving through the trees in our back garden. It also provides a good vantage point to look into … Continue reading

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