Tag Archives: african owls

Ginger Giant

Like butter in a hot pan, the mokoro slides effortlessly out from the inlet onto the still, coppery-bronze surface of the Okavango floodplain. The prow of the dugout parts rafts of waterlilies as Tshenolo poles us silently towards the little … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in owls | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in owls | Tagged , , , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in owls | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment