I don’t know what sneaks up on you faster... Monday’s? Or Peregrine Falcons?? If you’re a small bird that gets hunted by Peregrine Falcons, you’re always gonna say Peregrine Falcons. Because they kill you. And... because you don’t keep track of days of the week. 🤔🧐
One step forward two steps back
I sat and waited, 8pm came, still no sign. Not to worry I thought, he's probably just having a lay in after a late night.
8.30pm came and went but still now show.
9pm landed and still nothing. "Something's not right here," I said under my breath.
At length i made the decision to move back to the hedgeline. No sooner had i got seated on the grass than he revealed himself. The space I'd given him was enough, as he took flight and departed. But it wasn't until his return that realisation really sank in. As he flew in, catch in tow, he spotted me and gave me the widest birth he has ever done. I knew I'd broken the trust he'd placed in me and that if I wanted to to regain it I would have to start from the beginning again.
So it was that yesterday (Day 9) I returned to my original spot in the hedgerow. In many ways I'm glad I did, as I found that they had two access points in to and out of the nest. I didn't take many shots of him last night in the hope that the less clattering from my camera would be the better.
Here's to hoping he'll forgive me and that I can continue to study them.
To be honest with you, I’m not brave, not in the least. I have been on some fantastic peaks and some amazing trails. On occasion I hike alone and have been close to the edge, maybe a little too often. The one thing I have learned is “out there” there is great risk and it only can be mitigated - not eliminated - with proper understanding and preparation. Look hard at where you are going. Is it safe? Do you have the correct equipment or skills? What if the conditions change? Sure, you can get up the mountain it’s just sweat equity...but can you get down? There have been way too many deaths this year and the season has just started. Play hard, but think harder and come home each and every time to your loved ones.
A male leopard leaps from a tree with a half-eaten warthog carcass firmly grasped within its jaws.
I’ll return to one of my favourite game viewing destinations in Africa this weekend - the Sabi Sand Wildtuin. I’ll stay at two of the most iconic safari camps on the continent, steeped in history & both instumental in developing the safari industry as we know it today, @malamalagamereserve & @londolozi.
I’ll be guiding a PVT Safari & will as always try my best to take you along for the journey & safari experience.