Friday, 28 June 2013

Close encounters in Johannesberg. June 2013

The most recent trip to Johannesberg brought some delightful close encounters with birds and mammals, or both at the same time.


Moraletakloof Nature Reserve is 92 hectares of wildlife sanctuary near Pretoria. I had visited to see the new disabled access hide there and was charmed by the Zebras which are very complacent to human visitors and allowed a very close approach.

In Pilanesberg, these White Rhinos appeared very relaxed and fed within 6 feet of my car. They were accompanied by Red-billed Ox-peckers and Fork-tailed Drongos. At the hide overlooking Mankwe Dam, Pied Kingfishers and Malachite Kingfishers showed off at very close quarters.

Most of the lapwings on the lawns of Walter Sisulu Botanic Gardens, to the west of Johannesberg, were a bit wary, but this Crowned Lapwing had chosen to sit close to a noisy picnic and didn’t seem at all bothered when I passed.

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