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  1. Splendid cuckoo @TonyQ I wonder why they look like a bird of prey-when flying they remind me of a sparrowhawk, and it often seems to be meadow pipits mobbing one I wonder if they know what the cuckoos are up to?
  2. Hello @Elsa Hoffmann your Zebra picture was of Mountain Zebra I think there are some plains Zebra still in the park but not that many now.If I can add to your reply to @xelas we used a Nissan x_trail 2x4 and that was fine on the normal gravel roads and also on the short 4x4 Afsaal route that reception described as a "farm track"! But there is no doubt that if you had a 4x4 you would see a lot more of the park_ the majority of it is 4x4. When we were there in February we saw red hartebeest mountain Zebra very few springbok but a fine number of tortoises! The camp restaurant was very good but the night drives very disappointing.that may have been due to the drought.
  3. It has influenced our decisions in particular again @Tdgraves and her reports on the Kruger led to our going there, As for publicity (and i have no idea of the cost) but how about a stall at the British Birdwatching Fair ?
  4. very nice photo's @Elsa Hoffmann especially the klipspringers when did you go? We were there in February and again saw very little in the way of wildlife, including only 1 pair of black eagles and no dassies! Of course that could have been a reflection of our spotting skills. I think you are right, it is a good place to visit for the scenery. For some reason i thought it would be more like Mount Zebra but i got the impression the area was much rockier and seemed much more forbidding
  5. Dear @douglaswise have you seen any research-and thus presumably evidence-that research projects in Africa drain resources from projects to save threatened habitats? or indeed that elephant orphanages distract from conservation? you do not consider that an elephant orphanage might act as a valuable indicator and publicist to the more general public thus attracting funds for other conservation projects? mind you I've not seen any research that backs that up.
  6. lovely photos @Soukousone of the joys of the Farne islands is watching your friends and family be "attacked" by the terns on the path up!-until it's your turn. and don't wear your best gear! For no very good reason, I've just remembered that the people of the now abandoned island of St Kilda used to include in their diet a bowl of porridge with a puffin in it
  7. SLNP has to be my favourite place that I have visited in the whole of Africa and what splendid photo's, especially the chameleon @Geoff . We were last at Mwamba in 2008 and wondered why it was necessary to have a guide to go into the hippo hide-the next day as we saw bits of the hide roof scattered all over the place we were told that lions had jumped on and through the roof!. i agree with you about night drives-too often they disappoint and we start to fall asleep but it was at Mwamba we had our best ever night drive-3 leopards, and 2 Pels Fishing owls! looking forward to the rest of your report
  8. Both comrade!!! @Dave Williams
  9. Love the Jay photo but on behalf of the "Corvids have feelings too" campaign I must protest about the use of the word evil! If any Corvids have been affected by the issues raised in this thread please contact Corvids have feelings too
  10. Very clean and cool @Game Warden and the new features like beginning typing a forum user to get a drop down menu is a boon to my clumsy typing. Hurrah!
  11. What a drive @Peter Connan and a splendid report! As for the hunt photos as you can imagine I would have been so excited I would forget I had a camera
  12. lovely photo's @@Peter Connan how friendly was the tortoise? the KTP has to be our favourite place in South Africa-which is saying an awful lot!
  13. Last Week the Scottish Government -well SNH Scottish Natural Heritage published the long awaited report on the fates of satellite tagged Young Golden Eagles between 2004 and 2016. the report can be found here (hopefully) › Publications, data and research › Publications › Of 131 young eagles tagged 41 (31%) "disappeared under suspicious circumstances significantly connected with contemporaneous records of illegal persecution" The deaths occurred mainly in 6 areas predominately in Central and Eastern Highlands.the report concludes; "some but not all areas managed as grouse moors were strongly associated with the disappearance of many of the tagged eagles" "Tagging revealed that the persecution of young eagles is suppressing the the golden eagle population in the central and eastern highlands" ​the research showed that no deaths were associated with wind farms and that tagging did not affect the behavour welfare or survival of the eagles. There is some good news.The Scottish government is now going to commission research as to the effectiveness or otherwise of a licencing scheme for driven grouse moors, looking into not just illegal persecution as above, but muirburn, medicated grit, benefit to the economy etc Slowly something is being done
  14. Thank you @@Tdgraves for a very entertaining report.It was due in large part to the earlier Kruger reports that we went there this year
  15. hurrah! @@xelas another Namibia trip report, looking forward to reading of your adventures.Our only trip to Namibia as mentioned elsewhere was in a front wheel drive honda and we encountered a very very slowly flooding river I think about the same place that you did. Not being in a 4 x 4 I persuaded Jane to get out and walk across the river as we had no idea how deep it was! I did kindly lend her my monopod so she could check for depth as she went along!

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