Burchell’s Sandgrouse

Burchell's

This burchell’s sandgrouse was on high alert on the hot sand at Tswalu because its chicks had just scurried for cover. Fine set of feathers Ma’am.

Now, can you spot the chick in the picture below? If I hadn’t seen it scurry away, I would never have seen it …

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Pearl-spotted Owlet

Now you see me …

Owl1

Now you don’t …

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I was very lucky to get these two shots of a pearl-spotted owlet in a thorn tree at the Tswalu reserve. You can see from the second shot that it has eyes on the back of its head – actually tufts of black feathers – to create the illusion that it is still watching you when it has turned away from you. Very cool.