Did you fight like cat and dog with your siblings? If so, perhaps this Hindu festival might encourage you to bury the hatchet. Strictly speaking, it celebrates the bond of protection between brothers and sisters, but it can also apply to relationships outside the family. A sister ties a sacred thread, or “rakshi”, onto her… Continue reading Raksha Bandhan
Several months ago, I mentioned in a blog that an infusion of elephant dung is a traditional remedy to treat hypertension. About half of what elephants consume passes through its intestines without the nutrients being digested or absorbed, so it is just possible that vegetation could contain chemicals with an anti-hypertensive action. But I would… Continue reading Excrement
Forget US Independence Day on the 4th of July. In Zambia it was a national holiday to commemorate the heroes who brought independence to Northern Rhodesia, half a century ago. There was no armed struggle. It was a peaceful transition from colonial rule. Britain had lost its appetite for an empire in Africa, demonstrated by… Continue reading Africa Heroes Day
I have come to love the birdlife here in South Luangwa as much as the animals. Here are a few photographs taken with my F2.8 70-200mm zoom lens.
Fantastic viewing of the Wild Dogs/Painted Wolves on the murram road between Katete and Mushilashi Rivers yesterday. Thought I should share some photos. You can tell that they have just eaten because their bellies are full and there is blood around their faces.
At Marula Lodge, the Luangwa River is now only two metres deep in the central channel. After grazing and browsing in the Park for most of the day, family groups of elephants make the crossing into the riverside lodges situated in the Game Management Zone. They do a lot of damage to people’s gardens overnight,… Continue reading Elephant Crossing
In Tish Farrell’s latest post, https://tishfarrell.com/2016/06/27/always-there-dont-bank-on-it/#comment-22359 she talks of the massive reduction in giraffe numbers throughout Africa. They are majestic, beautiful creatures. I took this picture earlier this month as the sun was setting over the Luangwa Wafwa.
The best ornithologists identify birds by their call. In the Game Park yesterday morning, D correctly identified that the hissing sound was coming from her rear tyre. We pulled off the main track and D chose a level piece of ground to change the wheel. My birthday present had come early. Two of the most… Continue reading Twitching
Pied Kingfisher Yellow billed storks Thornicroft’s Giraffe
Fifteen years ago, Johnny Ambrose was trampled and killed by an elephant. He was guiding a group of tourists on a walking safari when the elephant charged the group. He drew the attention of the elephant away from the tourists and was crushed. Every year in mid May, there is a touch rugby competition in… Continue reading Johnny Ambrose