Where have all the birds gone?

Trip Start May 25, 2005
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Saturday, February 4, 2006

Where have all the birds gone?

"Did you hear that?"

Definitely a "Piet mit Frau"

'A what?'

"Piet mit Frau"

'A 'Piet my wife'?'

"Exactly! Mark it down!"

OK then.

Somebody should have warned me that South African's have strange ways of naming their birds. But after the end of the two hour bird census, I too was able to identify a number of them by their calls, including the aforementioned Cuckoo!

We were lucky enough to get free access to the park by helping the 'Friends of Nyslvley' conduct their annual bird census. Unfortunately, the 'vley' or marsh was devoid of water, so the usual water birds had yet to arrive. However, it was lovely to be given keys to secret parts of the park, and be able to walk along freely without fear of a lion attack. We were also lucky enough to see Tsessebe and Roan antelope - both very rare, and very very quick on their feet.

Lovely, lovely Nylsvley!

You really must go there.
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