Monthly Archives: February 2014

Some owls. Or owlets. Or Scops-Owls. Some birds.

When most people think of owls, they tend to picture the sorts of birds that flapped around in the Harry Potter movies; large, powerful birds that would have no problem carrying obscure magical packages around. These are not those sorts … Continue reading

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The Leadwood.

I threatened you with an avalanche of owls. They’re coming. But not quite yet. They don’t have anywhere to sit. Fear not. I’m on it. They can sit in one of these, in a few centuries time; That, good people, … Continue reading

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A leprechaun with eyes on the back of his head.

I had threatened you with an avalanche of owls. It starts today. But it is to be a brief start. I’ve been called away on an emergency. I have to go the bush for a night. There I will be … Continue reading

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Not owls.

Prepare yourselves for an avalanche of owls. The Lowveld has an unusual number of owls. It has seven of them, while most ecosystems have room for one or two. And I like owls, so instead of picking one or two, … Continue reading

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Dog-faced monkeys.

Picture the scene. You’re in Cape Town, one of South Africa’s tourist hotspots. It’s a beautiful sunny day, perfect for a daytrip. So you decide to go here; That’s Cape Point, Africa’s southernmost point. It’s a dramatic finger of rock … Continue reading

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