Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Our homely footprint

I took this picture a few kilometers outside the Selous Game Reserve boundary.  The nest belongs to a pair of aptly-named Hammerkops, medium sized water birds that build enormous nests out of sticks.


As you can see from the blown-up picture below, however, some may experiment with other materials.

We never know exactly how our actions will impact the environment, but this goes to show that nothing is unused in the wild, and that things we discard without a thought can very quickly attract the attention of animals.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Joys of the off-season

As the rainy season comes to an end here in the Selous, it's always enjoyable to look back on the pleasures of working in the wet season, such as the pictures below of getting stuck in the Beho Beho river in the aftermath of a flash flood.

Two hours and a 4WD truck later, we managed to pull both vehicles from the river.