Michael and Jonathan - Thursday
|A river runs through it|
After a busy time with Crimefest and our launch in the UK of Deadly Harvest, I got back to a stack of exam papers to mark. I couldn't see any reason to sit in chilly Johannesburg doing that, so I headed up to the bungalow I share in the Olifants River Game Reserve with my friend Jonathan Everitt who is a keen photographer. The trip was motivated as a quiet place to mark, and a research trip to discover more about the rhino poaching industry. You don't want to hear about the former and there will be more about the latter in a future blog. In the meanwhile, I invite you just to enjoy our trip with us. Jonathan took all the pictures.
|It's a bit crowded out here|
The focus of the African bushveld in winter is water and in a drought year even more so.
The view from our deck across the river - I did have a few distractions from work...
|Elephants join the parade|
|Impala at the water|
|As the river dries, a few plants claim the last moisture|
Away from the river, it's the waterholes that are the focus of life.
He's been digging in the mud with his horns
|Terrapin (freshwater turtle) just out of the muddy pool|
|Red billed oxpecker. Oh, yes, there's a female kudu underneath it|
|Juvenile bataleur eagle|
|Red crested korhaan.|
A beautiful bird and amazingly well camouflaged!
|Lilac breasted roller|
And it was full moon as a bonus
|White backed night heron in the moonlight|