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1724670-982768-thumbnail.jpg 'Kulafumbi' is our family home in Kenya, East Africa. 'Kulafumbi' is a play on the Kiswahili words "kula vumbi", which mean "eat dust", because it was so hot and dusty building our house in this remote, wild, wonderful place. Kulafumbi borders the Tsavo National Park - with no fences between us and the Park, the wildlife comes and goes of its own free will and treats our land as its own, which is exactly how we like it. In turn, we provide a protected area for the wild animals to do as they please. This protected area also creates an important buffer for the river, which forms the boundary between us and the park.
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1829439-992202-thumbnail.jpg Look how many species of animals & birds we've spotted to date at Kulafumbi:

MAMMALS: 43+
REPTILES &
AMPHIBIANS: 18+++

BIRDS: 199+
INSECTS: Too many to count

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Oct242008

24th October 2008 : They're flying - it's Official!

Our goslings are flying! Well, sort of...they make it about one foot off the ground for a few yards...but technically, it IS flying...

Early flight (20th October 2008)...

Which is a good thing, because those attacks by their father (or imposter, whatever he may be) are not letting up...The chase is now on, in the air and on land.

 

It's difficult to describe how vicious these attacks on the young goslings are. For a start, the adult goose is a much heavier, more powerful bird (that can also fly properly). What makes it worse is that the adults are still meant to be protecting the goslings, not trying to harm them or chase them away...not yet...let them get a bit older first... This series of pictures tells the story better than words:

The adult goose's attacks are becoming more and more brutal...

And even though the embattled gosling tries to escape...

Its attacker does not relent...

A particularly nasty peck!

The mother goose then pitches up and immediately tries to intervene...

The mother chases the male goose who's chasing the gosling...

Until eventually, amidst much noisy scolding from the mother, the male goose finally pulls back and lets the traumatized gosling escape...at least until next time...

 

It's exhausting just following this saga, isn't it?




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