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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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Thursday
May122011

Not Exactly a Sitting Duck

The Bateleur Eagles have started sitting, which means that, within 4 days of me photographing them mating (see previous post), the female laid her single egg. In 52 days' time - providing there are no mishaps - the chick will hatch. The parent birds, who share the incubation responsibilities, have a long haul ahead of them.

When I checked the nest the day before yesterday, I could see the eagles had been lining their nest with fresh green leaves, but the birds themselves were nowhere to be seen:

This morning, the male was sitting on the nest. I did not go as close as I usually do, as I did not want to disturb him on the nest - even though this pair have raised many a chick with cars driving backwards and forwards below their nest:

The female was keeping an eye on everything from the mating tree:

[See the Bateleurs mating in my previous post.]

Other birds seem to be in the breeding mood too, possibly prompted by a recent smattering of rain. It's almost as if the rains might come back again, the weather has been so strange. It was enough to get the White-browed Sparrow Weavers building again:

And one of the resident Egyptian Goose pair has vanished from the river. A lone goose normally means the other one is on the nest, so perhaps we will have goslings on the river again before long. It's been a while since they successfully managed to raise a brood here:

The Spur-winged Plovers are up to their same old tricks again - chasing everything that moves (except - wisely perhaps - the crocodile). The Dikkops pose no threat to the Plovers whatsoever, but that makes no difference to these most bullying of birds:

The Yellow-billed Stork, as usual, remains haughtily aloof from all the shenanigans:

Some birds have already nested, like the Northern White Crowned Shrikes...whose immature offspring, confusingly, have a brown crown:

And as I started this post with rather a large bird of prey, I'm going to end it with a rather small one. This delightful Pearl-spotted Owlette lives around our house and is getting quite tame...today it seemed more bothered with something higher up in the tree than it did with me and my camera:

 

Reader Comments (2)

Keep an eye on our website, www.stanfordbirding.co.za for the upcoming Stanford Birding Photographic Competition 2011. Regards, Philippa

May 13, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPhilippa Castle

Thanks Philippa - I'll take a look at that!

May 17, 2011 | Registered CommenterTanya

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