This is my playground! How lucky am I? I spend many, many hours running through this sort of landscape. There are always surprises in store.
This morning was no exception as I trotted up through thick, dewy fog that frosted my eyelashes and made everything closed in and cold, I was rewarded with bright sunshine, sparkling fynbos and happy sunbirds and sugarbirds above!
Some trivia for today…last week I entered the Africa Geographic “wittiest caption” competition…(yes, yes, I know I should really be working, but any distractions welcome at the moment!)
Turns out, I won! A wonderful wildlife calendar. Am I lucky or what?!
This is the pic…and this is my entry:
I am borrowing my post today from Lucia Rodrigues – our local Black Eagle expert and blogger. She has been out and about establishing how many eagle pairs have started nesting around the Karoo National Park and beyond…
Black Eagles are known to adorn their nest with little sprays of green vegetation. This usually happens in the very beginning stages of nest refurbishment, months before the first egg is laid.
Ian Newton, (Population Ecology of Raptors) has a very interesting theory about this practice. He claims that it is used as a sign to passing eagles that this nest is taken.
Green vegetation fades within a couple of days. If a passing eagle is looking for a suitable nesting cliff, it can immediately tell that there is an eagle pair in attendance if there is some greenery in the décor!