What a weekend!

I enjoyed another successful birding weekend at Pakamisa Private Game Reserve. These are pictures I took of only a few of the bird species which we sighted on walks and game drives. The next birding weekend will be from 6 to 9 August. A few rooms are still available!

Contact res@pakamisa.co.za for more information or reservations

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The Little Mamba at Pakamisa

The Little Mamba (my Suzuki Jimny ๐Ÿ˜Š) and I are back for another birding weekend on Pakamisa Private Game Reserve. These weekends are a most relaxing combination of enjoyable birding, superb cuisine , invigorating walks and time spent with good friends. I took this picture yesterday evening in front of the Pakamisa horse stables.

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๐Ÿฆ NEW FOR BIRD LOVERS ๐Ÿฆ

@ChristianSperkaBirding

Many of my birder friends have ‘complained’ that most of my photography posts at @christiansperkaphotography are about mammals and only a very few about birds.

I have therefore decided to start a new Instagram account @christiansperkabirding and a new Facebook page http://www.fb.me/christiansperkabirding where 100% of all posts will be about birds.

Please follow either of them and feel free to share this information with anyone else who might enjoy my wildlife and bird photography. Thanks!

I will also create a ‘Birding Read-Only WhatsApp Group’ with the same posts in case any of you are not using social media but still would like to receive the picture posts. Just send me a message and I will add you to the group ๐Ÿ˜Š

PS: The on-going bird quiz posts are separate and have nothing to do with this page.

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THE MOON AND THE OWL

It looks like the picture on the right has been photoshopped, but it has not. I took these pictures of a Spotted Eagle Owl under the bright moon yesterday evening. Thanks to two of the birding weekend guests at Pakamisa for holding the spotlights to illuminate the Owl.

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RARE AND PRICKLY

On the way back from a ‘Pakamisa Birding Weekend Owl spotting night drive’ we encountered this African brush-tailed Porcupine and its mate. It was quite relaxed and posed for a few pictures in the spotlight which is unusual for these prickly rodents. Its partner disappeared very quickly into the bush ๐Ÿ˜Š

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BEAUTIFUL HORSES

When they are not needed for horseback safaris then the horses on Pakamisa roam freely on the reserve.

I took this picture on Sunday when I met some of them on my morning game drive on the reserve.

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PRECISION

Two days ago we did a short night drive and we saw Spotted Eagle Owls, a White-faced Owl, Side-striped Jackals, a Bush-Baby (Brown Thick-tailed Galagos), a White-tailed Mongoose and a few Bark Spiders, who build every evening precision-webs to catch prey during the night.

The next morning they eat their own webs to preserve the protein for the coming night’s master-building session ๐Ÿ˜Š

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TAKE-OFF | IN-FLIGHT | LANDING

An ‘airborne’ Impala female in sprinting mode at Pakamisa! As with most herd-prey-species good photo opportunities occur once the flight instinct kicks in. If one of them starts running for whatever reason the others will follow.

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Pakamisa Birding Weekend

I am participating in a another birding weekend at Pakamisa. If you are a keen birder and/or interested in photography then this is a great opportunity for an exciting weekend. Going on birding walks and drives with Ian is great fun! And I will be available to answer any wildlife photography related questions, not just about birds:-).

Just contact Isabella at res@pakamisa.co.za if you are interested.

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Dung, beautiful dung!

That is what this beetle thought when he found some fresh droppings and started forming them into a large ball ๐Ÿ˜Š

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