As a field guide, the lifestyle we lead gives us ample opportunity to grow our appreciation for animals that most others cannot. It often becomes more about the smaller, ‘rare’ sighting and you will see how we start to bounce with excitement.
Working at Nambiti Plains for 4 months now, these smaller finds will often make my whole week even more exciting!
Birds are a huge part of what we do and more likely to be over looked by most people because witnessing a huge male lion walk past your seat is jaw dropping!
Last week a pair of crowned cranes blow my mind, and this was all while having one of my most successful big 4 (rhino, lion, buffalo and elephants) game drives on the Nambiti Game Reserve.
Sitting for about 20mins with my guest to explain how both male and female grey crowned cranes take part in courtship, it was breathtaking to hear them call, watch them as they bow, jump and dance for each other.
Found mainly in grassy flat lands and savanna’s, nesting in somewhat wetter areas. Here in South Africa and up into Kenya we get the smaller of 2 subspecies, identified by a large red skin patch above the white face.
It was truly awesome for me to be in the right place at the right time. These birds have been on the endangered species list since 2012 and their habitats are still under threat today!
Until the next mind blowing animal crosses my path, I am very content with having these moments as memories!
Jason Janse van Rensburg