The purpose of this blog is to show off John Lofgreen's Alaskan world through his wildlife art and nature photography. It will explain his painting techniques, and report on his latest activities including exotic journeys around the world.
Before heading to South Africa I contacted Birdingpal South Africa, and made plans to spend a day birding with a local couple, Malcolm and Sue. They graciously spent a day taking Tom and I to two nearby nature reserves, Marievale, a wetland, and Suikerbos, a grasslands habitat. Both places were loaded with birdlife.
There were many Amur Falcons perched on wires in open areas all over the countryside. This is the female, the male lacks spots.
The Black Heron is known for holding it's wings in a canopy over the water to create shade that enables it to better see fish under water.
Long-tailed Whydah. This is the gaudy male. The plain female looks like a different species altogether.
The Whydah's long tail makes it fly awkwardly but with it's own labored grace.
Swainson's Francolins are common chicken-like birds of the grasslands. We saw many more of them in Kruger Nat. Park.
Suikerbos is the only place I saw Red-eyed Bulbuls.
Mocking Cliff Chat reminds me of the White-rumped Shamas I saw in Thailand.
A strikingly beautiful dove. The male Namaqua Dove. The huge thorns belong to an acacia tree.
Suikerbos is also the first place I saw some of Africas famous large mammals. Baboons, Wildebeests, Zebras, Elands, Blesbok, and Springbok. They were all too far away for decent photos.