Ich chönt dWält umarme!
Oh wie glücklich sii sich doch guet ahfühlt!
Being happy is an extremely humbling privilege – I can barely contain my smile and stop myself from hugging everyone and everything right now!
Last week has been extremely rewarding, challenging and just so absolutely fulfilling!
If you know me then you know that I’ve never really favored any sort of animal over another one, but I most definitely never had a keen interest in birds.
Ask me again, please.
BIRDS ARE FASCINATING!
They are absolutely breathtaking creatures – from the tiniest, unidentifiable (well, Charles can) LBJS (those are just some small brown birds that all kinda look the same) to the magnificent and royal martial Eagle – team A had quite the successful week IDing many, many birds.
Of all the 970 species found across Southern Africa we managed to ID about maybe100/120 while viewing them, saw a couple nests and heard them calling constantly.
I learned so very much and I’m just so incredibly impressed with how fast this knowledge sticks to my brain!
On Wednesday we headed out on an excitedly awaited sleep-out.
We packed up everything and drove out – ah just read about it here, Charles put it in perfect words (on the Bushwise Blog here):
“We also thought we would head out for a Sleepout and everything looked good as we headed out to a “room with a view”. As students started collecting firewood and were settling in to the new surroundings, something suddenly changed…… And change can happen very quickly out in the bush, especially when it comes to the weather! We saw some threatening black clouds build up in the distance earlier, but when the wind all of a sudden picked up (and sent a few sleeping mats, bags and tables flying) we knew we could be in the wrong place at the wrong time. All of a sudden, the clouds in the distance were on us with lots of lightning striking close by. Being quite exposed, the decision was made to rather play things safe and head back to camp. Camp was packed up in record time, and we were all lucky enough to get back before the storm really hit, but unfortunately it seemed to have just blown over.”
Basically we drove back – which was an adventure filled trip in itself.
Just shortly after leaving the reserve and driving over to our campus we came across 2 male lions!
They were casually chilling, a couple meters apart from each other, wondering what we were, under our covers, rain ponchos and in our land rovers…
Absolutely stunning how close we managed to be – Nature is beyond fascinating!
Back to birds, though!
We continued with game drives, ID’d even more birds.
Besides birds we saw some general game (like Nyalas – those antelope in the first photo), some more special sightings and apparently the other groups had some luck with lions.
We all got to do some more ARH practice – dry runs.
I might not have told you about those just yet. Basically we get to do stuff with guns. Big ones!
We are currently practicing all the different exercises we are going to be required to excel in, if we want our Advanced Rifle Handling certificate.
You might ask why we would need to be able to shoot?
Be not afraid, we aren’t going to hunt. We love nature way too much to harm it purposefully.
It is a necessary skill to know and have if a guide ever wants to go on a trail and lead clients into territory where lions, buffalo, black and white rhino, hippo, elephant or leopard might roam – these animals could potentially be dangerous to us humans. In the very last resort, to protect our clients and our lives’, the rifle is here. We are not going to act boldly, neglect the animal’s behavior and comfort zones, we are not going to provoke a charge, we are not going to shoot the animal at the first second it takes a step at us – but the rifle is solemnly there as a last resort.
We will walk in on a sighting, make sure all that we’ve learned is actually done, and we’ll safely watch and observe the animals and leave again.
So this is what this week was all about – BIRDS.
Our feathery friends.
Oh and did I mention that we occasionally have about 2-5 grey herons and a juvenile African fish eagle, right in front of my hut, in our dam?
Two of the coolest sightings this week were seeing a martial eagle, perched on the top of a tree, looking about as majestic as it could get.
And this little creature:
A tiny owl.
Does anyone want to hazard a guess what kind of owl it might be?
No worries, if you don’t know.
Just sign up for the Bushwise course! *wink wink*
The absolute highlight of the weekend (besides being able to watch the cutest puppy ever on Saturday and having a relaxing, quite evening in), you might ask?
I managed to FINALLY upload this – and am now proudly able to share with you what I wanted to do so forever ago!
So what can I say about the last couple weeks, in general?
It’s been about as amazing as this past week sounds like!
I can barely believe that we are about halfway thru our school-time at Bushwise. Time has flown by way too quickly.
Would I want to change anything? I don’t think so.
Do I hope for something special to happen? YES! I want to remain HAPPY! 🙂
I’m ready to take on the next couple weeks, months, years, decades that I get to stay in the bush!
If anyone would like to come visit – send me a message! 🙂
Please always stay humble & happy. Go dream big – make it happen!
It’s the best feeling ever, living your dream 🙂
Lotta love from somewhere out in nowhere,
your Swiss nomad.