A few weeks ago while out one morning near our hyena densite, we spied a bird in a nearby Jackalberry tree. It was clearly a raptor, but a juvenile, and as such, slightly harder to identify with a quick glance. We stopped and trained our binoculars on it, but with lions roaring nearby, we decided to leave the bird for the time being and try for the big cats instead. I snapped a quick few shots for a later reference but promptly forgot about them.
A couple of days later, fellow ranger Lucien Beaumont entered the Ranger’s Room after morning game drive and presented us with a photo of a bird which he at first glance had also not been able to identify. He will deny this and claim he knew what it was straight away. Anyway, upon seeing Lucien’s photo, I realized that it was the same bird we had seen a few days previously. This was confirmed when Lucien described where he had seen it, which turned out to be only a few hundred metres from our sighting of the bird.
Now, the Londolozi Rangers pride themselves in being able to solve any problem and surmount any obstacle, no matter how big (we draw the line at non-Euclidian Geometry). Imagine our horror when it took us at least TWO MINUTES to ID this bird!
We are therefore throwing out the challenge. Who can tell us what bird this is? The Answer will be revealed on the blog next week, and the winner(S) will receive the lifelong respect of the Londolozi Ranging Team.