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James Souchon

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James started his guiding career at the world-renowned Phinda Game Reserve, spending four years learning about and showing guests the wonder of the incredibly rich biodiversity that the Maputaland area of South Africa has to offer. Having always wanted to guide in the ...

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Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

I am not a winter person. I actually want to hibernate in winter. I think every animal including humans look for a sunny spot.

Darlene Knott
Master Tracker

Add a little Amarula to that coffee and I am with you!!! 😂. I did not know that a baby squirrel was called a kitten or that a group of squirrels was called a scurry, so I did learn something new! Thanks for sharing!

Jeff Rodgers
Digital Tracker

Thanks for this post. Squirrels are fun to watch and far too under-appreciated on games drives.

Barbara Wallace
Senior Digital Ranger

Sometimes it’s the little things in life that give us pleasure! Thanks for your photos and insight!

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I’m thinking a “Bush coffee “ would be a good accompaniment to enjoying the sun whilst watching the squirrels. I’m entertained most days by a couple of squirrels that have made our yard their playground, running up and down the redwood tree. One has presented with a leg injury and zips around on three legs- animals are truly resilient!

Paul Canales
Master Tracker

Great post James, and the final paragraph is a meditation in itself!!

Barbi Evenson
Senior Digital Ranger

I like it! My husband and I with living w/our SIP… have found that sitting in our rocking chairs on our front patio with our morning brew, watching the fog back off of the ocean
and feeling then the warmth of the sun come through one of the best parts of our day… on the other hand watching the squirrels we have here in Santa Cruz steal pears off of my pear tree …. urgggggg🥴

Mary Beth Wheeler
Master Tracker

I enjoyed this blog, James! It made me smile and reminded me of many chilly drive mornings in June and July! I associate those with coffee and a dash of Amarula – what a great way to start the day!

Kara Taylor
Master Tracker

I must be part squirrel- when it’s cold I do the same thing – stop and bask in the sun!

Iris Lane
Digital Ranger

Chilly in South Africa: hallo, its the hottest day of the year so far in GB. 30 degrees and bright sunshine, phew; we’re not used to this!

Suzanne Gibson
Master Tracker

Thank you James, lovely pictures, especially the eyes shut, big s t r e t c h one, quite cat-like. I’ve just come in from my own sunbathing in my garden – not a cloud in the sky and about 28C where we live in southern England – and it’s my birthday (hurrah!) So never mind hot coffee here, it’s been a nice glass (or 2) of cold wine.

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, what a beautiful blog – I never knew who knew squirrels that was resting in Jackel Berry Tree🤗

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

Dear James, I do think that your article is quite profound and it is lovely to read something about those little guys that can be so funny. I love your photos, too!

Victoria Auchincloss
Master Tracker

love it!! Victoria

Jennifer Ridgewell
Senior Digital Ranger

African winter’s day beautifully explained, with feeling!

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

I can relate to this, now living in Malta where ‘Wild life’ is scarce to say the least and most bird life is sadly destroyed by the constant hunting seasons, anything, no matter how small it is, is a pleasure. I can spend hours watching a hummingbird moth, my resident geckos and the ever present sparrows and Sardinian Warblers.

Cheung Yc
Digital Ranger

A couple of European Red Squirrels are living on the tree in front our reading room, was always funny to watch them

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Loved this blog, James. But then I am very partial to the Tree Squirrels we have so often seen in the Bush when on holiday – usually in the area of our chalet. Delightful little animals. Thank you for this lovely restful article! Lock Down is definitely time for being lazy on coldish Winter days! Cheers. Wendy M

Michael and Terri Klauber
Master Tracker

Great to see your post James! Love seeing you in the videos too! It is about the little guys sometimes and we agree with you on the morning coffee stops!

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

Squirrels are fun to watch and I too do a lot of basking in the winter sun! Great pictures, thanks for the blog

Trish Monck
Master Tracker

We can all relate to that warm up, lol! Feels so good!

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