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James Souchon

Field Guide

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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on Spring has Sprung

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As migrants arrive with you, they are leaving us in Switzerland and autumn approaches. Fewer barn swallows this week – by next week, they’ll be gone.

Marinda Drake
Master Tracker

Spring must be my favourite season. It feel like a fresh start after winter. Love all the flowering trees. The great photos in the golden hour. Waiting for the first rain to fall. The warmer days. Love it.

Christa Blessing
Senior Digital Ranger

What a wonderful photo of the Emerald Cuckoo!
And yes, I am really looking forward to you starting to welcome guests back. Can’t wait!

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

Hi James
hope you are both OK !
Enjoy the bush for us as well !

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Dina and Guido, we are both doing very thanks! I am sure you can’t wait for your next safari!

Dina Petridis
Senior Digital Ranger

we will have to wait !
If we are still alive May next year : Zambia 🙁

Francesca Doria
Explorer

How wonderful blooming trees look! Birds are striking and the Senegal Bush male is a real Leopard King.

Mary Beth Wheeler
Guest contributor

It would be nice to be a migratory bird and wing my way back to Londolozi! Soon, I hope!

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

That’s a lovely blog, James. I always feel wistful when you talk about having sundowners as they’re just not the same in our back garden. Tell me, are you guys drinking all the gin the guests would normally have?

James Souchon
Field Guide

Hi Suzanne, we have to keep practicing so we don’t lose our touch when all of our guests come back!

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

James, I loved all the photos, especially the leopard in the tree

Nicole Bernhardt
Senior Digital Ranger

I love spring and all the newness that comes with it. I’m also really looking forward to the first rains.

Barbi Evenson
Digital Ranger

It will be so nice to share spring 🥀with you …it is one my favorite times of year… and even more so as we are going into our fall🍂which is another favorite time of year…

Linda Mansell
Explorer

What a superb collection of photos, especially the rainbow … took my breath away. What was the bird/animal on the rock on the left?

The flowers and bird photos are so upbeat with the colours and I love the giraffe reaching up to where no other animal can get to, apart from birds.

Thank you for sharing the excitement of Spring.

Linda Mansell
Explorer

PS: I see it’s not a bird on the rock – four legs! Klipspringer?

James Souchon
Field Guide

Well spotted! You’re absolutely right it is a Klipspringer!

Jean Culbertson
Explorer

Beautiful shots that capture the wonder of it all!

Kara Taylor
Digital Tracker

Love the warmer months in the bush! Woodlands Kingfisher is the sound of the bush to me LOL. Going into autumn rather quickly in Canada. Great news about welcoming guests, and I hope to be there again one day soon.

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

Spring ushers in a rejuvenation of the ecosystem and most interestingly nature remodels & decorates the savanna in its own personalised way. nature always best teacher & artist

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

Beauty personified by the sweet image.incredible how nature moults itself to beautify the wilderness

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

powerful insight into migratory birds. while researching more on migration behaviour l uncovered how birds over feed to acquire excess fat reserves which act as fuel for the long haul flights.Birds have inbuilt compasses on their nostrils that serve to aid or sync/align their navigation which includes celestial compass aids too.birds can even afford to sleep while in flight because their brains have literally two hemispheres making them switch off one partially without harming the trip itinerary.Cuckoo also classic examples of brood parasitism.

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

promising signs of life depicted by the bright hope embodied by new vibrant colors

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

beatiful giraffe image feeding on knob thorn tree.animal boosting pollination exhibited

Cally Staniland
Senior Digital Ranger

What a wonderful time to be visiting Londolozi. I love that short period of spring when it’s not too hot, the light is just perfect and one awaits the arrival of your summer visitors. We are watching the last of the bee eaters leave now, the Marsh harriers, cranes and flamingos. We welcome the rains and the cooler air but the silence is deafening.

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

loving the flexibility exhibited by the giraffe.posture to some extent aids sexual dimophism.male and female exhibit contrasting resource partition feeding adaptations.head posture influence

Ashely Ndebele
Senior Digital Ranger

incredible insight on golden hour prevalence.

Carly M
Explorer

Great write up today James! Any word on when guests can return yet?

Wendy Macnicol
Digital Tracker

Dear James. Such an interesting and beautifully photographed article! Also enjoyed the Emerald Cuckoo! Lovely. Thank you very much. Wendy M

Paul Canales
Senior Digital Ranger

Lovely essay and wonderful pictures in this dispatch James! Thank you!!

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