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Dean de la Rey

Alumni Ranger

Dean was a guide at Londolozi from 2018 to 2022. He grew up in Johannesburg and it was from his very first trip to the bush at the age of two that he was captivated by this environment (he claims he can remember ...

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on The Young Flamingo That Needs Explaining.

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Wow! This is an amazing sighting. Lovely to see these different bird species where you don’t expect it. We saw pelicans at Sable Dam near Palaborwa in Kruger and African Skimmers are now regularly seen in Kruger. We have seen flamingoes in Mozambique. It could have come from there. I believe Nata in Botswana was flooded with a lot of rain this past week. The flamingo can be from there aswell.

Hi how nice to see a flamingo but as it is lonely I wish it to be able to reach its flock. I love the impala in the background

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Let’s mark this Flamingo as a good omen to the start of 2021! Happy New Year Dean and Londolozi!!

That is incredible!!!!

He is quite beautiful! Hope he survives and maybe find where he wanted to go. Victoria

Wow Great sighting – it was probably just as perplexed as you – like how did I end up here (and where is here )

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he is maybe waiting for climate change and inondation !

Very interesting. Hopefully this bird will find its family group again.

So unusual! What’s happened to her since? Is she still visiting Londolozi or has she flown off to continue her journey?

Something has gone wrong in recent weeks with how you pictures are displayed. On the initial website, they are fine, but if I try to enlarge them, I just get a question-mark, or meaningless data. This happens regardless of whether I am using Apple Safari, or Google Chrome.

FYI, there were two juvenile Greater Flamingos seen around Djuma on Safari Live. Wonder if this is one of them.

Well that was a nice surprise to see this wayward bird. Do you think it will eventually find its way to where the rest of these birds go? A really interesting blog Dean and thanks for sharing with us. Be well and stay safe.

Interesting! Thanks for sharing!

I wonder if it’s one of the same ones that was spotted on Buffelshoek a couple weeks ago?


Looking forward to learning more about the wander life birds…

Hi Dean! If it is the same individual, there was one, seen in the Northern Sabi Sands, first on Buffelshoek property and then around Elephant Plains.

Unusual sighting. Whatever the reason for it’s arrival, I hope it can successfully continue to it’s final destination. It looks so lonely.

This is a fascinating development. This might be a silly question Dean, but what is the survival expectancy of a lost bird like this flamingo? Will it attempt to get back on it’s migratory track, or will it stick it out in it’s new environment?

Lovely to see an unexpected visitor to your neighborhood ☺️..we see a lot in the Mediterranean ..wonder if it’s one of ours that strayed away 🤣. Super read thanks Dean🙏

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