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Patrick Grealy

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Patrick was born and raised in Johannesburg and from a young age dreamt about living in the bush. He grew up going on family holidays to Madikwe in the North West where his passion grew. After high school Patrick went to the Eastern ...

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Francesca Doria
Master Tracker

Nature is always amazing and these animals are no exception. Dungle beetles are among my favourite arthropods! Really incredible how strong and tenacious they are. I just love the impala lamb with mum!

Valmai Vorster
Master Tracker

Patrick it’s always a stunning scene to see any animals baby. It just something to a person to see a tiny baby. I love the foto of the impala lamb they are so gorgeous. I’ m sure Londolozi is looking beautiful and lush with all the rain the Good Lord has blessed you with. Plenty of water brings life in abundance and more for us to see. The Woodlands Kingfishes has such beautiful colours. I am also a huge tortoise fan, loved the foto of this tortoise.

Great article Patrick! Gotta love those dung beetles. 😂😂 and I really liked the colorful landscape photo, so different than it was in September.

Irene Henkes
Digital Tracker

Thank you Patrick! The Woodland Kingfisher, I definitely miss him ……….

Suzanne Gibson
Guest contributor

Thanks Patrick, very interesting blog. But a nuptial dung ball….don’t think I’ll be putting that on my present list anytime soon!

Christa Blessing
Master Tracker

It must be truly wonderful to experience this lush green rainy saison after all the brown colors of the dry season. When I read your description of all this life I can nearly hear the birdsong and smell the grass and the flowers. It’s so great that you have good rains for humans and animals.

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

I completely understand your blog today, having only traveled to the countries of Southern Africa between November – April. One day I’ll try visiting in winter, but for now I love the verdant colors that begin to explode in December, peaking usually late March. The air is flooded with the scents of flowers, grass, earth while the sudden thunderstorms fill the parched water holes from the previous year.
So keep enjoying all the new life surrounding you!

Gawie Jordaan
Senior Digital Ranger

Thank you Patrick! I love the Dung Beetle. All in all a scientist perhaps to. Using the shape of the ball to move it around. Even though the ball is much bigger than itself. A question. When a poop drops, a beetle pops. How do they know it? Can they “smell” it?

William Paynter
Senior Digital Ranger

Spring time and new life, this time of year is so refreshing. Beautiful pictures thanks.

Cally Staniland
Master Tracker

What a super blog filled with fun facts and lovely photos Patrick. I certainly miss this time of the year in SA, particularly the birds. Brings back many wonderful childhood memories. Oh to hear a Jacobin Cuckoo or a Woodland Kingfisher ….🙏🏻

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