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Tayla Brown


Tayla grew up largely on a farm in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, where she developed her love for nature. After completing school she spent time in Botswana before studying EcoTourism management in Pretoria, which served as a springboard into a guiding career at Phinda ...

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Tayla, Thanks for a nice intro to the Sandgrouse! We will look for them on our next visit!

Beautiful photos. I was told by guides that the father carries water to the chicks in his breast feathers. Is this true?
I love these birds as well very much.
As their nests and the tiny chicks are so inconspicuous on the ground, are they not in danger to be run over by cars, especially during off- roading?

Hi Tayla, I appreciate so much this description of the Sandgrouse and I smiled at the image of them gathering like chatting ladies at tea time! Who knows what they are “talking about “… I always stop to look closer at small animals, insects in particular, every time there’s something new to learn from small creatures. Butterflies often shine with beauty as dragonflies while others melt with the environment the same way some birds do…

Lovely post Tayla and you are 100% correct – a wonderful perspective on starting the day!!

Thank you Tayla for your story on the sand grouse, they are some what very interesting birds. Their feathers
are beautiful and their chatting to each other very amusing. Pretty birds and we need to look at them more often.

Tayla, thank you for this informative story about the Sandgrouse. I will pay more attention on my next drives and look for these pretty brown speckled birds. I loved your description of their “secret ceremony” and can picture them at water’s edge, chittering with each other.

Tayla, great blog about the sandgrouse. Seeing the variety of wildlife at Londolozi is always welcome.

Quite remarkable that you were able to get a photo of the chick! Great photos and story, thank you!

Thanks for the interesting intro to this lovely little bird Tayla, and I wholeheartedly agree with your concluding remarks!

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