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Nick Tennick

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Nick has always loved the outdoors and never turns down an opportunity for an adventure. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, where he grew up, Nick spent a gap year in the Zimbabwean bushveld which truly sparked his love for wildlife and conservation ...

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on Keeping Cool in the Delightfully Warm Summer Heat: Birds

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Fantastic series Nick! Who would have thought there could be so many unique ways that animals use to regulate their body temperatures?!

Thank You, Denise. There is more than meets the eye with so many bird species.

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Super article, super photos

Hi Ian, Thanks for reading.

Thanks Nick for this interesting blog on Keeping cool!
Some of the ways to keep the chicks cool are really amazing.

I’m glad you enjoyed it, Christa.

The complexity and simplicity of these solutions are truly remarkable.

All animals, both big and small are remarkable out here in the bush. Thanks for reading Vin.

Great ending to the series. Lovely photos to go along with it as well. I was wondering just today it our -30 Celsius weather how birds stay warm ! A question for another day 😊

Thank you Kara. Wow that is some cold weather you are having. That is a good question, perhaps a good idea for a new series!

Nick very interesting story on the birds way of cooling themselves from the heat. The African sun is brutal and can cause havoc omongest the birds. I certainly have learnt something from your story. Wonderful foto’s as well.

Hi Valmai, I’m thrilled you enjoyed and learnt something from the blog article.

The Grey Heron and White Stork are common here in Europe in spring. People are particularly gond of storks as symbols of new births and good luck. I especially like the African Green Pigeon, so gorgeous and- are fathers the ones who flow to immerse in water and fly back to their chicks to refresh and hydrate them? Lovely. The black-winged stilt is a very nice bird too. I like their descriptions and all peculiarities of different species

Hi Francesca, Thanks for commenting. A number of the Stork and Heron species migrate to Europe when the temperatures begin to cool in the southern hemisphere. The white stork is a great bird to see on safari at Londolozi. With monogamous species such at Herons, both the male and female are responsible for feeding and hydrating the chicks. The Double banded Sandgrouse is cable of storing water in its breast feathers and can transport it far distances back to the nest.

Fascinating! I’ve seen gular fluttering, but hadn’t heard the term for it before. I’d hate to be a baby heron in another life. 😂

I really love this series Nick, and the birds are super fascinating!

Hi Paul, I’m glad you enjoyed it.

Thank you Nick for a very interesting and informative article. It was a great learning experience. Wildlife is amazing at how it adapts and survives.

Thank You for reading, Carol. Wildlife never seizes to amaze me on a daily basis!

Really remarkable and interesting! Thank you!!!

Thank You, Anita.

So fascinating; I love birds!

Birds are so cool and interesting to learn about as well as look for on game drive especially when the bigger animals are hiding in the bush.

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I love birds of all kinds. Just yesterday a watched a hummingbird take a bath in a water fountain I have at my house. It flew up and latched it’s tiny little feet on the moss growing on the stones …then ever so gently dipping it’s head, with its long beak into and underneath the water. Splashing all the way. I was totally consumed in the moment and so thankful to be a part of it. Thank you for the great photos & articles…

In my first visit to Londolozi in 2013, I wrote in the guest book, “Came for the leopards, stayed for the birds.” I still feel that way.

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