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Big Sky Of South Africa
Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa

Marcelle’s Fotografie:
Endlose Weiten Südafrika’s
Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

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‘Big Sky’ is normally used as a term describing the sky over the vast wide empty space in Montana, United States. As we travelled the Karoo in South Africa this term crossed my mind as well, all the while as I was admiring the arid landscape which stretched on endlessly.

Karoo, South Africa

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Mit ‘Big Skies’ ist normalerweise der sich unendlich bis zum Horizont erstreckende Himmel über Montana in den USA gemeint. Diese Beschreibung passt jedoch auch ganz gut für die Karoo in Südafrika, ging mir durch den Kopf, während ich bei unserer Durchreise die unendlichen Weiten der ariden Landschaft bewunderte.

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Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

Marcelle's Photography: Big Sky Of South Africa Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, South Africa Marcelle's Fotografie: Endlose Weiten Südafrika's Karoo National Park and Camdeboo National Park, Südafrika

 

New Bethesda – The Owl Town At The End Of The World

Our visit to New Bethesda, a tiny town in a surprisingly fertile valley in the dry vastness of the Great Karoo, boggled our minds as an Swiss compatriot invited us spontaneously to his hand-crafted, outrageous home of architectural excellence.

“Is the town still coming or are we wrong?” The tar turned into a bad dirt road, so the question of George was eligible. I’d been here about four years ago but it looked even more backwards and abandoned now as we jolted and navigated around the many potholes. Continue reading “New Bethesda – The Owl Town At The End Of The World”

Juvenile Martial Eagle Left Behind

(Video) In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we observed a adult Martial Eagle leaving its nest while the juvenile aagle ate its lunch after calling its parent intensively.

In the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we observed an adult Martial Eagle leaving its nest while the juvenile Martial Eagle ate its lunch after calling its parent intensively.

Short Facts about the Martial Eagle

Habitat

Sub-Saharan Africa, with a reasonable possibility to spot them in protected areas such as Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (where we took this video) or Kruger National Park, South Africa and Etosha National Park, Namibia.

Size

This is the largest eagle in Africa which wingspan can get over 2.5 meters and weight can be  slightly over six kilograms.

Diet

The martial eagle is one of the world’s most powerful raptors. Their diet consists mainly of birds like francolins, guineafowl, bustards, young ostriches, storks, herons, other waterfowl, hornbills and queleas. Other than that they also like to feed  on reptiles like  lizards and snakes and mammals like hares, hyraxes (dassies), mongooses, squirrels, rats, genets, foxes, monkeys, young warthogs and small antelopes and just about anything that moves.

Reproduction

The mating season is mainly between November and April. Martial Eagles build their nests in large trees, sometimes up to twenty meters off the ground with sticks. With usually only one egg every two years the reproduction rate is very slow. This is due to the juvenile birds remaining dependent of their parents for a relatively long period of six to twelve months.

Conservation

The low reproductive rate and its need of large territories make the martial eagle vulnerable in a world where there are not much wild spaces left.  Their numbers are severely declining because of shooting and poisoning by farmers, as the raptors are wrongly thought to be a major predatory threat to livestock. Collisions with power-lines and steep sided water reservoirs where many birds drown, are further reasons that their numbers are dwindling.

Additional protected areas must be developed and programs to educate farmers set in place to preserve the Martial Eagle and other endangered species.

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The Place Of Big Noises – Augrabies Falls, South Africa

We camped at Augrabies Falls National Park in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa in the middle of summer when the sizzling heat takes its toll on plants and wildlife.

An extraordinary experience to see Augrabies Falls and to hike along the rugged gorge.

While only the toughest plants survive the harsh conditions and water was at its lowest level in fifty years. Wildlife with antelopes, giraffes and birds was still surprisingly abundant.

I’d been curious about this place since I’d bypassed it after visiting the Kgalagadi National Park last time. Impressive cascades in the middle of the vast sun baked lands in the Northern Cape Province of South Africa? I had to see this proclaimed sixth largest waterfall of the world this time. Continue reading “The Place Of Big Noises – Augrabies Falls, South Africa”