|White Rhinos, above, Nyala male below,|
Kumasinga Waterhole, Mkuzi Reserve, Zululand, South Africa.
|Cygnus Hide, Kellys Swamp, Jerrabomberra Wetlands, Canberra. The brush fences screen the approaches to the hide from the birds on the water (to the left of the picture).|
|Cygnus Hide, Kellys Swamp, from a bird's eye view. Anyone sitting in the middle of the hide is now clearly outlined against the sky behind. Nor is the problem just from straight in front, as the shot below from off to one side illustrates.|
|Needless to say, the views here as elsewhere are not guaranteed!|
|This is only a section of it. As the parrots move to new sections of the clay bank (visible through the wooden supports below the hide itself) the hide is extended; it is at least a hundred metres long. Note the solid back wall.|
|Orange-cheeked Parrots Pyrilia barrabandi and Blue-headed Parrots Pionus menstruus.|
|Red and Green Macaws Ara chloropterus, above and below.|
|Yellow-crowned Parrots Amazona ochrocephala|
|Zone-tailed Hawk Buteo albonotatus.This is not the only predator to chance its arm (or wing) at the licks. An entry in the log book for the previous week described how an Ocelot sprang from the foliage and seized a macaw!|
|Ruins of Cock-of-the-Rock Hide, San Pedro, Peru, 2010, above and below.|
Fortunately it wasn't being used at the time!
When I was last there, the scene below had been dense rainforest.