Who would have thought that 1 can get so attached to a wild bird ? well I did.I got this baby chick from a friend and just fell in love with this pink noisy little bird with the big feet. Unfortunately her little sibling did not make it and we could not find the nest or parents.
I named her Freedom but quickly realized Cheeky bek will fit this ugly duckling better. I decided she must be a female she’s so petite, noisy and just full off attitude. We have been enjoying this wonderful experience every day, raising this beautiful bird and learning how intelligent and clever Crested Barbets are. I raised Cheecky bek on mealworms, porridge and fruit. Cheecky bek was a really hungry chick when I got her and she loved her food. Cheecky bek made sure you heard her when she’s hungry and of course her favorite till now is her baby porridge even though she’s not a check anymore.2 months has passed and Cheecky bek is beautiful her colors is bright and her singing music to your ears. Cheecky bek has 2 regular visitors Boelie & Kie 2 Crested Barbets, they sing outside in the garden and when Cheecky bek answer them they come to the window or sliding door and very curious comes and see who this stranger is. Cheecky bek flies outside and explore outside. She calls now and again and when Boelie & Kie join’s her in a tree she sometimes fly back home to me or my husband to make sure we are still close by for comfort. Cheecky bek comes to me for her porridge early morning and then before she goes to her nest in the afternoon. She sleeps in an old tree branch in our house that previous Barbets or Woodpeckers had their nests in. During the day she plays outside and eat sand, insects and fruit. It’s really interesting to watch her while she explore outside she loves sand, leaves and water to take a bath in.
Cheecky bek is very jealous of our Squirrel kids and don’t like it when one of them wants tlc from one of us, it’s really funny to see how she puff’s up and intimidate them with her colorful feathers and open beak.Cheecky bek likes her 2 feather friends in our house my 2 Parrots but I don’t think they are too happy with this cheeky colorful bird that’s been here for a while and has taken over the household. We had a few really funny moments with all the animal kids. When she sees me in the afternoon she’s so happy and starts to sing trrrrr trrrrr flies to me and greet me with a nibble on the cheek with her beak if she says where have you been?
I was on my way home from a safari and near Letaba camp (Phalaborwa) in Kruger National Park on H9 I got a troop of Chacma Baboons aka the Cape Baboon in South Africa crossing the road.
Baboons are very social animals and like grooming and playing. They communicate through body attitudes, facial expressions like you can see on the pictures, vocalizations and touch. They have many human like futures like raising their eyebrows or giving a grin.I love watching Baboons and stopped to take pictures of them. I saw these 2 youngsters and could not help to smile and enjoy the silliness.
They chased each other stopped and crab each other like if they had a secret it looked like they are dancing and if both of them wanted to lead the dance. It was so funny I laughed by myself and thought they are so similar to humans. At a stage it almost looked like they tickled each other it was so cute to see their facial expressions. The rest of the troop moved away and they knew they had to run for it to keep up with them. They were like 2 naughty kids jumping grabbing each other and in the one pic it looks like the one wants to pull the other ones tail. They took off in the last picture you just see dust as they follow the rest of the troop in a hurry.
I always stop to watch the Baboons and took interesting pictures over the years. I have never seen dancing Baboons like these 2 youngsters in my 16 years in Kruger Park. I really enjoyed the funny moment and love sharing my pictures and this experience with other people. I am sure these pictures will put a smile on your face.
Many people never experience the amazing aerial displays of the male Korhaan. The male flies as high as he dares into the sky and then pulls in his wings and fall to the ground like a falling stone. Just before he hits the ground he opens his wings and do a landing all to impress the female nearby. It’s a beautiful show to see this falling stone and then suddenly the wings opening and then he’s gone, safely landing on the ground. If you lucky and the female is close by he wil start to dance for her and show his red crest. It reminds me of the song ….I like to move it move it… !!!!
It’s really wonderful to witness and every time I see it it gives me goose pumps. On my wish list – I want to take a picture of the falling stone and then spreading the wings to do a safe landing but I have never been so lucky it always happens so fast you never expect it and it always happens when I am driving in Kruger National Park. The picture attached is of a female Korhaan I got near the road after a male did the aerial display for her.
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