COUNTING ZEBRAS

First, there was one simply enjoying the sun:

Then there were two … look at the interesting pattern on the right-hand zebra … so much better seen here than in a zoo:

Before long there were zebras three, looking up at you and me:

At a waterhole there were many more – surely a sight you could adore:

BIRDS IN ADDO

I have featured the antics of this Cape Wagtail before. Here it is perched on a vehicle roof before fighting with its reflection. These birds are commonly seen both at the picnic site and in the rest camp area:

One of the birds that make me feel satisfied after driving through the Addo Elephant National Park is the Pale Chanting Goshawk – usually seen perched atop a bush as this one is:

Evidence that spring is on its way is this (possibly – I am not good about identifying fleeting glimpses of canaries) Brimstone Canary collecting soft items with which to line its nest:

It is always pleasing to see an Ant-eating Chat too:

Helmeted Guineafowl can be surprisingly difficult to photograph for, despite their size, they move quickly through the grass near the edge of the road:

A bird that gives one plenty of time to focus on is the Grey Heron. This one is patiently waiting at the edge of a waterhole – and I mean patiently: it was there for a long time before it moved a muscle:

ICONIC WARTHOGS

Many people around the world might well have made their first acquaintance with a warthog when they ‘met’ the delightful animated character of Pumbaa in The Lion King – what a lovable character he was! Warthogs are delightful to see in the wild:

This one is eating. These ones are drinking at a waterhole:

The cheerfulness of their bearing – and especially their habit of holding their tails upright when they run – is captured in this delightful print by Hazel Gearing:

This stylised design graced the bonnet of a bakkie we saw in a carpark during the National Arts Festival:

At the same festival were several creatures made from wire and beads – including this warthog: