We are woken at least half an hour before sunrise every morning by the loud greetings of the Hadeda Ibises that roost in the fig tree overnight. Their droppings are splattered on the ground underneath their perches and I frequently find their feathers dropped all over the garden. Less easy to see are their footprints:

Although we have occasionally seen Vervet Monkeys feeding on the figs, they are not yet common in our town. We are more likely to see them along our roads and in national parks:

Of course one does not only have to rely on the spoor / footprints to indicate the passing of animals and birds. These droppings are a clear indication of a Chacma Baboon:

Moving to the coastline, it is easy to see where a seagull has been walking along the beach:

It is good to keep a close eye on the ground when walking to see what else has passed along the way before you.



30 thoughts on “PASSING SIGNS

  1. Liking the pairing of the trace followed by the source…



  2. The benefits of keeping your eyes to the ground. 1976 was such a hot year that I walked around barefoot. A newsagent once asked me what I did about dog shit. “I look out for it”, said I. Quick as a flash he replied: “I try to avoid it myself”


  3. Yes, it is always good to watch your step. Today, at a friend’s here in town, we were touring her garden and came upon a bird house with its metal post pulled down to the ground and a pile of bear scat confirmed who did the deed!


  4. I like the footprints, but the Chacma Baboon is worse than the geese and their goslings where I must continually look down and do a poop and tick check before heading home.


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