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It’s mid-rainy season here in Niger, West Africa, and the trails are beautifully green! There’s nothing to please the crew of Ishtar’s Ark as saddling up and going for a beautiful hike! As soon as Sheba knows where we’re going, she’s happy to lead the way! This time, we were heading for the healin jirgi [...]
When I started birdwatching a few years ago, I never thought I would learn to differentiate the sounds of various birds, but these days, it is the cry of a bird I’ve never heard before that calls my attention when I ride by, as opposed to spotting the bird by sight first. I love discovering [...]
Niger is full of birds, and at the seasonal lakes, we often encounter water birds. The Black-winged Stilt [Himantopus himantopus] is a regular encounter during this part of the year. It’s a beautiful and peaceful long-legged bird (around 30-35 cm tall) who spends most of its time looking for insects in the water. The males [...]
I have several favourite places in the West African bush, …and the oasis of Midik is one of them. My love for Midik (in particular, the seasonal waters of Midik) is shared by horses and dogs alike. My mount Sahara was a bit upset that I was on the ground taking pictures, rather than being [...]
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One of the things I love about riding through the Zinder bush is the vast number of birds we encounter… The chestnut bellied starling is a permanent resident of my part of the world (this is not its first entry on this blog…), …and such a beautiful little creature! I love the rust red chest [...]
Our princess Kalahari is turning three years old today! It was long since she was a little baby filly, being looked after by my only slightly older Rhodesian ridgeback from Sweden… Today, she is a stunningly beautiful young barb adult horse, and well-shaped too! Kalahari is strong, both physically and psychologically. Personalitywise, Kalahari is a [...]
Although I only discovered birdwatching a couple of years ago, it feels like I’ve been doing it for a long time. It’s such a natural part of numerous visits to the Zinder bush. The Grey Heron is one of the many species we encounter. It’s a little rare compared to other species, but recently, Sheba, [...]