Painted Wolves & Bustards

Two new images from South Africa today. The Black-bellied Bustard was found in central Kruger. It was the breeding season while I was there but I didn’t get to see any displaying birds. I spend a lot of time each year looking for Nightjar nests closer to home, and imagine that looking for nests of these birds might be equally challenging, although with the constant threat of large predators. The Painted Wolves shown here are a very small part of a pack that I was hugely fortunate enough to spend watching for half an afternoon. After patiently waiting for the dogs to wake, the reward was watching their ritual greeting ceremony, a bit of play, then the teamwork of the hunt.