Close encounter with an American Avocet. I was on the walkway between two ponds when this dude flew straight toward me. I thought it was a flyover, but he dove down and landed few feet away. Followed by a string of “Danger, Will Robinson!” calls. Puzzled, I looked at the direction where he came from and saw bunch of workers cleaning out the area. Maybe the bird was trying to warn me? Or maybe he was asking me to kick those intruders out? 🤔
Liben Lark, Archer's Lark, Sidamo Lark - whatever you call this bird it is one of Africa's rarest species. Fewer than 250 individuals of this boldly patterned songbird are left snaking their way through the short dry grass of the Liben plains. More at home on the ground than in the air, we spent several hours searching this dusty expanse before finding one sprinting through inch high vegetation in search of food. Spending an hour or so patiently lying on the ground resulted in this individual scurrying within ten feet of our slackened jaws. When staring into oblivion, stand tall and stare defiantly back. Hope to see you again soon.
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It’s moments like this that make it all worth it! Tons of time goes into finding and then waiting for epic moments, not just to photograph but to witness. This owlet flew for the first time, it left the ground and landed on this branch giving the perfect opportunity for a great portrait.