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Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Game birds, evening skies and mountains.

Game birds abound here on the farm, among them helmeted guinea fowl, Swainson's spurfowl, (francolin), and common quail. The spurfowl and the quail, wait until the last second before exploding out from right under your feet. To hunt them you need a good pointer and retriever dog. Guinea fowl tend to run low on the ground all in front of you. 

Above is a photo of a helmeted guinea fowl. At the moment the guinea fowl are moving around in small groups of three or four as they have chicks. Your chances of spotting a guinea fowl chick are very slim, their camouflage is excellent and they flatten their bodies on the ground under any sort of cover while the parents lead you off. Later in the season the guinea fowl will gather in large flocks.

The southern buttress of Nthabamhlope, (White mountain). The vertical, almost concave cliff on the left is a several hundred feet drop.

1 comment:

Jerry E Beuterbaugh said...

My mom always wanted to get some guineas on account of how good they are at eating insects and being watch dogs (so to speak).