If Pelicans are my favorite ocean birds, then Secretary birds are my favorite land birds. Loooove these guys. Don’t ask me why, I just do.

As a kid I always wondered where they store all the notes they keep as secretaries….

©Mariette du Toit, 2011, The Note Keeper

As pelikane my gunsteling see-voëls is, is sekretaries voëls my gunsteling land-voëls. Ek kan net nooit genoeg van hulle kry nie.

As kind het ek altyd gewonder waar hulle al die notas bêre wat hulle as sekretaresses moet maak.

Birding locations are usually associated with thick forests like Brazil or wild coasts like you find along the coast of Isle of Skye. A semi-desert environment can’t really be all that great for birding, right?

Well, what do you know… when it rains in Namibia, the birds come to decorate our skies and trees. A true birders paradise and one of the best spots in Namibia besides the Caprivi Strip and the Epupa Falls is the Etosha National Park.

©Mariette du Toit, 2011, Eurasian bee-eater

Woestyne word nie regtig vir eenselwig met voëls nie. Woude soos in Brasilië of water ryke lande soos Indië is baie meer gewild onder die voël kykers. Maar as dit reën in hierdie woestyn dan versier die voëls ons horison en beblom ons doring bome.

Een van die beste voël kyk areas in Namibië naas die Caprivi en die Epupa valle, is dan Etosha Nasionale Park.

I wonder how much there is under the deep waters of the ocean that we have never seen or heard about? When I was a child, the Loch Ness Monster (Nessie) fascinated me. Today I’m more interested in the lurking secrets of the ocean. What I wouldn’t give to have a peek at the undiscovered wonders.

©Mariette du Toit, 2018, Skeleton Coast

Ek wonder hoeveel dinge daar diep onder die water is, waarvan ons nog nooit gehoor het nie, of nog nooit gesien het. Toe ek jonger was, het die Loch Ness Monster my totaal en al fassineer. Maar vandag wonder ek oor die monsters in die see – wat is daar wat ons nog nooit gesien het nie. Wat ek sou gee om te kon uitvind…

I have to admit, it amazes me every single time that I find a tree growing out between rocks, or little stream emerging from the sand. But what amazes me the most is a plant that can grow in the dunes.

Dunes? How on earth? It is a hostile environment to say the least, the rain is less than nothing and the heat ridiculous. And yet… here they are.

© Mariette du Toit, 2018, Namib Desert

Ek moet erken, plante wat net uit niks uit groei, fassineer my eindeloos! ‘n Wilde vy wat so kronkel-kronkel tussen die rotse uit, ‘n stroompie water wat sommer hier op die oopgrond begin vorm en dan enige plant in die woestyn. Hoe op dees aarde?

Ek meen, duine sand is nou nie juis ideaal vir plante nie. Dis onmoontlik warm, die kondisies verander die heeltyd, geen reën… en tog is daar lewe in die woestyn.

No story here.

Just a photo of one of the most common animals in Etosha National Park grazing away.

©Mariette du Toit, 2018 Zebra in Etosha National Park

Vandag is hier nie ‘n storie nie. Net twee sebras wat rustig eet aan gras in die Etosha Nationale Park… en hoewel dit die mees algemeenste dier in Etosha is, kan ek net nie ophou foto’s neem van hulle nie!