It has been a long while since I've written, half a year to be exact! It is really scary how swiftly time passes by, and how so much can change in so little time. The girl I was then wouldn't recognize Merlyn today.
I visited the Kruger National Park in November of 2018. I had always wanted to one day visit the world-famous Kruger but it seemed to me like a distant dream I had no road map to. It was a dream come true, a living adventure for me to travel to the Kruger for the Raptor … Continue reading A little hide at Lake Panic
We must accept finite disappointment but never lose infinite hope - Martin Luther Jr- If you have been following vulture conservation reports in Southern Africa in recent years, you would agree to that the plight of this guild of raptors is rather dire and as it seems, another sad extinction story could be on the … Continue reading Soaring in spite of the odds!
I'm told and I know that: When I'm gone, the sun will still shine, The birds will do sing and fly like gravity is not a thing. I know that time will go on, second to second And all that was, will no longer be mine Oh it's sad to know that when I'm gone … Continue reading After I’m Gone
Civilisations rise and fall, but the Hawks stay the same ~ Helen Macdonald~ Sometime early last year I sat in my Professor's office catching up and suddenly he remembered he had something to tell me. He told me with great excitement that the annual Raptor Research Foundation conference would be in Africa for the first … Continue reading Raptorfest in the Kruger
1.Tell us about yourself. Hi, I am Bettina Boemans, 36 years old. I come from Duisburg, Germany where I with my parents and sister. I studied mechanical and environmental engineering and I work as an engineer for a steel production company in my city. When I was younger I enjoyed taking part in lots of sports like … Continue reading Fascinated by Vultures – Bettina’s Story
All rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place whence the rivers come, thither they return again. ~Ecclesiastes 1 vs 7 KJV Bible~ I'm yet to visit the ocean, yet to experience the peace and serenity the vast expanse of blue has to offer in its views. Those who've … Continue reading A Plastic Globe.
Culture opens the sense of beauty ~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ If you did not grow up hearing legends and fairy-tales I'm sorry but your childhood must have not been fun. I grew up on so many legends, I swear they were the most memorable part of my kindergarten syllabus, its a pity they were not testable. … Continue reading A sacred bird, a Beautiful Culture
Birds themselves are so interesting and intelligent, and they give many cues without being verbal, so they such great things. ~Bibhu Mohapatra~ The Southern Ground Hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri) (hereafter referred to as SGH) is a bird of high cultural importance in many southern African communities. It is called the rain bird and a strong belief that … Continue reading Saving the Rain-maker Bird
'A Ship in Harbor Is Safe, But that Is Not What Ships Are Built For' -John A. Shedd- Anisha is a Nepali girl who believes in simplicity and humanity. She is also a graduate student in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying prey selection in migratory birds of prey. She is an avid traveler, tree hugger, nature lover and most importantly … Continue reading An Asian girl in Raptor Biology