Monthly Archives: December 2016

they know about us

I feel small, vulnerable, almost insignificant before the penetrating stare of this beast who passes before me. Our eye contact is unnerving. I am ashamed that so many of my brothers have found sport in the killing of these magnificent … Continue reading

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starling on UN blue

A starling has returned to his perch above UN Drive. Two of them, actually. They have built a nest hidden deep in the hollow of a power pole. Lady starling, very discrete as the pair fly direct to their secret nest, her … Continue reading

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curiosity between species

Two shadows circled down from a nearby palm to scramble into the branches of a mimosa tree overgrowing our path through Old Embassy Compound. Plantain-eaters, often timid, usually keep their distance, but today we were allowed a closer look. The two birds … Continue reading

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kite sailing the sea-breeze

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the morning rounds of Plantain-eaters

A pair of Plantain-eaters pause briefly in a tree top on the grounds of Old Embassy Compound, Monrovia, before cruising on to their next perch. Easily identifiable in flight, the flash of white wing patches snap a staccato accent to their … Continue reading

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yellow-billed kite

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three kites above the sea

Rising thermals from the sea become a playground for kites. Scores of them soar and dive and play where the sea breeze climbs above the bluffs of Mamba Point in Monrovia. Their screech-and-trill makes me think of whinnying horses. A game they … Continue reading

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elegy for a leopard

The details surrounding the death of this leopard are unfortunate. According to Elie Tobi, scientist and curator for the Gabon Biodiversity Center in Gamba, the body of this leopard was recovered in November of 2009. “A leopard was caught by an illegal … Continue reading

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Monrovia view from the Ducor Hotel

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Senegal parrot

Not sure of the tree species flowering in the back garden but this morning it was busy with Senegal parrots. They seem to relish the flower spikes.

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