Among my favorite birds, they are the smallest parrots on the African mainland They nest in cavity of trees like mopanes and acacias close to water. Monogamous, they like however to stay in small groups. They spend time foraging the ground eating grass, fruit and seeds. They were named Lilan’s lovebird from the beloved Lilian […]
Ile de France – Bougival – In summer they are purplish-green iridescent with yellow beaks. They prefer to live near human settlements. Traveling in large group, the species is partially migrant . They are gregarious and spend their time forming groups, which can reach more than one million of birds. they sleep in community dormitories […]
They always need an open space like a lawn, a field to feed of invertebrates or insects on the ground. Unfortunately they also love fruit and can fall on an orchard, vineyard by thousands being then very destructive.
Ile de France – Bougival – The short-toed Creepers and the common Creepers are similar, they can be identified mainly by the difference in their song, however, the short-toed Creeper is more present in Ile de France.…They are found in woodland and feed on insects, larves, or spiders under the cork of the tree.
It is a small passerine which climbs up and down the trunk of the trees making small hops like a spiral.
These birds belong to corvid species and are beautiful as their feathers reflect the UV light. When they communicate or are nervous they often raise their crest. They are very clever and can imitate human voice and more. They make their nest to breed high in a tree, up to 10m in coniferous but preferably […]
This trip to Zimbabwe took place in October and it was very hot. The daily temperature was around 40° in the shadow at noon and we generally left for safari around 4 pm. KANGA CAMP – Mana Pools NP. Kanga was a very nice place situated quite near the only pan of the area. The […]
It’s early morning, the weather is stormy when we leave the camp and the landscape is dressed in pastel colors, nature is waking up! The wildebeests are everywhere; we decide to stop the car and wait. After a while, a herd seems to be on the move to cross the river. We are in the […]
The “Heath River Centre Lodge” is on the Heath river, which marks the frontier between Peru and Bolivia; nothing to see except some local miners looking for gold. Soon after leaving, except the splendid crescent of the moon, the night was complete. The boat had no lights and followed the indications of someone lightening the […]
PARO : The landing in Paro airport was a bit impressive but the weather was good…After flying one hour or so above the huge white dissected range of Himalaya, the plane began to go slowly down but facing the mountains. I could not see any runaway to land but the very near slopes. I looked […]
After 7 hours drive from Kampala with a boring driver who did not say a word, we arrived at the hotel near the park of Bwindi at the end of the afternoon. The hotel was in the lush at the foot of the gorilla mountains. The view was beautiful and the number of rooms being […]
15/6 – After 2 hours of flights, we landed in Manado… For those who thought North Sulawesi is only a luxurious jungle, be prepared to a shock, Manado is just a big over crowded town with a lot of traffic jams. GARDENIA COUNTRY INN The traffic is everywhere, but the Hotel Gardenia Country Inn […]
I met some groups of the rare and very endangered Golden Langurs in Bhutan while visiting the Zhemgang area. It is a mountainous country with lush forests where they like to jump from tree to tree. The construction of bridges on the rivers allowing the langurs to cross on the other sides has caused a […]
Rapa Nui is the local name of Easter Island, famous by its mystery Moai statues The Moaïs are supposed to be the representation of the Chief of a clan or his Ancestor There are about 887 Moaïs on Rapa Nui. The culture Rapa Nui was at the top between 880 after JC to around 1680. […]
This picture shows miniature trees at the top of the volcanic chimney. What is surprising is that they are in fact adult birch trees of may be 20 years old or more. They should be of 20 to 30 m height with a trunk circumference between 40 to 60 cm. The composition of the chimney […]
Little Makalolo in Hwange National Park was a great place to see wildlife. The lodge is situated near a pond with a fantastic hide. I spent hours there looking at every movement from birds to mammals. It was hot, quite peaceful, with just few birds drinking. I was nearly wondering me what I was waiting […]
In 1502, Christophe colon arrives at the Panama Isthmus. In 1510 Spain begins the colonization, but it is in 1880 that Ferdinand de Lesseps inaugurates the beginning of the works. The disease and the bad administration led to a financial bankrupt in 1889. In 1894, a new Canal Company begins the construction of a canal […]
The Panama Canal is long of 80km connecting the Atlantic to the Pacific; it goes trough the mountains and is at 95m above sea level. It takes about 8 to 10 hours for a boat to cross it. The canal is constituted of 3 main parts: the Gatun Lake which is the result of an […]
The Gabar Goshawks belong to birds of prey. They live in couples during the breeding period and “divorce” after to assume alone their own life… When making its nest, it has been noticed that the Gabar Goshawk tries to keep spider webs around the nest to hide it and also to protect its chicks […]
We were on a safari in Zambia, Kafue National Park, the sunset was beautiful when we stopped near a pond to look around about animals as usual. Everything was quiet; there was nothing special until one hippo strolling around decided to go into the water. Its bath was then quite surprising! It began suddenly to […]
We are still wondering what could be the hippo reasons to roll like a barrel? It might be because of some ticklings or insect bites that it could not scratch, who knows? Planetstillalive-Gallery of Mammals
In Africa, Cheetah lives in open areas like savannah, from there it can better observe its future preys, like impalas when hunting and it also has an overview on possible predators overall when it has cubs. Most of the time, if there is a rocky bump, the cheetah sits at the top to look around. […]
This happened during a safari, we were waiting in the savannah to take pictures of a herd of Zebras, when suddenly some elands came running and jumping one after the other very close to us. These animals, at least the male can jump up to 2m and the young one 3m. I am not […]