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A grey heron caught my eye when I noticed it had caught something at one of the dams in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. I was puzzled by this, as there are NO fish in the Kgalagadi, but then again it could have been a frog. As I drew closer I realised it was snacking on scaly-feathered finches! 

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The heron would walk around the dam making himself smaller and holding himself lower than usual, and as the finches came to drink he would grab them, then dunk the fluttering creature in the water, and hold them there. I am not sure if he was trying to drown them or make the feathers more palatable but either way he swallowed the little finches live and hole.

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In the 60 minutes I spend at the dam he must have had at least four finches before he eventually flew off.

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As a child my father used to take photo's of almost everything and that is where my passion for photography started. Then my husband gave me my first camera, a Minolta that changed my life. As my interest grew in photography, I upgraded to new and better equipment. I hope my shots elicit an emotional response in the viewer. My favourite place in the world is the Kgalagadi. To me this place just has some magic in its bones and many of my photos, as well as much of my blog content, is born there. This deep connection to the animals and bush, is quite simply the love of my life. My hope is that you will feel my deep love and respect for animals and nature through my photographs and in reading some of my blogs you can experience a little what I see when I am out there, doing the thing I love most. You can read more on my adventures and see more of my photography on my website

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