Lloyd Road lodgers allow photo shoot near Dempsey’s, PE.

Lloyd Road lodgers allow photo shoot near Dempsey’s, PE.

These Lloyd Road Lodgers nonchalantly allowed a photo shoot one hot summer’s day this year, all I had to do was approach slowly and calmly and the scene was mine for the taking. Close up they are distinctly beautiful. They used to be called the ‘Dikkop’ bird, an Afrikaans word meaning ‘thick head’. Their name has been changed to “Thick Knee” bird.

Here’s a post from “Neseier”, a great young blogger living in the Karoo. ‘Neseier’ is Afrikaans for ‘nest egg’. Here she shares her experience of the Thick Knee:- https://greatgardenbirds.wordpress.com/2016/03/13/three-thick-knees/

From Wikipedia:- “The spotted thick-knee, which can reach up to 45.5 cm (17.9 in) in height, has long legs and brown-and-white speckled plumage which provides camouflage making it difficult to spot the bird in the grasslands and savannas where it roams. Its head is large and round with a prominent yellow eye and a short, stout beak. When in flight or standing in a characteristic position with its wings raised, it shows a striking contrasting pattern. Its legs are long and yellow and the tibiotarsal joint is expanded giving it the name “thick-knee”.

The spotted thick-knee is nocturnal and squats on the ground during the daytime making it difficult to spot. It hunts exclusively on the ground, feeding on insects, small mammals and lizards. It also nests on the ground, lining a scrape with grasses, feathers, pebbles and twigs. The female typically lays two eggs, and males and females rear the offspring together, with both bringing food back to the nest. The birds will defend the nest and adopt a defensive pose with wings spread and tail cocked and will even peck an intruder. Sometimes they will fake injuries to lead predators away from the nest.

The spotted thick-knee is native to the grasslands and savannas of sub-Saharan Africa. Its range extends from Senegal, Mali and Mauritania in the west to Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania and South Africa in the east and south.”

quite tame yet cautious thick knee birds

Quite tame yet cautious Thick Knee birds

 

 

inquisitive yet guarded

Inquisitive yet guarded

 

exposed watch of the thick knee bird

Exposed watch of the Thick Knee bird

 

Addo Elephant Park is just an hour from us at Dempsey’s.

Addo Elephant Park is just an hour from us at Dempsey’s.

When booking your stay with us at Dempsey’s Self Catering Guest House, please remember to work in enough time for a visit to the Addo Elephant National Park; it’s just a short drive from us and you won’t be disappointed. No two visits are the same, always exhilarating, always memorable. We are looking forward to visiting the park in September, National Tourism Month.

vygie flowers

Vygie flowers

Close-ups to delight

Close-ups to delight

This baby was five days old when we saw it.

This baby was five days old when we saw it.

Intoxicating to witness

Intoxicating to witness

views from matyholweni rest camp, addo park, south

Views from Matyholweni Rest Camp, Addo Park, south

top-to-tail buddies

Top-to-tail buddies

mesmerizing scenes at waterholes

Mesmerizing scenes at waterholes

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