A Splash of Red

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In a land that is comprised of dry sand and dust the prevailing colors are brown and olive green, topped by sky blue. More or less it does not matter where you are in the world the colors of dry landscape is always the same. Invariably the animals, birds and insects that inhabit such land always seem to be uniformly dully colored to blend into the background.

So, when you see a splash of color like bright red in such a dull environment it catches you by surprise and you want to photograph it. During our last trip to Kgalagadi it only took a brief glimpse of a Crimson Breasted Shrike in a dead thorn bush to trigger it as a target for my lens and over the space of the next week whenever I saw this bird I chased it!

Today’s blog is a simple one. No words, just the results of the chase!

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After all of this, what did I learn? Well, I was intrigued to learn that the bird feeds on both insects and bush fruits. I also found out that it has purple eyes! But most telling is the fact that the harshness of the environment in which it lives is etched in the dirt ingrained in its beak, claws and ragged feathers. It’s definitely a hard life being a Kgalagadi bird, even if you are a pretty one!

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