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June 10th 2012
Published: June 10th 2012
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Today we had two morning presentations, one on psychiatry and mental health, the second on some statistics associated with health and aging. We then headed out for the official game drive in Mokolodi.

After the game tour (with a good female guide), we had a large campfire and a very nice brai with beef, beef sausage, chicken, salad, bean salad, coleslaw, and mealie meal with a tomato sauce. I'm sorry to say that Africa has some fantastic simple starches. We had excellent views of the southern hemisphere constellations. My clothing smells of woodsmoke, so I'm off to start laundering.

Birds both M and I have seen on this trip thus far:


• White-breasted cormorant
• Reed cormorant
• African darter
• Egyptian goose
• White-faced duck
• African jacana
• Common moorhen
• Cattle egret
• African spoonbill
• African sacred ibis
• Black-winged stilt
• Common sandpiper
• Crowned lapwing
• Blacksmith lapwing
• Swainson’s spurfowl
• Natal spurfowl
• Crested frankolin
• Helmeted guineafowl
• Common ostrich
• Red-crested korhaan
• African fish-eagle
• Southern pale chanting hawk
• Dark chanting hawk
• Little sparrowhawk
• Speckled pigeon
• Rock dove
• Red-eyed dove
• Cape turtle-dove
• Laughing dove
• Grey laurie (Grey go-away bird)
• Common cuckoo
• Coppery-tailed coucal
• Red-faced mousebird
• White-backed mousebird
• Common swift
• African black swift
• South African cliff-swallow
• Pied kingfisher
• Woodland kingfisher
• Brown-hooded kingfisher
• White-fronted bee-eater
• Lilac-breasted roller
• Southern yellow-billed hornbill
• Southern red-billed hornbill
• Green wood hoopoe
• Crested barbet
• Acacia pied barbet
• Golden-tailed woodpecker
• Grey-backed sparrowlark
• Fork-tailed drongo
• Pied crow
• black-headed oriole
• Arrow-marked babbler
• African red-eyed bulbul
• Dark-capped bulbul
• Olive thrush
• Sentinel rock-thrush
• Long-billed crombec
• Southern black flycatcher
• Pririt batis
• Chinspot batis
• Cape wagtail
• Crimson-breasted shrike
• Southern boubou
• Southern white-crowned shrike
• Cape glossy starling
• Common myna
• Red-billed oxpecker
• Amethyst sunbird
• White-bellied sunbird
• Southern double-collared sunbird
• House sparrow
• Cape sparrow
• Yellow-throated petronia
• Blue waxbill
• Green-winged pytilia
• Yellow-fronted canary



Birds I've seen but M hasn't:


• Black-headed heron
• Red-winged starling
• Common starling
• African hoopoe



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