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Dur­ing a re­cent visit to An­gela’s Sa­fari Camp in Klaserie Pri­vate Na­ture Re­serve next to the Kruger, we saw a won­der­ful ex­am­ple of cam­ou­flage. Our guide stopped near a rocky out­crop and said, “Can you see the owl?” We looked for about five min­utes un­til he even­tu­ally had to point it out to us. The owl was a spot­ted ea­gle-owl and she was sit­ting on a nest, su­perbly cam­ou­flaged in a way that only oc­curs in na­ture. It re­minded me of an­other owl sight­ing, this time in the Tim­ba­vati Game Re­serve. We were watch­ing hye­nas when some­one saw a move­ment in a tree nearby. We looked up and there was a white-faced owl on her nest in a tree orchid plant. She was also per­fectly cam­ou­flaged. Two great ex­am­ples of na­ture look­ing af­ter her own.

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