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Last year I stayed at Vi­lagama Pri­vate Game Lodge near Mook­gophong. There’s a big marula tree on the prop­erty and I heard the sound of a bird peck­ing at wood. I could hear the bird in the canopy but I couldn’t see it, so I pulled up a chair and waited. Af­ter a while, a crested bar­bet made an ap­pear­ance. It had been in­side the tree trunk the whole time – I couldn’t be­lieve how it man­aged to squeeze through such a tiny hole! WILLIAM MAR­SHALL, Pre­to­ria

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