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Shinde’s main area is built in between a beautiful canopy of hardwood trees which, during this time of the year, is a hive of activity with many different species of birds nesting and raising their young in this densely lush and protected area! It is always fascinating to see blue-grey fly catchers feeding their fledglings whilst on the move or the Meyers Parrots who turn part of the deck into a war zone, dropping bright orange mangosteen berries from a considerable height as they turn the canopy into a feeding frenzy!

The fire deck and surrounding areas truly transforms into an avian paradise during the hot summer months. One of our residents who we see fluttering about from branch to branch is the Chinspot Batis, a tiny fly catcher like bird who is often not noticed in the chatter that one will hear sitting and enjoying a cup of tea on the deck however if you look closely you will see this industrious little bird flying back and forth from his cup-shaped nest he is building and protecting  on the branches over-hanging the high tea area!

Indeed, the Batis is an example of the saying dynamite comes in small packages. My guests are always blown away by how this small bird spends restless days and nights fending and protecting its nest from the enemies like tree squirrels and various snakes who may be interested in stealing the eggs snakes by mobbing them away.

Observing the behaviour of this bird and of the many others who inhabit the Shinde forest makes one realise that sometimes focusing and learning about the smaller wildlife can be as fascinating and interesting as anything else on safari.

Observing the behaviour of this bird and of the many others who inhabit the Shinde forest makes one realise that sometimes focusing and learning about the smaller wildlife can be as fascinating and interesting as anything else on safari.

Blog story and images by Sam (Professional Guide at Shinde)