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Gualala Arts Lecture Series presents:
Birding and Unrivaled Game Watching
in Southern Africa

with Bryant and Diane Hichwa
Monday, January 11, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Admission is $5

Join Bryant and Diane Hichwa on January 11, 2010 for a visual presentation of Southern Africa. Their safari combined birding with unrivaled game watching in some of Africa's most remarkable wildlife areas of South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, and Botswana, all captured by Bryant, a semi-professional nature photographer.

The Sea Ranch couple visited game reserves in the "bush" of northern South Africa, vast and pristine Namibian highlands, ochre-colored dunes of the Namib Desert, lagoons of the Skeleton Coast, game filled waterholes of Etosha National Park, backwaters of the Okavango Delta and the savanna of Chobe National Park on the Zambezi River. All provided incredible contrasts.

Birding and Unrivaled Game Watching in Southern Africa Birding and Unrivaled Game Watching in Southern Africa

In Makulu Makete, a private reserve in the northern South African bush known for its "rewilding" of cheetahs and hundreds of baobab trees, they observed Wild Dogs (Painted Wolves), an elusive and endangered species that is making a comeback where protected.

Habitat variety through the countries allowed them to see Blue Crane, Monteiro's Hornbill, Malachite and Great Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Stork and Pearl-spotted Owlet among many other birds.

The safari combined views of beautiful scenery with waterholes and rivers that draw in mammals such as Roan and Sable antelope, Kudu, cheetah, and black rhino for which these regions are famous. They end their visual safari in Livingston, Zambia, marveling at one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World, the spectacular Victoria Falls.

Diane and Bryant Hichwa, past presidents of Madrone Audubon, travel extensively, photographing and enjoying the natural world. This presentation will be Bryant's first on wildlife. He has previously talked on the physics behind musical instruments.

Birding and Unrivaled Game Watching in Southern Africa Birding and Unrivaled Game Watching in Southern Africa

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