The Martial Eagles are Nesting!
Early one morning, the bush creatures are in a buzz when they hear strange sounds – klee-kleeou-kuleee! Yet, it has nothing to do with bees. They’re in a tizzy. Those strange sounds belong to martial eagles, large birds of prey. Two newlyweds are building their nest among very tall trees in the area, using all sorts of dried out sticks and grass.
‘How glad we are to hear the martial eagles calls! If they’re nesting here, our environment is healthy, and we can expect good rains, growing the savanna[i],’ Hoopoe hoop-hoops, opening and shutting his crested head feathers like a fan.
‘I’m glad they’re here rather than making their nest on those high electric pylons which run through our habitats. It’s much too dangerous for them and their chicks,’ croaks Bull Frog, appearing among the tufts of grass near the waterhole.
Suddenly, Honey Badger joins their chit-chat, making hoarse krhrya-ya-ya-ya sounds. ‘Those martial eagles weigh almost as much as my favourite fruit – wild watermelon – 14 pounds[ii] and–’ but a small yellow bird with a black-masked face interrupts him, ‘How do you know all this stuff? You’re only . . . well you know . . . what you are!’
Stubborn Honey Badger is not the kind of creature to upset, so all the birds remain quiet while he jog-trots about like a horse before answering, ‘Every now and then, I grab some watermelon in the lodge kitchen, and I listen when the humans talk. I’m not scared of the martial eagles, but they are very vun-ne-ribbel[iii]. So, we must leave them alone, otherwise all the martial eagles in the world will die and then what?’ No one wants to upset Honey Badger and so they all agree to leave the young martial eagles in peace.
[i] Savanna = grasslands
[ii] 14 pounds = 6.350 kilogrammes
[iii] Vun-ne-ribbel = vulnerable, on the endangered birds’ list
About Maretha Botha
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