The Martial Eagles are Nesting! by Maretha Botha
The Martial Eagles are Nesting!

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.

Stories from South Africa by Maretha Botha
The Hoopo!

‘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.

Stories from South Africa by Maretha Botha
Martial Eagle

‘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.

Stories from South Africa by Maretha Botha
Honey Badger

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!’

Stories from South Africa by Maretha Botha
Martial Eagle

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

Stories from South Africa by Maretha Botha
Maretha Botha

About Maretha Botha

Amazon AUTHOR PAGE – Maretha Botha 

African Adventure Books:

Book 1 – Flame and Hope: An African Adventure

Book 2 – Friends: An African Adventure

Book 3 – The Orphans’ Plight: An African Adventure

Book 4 – Trails and Trials: An African Adventure 

Meet Maretha Online:

Fauna Park Tales Blog

Maretha’s Blog: A Reflection of a Writer’s Journey

Fauna Park Tales Facebook Page

Maretha Botha Facebook Author Page

 

Trails and Trials: An African Adventure (Fauna Park Tales Book 4) (Kindle Edition)


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Release date July 18, 2017.

 

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