Lazy Cisticola, Marakele National Park, South Africa by Sabrina Colombo

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The best photos sometimes happen when you expect it the least. Especially with birds. Funnily enough, every time I see a feathered friend and I get ready to take a photo, it always flies away! I am sure it happens to many of you as well.
However, on this occasion, the unexpected happened. I was walking around on top of the Lenong Viewpoint, in the Marakele National Park, admiring the proteas and the stunning landscape of the mountain range. I was looking for lizards, elephant shrews and Cape vultures, who nest in the nearby cliffs (Marakele hosts the largest Cape vultures colony in the world!).
Suddenly, I lifted my head, and I saw that this tiny, brown bird landed just in front of me, on top of the closest bush! Slowly, I raised the camera and, with great surprise, the bird did not fly away! In fact, it posed for a good minute before it decided to fly away, following the call of another bird.
Maybe this lazy cisticola was just too 'lazy' to fly away and it rested a while before taking off!
Thank you nature for gifting us with special, unexpected moments every day!

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