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November 12, 2007

À Espera das Chuvas

de Petra Ballings e Bart Wursten

Stereospermum-kunthianum-3-_compressedPara quem vive nas Montanhas Vumba do Zimbabwe, as nossas visitas regulares ao Parque Nacional da Gorongosa são lições recorrentes de extremos. Não só viajamos de 1700m de altitude para menos de 40m, como também experimentamos os mesmos extremos, no sentido inverso, no que toca às temperaturas. De um clima de montanha fresco e agradável como o de Vumba, onde ocasionais dias nebulosos mantêm tudo verdejante ao longo do ano, mergulhamos num calor opressor e sufocante.

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Waiting for the Rains

By: Petra Ballings and Bart Wursten

Stereospermum-kunthianum-3-_compressedLiving in the Vumba Mountains of Zimbabwe, our regular trips to Gorongosa National Park are recurring lessons in extremes. Not only do we travel from 1700m altitude down to less than 40m, we apparently cross the same boundaries in reverse where temperatures are concerned. From the cool and pleasant mountain climate of the Vumba, where occasional misty days keep everything green throughout the year, we plunge into an oppressive and stifling heat.

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O Derradeiro LBJ

de Bart Wursten

Short-winged-Cisticola-1-GN_croppedUma música suave, que soa um pouco à “mis-sis-sippi-ippi”, emana do capim em volta de Chitengo e das encostas baixas da Serra da Gorongosa. É o apelo de um pequeno pássaro chamado “Short-winged Cisticola” ou Cisticola brachyptera, nomenclatura esta, aliás, que significa “short-winged cisticola” . Por vezes, o senso comum prevalece na atribuição do nome científico.

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The Ultimate LBJ

By: Bart Wursten

Short-winged-Cisticola-1-GN_croppedA soft repetitive song, sounding a bit like mis-sis-sippi-ippi rises from the tall grass around Chitengo and on the lower slopes of Mt Gorongosa. It is the call of a tiny bird called the Short-winged Cisticola or Cisticola brachyptera, which, by the way, means short-winged cisticola, so common sense prevails even in scientific name giving, sometimes at least. 

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