Spring is a time of renewal and rebuilding. This Southern Ground Hornbill is gathering nesting materials. They are quite large birds, some approaching 4 feet tall. It is traditionally quite an important bird in many African cultures, and the birds themselves are treated with great respect as a result. Yet despite this esteem, they are now an endangered species due mainly to habitat loss. Renewal and rebuilding is a constant struggle and a critical function for these unique birds.
After having involuntarily taken most of the last half of the year off in 2021 due to injury, and with the pandemic seemingly waning, the sense of renewal and rebuilding that comes with spring is even more powerful for me this year. It is going to be a busy summer here, the schedule is filling up quite quickly already, but hopefully it won't fly by too fast for me to enjoy it. Fortunately, I don't move quite as fast as I used to so that shouldn't be a problem! :D