Tag Archives: birding

Little bits of progress

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Hello sun-lovers! We haven’t quite sorted out the internet issues yet, but I’m trying to steal a bit of time wherever I can to upload some of the many posts on my mind.

As a means of getting up to date, let me share with you a number of goals from my 101 list that I’ve been working on over the last few months…

Keep reading…

Overheard in an orchard

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Said the Robin to the Sparrow:

‘I should really like to know

Why these anxious human beings

Rush about and worry so.’

Cape Robin chat

Said the Sparrow to the Robin:

‘Friend, I think that it must be

That they have no heavenly Father

Such as cares for you and me.’

~ Elizabeth Cheney ~

Sasol Bird Fair 2013

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Recently Ninja and I attended a Bird Fair at the Johannesburg Zoo. My main reason for attending was the three-hour workshop they offered for beginner and advanced avian photography, so unfortunately I didn’t spend too much time perusing the stalls at the Bird Fair itself. Still, it was a great day and I took a few pics during our stroll around the zoo.

I’m not going to post in too much depth about it now, though, as Ninja and I have plans to take a trip to the Pretoria Zoo soon, which is rather more impressive (from what I recall). So for now I’ll let the pictures do the talking 🙂

Kori bustard

Kori bustard

Friendly spider monkey

Friendly spider monkey

Ninja greeting the monkey

Ninja greeting the monkey

Puma

Puma

Such a beautiful big cat

Such a beautiful big cat

Autumn afternoon at the zoo

Autumn afternoon at the zoo

A pacing polar bear

A pacing polar bear

Endless, ceaseless pacing…

‘Argh, so many people staring at me!’

Lounging lioness

Have itch, will scratch

Southern reedbuck at rest

Adorable squirrels were everywhere

Adorable squirrels were everywhere

A thirsty gemsbok calf, a patient mother and a curious Egyptian goose

A thirsty gemsbok calf, a patient mother and a curious Egyptian goose

An old one-eyed zebra

An old one-eyed zebra

A very well camouflaged dikkop (spotted thick-knee)

A very well camouflaged dikkop (spotted thick-knee)

The endangered northern bald ibis

The endangered northern bald ibis

Always stunning: the peacock

Catching up is hard to do

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Hellooooo! 😀 I’m back again, after what feels like a very long weekend!

I haven’t been in hiding (unlike this stray cat in our yard)

I’ve missed sending out some rays of sunshine into the blogosphere, but I’ve really been through the wars over the past few days. No sooner had I recovered from my cold than I contracted a horrid bout of food poisoning from the Easter feast 😦

I’ve slowly been wilting away (not unlike this dying rose)

Over the long weekend I spent most of my waking hours asleep! But I’m on the mend again, I’m pleased to say.

So this is a little catch-up post to mention a few things I’ve been up to…

For one thing, we ate some of my homemade pickled beetroot for the first time two days ago. It was delicious. OK, the vinegar was a teeny bit on the strong side, but I’m sure I could tweak the recipe if needed. Otherwise, I was very impressed with the spicy flavour that came through. I doubt I’ll be buying pickled beetroot very often anymore: it’s far too much fun to make my own 🙂

The ratties have been extra cute lately; good company for their convalescent mommy…

Coffee: Gimme my banana chippie!

Coffee: Gimme my banana chippie!

I gave the girls some wholewheat couscous for the first time. They really made piggies of themselves! Afterwards Coffee could barely keep her eyes open. All she could do was curl into this adorable AdoraBall 🙂

Coffee K.O. after an epic ratty dinner

Now that autumn’s cooler weather is here, Flea loves tunneling through our fleece blankets:

Snug Fleabug

Snug Fleabug

But sometimes when she becomes too shy, she needs a push in the right direction from her sister:

C'mon, Flea!

C’mon, Flea! Don’t you see that banana chippie?

I’ve also had the chance to do a wee bit of ‘indoor birding’. I spotted this Southern boubou, a small endemic shrike, through the window this morning:

Southern boubou sneaking through the shrubbery

Southern boubou sneaking through the shrubbery

He may not be as big or striking as his larger relative the grey-headed bushshrike, but his cheery fearlessness makes up for it. He hopped closer to the window a few times to get a better look at the strange human and her camera:

Givin' me the eyeball

Givin’ me the eyeball

And he quite happily ate his breakfast right in front of me while I clicked away:

Southern boubou male

Southern boubou male

So that’s my news.

It’s good to be back 🙂

How to eat bugs for lunch

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A brief pictorial, courtesy of the green wood hoepoe

Step 1: Stab your long, sharp bill under a fold of tree bark

Step 2: Pluck the bug out of its hiding spot

Step 3: Grip your lunch tightly so it doesn’t get away

Step 4: Chug it down

Step 5: Gulp!

Step 6: Move on in search of your next snack