While mucking about in the garden with Catherine yesterday afternoon – she and her mum had come for dinner and we were checking up on the tomatoes she had seeded – she looked up and pointed. ”Look, Douglas, birds.” Good eyesight she has. Way, way up high riding the thermals was a large flock of … More Watch the birdy
Pair of Gymnogene (African Harrier Hawk) silhouetted against a deep blue Johannesburg sky. Negative space is this week’s theme over at Lens-Artists, hosted by Amy. Ark.
We have two species of Mousebird that visit, the almost ubiquitous Speckled and this one, the Red Faced. The latter rarely makes an appearance. So infrequent are their visits that this is only the second time in 18 years I’ve seen one, let alone managed a photograph. Made for a very pleasent morning! Ark.
Photographed this afternoon. Ark
Only the second sighting of this bird at our spot in almost 20 years, and the first time I have photographed it. What a beauty. As you can imagine this was a rather special encounter. I am still smiling. This takes the tally to 53 bird species photographed in the garden! 21/8/20 Ark
Bronze Mannikins. Parent and Chicks. Ark
An excited call from my son had me grabbing my camera. Gymnogene or African Harrier Hawk. What a treat this was! Photographed atop one of the trees across the road. Some of you may remember me posting a couple of shots of one of these magnificent raptors being harried by a Pied Crow a while … More Watch the Birdy
Hadeda Ibis. 14/6/2020 Ark
‘Pigeon Pals’ Rock Pigeon ( red mask) and Laughing Dove. 13/5/20 Juvenile Male Amethyst Sunbird 12/5/20 Female Weaver in Fir Tree. Green Woodhoopoe. Adult Female Amethyst Sunbird. 13/5/20 Ark.
Fiscal Flycatcher Juvenile Amethyst Sunbird. Olive Thrush. Photographed yesterday and today. Ark
Walking the dogs yesterday afternoon we came across a Spotted thick-knee, also know locally as a Dikkop, marching up and down on a piece of open land close to the road looking quite agitated. A few metres further along it became apparent why. Lying on a patch of scrub was it’s fledgling. At first we … More International Rescue! A bird in the hand …
Mane and Virgil join me at my seedlings/plants table. Masked Weaver among a patch of cosmos. Green garden path. Pumpkin climbing one of the fruit trees . (we helped it along a bit ) Tawny flanked Prinia -this afternoon. Catherine and Meeka. Meeka is 19 and our eldest cat. Agapanthas Crab Spider on Lavender Hadeda … More Birds, Cats, Bits and Bobs