Monarch on Pumpkin Leaf. Robber Fly alights on the stoep table. Gemsquash. Homegrown. Weighed in at a whopping 683g! Frozen cake on a hot summer day! Another Ems beauty Mantis On Lily. A selection of some of the veggies and fruit harvested from the garden this month. This particular pumpkin is called a Marina di … More Bits n’ Bobs
Long Tailed Blue (I think) snacks on some lavender. Lilies by the pond. Grassveld Sylph Home-grown gemsquash and some zucchini. Harvested this morning. Number 7 looks on. Two Striped Skimmer. This was rescued from one of the cats. We think it was newly emerged as it’s wings didn’t appear properly dry. Bougainvillea Wet Dove on … More Up the Garden Path
Rock Pigeons. Giving me ‘The Look.’ ”Someone’s leftovers? No thanks!” Glossy Starling. Popped down to investigate some fruit from the wild plum tree discarded a few moments earlier by an Olive Thrush. He flew off without touching it. Fiscal Flycatcher on the back wall during a break in the rain. Feeding the nipper. Grey Louries … More Watch the birdy!
So, I’m at my computer when I hear this never-heard-before bird call, and anyone who like birds will guess my reaction. Out the chair grab the camera and run to the garden with the words ”What the hell is that!!!!!” on my lips. After identifying where the call was coming from – the large acacia … More Watch the birdy. New Species!
Continuing with my toilet roll seedling experiment. The roots of this butternut seedling have pushed through the damp cardboard and it’s now ready for planting out. Tomato seedlings coming along nicely. Butternut in seed modules. Sunbird visits a Strelizia. One of the chickens may be suffering from what could be Merek’s disease ( a … More Bits n’ Bobs
”Saturation.” White Bellied Sunbird at Strelizia. Photographed yesterday afternoon.
Say what? Rock Pigeon pops by for a visit this afternoon. Ark.
Olive thrush. Female White Bellied Sunbird. Photographed this afternoon. Ark.
Three birds, on a cold winter’s day. Speckled Mousebird Glossy Starling Cape Wagtail. The Wagtail is an infrequent visitor to our spot and I initially heard her rather than saw her. Being quite a small bird it took me a few moments to locate her. Ark
Pepper Pig birthday cake. Collected two days ago Emily’s Cakes ”Hey, don’t lick my dress!” Catherine is not impressed by the attentions of Baxter as he tries to check out her new school gear. Baxter and Friend. St Georges Street. This is a looong drag uphill! With the building of our wall still in … More Birds, Baxter & Bits n’ Bobs
Unlike their cousins, the speckled mousebird, who visit on a daily basis, the Red-Faced Mousebird is a rare visitor. Indeed, so infrequent that, in the 18yrs I have lived here this is only the third time I have seen it and managed to photograph. A small group of six landed among the neighbours’ fruiting … More Watch the Birdy