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
Max the hen and Whitefoot the kitten share a moment. We have an Albino Pigeon, named ‘Buzz’ that was born on our property and even though he has left the nest, he does return from time to time. This rather fat fledgling made a recent appearance and we suspect it is the offspring of ‘Buzz’. … More Bits n’ Bobs
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
Relaxing with the paper on a sunny Sunday morning. My father, from a few years ago. Ark.
Cindy. Dog day afternoon … in winter. Long range shot of an African Harrier Hawk (Gymnogene). Max among the geraniums. The next door neighbours recently acquired two (formally) feral kittens ( for their young son, apparently) – the wife works at the zoo so although not confirmed yet we presume this was where they came … More Bits and bobs
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
Female Amethyst Sunbird Benji on the front wall. Our resident Garden Orb Weaver. Hasn’t moved since she established her web among the lavender. Milkweed Locust. Mané – ”Did you see that?” Painted Lady Mr & Mrs. Flycatcher Ark
Today is World BEE DAY – thanks to Roda over at Indigo Acres for the heads. up. To celebrate and to maybe prompt some of you heathens to go out and plant some bee friendly plants, here are few shots of some of these fine creatures that visit the Ark’s Spot. Amegilla visiting lavender. We can … More Bee Aware!
Was greeted by this sight from over the other side of the valley as I wandered to the edge of the property, coffee in hand this morning. Probably just some seasonal burning off of scrub. I hope it was nothing worse than that? What’s the buzz? Benji watching the fish Diadem. Another Thyreus (Cuckoo) Bee … More Bits n’ Bobs and odds and ends
‘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.