|Cycads - Encephalartos middelburgensis|
It felt like I had just closed my eyes for 5 minutes when It was time to get up and go birding.. At 04:29, not normally a productive time for The Lazy Birder, the first bird I heard was Natal Spurfowl followed by Black and Red-chested Cuckoos, Woodland Kingfisher and a Rufous-cheeked nightjar calling close to the house.We bundled our cameras and selves into a Landcruiser game viewing vehicle and set off into the dawn. By 05:30 our list was already at 23 and counting. We stopped for a Black Cuckooshrike that was calling and heard a Woodpecker tapping in a nearby tree. As we watched and listened I became aware of a vaguely familiar call in the background which bugged me as I tried to place it. Suddenly it dawned on me..............trogon!!! Narina Trogon, identified for the first time on this farm and pretty close to Gauteng too. The light was pretty bad as it was overcast so photograph opportunities were non-existent at this stage but we tried some shots anyway, just for the record...opening my photo account with a Violet-backed Starling female.
|Violet-backed Starling - Female|
So for what it is worth, here are the best of a really bad bunch of photographs..
|Levaillants (Striped) Cuckoo|
|Lazy Cisticolas were common and very vociferous|
|African Quailfinch - biggest flocks I've ever seen...|
|Denhams Bustard Flypast|
|Spike-heeled Lark - showing the spike heel for which he is named|
|Lesser Kestrel - female settling into the roost for the evening|
And lastly so that the mammals also have a place here.....a slinky Cape Clawless Otter which we observed from a tall cliff overlooking the Olifants river which runs through the farm..
|Cape Clawless Otter - see the webbed hind feet through the water?|
Adolf and I had to leave on Saturday afternoon as I had other obligations to perform on the Sunday but I really hope to go back one day and do it all over again....and again.....and again....but will probably have to wait until next years bird count (if I'm lucky)