Wednesday, 12 May 2021

SHADOWS & REFLECTIONS #3


Just a glimpse of the setting through the gathering storm clouds - a time for reflection on a day well spent.

OJ - somewhere on the Wild Coast

 

Tuesday, 11 May 2021

SHADOWS & REFLECTIONS #2


Cruising through the mangroves on the banks of the 
Mngazana River disturbs their mirrored images. 
This forest 
which contains all three varieties of
mangroves, covers 
an area of more than 100 hectares.

OJ - reflecting on mangroves




 

Monday, 10 May 2021

SHADOWS & REFLECTIONS #1


My theme for this week is "Shadows & Reflections" and I start the series with a photo of an early morning walk on the beach ... the caption: "No masks required"

OJ - Nahoon Beach, Summer 2021

 

Friday, 7 May 2021

BLACK-COLLARED BARBET


The Black-collared Barbet is called a Rooikop-houtkapper in Afrikaans which acknowledges two characteristics of this common forest resident:
1. it has a red head, and
2. it uses its formidable bill to chop holes in dead trees to form a nest.
The nest is excavated to a depth of 15 to 25 cm into the vertical trunk of a tree by both sexes.  The sound of their hammering at a dead tree usually leads birdwatchers to their nest-building activity.

OJ

 

Wednesday, 5 May 2021

OLIVE WOODPECKER


This photo of an Olive Woodpecker emphasizes the sharpness of its beak which it uses to peck the branches in its search for insects.

OJ

 

Tuesday, 4 May 2021

A LATIN SCHOLAR - WELCOME VISITOR IN ANY GARDEN


The Cape Robin Chat is a welcome visitor in any garden where he spends his day scratching in the undergrowth for insects, caterpillars, worms and even small frogs.  The robin's singing ability is remarkable and varied - I often describe his repetitive call with slight variations at the end of each phrase to that of a Latin scholar revising his verb declensions!

The robin's alarm call, a fairly guttural three syllables has led to him being called ugaga in isiZulu and Jan Frederik in Afrikaans.

OJ - specto, spectas, spectat ...


 

Monday, 3 May 2021

MONOCHROME MONDAY #147: BLACK SUNBIRD


A male Black Sunbird (Nectarinia amethystina) sits near HIS birdbath and challenges other birds to dare come near HIS water supply.  Despite their diminutive size, sunbirds can be unexpectedly aggressive when guarding the resources in their territory.

OJ - publishing the first in a series of blogposts featuring birds seen in our garden.