Egyptian Geese: Part 3/3

Here is the last of the series of photos on Egyptian Geese taken at Sonstraaldam in Durbanville.

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Egyptian Geese: Part 2/3

Just a few photos taken of the Egyptian Geese at Sonstraaldam.

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Egyptian Geese: Part 1:3

In March I took my boyfriends daughters to one of our local picnic spots for the morning.

Sonstraal dam is one of our favorite places to go and it is free. You can walk around the pond and get in some exercise too. During the week it is not that busy. Mostly moms with young children and strolers walking around the pond and feeding the ducks.

In the past there was a wide range of ducks and geese to be found. I have noticed that the number of Egyptian Geese have increased over the past 2 years and some of the others has either moved away due to the drought we had or have died.

I will be going back there again in the next 2 months. I just hope I see more of the other duck species again.

Here is a few of my photos of the Egyptian Geese. Will post more in my next post.

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Not saying much Tuesday….

Franklin on the lookout….

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Fancy a scorpion for lunch?

While driving through Potsberg dad and I spotted a Cattle Egret looking for food. Not long afterwards it was successful and caught a scorpion.

We sat by the side of the road for quite a while watching it fight with the scorpion. This was a first for me. Even dad said he never saw one eat a scorpion before.

This is the reason why I love photography and spending time in nature. One always see something new and if you have your camera with you one can document what you saw…

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Big birds, big eggs and childhood memories…..

Ostriches are very big birds that can’t fly…. But oh my word they can run very fast and they lay very big eggs….

I used to love to listen to the stories my mother told me about her childhood vacations on the Ostrich farm were her grandparents stayed. She told me how she and her nephew use to go play in the Ostrich penns. They were not aware that it was breeding season and got to close to the eggs. Mom told us that she never knew she can run that fast or jump over the fence….

When I was about 10 years old my parents took us to Oudtshoorn known for all it’s Ostrich farms. My mom also showed us were she spent her school holidays. I remembered that holiday as if it was yesterday. Sitting on the back of that big bird and feeding it. I found it very interesting that Ostriches eats stones well everything they can swallow to be honest. They really like shiny things too.

Ostrich eggs are very big and srong. One can stand on it and it won’t break. I would never believed it but I saw it with my own two eyes. One Ostrich egg equals 24 eggs and it is a taste to get use to. I personally love it especially when you make omelettes of it.

While visiting the Westcoast National Park last year for the first time I had the opportunity to take some awesome photo’s of the Ostriches in a field of yellow flowers.

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Tsaarbank what a surprise…

I have been visiting the Westcoast National Park for years now and never turned of to Tsaarbank…

This time we decided to go and have a look hoping that we don’t need a 4×4. Honestly I was under the impression that it was just a heap of white sand…. Well I could not have been more wrong… It is absolutely stunning and I want to kick myself everytime I think of what great photo opportunities I have missed….

I took some awesome photos of the waves crashing against the rocks. I only stayed in the parking lot because dad was with me and I don’t like leaving him alone. Dad would not have minded if I wandered of to explore more but that’s just not me.

There is nothing better than to visit the park when you have someone with you that shares in your love for nature and photography.

While busy writing this post I had a light bulb moment. Maybe I must plan a day trip and we can spend the day at Tsaarbank. There’s a nice beach and great picnic and braai area…

Here are some of the photos I took at Tsaarbank.

Mondays are Trash days….

Today is Monday… Trash day…. Also a public holiday so I kind of forgot about it… Slept a bit later than usual and while doing my daily morning routine of cleaning and sweeping I remembered about the trash…

Luckily for me everybody is running a little late this morning and I got my trash out in time….

While walking inside I saw a bird in my Yellowood tree. I did not recognize it and knocked on my son’s bedroom window and asked him to bring my camera.

I must say it was the longest wait I had in a while. I was afraid I am going to miss my opportunity to capture and identify these birds…

My son gave me my camera through his window and I started taking photos hoping that one or two will be in focus. The wind was blowing and it was a challenge but as you will see later I did manage to get a few shots.

Then a big truck passed my house and it scared these beautiful birds away. There were at least 10 that I could count when they flew of…

After I downloaded my photos I got my books out and started searching… I came across a photo of a Red-Faced Mousebird and was surprised. The last time I saw a Mousebird was while I was still living with my parents. We had a breeding pair of Speckled Mousebirdswho came back every year during breeding season and they used to annoy our dogs alot….

Here are the photo’s I could use from this morning….

West Coast National Park: Seeberg Birdhide.

As we entered the park from the Langebaan entrance our first stop is the Seeberg Birdhide.

Over the past few years visiting the park one notice the change in scenery. I love walking on the walkway and capturing my surroundings.

But that day we were not able to leisurely strole down the wooden walkway as always. It started raining. We were very happy about the rain though. Our dams in the Western Cape was at a critical low before the winter and we needed every drop of water we could get.

From a photographers point of view. A cloudy day always makes beautiful photos and the light is perfect. Only down side was the flowers did not open until it was a bit warmer…. But I still had the beautiful landscapes…..

I hope you enjoyed your walk with us. Our next stop will be The Seeberg lookout…..

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 3

Yes Ruby is still in love with her sticks and upgraded to palm leaves. She enjoyed playing with the sticks and Palm leaves while my dad and I cleaned out our garden. ¬†She still enjoys playing with her ball but due to all the new dogs in our street I cannot go play with her out front. Now we must play in the garden and that is not so good on the grass. I also started taking her to the beach, but after a dog attacked her on one of our walks she is not very sociable. It will take a while for her to trust other dogs again… She is also very protective over me. I am not always sure if this is a good or bad thing….
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