Spotted thick-knee, Marievale

We saw this Spotted thick-knee, otherwise known as a Dikkop, standing behind the car park at the Visitors Centre at Marievale around 10am on Easter Friday; it was still there, … Continue reading Spotted thick-knee, Marievale

Sharp in tooth and sharp in claw – Marievale Otter

We were standing on the side of the road that bridges the vlei, looking up and looking out – not down – at the birdlife when someone standing nearby on … Continue reading Sharp in tooth and sharp in claw – Marievale Otter

Skittering across the water – the (un)Common Moorhen

Marievale Bird Sanctuary is a small area of wetland, bounded by farms, distant dwellings, power pylons, a highway, about an hour’s drive east of Johannesburg, and – despite its size … Continue reading Skittering across the water – the (un)Common Moorhen

Whales, Walker Bay

We were in Cape Town last weekend, the Heritage Day long weekend, and on Sunday we took my mother out to Hermanus and Gansbaai to see the whales. On previous … Continue reading Whales, Walker Bay

News Roundup

So here’s a roundup of today’s news (just following a trend here: all sentences these days seem to begin with ‘so’). In South Africa, the bad news is good news. … Continue reading News Roundup

Photographs and Signs

The eye picks up patterns everywhere; pattern, lines, composition are the basic elements of a halfway decent photograph, along with (especially in black and white images) form and texture. Look … Continue reading Photographs and Signs