Sharp in tooth and sharp in claw – Marievale Otter

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 the back of his bakkie called out, 'have you seen the otter?' We hadn't, but we did, and here are pictures to prove it.

Skittering across the water – the (un)Common Moorhen

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 - home to an astonishing variety and number of birds, waterfowl in particular. The last (and only) time I had been there was about ten [...]

Whales, Walker Bay

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 occasions we had seen them close in, near the Old Harbour, but not this time. We were lucky, however, to spot one or two far [...]

Not such good bird photos

Not such good bird photos

Bird photography is one of the most challenging areas of photography, at least in my experience. Finding them in the first place - birds, I mean - and getting them to sit still, or hover in one place, just where you want them, is the damnedest business, never mind getting your images sharp and properly [...]

News Roundup

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. Attempts to frame the Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, and 'capture' the Treasury, have come unstuck. Large demonstrations against corruption and the abuse of power have [...]