It’s been an amazing weekend away with my girl – some great father and daughter time – but we’re back now and we’re knackered.
I haven’t got the time or energy to work through 600+ photos at the moment, so here’s a quick shot from camera to phone to blog of a Rock Kestrel or Kransvalk that we spotted on our way back from this morning’s wander in Suiderstrand.
Up properly early – lobbed some bacon in some baps for the car – and off to De Mond Nature Reserve up along the coast. Away so early that the sun wasn’t up and the owls were still hunting from the poles along the Suiderstrand road.
Deliciously cool and with some lovely light, I was actually a bit disappointed with some of the photos I got. Seemed like they should have been better, but I wasn’t on my A-game today. Still, loads to see on our 6km walk, including three new birds for me. I’m no prolific birder, but I’ve seen a lot in the Western Cape, so three new species in a single morning is pretty good going.
And then, after yesterday’s Secretary Birds, a Denham’s Bustard (var Stanleyi) (obviously, down here!!) on the way home. Nice, albeit at a bit of a distance.
The early start permitted a phat afternoon nap, which was duly accepted, and while the playoff semi-final first leg didn’t go too well, the fire is lit, the braai is on the go and with loadshedding at 8, we’re hunkering down for an evening of atmosphere, brandy and battery-powered LED lighting.
It’s been a pleasant Mother’s Day here in South Africa. And it was great to be able to celebrate and thank the amazing mother in our family.
We had a fun outing to the Waterfront, playing an escape room game together (and saving the world from a deadly virus) (no, not that one), and grabbing some lunch overlooking a clear Table Mountain.
All of this after a late, boozy night with friends last night. The kitchen looked like Putin had tried to de-nazify it this morning. Three dishwasher loads later, and all is well again, although the recycling guy will have his work cut out on Tuesday.
It’s been a fun day, but it will be an early night tonight.