Day 719 – This guy, tho…

Happy Birthday To You…! 😉

A wander around Kirstenbosch, a wander around Intaka, and then a brief wander along the beach today. And that was all before lunchtime.

I needed the cobwebs blowing away after last night, to be honest.

Pick of the pops from the shots today was this guy:

The bird hide at Intaka was full of real ‘toggers, so we ended up standing on the bridge, and then this little fellow decided to play just a few metres away, right in front of us: ironically, we were far closer than any of the guys in the hide.
So a total bread and butter shot, but very pretty and always a pleasure to see these little ones playing up for the cameras.

Today’s photos

Return to the Oos Kaap

Last year’s journey to the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape apparently proved to be such a success with the kids that having offered them the opportunity to return, it looks like we’re going to head back there this winter.

Last time was memorable in many ways: some good, some not. Even the journey there gave us two road related blog posts. This time around, we’ll know which activities we need to book in advance, how the resort works and have the opportunity to catch up on the stuff we missed out on last time.

The birdlife round there is spectacular – hence this quota photo of a Giant (it’s not actually that big) Kingfisher* (which has the excellent Linnean name of Megaceryle maxima – half Roman Emperor, half Transformer robot villain) – and with the new camera, I’m already looking forward to some pointing and shooting.

Anyway, that’s something positive to think about (if not the drive), albeit a loooong way off right now.

* Other kingfishers on show last time around included the Pied and the Brown-hooded.