And then, yesterday, I spent the day at Cumberland Nature Reserve, I was invited to tag along with the Witteveen family for a picnic and to make a plan with the landowner about revitalising a regular bird ringing station here. We couldnt have planned a better day, one of the classic winter days, the air was cool and calm, the sun beating down onto the canopy of paper-bark acacias that cast beautiful shadows among the picnic area. A zebra and foal loafed around just off to the side while we ate and enjoyed the lazy pace of the day.
While the bird list was just reasonable with 33 species, there were some interesting species that could be had in future ringing weekends: groundscraper thrush, golden-breasted bunting, and grassbird to name a handful of my picks. Also there seemed to be a guarentee of long-crested eagles as they nest on an approaching tree, while it was interesting to see black-breasted snake-eagle there too.
By infact, my attention was forever drawn to the butterflies… yup, its been a recent focus of mine, and the new Canon sx50 is getting tested on its macro and short focal distance capacity. Pretty pleased with the results.
|caterpillar of african monarch|
|maybe speckled red acrea|
|maybe a dotted border|