Monday, July 25, 2016

Cormorant's lunch

Hello everyone; it's a freezing cold and stormy day here in the Free State.  We're clocking in 7 degrees Celsius. This is COLD to South Africans who have more sunshine in a year than most countries. 

On Saturday morning I took the dogs for a walk to the golf course. Thank goodness I did. I don't think we'll get out there in the next three days which is how long this weather is going to last. 

While the dogs cavorted in and out of the water, I sat on a metal bench at no 5 hole and tried to focus on the resident little grebe on the dam.  The sun was overhead and the glare on the water made it difficult for me to see the images on my screen.  

Suddenly a cormorant (which I thought I'd seen diving near the grebe), flew up out of the water and into a nearby tree. It hardly landed when it took off again and skimmed the water flying to the other side of the dam. I saw something dangling from its bill.  I tried to pick it up on my lens and managed a few photos. Then it landed in the water again and swooshed it head under the water. 

When I downloaded the photos at home, I was surprised to see I had captured the whole sequence of a Reed Cormorant devouring a platanna  (frog) for lunch. 
The second time the cormorant landed in the water, I managed to snap the frog in its bill 
I was surprised to see that I'd captured these images as I couldn't actually "see" what I was photographing at the time
I was amazed to see how the cormorant used its tail as a rudder while it dealt with the frog

I remember from a time in Tanzania when I photographed a cormorant catching a platanna, that it turns the frog around to be able to swallow it head first. The photos below show this sequence. 







The cormorant flew up into a nearby tree, stretched its long neck and swallowed a final time 
Drying off in the sun

Here's wishing you all a wonderful Monday.




Sunday, July 24, 2016

Warm kitties and a dog

Hi Bozo, this is Ambrose and this week I have complete photos showing I'm improving every day. I still don't go outdoors as my leg is a little weak (says my Mum!) 

It's very cold here at the moment and we kitties are warming up at the fireplace.

Dad Ginger and I, Ambrose 
I'm having a good stretch! 
My leg is still thinner than the other and not easy to stand on
The fire keeps us all warm

Unca Shadow went outside but soon asked to come indoors
Skabenga,  the dog also enjoyed the warm room 


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Monday, July 18, 2016

The weekend's moon

Waxing gibbous; visibility 88%; age 13 days; 16 July 2016 at 4.45 pm
Waxing gibbous; visibility 94%; age 14 days; 17 July 2016 at 6.34pm 

HAPPY MONDAY TO YOU ALL