It was already dark; the details for the birthday BBQ had been made; we'd all eaten our fill of the snacks I'd put out when Thys said he'd seen an owl flying into the tree above us.
Now, I've been asked before what my favorite bird is; I have many; but my absolute special favorite is the owl. And with all the birding photography I've done since arriving in East Africa two years ago, I have never managed to get an image of an owl. In Kenya, we regularly heard owls in our garden. One morning early Grant spotted one in baobab tree outside our bedroom window but try as I might, I couldn't get a photo.
This time however, Marnitz dashed into his cottage (which is in our back garden) and fetched his huge flashlight. He shone it upwards, picked up the owl, who looked down on all, and I managed to get several photos. What is extra thrilling is that it was sitting in the tree overhanging our bedroom. So I have hopes of seeing it again some time!
A barn owl seen in the tree above our garden on Friday evening
Dabchick on its nest
While I photographed the Dabchick, a Malachite Kingfisher landed on a dry branch in my camera vision. This Kingfisher is always here but, as with the Dabchick, I never tire of photographing this brightly-colored bird.
A Malachite Kingfisher on a dried branch above the Dabchick in her nest
Would you say the Malachite Kingfisher is worth photographing?
I think eventually the Dabchick had had enough of us (or perhaps needed to stretch a leg?). It stood up in the nest, and with its back to us, pushed greenery and weeds over the egg/s. Then it hopped off into the water, turned once, and disappeared beneath the surface! It was time for us to leave...
Please bear with me; I will continue with the Tanzanian Bird -fest in tomorrow's post.