Firstly, along the road I came across a Black-headed heron and of course, I placed my bag down in the grass, took out my camera and snapped away!
As I started to roll my clay for the first bowl of the year, a bird call rang out which I hear regularly in my garden but haven't managed to photograph yet. I dashed outside with my camera and in a tree beside the pottery studio, there it was:
The Woodland Kingfisher is common resident and intra-African migrant. Here in Mwadui, its distinctive call of "chip-chirrrrr" is one of the first bird calls in the morning and often heard last as dusk settles over Africa
As I walked back to the pottery shed, I spotted another bird on the roof. Even though this is quite a common bird, I could not ignore the fact that the ochre-coloured eye (which was looking straight at me!) and beautiful speckles, made it a perfect photo subject.
A Speckled Pigeon
Back at the table I continued to work my clay, even getting as far as cutting out a salad bowl shape, before I heard the screeching sounds of lovebirds! Once again, I dashed outside with my camera and there they were on top of the roof of a building next door to the studio.
As I watched the bird above a small flock of about six Lovebirds flew out under the eves (we're hoping they're building nests there) and into the tree behind the building.
A pair of Yellow-collared Lovebirds
When I got back indoors, I had lost track of what I was actually supposed to be doing with my clay bowl and had to start over again. However, even when I completed the first stage and placed it under the plastic to set and dry, I realized that you cannot try to create something and bird-watch at the same time! It remains to be seen if I keep this bowl - I may as it will remind me of the beautiful birds I saw that day!
I must admit that I was thrilled with my photos once I downloaded them. I hope you enjoyed reading about them too.
I'm linking this post to Wild Bird Wednesday . Thanks Stewart for this meme which keeps me on my toes when posting about the wonderful birds I see here in East Africa.