Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Birding in South Africa

While in SA recently, Grant and I did a last motorcycle trip to nearby Clarens in the Eastern Free State Highlands. On the way there, we stopped to drink coffee (we always pack a flask), enjoy the beautiful weather and for me to photograph the scenery. 

Frequently along the way we spotted birds on the telephone wires and eventually Grant stopped so that I could get photos.

Amur Falcon sitting quietly on the wire looking out for a meal

Almost below the wire where the falcons were sitting, I zoomed in on a grasshopper on a Statice plant. Perhaps this is dinner for the patient birds above?

Dinner perhaps?

I'm linking my post to Wild Bird Wednesday which you can access by clicking here


  1. Hi Jo, That falcon is gorgeous.... He looks like he was posing for you!!!!

  2. Glad you got some birding in along your ride. Saw a lot of static and Huge grasshoppers near Nieu Bethesda.

  3. The picture of the grasshopper is amazing ! That's something for Rosie ! She would jump behind, lol !

  4. Hi, Jo! I love, love, love your new header. Very attractive. I've recently had the opportunity to fly down to Dar for a "turn-around" trip but just did not feel I should try that much adventure. Our Missions department needed an escort for a young couple who had never traveled outside the USA. It would have been fun ... but I just didn't feel quite ready yet. Maybe one day soon.

    Love the pictures here. SA has a lovely country-side.

  5. These are wonderful falcon and grasshopper close-ups! That would be a tasty meal for the falcon.

    I saw on the news that Israel was having a plague of locusts in the Sinai Desert recently.

  6. Hi there - I wonder what these birds did back in the days when there were no wires!

    Cheers and thanks for (trying to) link to WBW- Stewart M - Melbourne

    PS: I think you may be on my other blog. Try here for the linky:

  7. Sorry I took so long to get to this Jo.

    Hard to tell from the angle the picture it has been taken from but it looks like it might be a Green Milkweed Locust. :)


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