Saturday, May 9, 2020

Farm critters, birds and house resident

Good morning Blogger friends. Here I am with Saturday Critter posts which Eileen kindly hosts. 
Another beautiful day in the Central Drakensberg 

As usual I have a mix of farm animals, birds and water birds to post. 

As Skabby and I set out for our second walk of the day on Thursday, we met the milk cows being herded down the road to the dairy. I decided to get a different angle of the cattle and went down on one knee to photograph them.

Two things happened: Skabby turned around and ran back to me, licking my face...

...and the second thing that happened, the cows stopped dead, bunching up and causing the others behind them stop as well. 
All the cows stopped while Skabby careened into me - precariously kneeling in the road! 
 I had to post this White-fronted Bee-eater with our beautiful mountain peaks in the background

Earlier this week I walked further than Skabby's watering hole. I climbed a steep bank and could look out over the dam which feeds the little pond where Skabby has a daily dip. 
The farm's top dam 
 Egyptian geese pair - the male on the left and the female next to him. In the water in front of the geese, is a Red-Billed Teal 
 An out-of-focus photo of a Red-Knobbed Coot 

At the lower watering hole, while Skabby cavorted in the water, I photographed an African Sacred Ibis. And its silhouette.  
 African Sacred Ibis 

Back home, as Skabby and I decamped, I noticed a movement on the veranda wall. Our normal house resident.
Rain spider 

(I await Sandra's comment!)

I am linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen here.

Wishing you all a happy and safe Saturday. 


  1. Lovely photos I especially love the Bee-Eater. The rain spiders you can keep, I never got used to them!! Take care and keep safe, Diane

  2. Skabby might have thought something was wrong with mama, and the cows probably thought WHAT IS SHE DOING.. or maybe they thought you wanted to milk them?

  3. Hello, I assume Skabby thought you were at play time level. Love the cows and all the birds. The Bee-eater is one of my favorites. The spider is creepy. Neat capture of the Geese and Teal. Great variety of photos and wildlife. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend. PS, thank you for the visit and comment.

  4. Oh my! That Bee Eater is magnificent! What an amazing sighting AND photo! Happy weekend!

  5. I like the African Sacred Ibis. You had an interesting meeting with the cows and Skabby.

  6. Love this pics--especially that they are taken so far from where I live in the eastern USA! Thank you for sharing. :-)

    Skabby is a dog? :-)

  7. Thank you for taking us walking with you.
    If a rain spider meant the precious wet stuff was on its way I would ALWAYS welcome them.

  8. Hi Jo. you cracked me up about your new experiment with kneeling down to take a photo. I can see the cow's puzzled look on its face. They were probably shocked by that move as was Skabby. Guess you can't teach cattle and a dog new tricks. :)
    Have a great week, my friend!

  9. The Bee-eater is a super looking bird.

  10. Keep up your walks and posting about your and Scabby's experiences. Thanks for inviting us along!

  11. Lovely shots while out walking.

  12. Lovely photos and a great place to take Scabby for a walk.


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