Saturday, May 2, 2020

Farm critters, birds and moon shots

Hi everyone. Again a whole week has passed before I got back to blogging. The Internet was a big bugbear this week but I was also very busy with wages in the farm office and monthend tallies and figures for my Virtual Weigh-Less Groups.

However, Skabby and I have managed at least two walks a day - and the days are beautiful. Such a pleasure to be able to move freely around the farm. 

 I loved these reflections in the dam
 As always Skabby dives into the dam and has a swim
 The newest calf on the farm having a drink...

... then waiting patiently while Mama is milked in the shed
First quarter moon taken at 16h14 on the 1st May 2020 
 Cattle egret on the lawn outside my farm office seen on Friday morning
 The Amethyst Sunbird male seen from my outdoor home office that afternoon 

 then... my 
pièce de résistance

On Friday morning I heard a bird call in the lane between my house and that of Janine and Gavin (the young farmers) I went out with my camera but couldn't see anything. As I realized I was hearing a tree frog's call, a bird whizzed quietly past my right shoulder, and landed in the bole of a tree a few meters in front of me. 

Redirecting my camera, I focused and snapped. And twice more. 

It was a female Cardinal Woodpecker. Even though I have posted many times about the woodpeckers we saw in Tanzania and recently about the Cardinal Woodpecker male I snapped here in Ronnie's garden, this was the first time I caught the bird in repose. Finally a CLEAR picture - or three! 

 Cardinal Woodpecker, female 
 Clear as a bell! 

I'm linking to Saturday Critters with Eileen, here

Everyone out there, please take care and stay safe! 


  1. Hello, Jo!

    I enjoyed all your birds and critters. Always great to see the Skabby! The calf is adorable. Love the sky reflecting shot. The Cattle Egret, Sunbird and Woodpecker are all awesome sightings. Wonderful photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing the post. Take care! Enjoy your day, wishing you a great weekend! PS, thank for leaving me a comment on my blog.

  2. The Sunbird is such a beautiful bird! You've had some good sightings this week! Take care!

  3. Huge congratulations on a post FILLED with wonder.
    Stay well, stay safe.

  4. Wonderful photos and interesting observations. The cattle egret is the only bird among your photos that I have seen in our region. The others are fascinating newbies for me. Good luck with the Internet!

  5. Marvelous pics and an exciting sighting too. Nice to have space to roam and activities to stay busy. Stay well.


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