We have had a few interesting birds visiting the garden lately - I was shocked and without a camera to see a gymnogene (bird of prey) landing in a tree which borders our back garden, and a female thick billed weaver which we found lying stunned and twitching on the ground - we nursed her back to strength in a shoe box for about 45 minutes. These pics of ramerons are also from our garden and are in our trees early morning because they eat the berries they can find - however they dont make it very easy to get a picture of them, hiding behind leaves.
We recently had the opportunity of seeing these threaterned giants close up at a national park. We spent quiet a while watching this group of five adult white rhinos grazing, oblivious to the thunder as a storm was brewing, you can see the rain spots on their backs as the rain began to pelt down. One of the rhinos even had to "pass urine", it rather resembled a high powered hose of water which seemed to issue litres and litres of water.
It seem's that a family of black-collared barbets have moved into the garden and have begun with the "destruction" of a home. I am not sure if it is only the male or both that has been busy since yesterday hollowing out a hole in a tree trunk. These shots are from earlier today and shot as close as I could get to them without them flying away.
It is really special to be asked to take family photos more than once, it is amazing to see how children grow and mature. This fun shoot of a really photogenic family was done early January but I am only posting it now. I really struggled to cut down and select photos to edit - they all looked so good!