Chasing the Little Bittern

Jessie kindly allowed us to go birding on her farm in the Elgin Valley.  Conditions were perfect when we arrived at the hide, where a Little Bittern is often seen.  We got there at 06h00 in order to be sure of success as Jessie had told us this was the best time.

Birds abounded and we were thrilled at the variety, seeing no less than 54 species during our two hour stay, but unfortunately we did not see or hear a Bittern.  Black Crakes were plentiful and we saw many Warblers and Waxbills.  Kingfishers entertained us with their antics, while Coots chased each other across the water.

It was a wonderful morning and a birder’s paradise.  We will visit again.


An Evening at the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre

We were delighted when asked to join David and Angela and some friends at the Parlotones concert at Paul Cluver.  I wasn’t sure that it was my kind of music and this was the case, but we had a great time and there can be no doubting their abilities as pop stars!

The food was wonderful and we were lucky with the weather as the rain held off, but it was cool and many of the audience were well wrapped up until they started dancing.