For some or other reason my wife refers to it as a woodpecker. But African Hoopoes are also seen regularly. Beautiful to listen to their deep "hoop-hoop" sound. But the Forktailed Drongo's really crept under my skin. As with the case of the guinea fowl, one can see that these little guys are used to being fed by the holidaymakers. You will see one sitting on our dish washing rack on the top photo (previous post) like this one too:
While my wife was on the computer (unfortunately she had some work to do from time to time) these two little fellows flew into the caravan to come and steal some cheese that was left over from a sandwich she enjoyed. Although not as tame as the Drongo's, the Cape bulbuls were also fairly undaunted in their actions to beg for food. So was the little Cape Wagtails that would walk right underneath your chair - not even slightly bothered by your presence.
Not a single day passed without hearing (and seeing) the Blackheaded Oriole's 'pooodleeoo'. What a beautiful bird!!
In the north-eastern corner of South Camp you will always find Olive Thrushes on the lawn. On two occasions I saw the most gorgeous bird amongst the thrushes. But just a very short glimpse of it. And then one day I took my binoculars and sat off for that corner - hopeful to see it again. And luck was on my side. Very shy, it kept on trying to hide behind a branch or leaves. But fortunately my patience (which I am not known for) paid off and I could identify my first ever Chorister Robin (no photo unfortunately). Cape Robin is also seen regularly.
Fiscal Flycatcher, Cape White-eye, Fiscal Shrike and Southern Boubou also played a role in remembering the 10 days at Ebb & Flow as a bird lover's paradise. Although I never saw bokmakierie, we heard their duet everyday. It was an eye-opener to watch the craftsmanship of the Cape Weaver males, building their nests opposite Reception. It is actually unbelievable to see their skills in "knitting & weaving" their masterpieces.
I find rest for my soul in places like Kruger and Kgalagadi. But if you need rest for soul, mind and body - visit Ebb & Flow. I don't think I'll like to be there in the December/January or the Easter holiday period. But if you are in a position to visit in the off-season, you'll hardly find a better place just to switch off. Looking forward to my 43rd visit to Karoo at the end of September.