Day 19 (Nov 18th)
We decided not to go into paradise today!!!
Sunday is usually busy, and we don't like sharing "our" park with strangers!!!
So we had a lie in, then a long luxurious shower, and then a bacon and avo sarnie.
I caught up on lots of emails, and other people's TRs, and Dungy read his kindle.
We had left over wors and salad for lunch, and a snooze, and then it was time for our sundowner.
We sat in our front garden for our sundowners (Gin and Tonics) and this is what transpired.
First of all we spotted a Glossy Starling nest, and a fledgling flew out and tried to land on our wall.
Sadly it missed, and plopped to the floor.
It was a bit stunned, but eventually started hopping along the ground.
Mom was frantic and calling for her baby.
Baby tried to take off, but couldn't!!!
Mom found baby, and lots of noise took place between them.
Then baby hopped on to a low wall, then on to a higher wall, then on to the tree and then hopped up the branches back to the nest!!!
You could almost hear Mom saying "And don't try that again, untill you are sure!!"
We have four Paradise Flycatchers in the garden (2 male 2 female) and we love to watch them, especially the males with their long floating tails!!
We watched them chasing and catching the hapless butterflies who were just not quick enough to get away!!
We had filled the bird bath and bird feeders earlier, and now sat back to watch who came to eat and drink.
There were Cut Throat Finches, Blue Waxbills, Bronze Manikins, Cape Sparrows, House Sparrows, White Bellied Sunbirds, Cape Doves, Laughing Doves, Black Capped Bulbuls, Grey Mousebirds, Paradise Flycatchers, Brown Hooded Kingfishers, African Hoopoes, Thick Billed and Sotted Back Weavers, and a naughty Crested Barbet who we could hear, but could not track down................he will be found!!!
Dinner was a simple meal of roasted chicken thighs and drumsticks, a baked potato and salad, all washed down with a dry white for me and a dry red for Dungy!!
He has now just put the kettle on for our filter coffee, and we might just have an Amarula to accompany it!!
The sky is darkening, and soon we will see those amazing African stars that seem to go on for ever.
The insect chorus is just startng up, and here we are in this wonderful country called South Africa!!
To be continued.......................