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The Shire Eco Lodge

This weekend my wife and I went to stay in a log cabin at a place called The Shire. It is a lovely Eco Lodge situated in Stutterheim, about an hour away from East London. And Wow! What a beautiful setting directly at the base of the immense and indigenous …

Olive Thrush Bird Video

Recently I filmed an Olive Thrush digging for a worm. He found quite a large grub, broke it into two pieces and swallowed it down. I had never seen something like that so close-up before and it was fun to watch. Here’s the video: A bit more about the Olive …

Addo Elephant Park

In an earlier post I mentioned I visited Addo Elephant Park on a holiday break. It was a fantastic three days which we spent camping in tents on the Addo campsite. (I made a brief overview video of the Elephant Park which is at the bottom of this post). The …

Birding Video: Glossy Starling Bathing

I have always liked Glossy Starlings. As a kid I would often see these birds on hikes and I loved their shimmering blue-green feathers. We don’t see many of them where I live now, but the other morning we were woken to the sound of about five of them singing …

Pintailed Whydah Bird Video

The other day I filmed this Pin-Tailed Wydah which is a beautiful bird, especially the breeding male when its full tail plumage is present. I haven’t seen the Wydah is my area before, so it was quite a nice surprise to have him in my garden. Pin-tailed Whydahs are 12-13 …

Birding Video: Black Collared Barbet

Below is a video clip of some Black-Collard Barbets which I have filmed in a few different locations. The Black Collared Barbet is quite common in the Southern regions of Africa. It’s quite a cute-looking bird, with a big red head and neck. It obviously has a black ring (or …

Speckled Mousebird Video

I took this video of a Speckled Mousebird while spending the weekend at a seaside resort. It was sitting in a Bougain Villa eating some leaves, just asking for a quick camera shot. These birds are quite common in South Africa and Mozambique, and they like most types of habitat, …

Kayaking the River on a Fluid Synergy

This morning I had a great start to my day. I woke up at about 5:45am – a good few hours earlier than my normal rising time – to go kayaking with my father-in-law. He has a Fluid Synergy two-seater kayak, which is very lightweight and durable. I’ve paddled on …

Pied Kingfisher Video

Recently I spent some time at a sea-side resort in the Eastern Cape. During one of our walks along the beach we were privileged to witness a Pied Kingfisher in action as it hunted for a meal. The Kingfisher: Hovering while Hunting It hovered over the shallows of the ocean, …

Egyptian Geese Video

My wife and spent the last weekend at a picturesque river area; a nice picnic spot. We saw quite a few birds including two beautiful Egyptian Geese. I managed to get quite close to them on camera, using a 40x optical zoom. They sat on a rocky ledge preening themselves …