30th January 2020 – Franschhoeke, Western Cape SA

Well as this is my nature blog I’m going to allow myself a little licence to show some of the natural surroundings of Franschhoeke in the Western Cape of South Africa. Not a bird in sight.

It is very different from the Klein Karoo or even the Robertson wine region where we were before. A really stunning part of the world.

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28th January 2020 – Robertson, Western Cape

I didn’t expect our stay at the Excelsior Estate Winery at Robertson to provide such good opportunities for bird photography. On the first evening we walked down to the river amongst the vines and saw weavers and southern red bishop birds. The following day we were able to use a golf trolley and venture further into and around the vineyard. The advantages of the golf trolley was that the birds weren’t so nervous about our presence.

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The stars for me were the bigger birds we saw, an African darter, a black-headed heron and a buzzard and the smallest, the southern double collared sunbird.



DSC08530African darter




DSC03898Black-headed heron

DSC08660Cape bulbul