As a birder we pretty much always have our eyes peeled for birds. It is in us. And we cannot escape it. In the parking lot of the local grocery store, from my office window, and even while watching TV (heard a Willow Warbler in CSI Miami a few days ago). And besides when we actively choose to go somewhere to go birding, two places stand out as attracting a particularly large amount of my attention. The first is from my office window and between our various office buildings (Bonelli’s Warbler, Spotted Nutcracker, Black Redstart, Alpine Chough); and the second is from my balcony or through my lounge window at home (Alpine Swift, Crag Martin, Wallcreeper!).
A few years ago, I was back in South Africa and we visited St Lucia, a cute little town on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast set within tropical forest and wedged in by a great big estuary and the Indian Ocean. Hippos and Leopards roam the streets at night. Wonderfully bizarre.
We had rented a small apartment with what has got to be just about the best garden birding I have ever come across. Getting up at dawn, we had wonderful views over the forest out to the sun rising above the ocean. What more could one want. Oh ya, birds. And there were tons of those too.
This one wonderful garden produced some really nice birding. What more could one ask for: a great view, fruiting figs, flowering Erythrinas, and hornbills, turacos and sunbirds up close.
All bird photos taken with a Swarovski telescope, UCA Adapter and a Canon 1000D.
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