I found a pretty new bird in my trees – a Southern Blue Waxbill, also called a Southern Cordon-Bleu of all things! Someone must have been very hungry when they named it . They are a common species that is also held in aviaries.
I was too scared that I might chase it away if I unlocked my security gate first, so I just took a few photos through my door opening. Not good pictures but I’m happy that I at least managed to photograph it . Hopefully I’ll get a chance to take better photos of it soon! The last picture is of the nice sunset we had this afternoon.
I did some backyard bird watching again this afternoon to get my mind of the fact that I spent half of my day on the phone with my internet service provider without anything to show for it!
Grey Go-aways or loeries were the only ones that sat still long enough for me to take photos of them. I saw a tiny iridescent bird that looked like a kind of sunbird, hopefully I’ll be able to get a photo soon! I found the green wood hoopoes again on the old water tank that is in my backyard, as well as what I suspect is the mousebirds’ nest but I couldn’t get a nice photo in the shadows.
I am not sure what all of the flowers are. Don’t know how birders’ necks aren’t permanently crooked!
My parents’ mango tree is so full of fruit so I had to find something to do with it – tropical ice cream without sugar or other nasties. I make variations of this regularly with whatever I have in my cupboard.
Too good not to share!
Tropical coconut ice cream
6 medium size mangos
6 medium sized bananas
1 small pineapple
juice of 1/2 lemon
400 ml coconut cream (health shops sell tins without any preservatives)
Blend in blender, into ice cream maker and eat!
Makes +/- 1.5 liter. Add one or two bananas for extra sweetness.
Some visitors to my garden this morning. At first I just watched because I didn’t want to scare them away by running to get my camera, but then I quickly went inside and attached my zoom lens
The mousey brown and yellow bird is a Karoo Thrush. The other irridescent blue birds are called Red Billed/Green Wood Hoopoes. They were a family of four. The juveniles have black bills and sadly one of the adult’s bill is deformed.
I’ve heard them a lot in my garden, but I’ve never seen one before now.
Hi and welcome to my blog and first blog post! I call my blog “Everyday Adventures” because it will be all about finding joy, getting in touch with creativity and nature on a daily basis.
I just moved into a garden cottage surrounded by loads of trees and birds, which I thoroughly enjoy. I’m also converting an old swimming pool to a wildlife pond. I love animals and getting back in touch with nature and natural living. I love drawing and painting, photography, crafts, diy and creating simple healthy meals and snacks.