A pretty new bird – Southern Blue Waxbill

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.

Southern Blue Waxbill
Southern Blue Waxbill
Juvenile Southern Blue Waxbill being fed by a parent
Juvenile Southern Blue Waxbill being fed by a parent
Southern Blue Waxbill
Southern Blue Waxbill
A beautiful, glowing sunset
A beautiful, glowing sunset

Red faced mousebirds at my parents’ fig tree

One of the red faced mousebirds that visited my parents’ fig tree today. Spitefully he refused to come out from behind the leaves and I had to take a few quick photos as my battery was flat.

Look at that stuffed beak!

Red-faced Mousebird taking a bite out of a fig
Red-faced Mousebird taking a good bite out of a fig
Red-faced Mousebird with a beak full of figs
Red-faced Mousebird with a beak full of figs
Red-faced Mousebird taking a good bite out of a fig
Red-faced Mousebird taking a good bite out of a fig

A beautiful sunset, flowers & some more backyard visitors

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!

Unknown flower
Grey Go-Away bird
A beautiful sunset
Pink Bouganvillea
Green Wood Hoopoes
Unknown flower
Trumpet vine

Tropical coconut ice cream

 

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

Dairy free, sugar free mango ice cream without any nasties
Dairy free, sugar free mango ice cream without any nasties

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.

 

 

 

Visitors to my garden

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.

Not great photos, I’m no photographer!

Red Billed/Green Wood Hoopoes
Red Billed/Green Wood Hoopoe
Juvenile Red Billed/Green Wood Hoopoe.
Red Billed/Green Wood Hoopoe.
Karoo Thrush
Red Billed/Green Wood Hoopoe. This one's bill is deformed.
Red Billed/Green Wood Hoopoe. This one’s bill is deformed.

Hi and welcome to my blog

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.