28 April 2012 – of chameleons and weddings

Up at a reasonable hour this morning, we were greeted with thick mist all around us which ended any thoughts of heading out early and doing some photography. Instead, after a rather lazy start socializing with some of the other people who had now also arrived, we headed into town to look for another species of chameleon, Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon, at a well known stake-out in the village. It took us almost an hour before we eventually managed to find one, but I suppose, if you don’t put in the time, you will not reap the rewards! Anyway, it was another lifer and the second of our target species was in the bag! We joined John and Greta Graham for a late brunch again in town which stretched on a bit and then it was time to head back and start preparing for the wedding this afternoon. Back at the cottages, we were surprised to find yet another chameleon, so even more photos were taken.

Natal Midlands Dwarf Chameleon

Margaret getting to know the chameleon

Later on, we made our way across to the wedding venue where it appeared almost like a birding’s who’s who and it was great to see so many old friends again, many of them that we had not seen in a long time. The wedding was fantastic and went off superbly – the venue was great and one could see that a lot of hard work had been put into it. And, obviously, the bridal couple looked fantastic and were beaming from ear to ear once they had said their “I do’s”. Naturally, the party that followed was also fantastic and it was great to get to spend time with so many old and new friends, most of whom were just as passionate about all forms of wildlife as we are!

The guests start to gather in the chapel

Most of us are “bush people” not at all used to dressing up like this

You may kiss the bride…

The newlyweds emerge to the gathered masses

Felicity giving Adam a taste of things to come…

After eventually dragging ourselves away from the party at some insane hour, we made our way back to our cottage only to find a Guttural Toad outside ready to greet us. So, our last bit of biodiversity was squeezed in for the day…

Guttural Toad

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~ by hardakerwildlife on May 25, 2012.

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