06 May 2012 – more of the moon and intaka

We were up exceptionally early this morning and made our way down to the beach at Blouberg to attempt some further photographs of the setting “Super Moon”. We are not landscape photographers by any stretch of the imagination, but it was fun to give it a try anyway. Our lack of experience showed through though and, at one point, Trevor had to run back from the water’s edge to avoid the extra large wave that came through leaving his camera and tripod behind standing in the water! Not the brightest of moves, but fortunately, the tripod stood sturdy and did not topple over with the force of the water keeping the camera dry…:) Phew!!

Table Mountain and the Super Moon

Margaret down on the beach

With the sun starting to rise above the horizon, we decided not to waste the “good light” and shot through to Intaka Island Wetland Reserve again. It was surprising to find a number of the people that were at the social gathering yesterday back on site this morning and the hide was packed! We managed to squeeze in and find a place to sit and began the long wait. A brief visit by a Malachite Kingfisher sitting in the shadows was an early highlight, but otherwise it was pretty quiet in terms of birds with just common species showing themselves. But, at least, there was a lot of camaraderie in the hide and many in depth discussions taking place. The time just disappeared without us even noticing it.

Malachite Kingfisher

Purple Heron

Southern Red Bishop

Cape Wagtail

Lesser Swamp Warbler

Eventually, we left the hide and spent a bit of time walking around the rest of the reserve. A few common bush birds posed for us and we also finally had the opportunity to photograph a Cape Autumn Widow, a species of butterfly that only appears at this time of the year. Just a pity that it never posed in a better spot as the shots definitely need some improvement! By 10h30, the light was getting a bit harsh and we were getting a bit hungry, so we packed up and headed back home for brunch.

Malachite Sunbird

Cape Autumn Widow

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~ by hardakerwildlife on June 3, 2012.

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