Friday, July 5, 2019

Birds of a feather...Howick, KZN

This is Leafy Lane in Howick, KZN
where my wife and I recently spent a weekend.
Set in a cul-de-sac that is filled with trees,
and set in a very lush garden, it came as no surprise 
that the property was filled with bird song from a variety of species.

Sometimes it is a good idea to STOP and smell the roses!
And we both did...for an entire weekend.

There is even beauty in the dead heads of plants.
Caught in the early morning light, it almost looks alive.

Balancing precariously, this female White-Bellied Sunbird
 looks for early morning sustenance.

Much like Wagtails, this cheeky Cape Robin-Chat
will walk into a room in search of a meal.
They have become habituated to the humans living here very quickly
and do not seem to be too bothered by interacting with them.

A first for me...
A Southern Boubou.
The largest of the birds that I saw at the feeding table
and it tolerated no intrusion from others while it ate.

One of my favourite species...The Dark-capped Bulbul.
We have them in our garden at home and 
they provide me with hours of entertainment.

The Common House Sparrow.
Although as far as I am concerned, there is nothing 'common' about them.
This one was gathering nesting material.

Watching the feathered guests enjoying their meal,
made me put down my camera and take time to enjoy mine.

I chatted to the owner, Richard Blyth about
being in the hospitality industry,
this is what he shared with me:

When we visited, the B&B was up for sale. (June 2019)
If you are looking to get into the hospitality industry,
this might just be the opportunity for you.
To find out more, visit their website:

A big thank you to each of these brands
 for coming on board.

This has been my constant travel companion 
for the past several years.
It might look worn,
but that represents the kilometres/miles
we have shared together.
From Kilimanjaro to the beaches of India.
To coach trips across Europe and Vietnam
and to a variety of game lodges and road trip destinations
 in South and Southern Africa.
Check out their Facebook page:

This torch has been turning heads!
The Olight SRS2UT Intimidator.
Marketed locally by:

My camera brand of choice for more than 4 decades!

When it is time to print out my special images,
this is the company that I rely on to do that.

Bush gear to make me blend in...
in comfort and style.

Breaking in my new pair of Yellow Veldskoen Shoes.
They are probably the most comfortable pair of shoes
that I have ever owned.
Now to try out the rest of the colours in the range.

When back home, I rely on this ISP
to provide me with high-speed fibre connectivity to
 enable me to get my postings published in record time.

This Powerbank is my constant companion
 while I am travelling.
It can do up to 4 full re-charges of my phone before
needing to be charged.
Supplied by...

ALWAYS choose to be Batman.
My constant travelling companion.
To find out more about the collectable Funko range of figurines,

I could not do without this awesome laptop bag from Solo.
Padded for protection and with enough pockets to keep
almost everything INCLUDING the kitchen sink in,
this is definitely a stylish addition to any business presentation.
Be it in the boardroom or the bush.
This bag can also be worn as a backpack. 
There are straps in a hidden compartment that can be deployed
when you need both hands for other purposes.
To find out more about the stylish Solo range,

This locally made product was indispensable when using a long lens.
The ball and socket might look simple...and it is, 
which is why it should be in the gear bag of every serious photographer.
This locally made, deceptively simple device is ideal 
for tracking birds in flight or animals in motion.
The base can be used on a beanbag or a tripod,
with the ball being fitted to the camera.
The simplicity of the device allows moving from supported
to handheld in a fluid motion.
There is also a version that can be used on a car window.
To see more about the product, 
visit their Facebook page:
Or order directly from:

To see who else were winners in 2018, visit:

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