Monthly Archives: February 2013

Photographs on Sunday

On Sunday morning I grabbed my camera kit and headed out to the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary.

It is only 15kms from where I live but I dont get to go there as often as I would like to. The weather was constantly changing between sunlight and overcast which played havoc with my settings. There were quite a few people in the hide by the time I arrived. One lady who was visiting from Holland told me that she was very involved in setting up the sanctuary way back in the early 70’s.

Will upload more pictures later in the day

Whitefaced Duck (dendrocygna viduata)

Whitefaced Duck (dendrocygna viduata)


Southern Crowned Crane (balearica regulorum)

Southern Crowned Crane (balearica regulorum)

Knob Billed Duck (sarkidiornis melanotas)

Knob Billed Duck (sarkidiornis melanotas)

Egyptian Goose (alopochen aegyptiacus)

Egyptian Goose (alopochen aegyptiacus)

Blacksmith Plover (vanellus armatus)

Blacksmith Plover (vanellus armatus)



Posted by on 25/02/2013 in Envioronment, Game reserve, Photo, South Africa


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Garden visitors


senegal parrot? (Poicephalus senegalus)

senegal parrot? (Poicephalus senegalus)

I had gone out to see how the Hadedha chicks were doing (they should be flying within the next day or two) when I noticed two parrots gaily eating away at the pink flowers on the tree. I have no idea what tree it is for those of you who want to know 🙂 I had my camera with me with which had a 250mm lens on it but it just wasn’t reaching out far enough to get a clear shot, so I rushed back inside and put on my 500mm lens. Using this large lens without my tripod is quite something! But I need to get used to it, so it was a good exercise.

It is a wonder how many people will walk through their gardens with their eyes cast downwards looking at the lawn and flowers in the beds. They never take the time to see what is happening above them. And I think this is how many people approach their lives. They just don’t take the time or opportunity to see that there is a lot more going on around them.


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some visitors to our garden

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Woodland Kingfisher. I first thought it was the more common Brownhooded Kingfisher but when checking the colour on the lower mandible I realised that it was black instead of orange. The black markings on the wing dont join up on the back as per the other Kingfishers (Mangrove Kingfisher excluded)

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Baby Hadeda in nest. Unluckily not a very clear shot as the bird kept ducking out of sight as soon as I moved any closer.

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A common visitor, the Cape Robin, searching for worms

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Posted by on 18/02/2013 in Envioronment, Photo, South Africa


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Photographs in the garden

here I found some fungi which looked interesting –




Posted by on 15/02/2013 in Envioronment, Photo, South Africa


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Found in forest

Found during a walk in the forest early one morning. It is surprising what one misses when rushing from one place to another.

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Sitting down to rest I noticed this spider right above me tending to her young ones. I was told the scientific name for the spider but it seems to have gone in one ear and out the other!





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Posted by on 15/02/2013 in Envioronment, Photo, South Africa


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Death by firing squad!

Received this interesting article. I fully endorse the death penalty in cases like this and make no excuses for it either. Pity we dont have punishment that fits the crime in SA. We would have far less problems.

Marie Nammour / 14 February 2013

Emirati father H.S., 29, was given the death sentence on Wednesday for torturing to death his eight-year-old daughter Wadeema.

His compatriot girlfriend, A.A., was sentenced to life in prison by the Court of First Instance on the same charge.

H.S., a fomer security supervisor, is accused of torturing and confining by force his two daughters, eight and seven, for about six months which led to the death of the eldest and injury to Mira, who suffered permanent disability due to burns all over her body.

The verdict remains subject to appeal within 15 days at the Court of Appeal.

Execution is to be by a firing squad once the capital punishment is upheld by the Court of Cassation and approved by the Dubai Ruler.

Assistant chief prosecutor Shehab Ahmed Saleh had urged the court to impose the death penalty on H.S. and his girlfriend as per Article 344 of the Federal Penal Code.

Saleh said H.S. continued to abuse and torture Mira which indicated that he showed no remorse following the death of Wadeema.

H.S. had admitted during the trial that he hid Wadeema’s body by burying it in a remote desert location


Posted by on 14/02/2013 in Uncategorized


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Doesn’t the government look after the people first then themselves?

For those who don’t want to read anything long, skip down to the bottom for a bit that sums up the situation as it currently is.

I was under the impression that most governments that are voted in democratically, are there to govern the country/people on behalf of the people, that voted them into power in the first place

Since the ANC came into power here in South Africa they have built up a culture of spending money as if there is no tomorrow. Prior to coming into power they had to depend on the rest of the world to fund them as they claimed not to have any funds to keep operating.

The Mangaung conference (Bloemfontein to us older folk) cost the ruling party’s conference more than R100m. Most of this had to be paid upfront in full as many businesses had not been paid for the ANC’s centenary celebrations held there earlier in the year.

The spending on the Mangaung conference was equal to what the party had spent on its year-long centenary celebrations which means that a total of R200m had been spent purely on the ANC and not on the people they are meant to be representing.

Apparently the following vehicles were seen at the parking lot for the conference (this could not be confirmed but comes from a source normally pretty reliable)
106 BMW X5’s,


211 BMW 5 or 7 series sedans,


103 MERCEDES BENZ sedans,



Now using the low side of averaging prices for these vehicles it comes to a staggering R351m!! Not bad going for the previously disadvantaged is it? I wasn’t previously disadvantaged according to the government, yet I couldn’t afford most of the cars that were there. Not even a second hand one!

It was your and my taxes that ultimately paid for these cars as well as the luxury accommodation, decadently luxurious and excessive food and drinks (all free!!), wives, spouses, lovers, friends and family.

And only a peep is heard from the people that they are unhappy.

So we continue with the old refrain that the government doesn’t have money for  RDP (matchbox houses at R50 000 each) houses, proper medical facilities where patients don’t die due to lack of care/medicine, an education system that has failed the pupils where the pass mark is artificially manipulated to ensure a good pass rate, a police force that is rife with corruption due to low salaries and improper training, subsidies for old age homes and other care facilities no longer happens, sewerage plants round the country no longer working, water and electricity supplies erratic due to no funds for maintenance. We have people dying in the rural areas due to lack of food/water. The number unemployed has long ago passed the 25% danger point.  And the list goes on……


“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”  — Margaret Thatcher

The folks who are getting free stuff, don’t like the folks who are paying for the free stuff, because the folks who are paying for the free stuff can no longer afford to pay for both the free stuff and their own stuff.
The folks who are paying for the free stuff want the free stuff to stop, and the folks who are getting the free stuff want even more free stuff on top of the free stuff they are already getting!
Now…  The people who are forcing the people to pay for the free stuff have told the people who are RECEIVING the free stuff, that the people who are PAYING for the free stuff, are being mean, prejudiced, and racist.
So…  The people who are GETTING the free stuff have been convinced they need to hate the people who are paying for the free stuff by the people who are forcing some people to pay for their free stuff, and giving them the free stuff in the first place.
We have let the free stuff giving go on for so long that there are now more people getting free stuff than paying for the free stuff.
Now understand this: all great democracies have committed financial suicide somewhere between 200 and 250 years after being founded.  The reason?  The voters figured out they could vote themselves money from the treasury by electing people who promised to give them money from the treasury in exchange for electing them.  Thomas Jefferson said it best:  “Democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not”.
The number of people now getting free stuff outnumbers the people paying for the free stuff.

 We have one chance to change that at the next election will we?  


The following was received from a black colleague of mine who I considered very pro-ANC.

A Nation of Sheep Breeds a Government of Wolves!
Zuma:     Gone!
Schooling: A decent pass rate not a manufactured one!
Culture:  Western Standards not 40 wives cared for by the tax payers!
Corruption Free; No one with a criminal record has a position in Government! (and that includes most of those now warming the benches in Parliament!)
We the people are coming. Let’s take a stand!!!

Now it is becoming very interesting.


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