What’s In There, Dad?

Nephew Robbie must have wondered what the heck could be so interesting that Koos was always peering into that thing. So he investigated. Ten or fifteen years later, we re-enacted the scene. The original was on their farm Umvoti Villa between Greytown and Kranskop on the Mispah road; the re-enactment was at Mangeni Falls whereContinue reading “What’s In There, Dad?”

Namibia Birding Trip

Geoffrey Kay, birding optometrist, put together a trip to Namibia in 1986. We landed in Windhoek, picked up a VW kombi and rigged it up with a nice big hebcooler in the back. Ice, beer, gin & tonic. Now we were ready for any emergency. West to Daan Viljoen game park where a lion’s roarContinue reading “Namibia Birding Trip”

Celestial Birding in Namibia

While we were birding in Namibia in 1986, a comet buzzed past us. Englishman Edmond Halley, in his 1705 Synopsis of the Astronomy of Comets, used Newton’s new laws to calculate the gravitational effects of Jupiter and Saturn on cometary orbits. He realised that a comet that had appeared in 1682 was probably the sameContinue reading “Celestial Birding in Namibia”

Five Forests

Just back from a Five Days, Five Forests birding trip to Zululand: Nkandla, Entumeni, Dlinza, Ngoye forests; and St Lucia coastal forest. My highlight was Ngoye, about which I’ve heard so much over the years. Especially after Aitch went without me: “Have you been to Ngoye Koos? Oh, no, I remember, you haven’t. So youContinue reading “Five Forests”