If our blog posts are more spaced out, it is because our lives have settled in a happy pattern and/or we’ve forgotten to take nice photos. Fortunately, we broke both trends this Sunday when the family BUNKED CHURCH (!) and went on a spontaneous trip to Lake Chivero National Park.
Chivero is a lovely park, with lots of wildlife on display. We see White Rhinos almost every time we go, and this time we came across a little baby! We followed our standard Chivero plan: drive around, find a spot for tea, drive around some more, walk around Bushman Point, scan the shores for birds, establish ourselves in a picnic spot and have a tasty lunch, amble back towards the gate and head home in time for mid-afternoon tea.
The park has a birdlist of 400+ species, but most are migrants that are only seen infrequently. That said, we still saw >60 species, including 12 that were new to our year-list (and Ellie’s life-list!). Not to brag, but miombo specials like the White-breasted Cukooshrike (which make visiting birders drool with envy) are becoming familiar and ‘old hat’ to us these days. There was one super-special sighting though – the Cranes pictured above. I shared the photo with a birding group, who are all very excited; the last time these birds were seen in this particular park was ~10 years ago!
There was one other sighting that got the blood pumping in a different way. It’s that time of year when ostrich are especially uppity. The males have neon pink shins and the fanciest of plumage, and the lucky ones might already have some eggs to guard. So when one appeared out of the reeds nearby and started in our direction, the family retreated to the car to cries of “Run faster! Don’t look back!”. A wise choice, but one that entertained some nearby fishermen on the lake no end.
– We’re staying with my folks while our previous hosts have guests
– We made another new friend, who is visiting Zim and happy to find people interested in showing her all the fun places. Our perfect job description!
– I’m now lifting Ellie to her workout class, which leaves me with just enough time to go for a run at ART Farm. I say “run” – I take my binos and stop to look at interesting birds. I may or may not find lots of birds interesting when I need to catch my breath. On Monday I found a Hottentot Teal chilling in a river and unperturbed by my gasping noises – score!
– My work is going well, and should mostly wrap up by mid June. Holiday plans are afoot, and I’m starting to plan a new project to fill my days. Stay tuned.
This blog post the product of an unusually early morning wake-up. Here’s a happy verse from today’s reading from Ephesians 1:
17 I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better.
18 I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, 19 and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is like the working of his mighty strength, 20 which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, 21 far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.
22 And God placed all things under his feet and appointed him to be head over everything for the church, 23 which is his body, the fullness of him who fills everything in every way.