Text and images by Margie Ogston
“Retirement gives you wings,” was the suggested topic for a short presentation to members at the Hermanus Bird Club annual Members’ Evening on Wednesday 22 June.
Barbara Swart had recently retired from Unisa and kept the members entertained with quirky comments on her academic career, which in conjunction with many of the pictures that I had selected for the talk, provided us all with a delightful 20 minutes of light humour.
With emphasis on the freedom to move and travel, shots of various species in flight were viewed.
Barbara scanned the various National Parks and Reserves which we have frequented, and demonstrated the vast countryside and habitats in which we live and can enjoy travelling.
During our most recent trip, the Mountain Zebra National Park, Ebb and Flow in Wilderness, and the farm Garingboom in the Karoo were visited and proved very exciting.
The Cinnamon-breasted Bunting (Klipstreepkoppie) in the Mountain Zebra Park was a lifer, as were the Red-throated Wryneck (Draaihals), Melodious Lark (Spotlewerik) and Buffy Pipit (Vaalkoester) in the Karoo.
Wilderness, as always, has special moments and the hides and forests were alive with species. Knysna Turaco (Knysna-loerie), Green Woodhoopoe (Rooibek-kakelaar) and the one lifer, a Terrestrial Brownbul (Boskrapper), kept our eyes raised to the treetops for many hours.
Retirement does give you wings of freedom, which we will continue to use.