A Postcard From The Far East

Temple of Bajra Barahi Chapagoun – Southern Nepal
Message side – the card was sent to me in the mid-1970’s when we were living in Fiji. The card was posted from India. The writer was very enthusiastic about her travels in Asia. She particularly enjoyed Bali and Jakarta. Her message and also the stamps from India add to the fine image of the temple in Nepal.


Something Over Tea

A distinct advantage of travelling even a short way from one’s home environment is the opportunity to both see and photograph birds other than those which have become familiar as garden birds. Take this Pale Chanting Goshawk, for example. Even though it is endemic to much of South Africa and beyond, it is not a bird I would expect to find in our town for it prefers more arid areas. We always look out for them when travelling through two of our nearest national parks:

Another endemic raptor we are more likely to see out in the country is the Jackal Buzzard, although I have seen one in our garden on rare occasions over the years and once photographed one with an injured leg perched on a street lamp on the road below our house:

It is years since we spotted a Cape Longclaw during walks on the…

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