04 February 2022

Summer holiday - finally

23 December 2021 - Colesberg; Day 1

We had been looking forward to our summer holiday in Plettenberg Bay for quite some time. Originally we were going to fly, but to reduce the Covid risk changed our plans to drive down - breaking the journey in Colesberg.

We arrived at Van Zylsvlei B&B just before sunset and after checking in had a walk around and a great home-cooked dinner. I was up early in the morning for a pre-breakfast walk and it was quite fresh compared to Jozi standards. There wasn't much typical Karoo habitat around the B&B, so I had to make do with what I found.

Familiar Chat's were plentiful around the buildings and some with recently fledged young

Familiar Chat (Oenanthe familiaris)

On the farm boundary, I had African Red-eyed Bulbul's

African Red-eyed Bulbul (Pycnonotus nigricans)

and views of White-backed Mousebird's, although they were not too obliging

White-backed Mousebird (Colius colius)

I walked outside the farm and had calling Eastern Clapper Lark's but they were too high up. A Yellow Canary added a splash of colour in scrub

Yellow Canary (Crithagra flaviventris)

It was then time for a hearty breakfast and to continue the next leg of the journey to Plett, via Prince Albert Pass

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