After the pig photo the other day we now focus skywards and feature birds. They’re not as easy to photograph as pigs but they’re prettier and more challenging. If you want a challenge.

My friend Heather spends a fortune on bird feed. She has a lovely garden full of trees and large shrubs which all attract birds, plus she feeds them regularly. Every afternoon they start arriving, knowing they will be fed. They sit on the branches and wait patiently for her to scatter seeds and then they plunge down and have a feast.

I spent some time last week hoping for a few great photos (#failed) after a fabulous lunch accompanied by a most delectable wine inadvertently left behind by Heather’s ex after a recent visit – he has his uses.

This is the bird corner. That's their favourite tree and that is their bench.

This is the bird corner. That’s their favourite tree and that is their bench.

birds waiting

Slowly gathering.

swoop and scoff

Feasting – Heather buys only the best seeds and the birds know this is the best spot in town

birds taking off

And of course we take off in a wild flurry at the slightest sound or movement, only to come straight back seconds later.


And the afternoon ends with a shot of the sky at sunset.

About Francoise Armour

I run a small touring company (Tours du Cap) at the bottom of Africa, to show visitors the beauty and vibrant culture of the country I have lived in since my parents brought me here from France as a child. I enjoy taking photos and wish I had learnt to do it properly. I enjoy writing but don't do enough of it. I enjoy walking in the mountains that surround me and I marvel over the views and the flowers and the amazing rock formations. I have a small, cute, clever, black dog of indeterminable breed, named Vida, who reminds me regularly that walking and getting out is not only for when tourists want it.

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A note to all accidental visitors:

I am not a photographer and do not claim to have any particular skills whatsoever in that department. I have enormous respect for those who can see the potential in a scene and can create a great photo. Good photography is an art, in my opinion.

I am just a happy snapper, I have no special lenses or accessories, my camera is very simple and it's usually best to leave the setting on auto.

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