Too wet to ride :-(

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I had a great time at Pakamisa (www.pakamisa.com)!

I enjoyed the birding course with Prof. Ian MacDonald, learning a lot about the birds in Kwazulu Natal and – despite the very rainy weather – I got some good bird shots. Staying at this beautiful place in the Zululand hills, enjoying the excellent cuisine and the five star service is a treat. And, as always on Pakamisa, I had the opportunity to take some good horse images.

I was only a bit disappointed that the weather did not allow for my first horse ride. Pakamisa acquired recently a horse which is strong enough to carry a portly gentleman as myself :-).

Well, I hope to be back at Pakamisa soon and I hope the weather will be good enough for my first horse ride 🙂

Picture above: Scarlet-chested Sunbird feeding in the Pakamisa lodge garden.

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Pakamisa’s stables.

20131209 - CS3_2120 - E - SIGTwo of Pakamisa’s Arabians. Baracka (a mare) on the left and her full brother Jamaal.

20131209 - CS3_2208 - E“My horse” at Pakamisa. This beautiful crossbred between a Thoroughbred and a Shire  named Badger is strong enough for me to ride. I am looking forward to my first ride!

20131209 - CS2_6612 - E - SIGA Ostrich portrait taken in the rain at Pakamisa.

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Baby Ostriches grow very fast. The seven youngsters are only three month old, but already almost as tall as their parents.

20131208 - CS3_2055 - E - SIGI (on the left) learned a lot about birds during the course with Prof. Ian MacDonald (on the right).

20131208 - CS2_6465 - E - SIGA Pakamisa bird party. These Weavers and Quelea enjoyed the leftovers from the Ostrich feeding.

20131209 - CS2_6604 - E - SIGA Golden-breasted Bunting chick calling to be fed!