Some of the carpentry students wearing their new ‘Carpenter’s Aprons’ made by the tailoring dept at VETA
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Some friendly beachcomber buddies
Another Hamerkop searching for fish
Charcoal delivery…Tanzania style
These crabs are only about 2 centimetres long….another day beachcombing
Full moon as seen from my garden in Mtwara
Some Tanzanian characters
A row of Baobab trees along the beach……a lovely stroll after work!
Here’s the Roller just before landing…..beautiful colours!
I don’t know what this tree is called but the seed pods were glistening in the evening sun…..couldn’t resist
Lilac-breasted Roller, so named because of the ‘rolling’ it does while in flight.
A stunning sight to see one from above when it’s flying.
I’ll try to get a shot of one with wings open…………….
Wonderful birds……the ‘Hammerkop’, also called ‘Hamerkop’
Interesting nest builders………pairs build the largest roofed nest of any bird. The hammerkop’s enormous nest is generally 5 - 13 m above ground in the fork of a tree. The nest is made of sticks, twigs, grass, dried mud and dung and has a diameter of up to two metres. It is oven-shaped, resembling a closed ball with a small round entrance hole and tunnel in the least accessible side. It is incredibly strong - strong enough to support the weight of a man. Sometimes nests are decorated with brightly-coloured objects. It may take several weeks for a pair to build a nest.
Sometimes nests are abandoned by the hammerkops after a few months, but are used by other birds and reptiles. Even while the hammerkops are in residence, other creatures sometimes use the nest as shelter.
The top one is NOT a Magpie it’s a Crow.
The bottom one is a Cattle Egret….I know because it was sitting on top of a cow just before I took this photo!
In the garden…………..