I used to be very very active in the bird watching and conservation space. I gave it up when I did an MBA in 2008 and then once I graduated, my niece Elizabeth was born so any spare time I had was spent visiting family instead of bird watching.
As part of my big year, I'm keeping a bird list. My longtime friend Gisela arranged a bird watching roadtrip for us last weekend with an overnight stay at a cottage in the bush.
We first drove through Pretoria to see the jacaranda trees in bloom but I think that we were just a bit too late to see them in full bloom.
We then headed to Mkhombo dam and spent a few hours bird watching and enjoying a picnic lunch
In the late afternoon, we headed to Birdsong cottages near Modimolle for the night
We were up early on Sunday morning with coffee and binoculars in hand
I really enjoyed the little roadtrip but I confess...I don't love birdwatching as much as I used to. The passion is gone. I will always love the outdoors and love birds, but I don't want to spend days just watching birds anymore. We all change, I've changed, and I'm ok with that. There are other things which are more important to me now.