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WPC Serene: Sunday in the bird park

When my mother was still with us, we used to spend many a serene Sunday at the Treehaven Waterfowl Trust Bird Park in Vereeniging, Gauteng. My mother, then 90+-years-old used to love walking in the park and feeding the birds. These photos were taken between 2010 and 2013.

Most of these birds have been placed in the park after they were rescued from adverse circumstances and nursed back to health or were bred in the park. They were very tame and only at feeding time did they become very animated.

WPC Serene

 

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32 Comments

  1. Almal so rustig!

  2. Blog Andrew

    🙂 Lovely photographs Hester, I guess in South Africa flamingos are classed as ‘natural wildlife’ whereas the last one I saw was in a zoo?

    • Comment by post author

      The lesser flamingoes are “near threatened” birds. They flourish in wetlands, but South Africa does not have many of those and currently a large part of the country is still suffering from a severe drought. However, they are wild birds, although a few may be found in birdparks such as this one. I know that the Kamfer Dam in the Northern Cape support a colony of ±80,000 of these birds. Can you imagine that sight?

      • Blog Andrew

        80, 000 must be quite a sight. We see on the News the effects of drought (global warming?) around the world and it’s nature that’s often affected :/

  3. Blog Andrew

    ……………and I enjoyed the video, YouTube can be so effective at times. 🙂

    • Comment by post author

      Thank you, when I uploaded it earlier this evening I was actually surprised with the quality of the video – this was taken with one of the first digital cameras we owned.

      • Blog Andrew

        I’m exactly the same, all of my photos and older videos are taken with a cheap rather old camera. Just shows you don’t need to spend a fortune!

  4. Hester, jy het het voorwaar die mooiste herinneringe van jou ma wat jy hier met ons deel. 💖

  5. Hester, om sulke herinneringe te mag hê, is so kosbaar! Nou verlang ek sommer weer na my ma.

  6. Wonderful, graceful birds, dear Hester.

  7. Looks like a lovely place to spend time.

  8. Die swaan gee so n rustigheid aan die omgewing. Mens kan sommer lank sit en kyk en die voëls geniet. Beslis “serene”

    • Comment by post author

      Ja en wat lekker was, is dat dit net buite die dorp geleë was. Tien minute se ry en hulle het ook ‘n teetuin waar jy iets kan eet. Omdat ek in die middestad gewerk het (maar gelukkig in die buitewyke gewoon het) was dit so lekker om naweke net in die kar te klim en in die buitelug te gaan ontspan.

      • Ai, dis te lekker. Ons het meestal Standerton toe gegaan en langs die Vaalrivier geloop en net gesit. Met teruggaan het ons by die Wimpy n hamburger en melkskommel ge eet.

  9. Dis nou mooi!! Wonderlik dat jou ma op daardie ouderdom nog kon loop en die voëls geniet.
    Ons het altyd met Star Seaside kinders voëlpark toe gegaan in Durban. Een van die uitstappies wat ek die meeste geniet het!! Die see was natuurlik eerste, dan stampkarretjies 😀😀😀😀😀

  10. This is very serene indeed. A beautiful entry to the challenge.

  11. Wat een lawaai. Geen wonder dat ze zo fel zijn, tussen al die concurrenten moet je toch zien aan je kostje te komen.

  12. Very nice collection of images, looks like a nice spot to visit.

  13. Iemand in ons jeuggroep wie se pa oorlede is het ek eenmaal na so ‘n plek geneem ek wonder wat van die personn geword het.

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