Spent a lazy morning this weekend sploshing around the seasonal lagoon at the back of Noordhoek Beach on the Cape Peninsula. This tide- and rain-filled expanse of shin-deep water is typically a winter phenomenon and can attract decent numbers of coastal and wetland birds. On this occasion there were 10s of Black-winged Stilts feeding and resting up, scattered along the shores of the lagoon in small flocks.

Blue-glass reflections, gently active people with dogs and horses, skittishly elegant birds; all quietly serene and numbed by the distant rumble of the ocean.


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