Kirstenbosch, Cape Town’s botanical garden, is a lively place, well patronized by locals as well as visitors. It’s really busy in spring when the flowers put on a spectacular show. There’s a host of activities during this season, not least that of the feathered variety. The sunbirds and sugarbirds dart among the protea pincushions, sipping sweet nectar; thrush, Cape robins, prinia flit in the lower branches catching insects on the wing. Right in the heart of the garden at a busy intersection of pathways sits a Bubo africanus – a Spotted Eagle owl on her nest. In the branches above the male bird casts his beady eye.