Serenity: When dusk falls in False Bay

Picture the scene as day gently falls towards dusk and colours distill through the waters on the bay.  Our community of dassies settle over the rocks and there on the highest is “Pavarotti’ singing  arias.

The alpha male sings to his harem.
The alpha male sings to his harem.

What his songs signify I’m not sure, but the females gather up in groups and appear to listen intently.  They’re a social community within a hierachy with the alpha male lording over the clan.   These Rock Hyrax have 21 different vocalisations; we can certainly pick up on the nuance of their calls, from high pitched alarm to this slow repetitive “chunking”.  Since there are no obvious threats or predators lurking I assume his evening songs are peaceful, although you’ll notice the dark fur around the dorsal gland is raised.  It’s looking mellow out there, whether this has a sexual overtone, I wait to observe…. Meanwhile further along, the roosting cormorants are settling in for the night; their conversation of gutteral grunts and groans has us in stitches as we listen to their syncopated chorus.

The cormorants heckle on the rocks.
The cormorants heckle on the rocks.

All in all its a glorious evening as the sea laps quiety along the coast – short lazy waves, sighing.  Such blissful serenity. Why not pop over to the WordPress blog post “Serenity” to see other portrayals of the theme and meet with the weekly community of photographers?

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24 thoughts on “Serenity: When dusk falls in False Bay

    1. Thanks for your comments, Mike. Why not have a go at the photo challenge? The subject for the week comes out on a Friday evening. The WordPress community is supportive and through this weekly challenge you’ll get to meet other bloggers and a wider audience for your own blog.

  1. Well I just had to find out what they sound like so I googled and I love them even more now, what fascinating voices! Brilliant Liz, thanks for my early morning smile 🙂

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