Like most who enjoy a bit of ornithology, I love pretty much all birds, and am blessed to have such a large number visit my garden on a fairly regular basis. Singling out a favourite is well nigh impossible for moi, however, here are a few that, for various reasons have increased the wow factor when they visit.

African Hoopoe

Green Woodhoopoe

Crested Barbet chick.

White Bellied Sunbird (male)

White-Bellied Sunbird chick

Female white bellied sunbird feeding her chick.

African Green Pigeon. Only seen this bird twice in 20 years and this  was the only photo(s) I was able to take.

Hadeda Ibis.

Hadeda Ibis – flying home.

This Ibis is  almost ubiquitous to larger gardens and parks, as it parades across green spaces hunting for grubs and other insects, but every night they gather in pairs or small groups and fly home to roost.

Thanks as always to Lisa for the challenge.



  1. Love these colorful birds. The chicks are precious! The African Hoopoe is a huge WOW factor! These are all awesome shots and the pigeon would be a rare bird for you and certainly one for me if I ever saw one here in Florida. LOL! 🙂

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  2. Wow! Your yard seems to attract visitations from every known bird species in existence. The number of avian guests frequenting my back yard can be itemized on less than ten fingers: sparrows, chickadees, robins, ravens, crows, grackles, blue jays, woodpeckers and the occasional pigeon,

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    1. Then number of visitors never ceases to amaze, and every now and then another (new) one will turn up.
      Two weeks ago a White Egret seemingly dropped out of nowhere, touched down by the edge of the pond and took flight again immediately.
      It was a blink-and-you-missed-it moment.


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