Three birds, on a cold winter’s day. Speckled Mousebird Glossy Starling Cape Wagtail. The Wagtail is an infrequent visitor to our spot and I initially heard her rather than saw her. Being quite a small bird it took me a few moments to locate her. Ark
Unlike their cousins, the speckled mousebird, who visit on a daily basis, the Red-Faced Mousebird is a rare visitor. Indeed, so infrequent that, in the 18yrs I have lived here this is only the third time I have seen it and managed to photograph. A small group of six landed among the neighbours’ fruiting … More Watch the Birdy
Greater Double Collared Sunbird. Pair of Black Collared Barbets. With thanks to Lisa Coleman for the challenge. Ark.
While mucking about in the garden with Catherine yesterday afternoon – she and her mum had come for dinner and we were checking up on the tomatoes she had seeded – she looked up and pointed. ”Look, Douglas, birds.” Good eyesight she has. Way, way up high riding the thermals was a large flock of … More Watch the birdy
Pair of Gymnogene (African Harrier Hawk) silhouetted against a deep blue Johannesburg sky. Negative space is this week’s theme over at Lens-Artists, hosted by Amy. Ark.
We have two species of Mousebird that visit, the almost ubiquitous Speckled and this one, the Red Faced. The latter rarely makes an appearance. So infrequent are their visits that this is only the second time in 18 years I’ve seen one, let alone managed a photograph. Made for a very pleasent morning! Ark.
Photographed this afternoon. Ark
Only the second sighting of this bird at our spot in almost 20 years, and the first time I have photographed it. What a beauty. As you can imagine this was a rather special encounter. I am still smiling. This takes the tally to 53 bird species photographed in the garden! 21/8/20 Ark
Bronze Mannikins. Parent and Chicks. Ark
An excited call from my son had me grabbing my camera. Gymnogene or African Harrier Hawk. What a treat this was! Photographed atop one of the trees across the road. Some of you may remember me posting a couple of shots of one of these magnificent raptors being harried by a Pied Crow a while … More Watch the Birdy
Hadeda Ibis. 14/6/2020 Ark
Fiscal Flycatcher Juvenile Amethyst Sunbird. Olive Thrush. Photographed yesterday and today. Ark