Fiscal Shrike. Migrating White Storks Ciconia ciconia high above our property. Breeds in parts of Eurasia and North Africa, heading south in the non-breeding season to sub-Saharan Africa. In southern Africa, it is common to abundant in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Mozambique and South Africa, largely excluding the arid Karoo. It has a small breeding population … More BIRD WEEKLY – PHOTO CHALLENGE – BIRDS WITH WHITE FEATHERS
I knew this one was going to be a challenge in more ways than one. After all it isn’t as if Johannesburg suburbia is a hotspot for hawks! Anyway, I do have two photographs. Both I have posted before but there may be some who haven’t seen them. The Gymnogene or African Harrier Hawk.
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 … More BIRD WEEKLY – #35: PHOTO CHALLENGE – BIRDS YOU LOVE
I cheated a little with the theme. Dikkop – or Spotted thick knee A rare visitor to our garden – we rescued a chick with a broken leg some time ago while walking the dogs. When they do pitch up it is at night – they are nocturnal – and they are more likely to … More Birds Weekly:#34. Birds (beginning) with the letter “D” in their name.
Female Fiscal Shrike – note the slight orange buff under the wing. Fiscal Shrike – Male. Pair of Speckled Mousebirds. Cape Robin-chat. Common Bulbul. Female Masked Weaver. Female White-Bellied Sunbird. Rameron Pigeon. Many thanks to Lisa for the challenge. Ark.
A small selection of some the birds with brown feathers that visit our spot. Female Thick-Billed Weaver. Mannikin Fledglings Common Bulbul. Olive Thrush. This is a Dikkop chick, or a Spotted Thick-Knee (Burhinus capensis) as it is also known. Ems and I encountered the chick while walking the dogs one morning. The mother was going … More Week #32 – Birds with brown feathers
Unusual topic this week. Nevertheless I dug through my archives and found these two shots that I reckon fit the bill. Barn Swallows on neighbours’ aerial. Tawny Flanked Prinia Thanks once again to Lisa . Ark
I’m annoyed with myself for forgetting this week’s challenge. Anyway, tardy I may be, here’s a few C- Birds. No beach, no waves, just C Cape Robin Chat. Pied Crow. Crowned Plover Cardinal Woodpecker – Female. Crested Barbet Cape Wagtails. Cape Sparrow – Male. Reed Cormorant spying out the koi in the pond. Streaky- headed … More Bird Weekly: Birds Starting With C
Spotted Eagle Owl. Grey Heron. White Stork Pied Crow harrying a Gymnogene.(African Harrier Hawk) Egyptian Goose Hadeda Ibis Pied Crow Homeward Bound. Pair of Hadeda Ibis. All the above were photographed at our property. With thanks to Lisa Coleman for the challenge. Happy New Year to one and all. Ark.
Living in the middle of suburbia, and 600 kms from the beach, water birds of any description are few and far between. However …. as we have a large koi pond occasionally we will get a visit from certain interested parties. Reed Cormorant, perching on the wooden beam overlooking the pond. We’ve had two visits … More BIRD WEEKLY – PHOTO CHALLENGE – BIRDS IN OR NEAR THE WATER OR SNOW