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
‘Pigeon Pals’ Rock Pigeon ( red mask) and Laughing Dove. 13/5/20 Juvenile Male Amethyst Sunbird 12/5/20 Female Weaver in Fir Tree. Green Woodhoopoe. Adult Female Amethyst Sunbird. 13/5/20 Ark.
Walking the dogs yesterday afternoon we came across a Spotted thick-knee, also know locally as a Dikkop, marching up and down on a piece of open land close to the road looking quite agitated. A few metres further along it became apparent why. Lying on a patch of scrub was it’s fledgling. At first we … More International Rescue! A bird in the hand …
If one swallow does not a summer make … How about two? With apologies to Aristotle. Barn Swallows photographed this afternoon. Ark.
African Hoopoe Alerted by the distinctive ‘whoop whoop’ call I grabbed the camera from my desk and walked smartly to the Wattle tree in the back garden where this gorgeous visitor had popped by for a few moments. Ark
Common Bulbul. Sunday 15 Sep. Ark.
White Bellied Sunbird Female Amethyst Sunbird. Male Masked Cape Weaver Cape Sparrow and Laughing Dove. Crested Barbet 10/9/19 Ark
The sunbirds have been scarce this year, or I have not been as vigilant. Here’s a shot from a while back. White Breasted Sunbird in the Coral Tree. Ark.
Laughing Dove 25/7/19 Bird of the Day
For some reason the sunbirds have been rather scarce this season. In fact, I have yet to see, let alone photograph a male of either the Amethyst, the White Bellied or the Collared. Female Amethyst Sunbird. Ark.