Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Orange River White-Eye

An Orange River White-eye poses for me in the pepper tree

Last month before I left South Africa I meandered through my garden in the late afternoon. I always have my camera in my hand and while trying to capture a few photos of the Black-Collared Barbet nesting in a tree over my neighbour's wall, I turned around saw an Orange River White-eye in the pepper tree above me. It's not easy to capture these active little birds so I felt singularly blessed to get all these beautiful images that day. These photos can be enlarged for a better effect.
These little birds don't often sit still for long, but this one seemed to be interested in what I was doing!

The Orange River White-eye is a small, greenish warbler with a peachy flank and prominent eye-rings. The eye-rings look as if a human has taken a white marker pen and drawn it around the eye. These birds usually occur in flocks. The one pictured above had probably flown up here from my large garden pond to the left of the photo where whole flocks normally bath and cavort under the waterfall.

They are abundant in woodlands, forests, thickets, plantations and gardens. They have a remarkably loud warbling song uttered mostly at dawn with constant high pitched swizzling calls to each other continuing all day.
Here he's listening to the call of a mate

Once again, he turns to watch me
Now he cocks his head and peers at me almost from under his wing
I managed to take this photo a nano-second before he took flight


  1. What a neat little bird, Jo... I've never heard of them... Love the white-eye.

    Thanks for sharing. You know how much I love the little birds.

  2. What BEAUTIFUL birds...God has created for our enjoyment.

  3. Faboulous shots of the beautifully coloured Bird. It is so hard to capture birds. Well done. Thanks for the info too.

  4. What a beautiful little bird. Nice captures Jo. Plus a reminder of your other home.

  5. What a dear little bird, and how lucky for you to be right there. I think this is the first time I have ever seen one.
    Sunny :)

  6. Hi Betsy;) I knew you would love these pictures. The white eye ring is quite unique, not so?

    Hi Deb;) yes, praise God for these beautiful creatures.

    Hi diane;) I was thrilled with these photos taken with my Canon. While travelling I use my lovely little Sony but in my garden and when I did newspaper reports I used the Canon.

    Oh Gaelyn;) yes, it was good to look at my home and garden again.

    Hi Sunny;) this one and the Cape White-eye (very similar) is endemic to South Africa. The other white-eyes are found all over Africa. I'm hoping to see an African Yellow white-eye here in North Africa. I spotted them in West Africa. thanks for popping in. (((Hugs))) Jo

  7. Ida from South Africa
    4U: "Then your light will break out like the dawn, and your recovery will speedily spring forth; and your righteousness will go before you: the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard... And the Lord will continually guide you, and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and give strength to your bones: and you will be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water whose waters do not fail" (Isaiah 58:8,11)
    Hi vriendin, was 'n bietjie besig en my ma het by my gekuier - was lanklaas op jou blog. Jou e-mail adres nog dieselfde? Hoop jy geniet jou voëlkykery sommer baie in Khartoum ook!! Liefde, Ida

  8. What wonderful shots of this interesting creature. Every one is so clear. I still have trouble getting good bird shots - I usually panic and they end up blurry in my haste to capture something before they fly off.

  9. That is a darling little bird. You are good about taking pictures "on the fly"!
    Hope you're having a lovely week.
    Hugs, D.

  10. Hi Ida:) dankie, jy is dierbaar. Hierdie glasogie was in my tuin by die huis. Daar is voels hier maar ek was nog min buite. Sal langs die Nylrivier loop en kyk wat is daar.

    Thanks, VioletSky;) it is diffictult to capture these creatures without a MASSIVE zoom which I don't have. Thanks for popping in.

    Hi Dedene;) thanks, it's Sunday here in the Sudan (Friday!) and my week has been super.


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