Thursday, February 7, 2013

A variety of Birds continued

As promised, this is a continuation post on yesterday's.  

A Black Bishop male calling

Driving along the airstrip we eventually turned onto the "haul road" (where material is carted/hauled from the mine to the processor) and stopped when I spotted a little raptor on top of the power line pole. I took several photos thinking it was a goshawk or similar until I downloaded it and realised I didn't know what I had on the screen. I sent the photos on to my sister-in-law in South Africa who ID'd it  me. Thanks Shell! 
 A Grey Kestrel in profile

Don't you love its square head? 

And its stern full-face look! 

As we entered town  I saw a couple of hornbills hopping along the branches of a tree beside the road.   Of course we stopped so that I could get photos. 
 The African Grey Hornbill


As I was standing in the open door on the vehicle running board leaning the camera on the roof to take the above photos,  I noticed another bird silhouetted against the sky in the top branches of the tree. 

Black-headed Heron

I hope you're all having a wonderful week so far.


  1. Beautiful bird photos, Jo. I'm glad you are at last getting to see a great variety of birds in your new home. Hugs. xx

  2. Jo: What a wonderful show, the birds of South Africa are just wonderful. They are so colorful and so expressive..

  3. The black bishop and SA's red bishop must be brothers

  4. Great posts - the Grey Kestrel does have a square looking head - strange.

    Would love to see the horn bill.

    The parrot in my picture is not the same bird as the one that hit the window of our house. That one ended up dead!

    Cheers and thanks for linking to WBW.

    Stewart M - Melbourne

  5. Wonderful birds, Jo! Your Black Bishop is gorgeous, so colorful. Neat sighting if the Grey kestrel, that square head is cool. And I love the hornbill, it is a bird I would love to see in the wild. Thanks for sharing your birds. Great photos. Have a happy day!

  6. I start to believe that you have been a cat in your former life ! My cats love birdwatching too ! Love the Grey Kestrel !

  7. Hi Jo! This is a wonderful series of photos. Love the grey kestrel. T he birds in South Africa are beautiful!

  8. Of course, my favorite is still the Black Bishop--but that Hornbill is a beautiful bird also... Thanks, Jo.

  9. Amazing captures--what fun to see such a variety of birds (and get such great pics of them). Mickie :)

  10. Amazing captures--what fun to see such a variety of birds (and get such great pics of them). Mickie :)


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