I've put together a post of the new, lifers and great variety of birds we spotted. And as often happens, while you're concentrating on finding the feathered species, a couple of mammals cross your path as well.
I also have several LBJ's which I've sent on to Jez for identification so I hope to post them at a later stage.
Blue-naped mousebird: I first saw this pretty bird in Kenya but over the weekend was the first time I saw it here in Tanzania
The first time I saw this "gory" bird, was on the apartment balcony rail in Khartoum. This weekend I managed to photograph it again
Although we saw many Yellow-billed Storks in Kenya, this was the first one I saw in Tanzania. Apologies for the "white-out" image
The Grey-headed Kingfisher provides a perfect subject for photography
These little buck were plentiful. There were little groups at regular intervals as we drove through the bush
Although I've posted about Namaqua doves before, I've not yet been able to get a clear photo of the female who's different from the male.
The Namaqua dove (female) lacks the black face, has a brown bill and a slightly shorter tail
Grant and I love seeing raptors, but often find it difficult to identify them. We spotted this Gabar Goshawk last week but not being too sure about it, we sent the photos off to Jez. The positive id returned: Gabar Goshawk!
A Gabar Goshawk who stood beautifully still while I took photos!
The next bird is one I've posted about before. But it came towards me while I was trying to focus on a Sandpiper which just wouldn't stand still, so I captured this pretty Three-banded Plover instead.
Then came the sighting of the day and also a lifer for me and Grant. On the dam, while I tried to focus on an egret, this long-legged waterbird walked onto my camera screen. I couldn't stop taking photos of it so I'm treating myself and my readers to several!
Yes, those legs are actually THAT long!
This image emphasizes it's name!
As this is the only stilt in Africa, I was mighty pleased to see it last weekend.
And as if to spoil us with even more enjoyment, I managed to capture the image below in the setting sun.
A White-browed Coucal
I'm linking my Wild Bird Wednesday post with Stewart in Australia.
I hope you're all having a wonderful day.