So although I had a lonely Sunday morning at home, I managed to sort through my files and choose a several photos to write about.
The first bird I photographed a week ago, was a raptor. As usual the lighting and upward distance was challenging and although I took quite a number of photos, this was the only one worth posting. Once downloaded, Grant and I thought it might be an immature Bateleur. We weren't at all sure, so we sent it off to Jez for identification. He came back with a definite and positive ID.
Just around the next corner, I spotted a bird high up in a tree and Grant stopped for me to take photos.
At the dam, we naturally saw many different waterbirds which I've posted about. However, while we sat in the vehicle we suddenly noticed a small flock of doves pecking in the clay near us. As I panned in on them, I noticed an African Jacana also feeding in the same manner. As I've always only photographed this bird wading knee-deep in the water, I was thrilled to get photos of its feet exposed. In Afrikaans this bird is known as a Langtoon = Long toe. These photos below show how long the African Jacana's toes actually are!
African Jacana with its ultra long toes
Although the left food is blurred in movement, you can see the length of the African Jacana's toes. These are used for lily-hopping.
As we entered the security gate into town, I spotted a bird on the overhead power lines.
Back at home, I crept out into my back garden after I'd put out bird seed. (the cats were asleep in the house) Although the Grey-headed Sparrows and Red-eyed Doves flew up into the branches above, a pretty little seed eater remained and continued to peck at the seeds.
He was totally unfazed by my proximity so I managed quite a number of photos
A bird which makes the first call in the morning (as early as 4.30am) and the last to call at night, is the Spotted Palm Thrush. It has the most beautifully melodious song and a variety of strident calls. It is also known as a great mimic!
Spotted Morning-Thrush ...
...perched on my garden fence
Then from the comfort of my office chair I regularly get a close-up of the Marico sunbirds (only one pair) who come to our nectar feeders. If I move slowly and there isn't a reflection on the glass, I normally get a photo. Last week however, I managed my best photo this year. Take a look and let me know what you think of my piece de resistance.
Marico Sunbird (Male) at our nectar feeder
I'm linking my post today to Wild Bird Wednesday which is hosted by Stewart in Australia. Do click on the link here
I hope you're all having a wonderful week.