Grant and I hadn't been out birding since the last week of July so we had a contest to see who would spot the first bird. Guess who did? Ha!
The first bird we saw was the colorful Greyheaded Kingfisher - I spotted it!
Just a little way along the road, and Grant pointed to the top of a dead tree. I focused my camera and picked up a pair of African Grey Hornbill!
African Grey Hornbill (Pair)
This was one of the pair that I posted in yesterday's Skywatch Friday post
Then we heard a familiar call...
...the ubiquitous D'Arnaud's Barbet
And while I snapped away at the barbet, I saw a bird fly into the thicket. I focused on the spot where it had landed and was thrilled to pick up the normally effusive Slate-colored Bou-bou!
Still driving through the thick part of the bush, we saw a flash of silver and reddy-orange across our path.
As we approached the small body of water where we'd viewed birds during the dry season, Grant stopped so that I could photograph the many herons. They were sitting perched in all manner of heron-like stances on branches and atop trees in the dam. One heron perched precariously on a single branch jutting out from the bank near the vehicle, caught my eye. Such acrobatics (and done with such ease) just needed to be recorded!
As the bushveld opened up, Grant and I both saw a flock of mousebirds fly into a treetop near the road. He stopped, I got out and stood on the running board. With my camera resting on the car roof, I was thrilled to get photos of this beautiful bird, endemic to West and Central Africa and the whole of East Africa!
The Blue-naped Mousebird...
...gave me many opportunities...
...to capture its diagnostic blue nape!
As we drove off from this exciting sighting of the Blue-naped Mousebirds, we saw a flash of blue across our vehicle's path. The bird landed in a nearby bush and Grant stopped for me to photograph it.
I'm going to do this post in two parts. So for now I'm linking with Saturday Critters with Eileen which you can visit by clicking here
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend.