For quite a few months now, Grant and I have watched a nest in an acacia tree near the road. Once we thought we'd seen something sitting straight up in the nest. I took photos, and although it looked like cat in the nest, we were sure it was a bird.
After creeping up on this spot about a dozen times, suddenly one day two weeks ago, we were rewarded. The bird, a Black-chested Snake-Eagle was sitting up in the nest.
Black-chested Snake-eagle sitting on its nest
I managed a slightly clearer photo of the bird
As we watched, the Snake-eagle took off from the nest. I set my camera on Scene Function and managed a few photos of it in flight.
The Black-chested Snake-eagle soared around above us and then settled on a tree a little further in the bush!
There are dozens of Black-headed Herons and Sacred Ibis roosted in trees over a small pond just opposite the snake-eagle's nest. They sit quite still and make good photo subjects. Grant waited while I snapped away.
Although there many herons to photograph, I zoomed in on one and here it is! Black-headed Heron
Riding along the wall of New Alhamasi Dam, we were amply rewarded with many waders and other water birds.
Long-tailed (Reed) Cormorant
Black-winged Stilt (Juvenile)
Great White Pelican
Little Egret (I just love this bird with black legs ending in bright golden feet)
Spoonbill - you just have to trust me on this one!
Yellow-billed Storks and Sacred Ibis in flight -
using my Scene Function!
Last Saturday morning Grant arrived about 30minutes early to collect me. He said he'd spotted a Lanner Falcon on the mine road; if we hurried to the area now, I 'd get good photos.
Sure enough when we arrived at the spot, the falcon was perched on a tree some way off the mine road.
Lanner Falcon -a lifer for me
Princess resting outside the enclosure
The pups doing what pups do best: sleeping!
After a hard night's sleeping, I need to relax!
Aaaah, life is so good!
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