As promised yesterday I am continuing with the weekend's birds we saw on our three outings.
We drove through the boom gate on Sunday morning and the first thing I saw was a Striped Kingfisher on the overhead lines.
The Striped Kingfisher is a small, dry-land kingfisher which feeds on insects, grasshoppers and lizards. It has a dark streaky head; red and black bill and a buffy-white collar. This is the first photo I have taken of the Striped Kingfisher where the azure blue rump and tail are visible!
On the haul road, we passed a number of rollers and bee-eaters which I have featured here before. Grant stopped for a regular bird, but which always makes such a beautiful image.
Southern Red Bishop
At the explosives magazine, we stopped to watch the sunbirds which never disappoint.
Around the next corner, while I photographed a Purple Heron in a pond near the road, Grant spotted a very large bird standing at the top of a dry tree. Not an ordinary bird, but a duck-like bird. It was a Spur-winged Goose which was nothing new to us; yet what was strange, was that this goose was perched on top of a branch (I wondered how? with its webbed feet!)
Spur-winged Goose high on top of a dead tree!
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