A few weeks ago I posted about a walk outside camp while trying to photograph an elusive but very beautiful bird: a Gonalek. I said I would persevere until I had a photo. Well, this weekend, while out birding on the mine, I finally managed to photograph
my a Gonalek!
The first time we saw this beautiful bush-shrike it was hopping about and "hiding" in thickets below the dam wall. On Sunday we heard it calling again and crept around in the same thorn scrub under the same dam wall trying to get a glimpse of it. No success.
Eventually it was time to head back to camp and we made our way - slowly, birders never rush when out in the field - up the road past the mine offices. In a dense thorn bush on the side of the road, I saw a flash of red. Grant noticed it as well and stopped the car. There, perched on a thick branch in full view, was a Black-headed Gonalek!
The Black-headed Gonalek is a bush-shrike with a black back and head and striking crimson underparts. It has yellow eyes and a buffy vent. The male has a strident whistle, "wheeoo" which the females answers with a harsh, grating "quurr".
The Black-headed Gonalek
A closer image of the Black-headed Gonalek
The bird whistled here:"wheeoo"