Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Last birding before our leave

The past weekend was our last here on site before we go out on a month's leave.  While in SA we'll see birds, but because there is so much [else] to do on holiday, this pass-time doesn't take center stage. (Although I ALWAYS take photos of the many birds in our Marquard garden and while we're on the road touring by motorcycle or car!)

So here goes for our last East Africa birding until mid-February.
Striped Kingfisher

Just after driving through the boom gate near our home, we spotted three birds in quick succession. A Striped Kingfisher, a Common Kestrel and a Black-headed Heron.
Common Kestrel (Male)

 Black-headed Heron

Along the bush road on the way to the dam, we saw many dik-dik (more than a dozen in several places); a little family of bush-rats, many mousebirds, sparrows, and a couple of seed-eaters which I still need to identify. I also photographed a canary which I have ID'd but I'm waiting for confirmation from Jez who's on leave in Ireland.

In the bush opposite the dam wall,  I photographed a Purple Heron; a Slate-colored Boubou (very shy and very difficult to photograph); a Madagascar Pond Heron (not shown here); quite a large flock of Reed (Long-tailed) Cormorants and  a pair of Grey Wagtail with the male displaying beautifully.

Purple Heron

Slate-colored Boubou

Reeed (Long-tailed) Cormorant at the water's edge

Reed (Long-tailed) Cormorant drying its wings
Grey Wagtail

Grey Wagtail male displaying 

For more bird posts around the world, please click on Wild Bird Wednesday hosted by Steward Monkton.


  1. I am amazed by the number of birds you see and photograph. (All of our birds have flown south, I guess. I haven't seen any lately.) Enjoy your SA sojourn!

  2. Nice to get in some last minute birding. Safe journey.

  3. Jo, great birding outing..You saw a nice variety of birds. The Kingfisher is cool and I love the kestrel and Pretty Wagtail. Thanks for sharing your WBW. Have a happy week!

  4. If Arthur would be a real blogger he would love your post ! All these birds ... how yummy !

  5. hi Jo. Lovely selection of birds on this post. happy holidays and please stay safe if you are travelling on that bike!!!

  6. Great photos of your birds… Interesting how the birds are so different from one area to another….

    Thanks for your nice comments on my blog. This will truly be a lifelong process for me… I've made a lot of strides--but need to keep AT IT forever.


  7. Good set of pics again, love the Kestrel, and its always interesting to see new birds to me.
    All the best Gordon

  8. Lovely shots.


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