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Title: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 14, 2011, 04:36:14 pm
Birds of South Africa

I’ve had the thought of starting this thread for some time now. Going on tour we get to see a lot of birds, and I’ve often wondered about the different types and their names. I’m not really into birding, but I would like to know more about the birds that I do get to see.
So here goes.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 14, 2011, 04:37:25 pm
Cape Wagtail
Kwikkie
Motacilla capensis simplicissima.

Spotted at Bloemhof dam nature reserve on my way to the 2009 bash, this little guy was collecting grass for nest building.

Found from Kenya and eastern Zaire southwards to the Cape.

Source – Roberts Birds of South Africa
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: theotherguy on November 14, 2011, 04:48:42 pm
what a let down,
this thread had serious potential...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 14, 2011, 05:03:53 pm
what a let down,
this thread had serious potential...
What were you expecting? For everything to just fall into your lap? Shees.  :eek7:
Like all other threads on this forum, it will become what the members make of it.
So stop thinking it's a let - down, and start adding your own input.

Ok so for the record - this thread is not just about birds that I have spotted. Everybody, please add your own pics and descriptions.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on November 14, 2011, 05:08:21 pm
Sorry not on a bike, Kgalagadi NP, Botswana side. Rooibors Laksman, if not mistaken ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on November 14, 2011, 05:15:50 pm
Subscribed :thumleft:
Pity i got a lousy camera so rely on bino's & ticking off in the book.
Anyone know if the new Roberts(i think) book is out on the shelves yet?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 14, 2011, 05:23:11 pm
This looks like the Greater Striped Swallow.
Spotted at Allemanskraal Dam in the Freestate on the way back from the 2010 bash.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: punisher on November 14, 2011, 05:35:57 pm
dont even ask me 
spotted in sondela
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: punisher on November 14, 2011, 05:37:52 pm
granadella bird
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 14, 2011, 05:45:35 pm
This one, as far as I can tell, is the Red Billed Hornbill. Spotted in the municipal camping ground at Marloth Park in August of 2010.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 14, 2011, 07:42:24 pm
Leondude, it looks like Yellow bill horn bills


mine from Saturday: (first the mommy/daddy then the baby)






Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 14, 2011, 07:46:23 pm
Pied kingfisher:



Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 14, 2011, 07:52:16 pm
Little bee eater:

(you can stop me, i love taking photos of birds and have lots)


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Chuck U Farley on November 14, 2011, 07:59:45 pm
Little bee eater:

(you can stop me, i love taking photos of birds and have lots)




Awesome! :thumleft:

Maybe for the really pro shots (like Beltzer's), it would be cool if you could tells us what camera & lens you used. Settings as well if you want!

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 14, 2011, 08:11:13 pm
Little bee eater:

(you can stop me, i love taking photos of birds and have lots)




Awesome! :thumleft:

Maybe for the really pro shots (like Beltzer's), it would be cool if you could tells us what camera & lens you used. Settings as well if you want!

Different setting, depending on the light and stuff, I'm not a pro, i take LOTS of photos and 99% of them are crap, but the one that works makes it worth while (its like my golf). I have a 300mm, cheap canon lens.

The setting are normally low f-stops and high shutter speed, as birds move the whole time, but the light has to be right.

the Fish eagles was 200mm focal length, f/5.6 and 1/4000 shutter speed

the pied king fisher was 300MM, F/5.6 and 1/320 sec shutter speed
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on November 15, 2011, 09:44:37 pm
Hi Leondude.

Good idea for a thread  :thumleft:

I think I'm in the same league as Beltzer, take a gazillion photo's and hope I get a few good ones  ;D

By the way, Leondude, I think the first photo you posted isn't a wagtail but rather a Whitebrowed Robin or possibly a kalahari robin. Check out the rufous (reddish) upper tail, the wagtail is all grey and has a definite black/grey breast band, not visible on your photo.

One of mine

Southern Ground Hornbill
(http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g449/alli082/Birds/file-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 15, 2011, 10:06:56 pm
Thanks alli.
Identifying birds from photies is not the easiest thing, so I'm happy to be corrected.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 15, 2011, 10:11:46 pm
Very interesting thread LD

I will dig out my collection of birds visited and seen from the saddle of my bike.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on November 16, 2011, 12:22:17 am
Golden Tailed Woodpecker near Pilansberg, watched him for hours as he tapped away at the tree.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on November 16, 2011, 06:57:14 am
Very interesting thread LD

I will dig out my collection of birds visited and seen from the saddle of my bike.

That might need re-phrasing....or is it just me?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 16, 2011, 09:26:37 am
Very interesting thread LD

I will dig out my collection of birds visited and seen from the saddle of my bike.

That might need re-phrasing....or is it just me?

 :imaposer: Sharp this morning PP  :thumleft:

no these will be the feathered kind  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: The Rock on November 16, 2011, 09:31:29 am
nice thread!

i like birds - those with feathers too!  :mwink:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 16, 2011, 06:04:18 pm
Grey headed king fisher:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 16, 2011, 06:08:21 pm
Nice Beltzer. Where did you take that one?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 16, 2011, 06:25:11 pm
Nice Beltzer. Where did you take that one?


In Malawi, but i have seen them at the coast in KZN
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 16, 2011, 06:27:50 pm
African Openbill basking in the sun (Ugly mofo):






Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: jimjim on November 19, 2011, 04:21:03 pm
Great thread! Subscribed.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Lourens ツ on November 19, 2011, 04:57:14 pm
Here are some of mine.  I don't know the correct names.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 20, 2011, 01:49:06 am
my guesses from top to bottom:

Lilac breasted roller
Red billed ox pecker
Bromvoel
Springkaaan voel
Burchals cougal = very nice pic
Dikkop
Lepelaar
Sacret Ibis
Whitefaced ducks
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ThysBasson on November 20, 2011, 05:51:47 am
Ek het hierdie voëls almal in my tuin afgeneem. Foto se naam is die afrikaanse naam vir die voëls.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 20, 2011, 03:01:48 pm
Very nice photos TB   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on November 20, 2011, 03:23:07 pm
Nice thread...helps to keep thing real. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on November 21, 2011, 12:24:46 am
Saw this in my garden in Midrand this afternoon, pin-tailed whydah, what a cool bird.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on November 21, 2011, 07:38:29 pm
nice!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 30, 2011, 08:15:46 pm
Here's my attempt at a Fish Eagle, taken at Marloth park municipal campsite.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on November 30, 2011, 08:27:28 pm
Awesome thread!
love bird pics..especially the raptors.
Have to confess to knowing few of the names but marvel at them non the less  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: EddieS on November 30, 2011, 09:59:48 pm
Fantastic tread ... now lets get this one to 188 pages, like the other bird thread on the forum!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on December 01, 2011, 01:52:26 am
We have these owls in our garden

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Gevlekteooruil01.jpg)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Gevlekteooruil02.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wolweseun on December 01, 2011, 02:29:54 pm
 :peepwall:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on December 30, 2011, 02:02:29 pm
We have these owls in our garden


Youre lucky! I love owls
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on December 30, 2011, 02:46:30 pm
Subscribed
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on December 30, 2011, 10:10:09 pm
Birds i could not ID. Maybe someone can help

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on January 04, 2012, 06:47:23 pm
Beltzer, that last pick, IMG_1621 crop.jpg, looks like a yellow fronted canary.

(Guess who's got a new bird book!  :biggrin:  )
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wildcoast on January 04, 2012, 06:55:05 pm
Think the little hawk is a black shouldered kite
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on January 04, 2012, 06:55:48 pm
And the middle bird is a Black shouldered Kite..

Your first bird is a puzzler though, it looks like it might be molting into it's summer breeding colours.

''edit''  ha ha wildcoast, you beat me to the draw
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on January 04, 2012, 08:42:12 pm
Red-headed weaver taken just outside Numbi gat KNP
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on January 04, 2012, 09:05:45 pm
.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on January 04, 2012, 09:08:42 pm
Woodland kingfisher also near Numbi gate

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on January 04, 2012, 10:47:42 pm
Birds i could not ID. Maybe someone can help


I think that might be a female shaft tailed wydah???
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 08, 2012, 06:59:10 pm
thanks ppl. Ill tick of the yellow eyed canary  and the kite, the other one im not to sure about.


alli: that woodland kingy is a beaut!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 08, 2012, 07:11:36 pm
i like doves, this one is my best find:

Mourning dove
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frabans on January 08, 2012, 08:26:46 pm
great thread, subscribed!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on January 08, 2012, 09:30:06 pm
i like doves, this one is my best find:

Mourning dove


I think doves are so common that most people don't give them a second look...... they should! Lots of subtle shades of colours.

Red-eyed dove taking a well deserved goof.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 08, 2012, 10:00:31 pm
hungry mouths, must be a mission to feed these, there were three of them!

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on January 09, 2012, 06:22:23 am
Ha Ha! I'm sure they're a full time job for the parents. Very lekker pic Beltzer
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: White Rhino on January 09, 2012, 06:51:10 am
Seagull - Biking around the Italian islands - same species as SA, I think

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: White Rhino on January 09, 2012, 06:53:38 am
Early morning bath
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: White Rhino on January 09, 2012, 07:00:41 am
Soo early in the morning dude !
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 11, 2012, 07:10:49 pm
Ek dink dis die Jan Groentjie in sy oorgangs fase na volwassenheid

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Voeltjie.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on January 11, 2012, 07:35:54 pm
Ja, Dual, kan net hy wees. Naais.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 11, 2012, 08:55:46 pm
ja naaise!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wildcoast on January 11, 2012, 09:18:49 pm
Love this thread, keep it rolling folks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on January 11, 2012, 09:49:20 pm
Please can you guru's teach me the raptor's that live in WP.
I know some of the adults..it's the juveniles that make it tricky  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 11, 2012, 10:10:45 pm
Please can you guru's teach me the raptor's that live in WP.
I know some of the adults..it's the juveniles that make it tricky  ;)

did you know, a ornithological fact of the avian variety is that the raptors are most difficult?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 13, 2012, 05:23:14 pm
Die voeltjie het baie lang bene - Rooipoot Elsie

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Voel01.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on January 13, 2012, 08:40:09 pm
I was watching the lady weaver feeding the young.

Then a couple of minutes later saw the Acacia Pied Barbet (Bonthoutkapper) entering their nests.

It is known that they do occasionally utilizes other birds nests.

(at home in Durbanville)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: jenn on January 13, 2012, 08:49:44 pm
:-)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 14, 2012, 07:08:12 am
Kaapse Suikervoël

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/KaapseSuikervoel.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on February 10, 2012, 10:44:58 pm
one from Pilanesburg

Female Cape Weaver?


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on February 10, 2012, 10:48:49 pm
Marico Flycatcher and a Fiscal Flycatcher

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on February 10, 2012, 10:52:30 pm
and a Bar-throated Apalis
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on February 11, 2012, 09:37:20 am
Does anybody go up to Veldrift? There's some great photo oportunities there. River, Estuary & Marshland not to mention the Seabirds :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on April 12, 2012, 07:00:32 pm
Got this beauty this past weekend at Pilansberg. It's a lilac - breasted roller.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on April 12, 2012, 07:06:45 pm
Not the best of photos, but this was a new one for me, a Pied Kingfisher.
A beautiful bird to see live.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on April 12, 2012, 07:11:46 pm
The Pilansberg is great for birding.
Here's a Little Egret
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: chicco on April 12, 2012, 07:17:28 pm
Zimbabwe Papegaai  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on April 12, 2012, 08:38:44 pm
Zimbabwe Papegaai  :biggrin:


:imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on April 12, 2012, 09:41:42 pm
Took these at Rooisand Nature Reserve last week - between Kleinmond and Arabella

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Bird01.jpg)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Bird02.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on July 19, 2012, 10:17:25 am
 :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 19, 2012, 11:48:53 am
thanks ppl. Ill tick of the yellow eyed canary  and the kite, the other one im not to sure about.


alli: that woodland kingy is a beaut!

Time to add some pics I think!

Beltzer - first pic - by the thorn-bush I imagine pic was taken in the  Northern Province somewhere perhaps? If so, it looks like a Red-Billed Buffalo Weaver......
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 19, 2012, 01:11:22 pm
Guess what this is: clues: Its not a Burchell's Coucal. Photo was taken in Malawi.

 

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Joupa on July 19, 2012, 01:44:11 pm
vleiloerie of n spookvoel
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dookie on July 19, 2012, 02:06:20 pm
Vleiuloerie.

Spookvoel lyk hillemal anners - groen, grys en geel.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 19, 2012, 02:11:25 pm
I think a Vleiloerie is a Burchell's Coucal, and he said it's not one?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 19, 2012, 04:04:41 pm
1st Guess - Senegal Coucal
2nd Guess - Coppery-tailed Coucal

And thats all I can find in the cheat-sheet
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Giepie on July 19, 2012, 06:46:59 pm
My 1st Guess also Senegal Coucal
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 20, 2012, 08:18:35 am
Climbing Turtle and Giepie is correct. Its a Senegal Cougal, the other cougals are not found in that area where i took the photo, but it looks almost like the Vleiloerie (Burchell's Cougal), well i could not see the difference.

Another thing, you must get the Chaimberlain's bird book. Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara. there is lot of interesting birds in there which do not live in SA, makes me want to go travel through Africa.



Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 20, 2012, 08:22:12 am
Thanks Beltzer - I use the Sasol and Roberts books mainly - and I have the Sasol book App loaded on my iPhone for emergency use....! Picked up the Coucal as it was the only one outside of SA with the couling etc.

I will look out for the Chaimberlains book.....

A couple of pics to follow....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 20, 2012, 08:41:46 am
African Olive Pigeon - in my garden - East Rand

Black Headed Oriole - Mabula Game Reserve
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 22, 2012, 12:40:17 am
Nice! I havn't seen a Black Headed Oriole in a long long time!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 23, 2012, 08:48:36 am
Black Oyster Catcher - Whale Trail - De Hoop Nature Reserve - Southern Cape

Collared Barbet - Home - East Rand
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 23, 2012, 12:45:16 pm
Hmmmmmmmmmmm --nice to see that a cool thread has been started --One of my Passions -- been birding since the age of 10 --just hope they will stop changing the names  ::)

Both are now been on the threatened list for a while --

Ground Hornbill Juvi ( young one )

(http://img259.imageshack.us/img259/1613/kruger805061.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/259/kruger805061.jpg/)

Adult Ground Hornbill.

(http://img221.imageshack.us/img221/8906/kruger2006007.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/221/kruger2006007.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 23, 2012, 01:14:18 pm
Thanks Blazes, I have not seen a Ground Hornbill in the wild for a long time, hope to see one later this year when I go to Kruger, which is the only place I've ever seen them in the wild.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 23, 2012, 01:54:15 pm
We see Ground Hornbills fairly often in the southern part of the park, near Berg-en-Dal - they also have a couple of families at Mabula (there is a breeding project there).

Blazes - really nice clear pics - what camera & lens? Clearly something bigger than my little Sigma 70-300  ;D

Methinks I may have to head out to Marievale for a days browsing soon!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 24, 2012, 07:29:00 am
We see Ground Hornbills fairly often in the southern part of the park, near Berg-en-Dal - they also have a couple of families at Mabula (there is a breeding project there).

Blazes - really nice clear pics - what camera & lens? Clearly something bigger than my little Sigma 70-300  ;D

Methinks I may have to head out to Marievale for a days browsing soon!

Was taken with my el -cheepo HP Photosmart --  ::) at least now i have something better to take pics with  ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Koot on July 24, 2012, 04:55:37 pm
Here are some of mine
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 24, 2012, 05:03:31 pm
Have you ID'd them Koot?

Nice pics, btw!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Koot on July 24, 2012, 05:07:48 pm
Hi CT,

Nope, I took them during some travels. The first one is a seagull in New Zealand, the next two was taken in North-West from very close up, they are extremely small little birds. And the last one was taken in Corfu, Mediteranean.

My knowledge and experience confirm all to be birds! :imaposer: :pot:

Do you have any idea?

Regards
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 24, 2012, 05:13:04 pm
OK - I'll go first....

The first one is Bill.....  :imaposer:

Seriously tho, no clue on the foreigners - I battle enough with the local birds!!!

Lets see what the Oracle says tonight though  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Gordon on July 24, 2012, 05:26:00 pm
We made up a Owl house about 5m up on top of some feng shwee Rugby poles in the garden and Guess who has pulled in, If they pay the rent by eating 5 mice a night they can stay,
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 24, 2012, 05:27:28 pm
Gordon, that is friggin cool!
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 24, 2012, 06:08:04 pm
Yep that is real cool --i have two Eagle owls who visit now and again --But a owl hide is awesome  :thumleft:

One of my Lilac Breasted Rollers i took --
He was in a posing mood --

(http://img26.imageshack.us/img26/8832/dsc05494t.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/26/dsc05494t.jpg/)

(http://img109.imageshack.us/img109/9854/dsc05497o.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/dsc05497o.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 24, 2012, 09:45:48 pm
Koot.

My guess, without my book would be:

2nd and 3rd pic = Marico Flycatcher or just maybe a young female fiscal flycatcher
4th pic = Pied wagtail in transition from juvenile to adulthood.

 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 25, 2012, 06:43:43 am
Koot.

My guess, without my book would be:

2nd and 3rd pic = Marico Flycatcher or just maybe a young female fiscal flycatcher
4th pic = Pied wagtail in transition from juvenile to adulthood.

 

I would tend to agree on the Marico Flycather - the 4th pic was taken in Corfu on the Med - could be any variation that we don't see ;D


Gordon - stunning pics as well - I had a Owl house for a couple of years - only residents were the doves  :(
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 25, 2012, 07:01:17 am
(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Bird01-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 25, 2012, 07:25:43 am
Cape Spurfowl?

Where was the pic taken?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 25, 2012, 07:44:35 am
Hermanus, Western Cape
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on July 25, 2012, 02:08:12 pm
Gordon, cool.  :thumleft:

Where do you stay?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 25, 2012, 03:06:19 pm
OK - A couple more - both taken at Mabula - we were fortunate to have friends that were private rangers there - we could go out on game drives for as long as we liked - 14 hours one day!

Dark Chanting Goshawk
Dideric Cuckoo - Juvenile - as far as I can tell anyway - not all the plumage is showing yet....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 25, 2012, 06:00:50 pm
Yellow billed Hornbill taken at -- Uitsaal -- great place to take pics of birds ---


(http://img198.imageshack.us/img198/1386/20110809165.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/198/20110809165.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 25, 2012, 06:03:33 pm
Secretary Bird -- Having a BAD --hair Day  ::)

(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/4715/20110828120.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/19/20110828120.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 25, 2012, 08:09:22 pm
blazes: very nice photos

Help with this one, taken at the north coast:




Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Gordon on July 26, 2012, 10:31:42 am
Gordon, cool.  :thumleft:

Where do you stay?


On a 1 Hector small holding in morning star
Of the N7 kind of opposite to Zone 7







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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 26, 2012, 11:41:32 pm
blazes: very nice photos

Help with this one, taken at the north coast:






nothing?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 27, 2012, 04:17:20 am
Secretary Bird -- Having a BAD --hair Day  ::)

(http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/4715/20110828120.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/19/20110828120.jpg/)



:imaposer: - Any relation to Laurika ?  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 27, 2012, 08:16:32 am
blazes: very nice photos

Help with this one, taken at the north coast:






nothing?

Hi Beltzer -- i have been racking my brain with this one  :(  looks like one of of the Bul Bul family -- but as a local bird i just can't place it.

Will try and figure it out and get back to you -- Hope someone else can identify as i am also iintrested to know --if it is a overseas visitor . What month was it taken  ?


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on July 27, 2012, 06:14:57 pm
LIgting on the photo is a bit tricky, but it looks like a sombre bulbul to me.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 27, 2012, 06:16:33 pm
(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Suikerbekkie01-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 28, 2012, 12:18:26 am
blazes: very nice photos

Help with this one, taken at the north coast:
nothing?

Hi Beltzer -- i have been racking my brain with this one  :(  looks like one of of the Bul Bul family -- but as a local bird i just can't place it.
Will try and figure it out and get back to you -- Hope someone else can identify as i am also iintrested to know --if it is a overseas visitor . What month was it taken  ?


A few weeks back (school holidays) at Mpelane

LIgting on the photo is a bit tricky, but it looks like a sombre bulbul to me.


I will go get the other photos, when i get the change;

Blerry nice photo: dual!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 31, 2012, 03:47:49 pm
Cold and overcast day at the --Bird Sanctuary in Dullstroom --also a great place to learn how to capture birds in flight -

Black Eagle or as it is known now -- Verreaux's Eagle

(http://img576.imageshack.us/img576/3259/2011082882.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/576/2011082882.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: GRyPH on July 31, 2012, 04:25:56 pm
cool thread!

heres a few of mine:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: GRyPH on July 31, 2012, 04:32:51 pm
Got these on a recent trip to Langebaan.

A family of "klein rooiband suikerbekkie"   "Cinnyris chalybea"   I think its a double collared sunbird in english?

The small chick (just learning to fly)
(http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww242/gryph2009/kuiken1.jpg)

The female
(http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww242/gryph2009/wyfie1.jpg)

The male
(http://i724.photobucket.com/albums/ww242/gryph2009/Suikerbekkie1.jpg)


got the last one just as the male was flying off
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on July 31, 2012, 08:09:36 pm
Verry nice pics guys.

Beltzer, that mystery pic of yours is a Sombre Greenbul (old name was Bulbul)

The white eyes are the give away.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 31, 2012, 09:02:00 pm
Kaapse suikervoel

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/KS02.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 01, 2012, 09:06:15 am
Nice one Dual  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on August 01, 2012, 12:52:20 pm
Hmm very nice pics....

a few I have taken

Cape Rock Thrush
Jackal Buzzard
Marsh Owl
Spectacled Weaver
Thickbilled Weaver
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on August 02, 2012, 11:21:34 am
nice pics GRyPH & dual & Dakota
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Gordon on August 13, 2012, 06:37:11 pm
We live 12 km in from Melkbos near Zone 7 - Western Cape.  This little chap comes by annually, anyone know who he is?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on August 13, 2012, 07:13:40 pm
Yellow bishop

Nice one!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on August 13, 2012, 07:37:57 pm
Couldn't find this thread this afternoon

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/JanGroentjie.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: schalk vd merwe on August 19, 2012, 05:13:59 pm
hungry mouths, must be a mission to feed these, there were three of them!


This is now a cute photo
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: BLIKSEM!! on August 21, 2012, 06:29:38 pm
A baby red billed hornbill, Villearea, Snor city

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Harleymonster on August 21, 2012, 07:51:35 pm
Really nice photos on this thread  :thumleft:

Stonechat

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/IMG_3339-Copy-1.jpg)

Long tailed Widow

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/IMG_2926-1.jpg)

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/IMG_2924-Copy-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on August 23, 2012, 01:22:39 am
A baby red billed hornbill, Villearea, Snor city


Very nice photo, look at the tail... its still a baby! Cant belive they visits the gardens here, ive never seen one here.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on August 23, 2012, 01:10:45 pm
Bluebilled Firefinch
common Waxbill
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: CoolBreeze on August 23, 2012, 01:32:35 pm
granadella bird
This 1st one is the Chrested Barbet
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: CoolBreeze on August 23, 2012, 01:33:55 pm
This one, as far as I can tell, is the Red Billed Hornbill. Spotted in the municipal camping ground at Marloth Park in August of 2010.


Sothern Yellow Bill Hornbill
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 23, 2012, 04:50:22 pm
Bluebilled Firefinch
common Waxbill

HEY i remember where those were taken -- Nice one DD :mwink:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 24, 2012, 06:34:36 am
I'd be impressed if anyone regognizes this seasonal visitor to my garden without a bird guide
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 24, 2012, 07:45:03 am
Dusky Flycatcher maybe
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 24, 2012, 08:45:58 am
Dusky Flycatcher maybe

Nope
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on August 24, 2012, 08:52:26 am
I'd be impressed if anyone regognizes this seasonal visitor to my garden without a bird guide

I know, I know....

It's an LBJ!   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 24, 2012, 09:14:52 am
Come on. How many flycathers are seasonal? You can get the Roberts out now
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 24, 2012, 04:07:30 pm
Spotted Flycatcher  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 24, 2012, 08:58:45 pm
Spotted Flycatcher  ;D

Yes
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 25, 2012, 10:00:29 am
Thanks for that, had to get the book out. Learnt a new one  :thumleft:

I'm gonna gooi an easy one, sorry about the crappy photo. Also try without the book.

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/Mixed301-Copy.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 26, 2012, 12:08:53 pm
Female tambourine dove. Confession. I checked the book to confirm my guess before posting
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 27, 2012, 09:39:03 am
Nice one  :thumleft: Should've taken the guess

Gooi us another one  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 27, 2012, 01:20:30 pm
OK - I took this at the Vaal Dam on Saturday....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 27, 2012, 01:48:00 pm
I'll have a guess first, Orange throated longclaw
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 27, 2012, 01:50:28 pm
I'll have a guess first, Orange throated longclaw


 :thumleft:

I 'spose the orange throat was the give-away? :mwink:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 27, 2012, 02:59:59 pm
I believe it is now called the cape longclaw or something. I'm to old to learn all these new names so I just call them what I used to. Here's an easy one
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 27, 2012, 03:17:37 pm
Dikkop - Thick Knee - Nice Pic!

And yeah - Cape (Orange-Throat) Longclaw is listed in my book.....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 27, 2012, 03:24:24 pm
Taken at Mabula....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 27, 2012, 03:40:36 pm
Taken at Mabula....

Bearded woodpecker. The one I posted is of a wattled plover, now called a wattled lapwing
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 27, 2012, 03:49:36 pm
Jirre - never got to that - jumped at my first guess! Can't really see the wattles in the pic - threw me off!  :imaposer: Nice!

I think I am going to have to go to one of the bird spots around Jhb in the next couple of weeks - need some new pics!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: I&horse on August 27, 2012, 03:51:02 pm
Sub
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 28, 2012, 09:14:32 am
This one is not what it may seem to be at first glance.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: The Rock on August 28, 2012, 09:32:34 am
so, its not an ostrich?  :patch:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on August 28, 2012, 09:57:15 am
Fiscal shrike / Common fiscal ? ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on August 28, 2012, 09:59:41 am
Naaa         Fiscal Flycatcher
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 28, 2012, 11:17:29 am
Fiscal shrike / Common fiscal ? ?

I have an idea that that was the first glance angle.....  :biggrin: And it was my first thought too.....  ???
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pom on August 28, 2012, 02:26:42 pm
Can anyone help with this little fella?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 28, 2012, 02:29:55 pm
Naaa         Fiscal Flycatcher

Looks right..... Bensien?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 28, 2012, 02:45:30 pm
House Sparrow perhaps - non-breeding/juvenile?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on August 28, 2012, 02:51:10 pm
Looks like a Mossie, but was too scared to say.  :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 28, 2012, 02:59:17 pm
Looks like a Mossie, but was too scared to say.  :)

House Sparoow is Mos a Mossie of hoe?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on August 28, 2012, 03:04:07 pm
jip
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dookie on August 29, 2012, 07:25:31 am
Looks like a Mossie, but was too scared to say.  :)

House Sparoow is Mos a Mossie of hoe?

Is this in Afrikaans or English?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 29, 2012, 07:28:44 am
Looks like a Mossie, but was too scared to say.  :)

House Sparoow is Mos a Mossie of hoe?

Is this in Afrikaans or English?

Arrikaans by a Soutie vannie Kaap....  :mwink:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 29, 2012, 02:42:03 pm
New one for today!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dookie on August 29, 2012, 02:43:54 pm
Gevlekte Lyster.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 29, 2012, 02:46:14 pm
Gevlekte Lyster.

Bliksem that was quick! :thumleft:

And I had to vertaal it into Soutie to check as well! :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dookie on August 29, 2012, 02:48:46 pm
Sorry.
It is just that we have kazillions of them on the farm (Cullinan area).
Quite inquisitive little buggers, that'll zip past you whilst you are working on something, deep in concentration.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 29, 2012, 02:51:58 pm
Ahh! Not to common here in the city - we still think they are special!  :mwink:

BTW, have you spoken to Grr... about your avitar?  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dookie on August 29, 2012, 02:55:51 pm
Ahh! Not to common here in the city - we still think they are special!  :mwink:

BTW, have you spoken to Grr... about your avitar?  :biggrin:

Grrrrrr went into hiding.........

Annyhoo....next one.

Had to use a Google photo, but these guys usually nest just outside our livingroom window.
Smal bird that thinks he is a bloody eagle - takes no kak from any others.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 29, 2012, 02:59:25 pm
Juvanile Paradise Flycatcher - we have them here at our office in Selby! They are really cute!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 29, 2012, 03:59:57 pm
New one
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 29, 2012, 05:25:00 pm
Rock Kestrel?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 29, 2012, 05:47:19 pm
Rock Kestrel?

Yes.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 29, 2012, 05:57:51 pm
 :thumleft:

Gonna gooi a easy one, check at this little beauty  :lol8:

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/IMG_3152.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 29, 2012, 07:34:05 pm
Marabou stork?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 30, 2012, 07:49:31 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Harleymonster on August 30, 2012, 03:08:25 pm
Another one...

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/Bird.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 30, 2012, 03:24:08 pm
Cape rock thrush?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Harleymonster on August 30, 2012, 03:57:09 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 30, 2012, 07:17:29 pm
Last bird picture on my computer. Will have to dig in archives for more
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 30, 2012, 07:40:44 pm
Narina Trogon  :-\ (guess)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 30, 2012, 07:50:55 pm
Narina Trogon  :-\ (guess)
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 31, 2012, 08:50:34 am
Nogge enetjie (taken in Namibia)

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/Picture542-Copy.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on August 31, 2012, 09:13:27 am
Fokkin raserige Tarentaal met snaakse oog.

 8)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pirata on August 31, 2012, 12:35:33 pm
Hi

I'm not an expert on birds, but have this bird in the garden which no one seems to be able to identify. The pictures aren't too clear as the sun was setting and the 'point and shoot' camera isn't too great.
Any ideas?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 31, 2012, 01:30:03 pm
Hi

I'm not an expert on birds, but have this bird in the garden which no one seems to be able to identify. The pictures aren't too clear as the sun was setting and the 'point and shoot' camera isn't too great.
Any ideas?

Female mountain wheatear. Previously called a mountain chat
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 31, 2012, 01:31:54 pm
Nogge enetjie (taken in Namibia)

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/Picture542-Copy.jpg)

Red Billed Francolin
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pirata on August 31, 2012, 02:11:25 pm
Hi

I'm not an expert on birds, but have this bird in the garden which no one seems to be able to identify. The pictures aren't too clear as the sun was setting and the 'point and shoot' camera isn't too great.
Any ideas?

Female mountain wheatear. Previously called a mountain chat

Awesome thanks! Now that I've looked at what the male looks like, he was around at the beginning of the year. But haven't seen him in a few months.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Harleymonster on August 31, 2012, 06:14:07 pm
 Kwel thread  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bailey on August 31, 2012, 06:18:08 pm
Nice one Pirata  :thumleft: Thanks Bensien, checked the book, learnt a new one  :thumleft:

Red Billed Francolin

Yes  :thumleft:
Have also run out of pictures, will have to take some new ones.

Gooi some more pics guys, I'm going for a "Big Year"  :lol8:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Harleymonster on August 31, 2012, 06:22:35 pm
Anyone know which Heron? this is?  Thanks  :thumleft:

(http://i624.photobucket.com/albums/tt323/CR125LaDy/IMG_3333.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on August 31, 2012, 06:36:19 pm
I just about pranged my car 2 days ago, as a raptor swept over one of our busy roads.
Then the following day was the grand opening of our new Makro. It included an aeronautical display.
There was a beautiful raptor that landed on a roof and then in the tree across the road.  ::)
It was my own aeronautical display.  :mwink:
He did look a tad distressed which didn't surprise me.  :-[
Can't say what he was....could he have been a buzzard? straight tail with beige  and few brown "dots"?
The previous one was grey and big.
I would love to learn more  :biggrin:
They fascinate me!!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on September 01, 2012, 06:36:02 am
Anyone know which Heron? this is?  Thanks  :thumleft:



Young black headed heron
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Harleymonster on September 01, 2012, 09:23:08 am
Thanks  :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:50:01 pm
Something you don't see everyday in Pretoria:


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:51:28 pm
Grew up in our garden last spring, very noisy:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:52:18 pm
Another Roller:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:53:44 pm
Gevlekde luister, ken nie sy naam in Ingels nie:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:55:29 pm
Scavenging:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:56:10 pm
From far away:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:56:59 pm
I dont know what this is, help please

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 02, 2012, 04:58:18 pm
Very Inquisitive:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on September 02, 2012, 05:00:52 pm
I dont know what this is, help please



Long-billed crombec
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: I&horse on September 02, 2012, 07:19:11 pm
Roller in action
Goliath Heron
Can someone identify this one?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on September 02, 2012, 07:26:20 pm
Roller in action
Goliath Heron
Can someone identify this one?

Violet eared waxbill
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on September 03, 2012, 08:51:47 am
Gevlekde luister, ken nie sy naam in Ingels nie:



Groundscraper Thrush

(Lyster)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on September 03, 2012, 12:50:09 pm
Something you don't see everyday in Pretoria:




Not common at all in Pretoria Gardens-- :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on September 03, 2012, 12:51:40 pm
Roller in action
Goliath Heron
Can someone identify this one?

Violet eared waxbill

Yep --Male ---
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: I&horse on September 03, 2012, 06:12:58 pm
Rooivalk???
This poor bugger ended up in Melkbos, exhausted and HUNGRY!!.  SANCCOB was very quick to come and fetch him.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on September 04, 2012, 07:59:45 am
Quote
Rooivalk???

Ja, dink dis 'n ander naam.

Rock Kestral / Kransvalk
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on September 04, 2012, 06:02:29 pm
Vermont soutpan, vandag

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/01-12.jpg)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/02-11.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on September 18, 2012, 11:20:44 am
here a couple I took recently....at the farm

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on September 18, 2012, 11:21:57 am
some more...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on September 18, 2012, 11:31:18 am
No Mark, you must ID them all.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on September 18, 2012, 11:34:31 am
I see that Roberts VII is now available for the Iphone (Android soon)
Looks very good..........., but a bit pricey. Worth it in the long term.

Take a Tour:
http://www.sabirding.co.za/roberts7/iphone.html


http://itunes.apple.com/za/app/roberts-vii-multimedia-birds/id556554062?mt=8


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on September 18, 2012, 11:36:28 am
No Mark, you must ID them all.


they are little flying things......

weavers
Franklin's
shrike
and something else.....

 ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 18, 2012, 11:37:59 am
I dont know what this is, help please



Long Billed Crombec
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 18, 2012, 11:43:27 am
I see that Roberts VII is now available for the Iphone (Android soon)
Looks very good..........., but a bit pricey. Worth it in the long term.

Take a Tour:
http://www.sabirding.co.za/roberts7/iphone.html


http://itunes.apple.com/za/app/roberts-vii-multimedia-birds/id556554062?mt=8




I bought the Sasol eBirds for yje iPhone - cost US$30 or so I think? Worth the price - has the bird calls as well as locations etc. Extremely worthwhile having.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on September 18, 2012, 11:47:08 am
I have the Sasol. Nice.

I have the R VII PC edition. Very cool. Lots of other functionality and great text and photos.

Sasol 148MB. R VII 801MB.   :o
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on September 18, 2012, 11:49:26 am
I have the Sasol. Nice.

I have the R VII PC edition. Very cool. Lots of other functionality and great text and photos.

Sasol 148MB. R VII 801MB.   :o

You see now - there's your extra US$40!!!

Probably worth it tho.....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on September 18, 2012, 11:51:02 am
Wit Katlagter, ek dink....Central Kalahari Bots.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on September 24, 2012, 09:55:06 pm
Kaapse suikervoel

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Birds01.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 06, 2012, 08:37:25 am
Red Billed Hoepoe ----

(http://imageshack.us/a/img705/6485/dsc00373ec.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/705/dsc00373ec.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on October 06, 2012, 09:10:10 am
Hoopoe

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/Hoopoe.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Goose on October 06, 2012, 10:31:42 am
just a few of mine............ (all taken with a mik&druk)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 2StrokeDan on October 06, 2012, 11:05:25 pm
Friends of mine, avid birdwatchers, went to see[and actually saw] the Black Skimmer today. Got to SA by mistake.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Gordon on October 07, 2012, 07:02:51 pm
Here some pics taken last month, two Francolin in Kruger - stand to correction a Swanson and Natal frankie?
Then awesome viewing of Grey headed bush shrike and Purple crested loerie taken in Marloth Park and of course always enjoy the Horn Bills.  Saw lovely Ground Hornbills in Kruger. 

PS our owls left the owl house as the bees moved in, Gerald the BEE man removed the bees and per his instruction painted the owl house roof with Jayes fluid and we have an Owl back home.  Regret lost five owl eggs during the ordeal.

Enjoy
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Gordon on October 07, 2012, 07:36:10 pm
Oops, sorry photo's did not download, let's try again.........
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on October 08, 2012, 08:27:14 am
Cape Robin
Cape White Eye
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 08, 2012, 08:51:46 am
Om die huis.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 08, 2012, 02:49:10 pm
geelvinkie
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 08, 2012, 03:57:27 pm
You guys and girls rock with these photos. My camera just cannot seem to get the same quality as you've been posting.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 08, 2012, 04:19:10 pm
You guys and girls rock with these photos. My camera just cannot seem to get the same quality as you've been posting.
 :thumleft:
What camera & lens do you use?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 08, 2012, 08:19:46 pm
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 10, 2012, 06:03:35 am
Taken from my office window --

Rain Bird as some know it -- Burchell's Cougal


(http://imageshack.us/a/img407/7403/201107134.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/407/201107134.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 10, 2012, 02:01:52 pm
Wat is die meervoud van Hoopoe.




.................. sorry


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 10, 2012, 02:19:51 pm
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.

One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 10, 2012, 02:22:37 pm
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.

One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning

Which course did you do Blazes - I am interested?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 10, 2012, 02:48:08 pm
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.

One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning
Yip 100%, but having the right equipment makes it so much easier. (Some okes still rides Husqvarna)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 10, 2012, 07:30:18 pm
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.

One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning

Which course did you do Blazes - I am interested?

Photographic Practical Workshop


Norma Pearman - FPSSA
 
Derek Pearman - Hon. FPSSA
 
 
 
We teach you photography with YOUR camera...
 
 
 
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Cell: 083 274 3781
 
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 10, 2012, 07:43:43 pm
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.

One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning
Yip 100%, but having the right equipment makes it so much easier. (Some okes still rides Husqvarna)

Not true  ??? Seen guys with camera's over R100k upwards who cant take pics to save their arse --beleive a camera should be in --Automatic mode --should be shot for that on those camera's..

Same goes for some peeps who think the have the best bikes and can't ride to save their arse. Although they think with the right equipment they can hehe --Not True  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 11, 2012, 06:32:22 am
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.

One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning
Yip 100%, but having the right equipment makes it so much easier. (Some okes still rides Husqvarna)

Not true  ??? Seen guys with camera's over R100k upwards who cant take pics to save their arse --beleive a camera should be in --Automatic mode --should be shot for that on those camera's..

Same goes for some peeps who think the have the best bikes and can't ride to save their arse. Although they think with the right equipment they can hehe --Not True  :peepwall:

I recently read an on-line photo tutorial by an American photographer, who said the best camara is the one you have and the correct lense is the one you have on the camera. You then design the shot around what you have and his work is pretty damn good! He also advocates 1 camera and 1 lens to carry around - nothing more....

Thanks Blazes - I will givethem a call, see if I can arrange a few people to go with me!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 11, 2012, 06:47:48 am
What I can afford  :P
But it's a nice one actually, it's a Kodak Z910 or something like that. Takes very nice photos, but only if your subject will sit still for more than 3 seconds. Birds, I find, do not fall into this category.
Sometimes I get lucky and get a nice shot, but not often.
Strangely, the camera seems to be perfect for the bat photography that we do in old mines and caves. Strange but true.

One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning
Yip 100%, but having the right equipment makes it so much easier. (Some okes still rides Husqvarna)

Not true  ??? Seen guys with camera's over R100k upwards who cant take pics to save their arse --beleive a camera should be in --Automatic mode --should be shot for that on those camera's..

Same goes for some peeps who think the have the best bikes and can't ride to save their arse. Although they think with the right equipment they can hehe --Not True  :peepwall:
hehe  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 12, 2012, 08:49:46 am
Gisteraand  - Paarl se riool damme.
HoepHoep
Namakwaduif
Bleshoender
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 12, 2012, 09:04:01 am
Enige iemand help?
Water Dikkop ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 12, 2012, 09:10:16 am
Yip!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 12, 2012, 03:19:27 pm
Blazes, what lens are you using there? The normal 70-300?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Cave Girl on October 12, 2012, 03:30:21 pm
[One thing you need to know Leon -- the BEST Camera -- is the one in your hand when you want to take a pic. Many of my pics are taken with a --MIK EN DRUK  ::)

The best thing i ever did was go on some Photographic workshops and learn what works and what not --

Money worth spent and some of these courses are only R350 for the morning
[/quote]

Have to agree with you Blazes - My uncle who is  a proffessor of Photography and has done some really great stuff for national geographic says the same - a few of his award winning photo's have been doen on his daughters throw-away camera's.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 12, 2012, 05:20:37 pm
Blazes, what lens are you using there? The normal 70-300?

I am using my 28 -300 most of the time --will only use my macro and wide angle for dedicated shots -- find the 28 - 300 works well as a all rounder --not the sharpest at some settings but gets the job done ok --
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on October 12, 2012, 10:15:02 pm
Legadema, those are beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:07:09 am
We had a trip to Kruger last week. The rain, although it made for great game viewing, made it difficult to take pictures, but here are some of the shots we got.
This first one is a giant kingfisher at Crocodile bridge. I think he's resident there, because I've seen one at exactly the same spot on the old bridge.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:12:19 am
Mmm wait. I see my pictures need a bit more work, if I just resize the picture the actual birds become too small. Will have to take some time and do some cropping instead.  :P
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:37:49 am
Right, the giant kingfisher again.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:39:23 am
Here is an African Eagle owl, recognisable by its pink eyelids. (Or so the book tells me).
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:40:49 am
This is a bateleur. Really disappointed in how the pic came out, but it was raining and the light was really not on our side.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 26, 2012, 08:40:58 am
eally Cool - I dig owls!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:42:46 am
This is one of the birds I really wanted to see, the ground hornbill. They are endangered.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:44:16 am
A hammerkop, a new one for me. (Great being new to birding, I get to learn new birds often.  :biggrin: )
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:45:15 am
Lilac breasted roller. These birds are just so great for photos.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:46:30 am
This next owl we got on a night game drive. I won't hazzard a guess though.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:47:34 am
My attempt at catching the Pied Kingfisher on camera.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:48:49 am
Those of you who know Satara restcamp might know about the resident Scops Owl.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 08:50:09 am
That is it for now.
I have a couple of birds of prey to share, but they are more difficult, and I suspect I'm going to be asking names instead of giving names with quite a few of those.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 26, 2012, 03:43:30 pm
Can't edit from mu cell, but I see the Sasol guide says Verreaux's eagle owl, not African Eagle owl.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Serf on October 26, 2012, 06:57:43 pm
This is one of the birds I really wanted to see, the ground hornbill. They are endangered.

Ons het augustus omtrent 10 bymekaar gesien - tussen skukuza en berg en dal. Daar was een ou bromvoel en het heeltyd geloop en brom. Kon sien hy sukkel om by te bly.

Ek is ook mal oor die bateleurs. Pragtige voels
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Serf on October 26, 2012, 07:01:07 pm
Right, the giant kingfisher again.

Hulle is eintlik groter as wat n mens dink of wat dit lyk op die foto.

Mooi foto  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 29, 2012, 07:42:22 am
Nice one Leon --- that pic of the scops owl --was it taken at -- Kruger -- uitsaal or afsaal -- nice spot to take bird pics :thumleft:

Mouse bird in my garden --


(http://img141.imageshack.us/img141/7241/dsc3570l.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/141/dsc3570l.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 29, 2012, 09:28:39 am
Blazes that pic was taken at Satara, right outside the reception office.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 29, 2012, 09:30:56 am
Quote
Mouse bird in my garden --

Which one  :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 29, 2012, 12:08:29 pm
Quote
Mouse bird in my garden --

Which one  :)
Front garden
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 29, 2012, 03:14:53 pm
Back garden hehe
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 30, 2012, 07:52:05 am
First encounter with "pectoral tufts"

(Southern Double-collared Sunbird)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 30, 2012, 08:08:57 am
First encounter with "pectoral tufts"

(Southern Double-collared Sunbird)


Baie mooi!, waar jy hom geskiet?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 30, 2012, 08:10:05 am
Huis, Durbanville.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 30, 2012, 10:34:26 am
Nice Kobus.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on October 30, 2012, 11:34:06 am
Anyone here ever been able to snap (or even just see) a Piet-my-vrou (red chested cuckoo)? Or a Meitjie (Klaas's cuckoo)?

I live in Stellenbosch and hear them every day, like right next to the house, but never seen 'em :P


Piet-my-vrou:

(http://www.tropicalbirding.com/wp-content/uploads/pdfs/Africa/Kenya/TR_Kenya_May2008/Red_chested_Cuckoo.jpg)

Meitjie:

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7247/7797580580_c07826bb32_z.jpg)


My son swears he's gonna be first in the family to get a pic ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 30, 2012, 11:46:28 am
Klaas's cuckoo known to be difficult to spot.

Also hear them everyday.

Have spotted him once; on the damn telephone wire nogal.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 30, 2012, 11:47:46 am
Saw the Red-Chested at ADA Tech Day this last weekend - it was sittig in the open on a dead tree, but the sun was already behind the hill so no pic!!!!!

Seen Diedericks Cuckoo, but not Klaas's (yet!!!!)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on October 30, 2012, 06:40:09 pm
Anyone here ever been able to snap (or even just see) a Piet-my-vrou (red chested cuckoo)? Or a Meitjie (Klaas's cuckoo)?

I live in Stellenbosch and hear them every day, like right next to the house, but never seen 'em :P



I took a lot of photos of red chested cuckoos at De Rust, a resort on the banks of the Pienaars river in Dinokeng a couple of years ago. They were sitting around in the trees like sparrows, along with woodland kingfishers and pearlspotted owls at night. I will scan and post them when I have the time.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 31, 2012, 12:38:39 pm
Weet nie of ek al gegooi het nie???

Geelvink bad tyd in Paarl omgewing.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on October 31, 2012, 12:47:31 pm
Hierdie is die Centre Kalahari (Matopi) wynsuiper. Hy het later heel in die wyn ingebliksem.
Miskien ken iemand sy regte naam.
Sorry vir kwaliteit van foto, maar het net mikendruk by my gehad, en als het redelik vinnig gebeur.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on October 31, 2012, 01:06:57 pm
One of these, Black-faced Waxbill...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 01, 2012, 07:37:19 am
Brown Headed Kingfisher in Kruger

(http://img339.imageshack.us/img339/1718/dsc05214a.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/339/dsc05214a.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 01, 2012, 07:42:45 am
Pearl - Spotted Owlet

(http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/7149/dsc05233a.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/217/dsc05233a.jpg/)

 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 01, 2012, 08:15:03 am
Both really nice pics Blazes - thanks for sharing!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on November 01, 2012, 08:34:12 am
The 5am alarm clock :-)  Egyptian Goose

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on November 01, 2012, 08:41:56 am
Great pic there of the goose.

I hate them for there noise though.......... with the Tarentale.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on November 01, 2012, 08:50:33 am
Great pic there of the goose.

I hate them for there noise though.......... with the Tarentale.



Ek het 'n groot Kroonden op 'n veldjie naby my huis. Dit huisves:

- hadedas
- kolganse
- tarentale
- kraaie

What a racket!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Heimer on November 01, 2012, 09:11:07 am
Bateleur, Kgalagadi

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 01, 2012, 09:33:38 am
Stunning pic!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 01, 2012, 10:40:35 am
The 5am alarm clock :-)  Egyptian Goose



Nice one DD :mwink:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 01, 2012, 10:41:20 am
Both really nice pics Blazes - thanks for sharing!

Thank's   Appreciated  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 01, 2012, 11:29:09 am
Great pic there of the goose.

I hate them for there noise though.......... with the Tarentale.



Ek het 'n groot Kroonden op 'n veldjie naby my huis. Dit huisves:

- hadedas
- kolganse
- tarentale
- kraaie

What a racket!

Ek stem They can make a hell of a noise --at the most inconvenient times  ::) Not forgetting the Peacock  ::)

(http://img571.imageshack.us/img571/3373/2011072434.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/571/2011072434.jpg/)

(http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/3980/dsc3613m.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/404/dsc3613m.jpg/)

(http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/9711/20110821165.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/20110821165.jpg/)


Egyptian Goose having a --Stand Off with a Monitor on my stoep on Holliday  >:(

(http://img835.imageshack.us/img835/3421/ngwenja102.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/835/ngwenja102.jpg/)


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on November 01, 2012, 12:45:40 pm
What a stunning Bateleur.  Had one land in front of our car in Kruger pick up a snake and fly off... didn't have my Nikon...   :(

Hmmm we went on Holiday near Kruger and the Egyptian Geese woke us up at 5am every day... being a bit miffed I asked my Uncle (the one in our family that can tell you anything about everything in the wild)  can you eat them....he said yes this is how you do it... you put a brick in a pressure cooker... you put the goose on top... you then cook for 6 hours... you open, throw the goose away and eat the brick as it will be softer....  ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on November 01, 2012, 12:47:41 pm
Thanks M ... that Monitor sure didnt like geese either.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 01, 2012, 12:57:59 pm
Some I took in the Kruger

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 01, 2012, 01:03:35 pm
Another one
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 01, 2012, 01:04:55 pm
At 500 KB a post I can only do one at a time  :-[

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 01, 2012, 01:08:33 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 01, 2012, 01:11:11 pm
Another one

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 01, 2012, 01:13:24 pm
Last one
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 01, 2012, 01:20:28 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?


Looks to me like a Juvenile Black Stork... they don't have the red beak and legs...

what do you think?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 01, 2012, 01:36:02 pm
Bateleur --

(http://img850.imageshack.us/img850/8422/107ag.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/850/107ag.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 01, 2012, 01:40:11 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?


Looks to me like a Juvenile Black Stork... they don't have the red beak and legs...

what do you think?
Although the beak looks like that on a Marabu Stork...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on November 01, 2012, 01:41:48 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?


Looks like a African Openbill Strok... between Juvi and mature... maybe....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 01, 2012, 01:46:00 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?
Looks like a African Openbill Strok... between Juvi and mature... maybe....
Looks like you are right D...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 01, 2012, 01:46:28 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?


Looks to me like a Juvenile Black Stork... they don't have the red beak and legs...

what do you think?
Although the beak looks like that on a Marabu Stork...

My bird watching expertise level is uhm very low ...  :biggrin: But in my expert opinion I will agree about the beak  ;D I should invest in a book
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 01, 2012, 01:56:03 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?


Looks to me like a Juvenile Black Stork... they don't have the red beak and legs...

what do you think?
Although the beak looks like that on a Marabu Stork...

My bird watching expertise level is uhm very low ...  :biggrin: But in my expert opinion I will agree about the beak  ;D I should invest in a book

Thats whats lekker about not knowing - you are always learning!

Sasol does a great Bird Book and App for iPhone & Android, Roberts does a great book too.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 01, 2012, 02:03:34 pm
Anybody knows what bird this is?


Looks to me like a Juvenile Black Stork... they don't have the red beak and legs...

what do you think?
Although the beak looks like that on a Marabu Stork...

My bird watching expertise level is uhm very low ...  :biggrin: But in my expert opinion I will agree about the beak   ;D I should invest in a book

Thats whats lekker about not knowing - you are always learning!

Sasol does a great Bird Book and App for iPhone & Android, Roberts does a great book too.

Spot on --You always learning -- so much more to see out there than the Big 5 ---

I have a heap of field books in my van from grass types - trees - reptiles --bugs - flowers  etc --lots of fun to take a pic and go look afterwards what you have seen  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on November 01, 2012, 02:29:35 pm
Sasol does a great Bird Book and App for iPhone & Android, Roberts does a great book too.

Their new app is amazing........ much better than Sasol.

Full Roberts VII text and more.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 01, 2012, 03:05:23 pm
Sasol does a great Bird Book and App for iPhone & Android, Roberts does a great book too.

Their new app is amazing........ much better than Sasol.

Full Roberts VII text and more.

Can't warrent having both unfortunately, bought the Sasol App when it came out - US$30 - the Roberts is $80 I seem to remember? Roberts book is better than the Sasol book too, imo......
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ButchH on November 01, 2012, 09:51:48 pm
Ok you guys we have large green pigeons with yellow feet and bills .Defiantly fruit eaters and tend to favor immature bug weed fruit and wild figs. The population has grown from one pair about five years ago to a flock of about fifteen individuals. What are the color variants in this species as I have seen Green Pigeons without the yellow bits?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on November 02, 2012, 02:02:23 pm
Ok you guys we have large green pigeons with yellow feet and bills .Defiantly fruit eaters and tend to favor immature bug weed fruit and wild figs. The population has grown from one pair about five years ago to a flock of about fifteen individuals. What are the color variants in this species as I have seen Green Pigeons without the yellow bits?

African Green Pigeon?

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/columbidae/treron_calvus.htm (http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/columbidae/treron_calvus.htm)

(http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/columbidae/images/91299235.1B8W2cn5_663w.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 02, 2012, 02:04:46 pm
Columba arquatrix (African olive-pigeon, Rameron pigeon)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 02, 2012, 02:08:56 pm
OK Judes - I was still looking....  :laughing4:

http://www.biodiversityexplorer.org/birds/columbidae/columba_arquatrix.htm

Has the yellow legs & beak, but appears less green?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 02, 2012, 02:16:56 pm
It's the only yellow billed one I know of... :/
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ButchH on November 02, 2012, 06:38:48 pm
Columba arquatrix (African olive-pigeon, Rameron pigeon)

Thanks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Draad on November 03, 2012, 05:11:06 am
Butch I will get you a Sasol birdbook for Xmas.....might even try and find you a zimmer frame as well  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: GRyPH on November 05, 2012, 12:24:55 pm
Het hierdie een in my tuin afgeneem.

Lawaaimakerjanfrederik / Chorister Robin (Cossypha Dichroa)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 05, 2012, 12:27:28 pm
Sooooo Pretty!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: GRyPH on November 05, 2012, 12:33:03 pm
Sooooo Pretty!

I went looking for it in my garden, because of its song. (hence its afrikaans name - lawaaimaker)

It sounded like a person whistling in my yard instead of a bird. It also mimics other birds, I have even heard it mimicking a nightjar
and more annoyingly someone's land-line telephone.   
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 05, 2012, 12:37:55 pm
Lived in the Cape for years and I really don't remember seeing that bird! 

It sounds like a fun little ceature!  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: GRyPH on November 05, 2012, 12:58:21 pm
Lived in the Cape for years and I really don't remember seeing that bird! 

It sounds like a fun little ceature!  ;D

according to the book, its only located in a thin band from Limpopo down the Coast of Natal, Eastern Cape and stops around George area. Seems to be just near the coast as well.



EDIT:   found this habitat map on the internet now.

(http://sabap2.adu.org.za/image_creation/image_map_create_spp_smoothed.php?spp=578)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 05, 2012, 01:03:37 pm
Hey, according to that, I may find it in the area of the farm.... just north of Swaziland... I'll keep an eye open!  Thanks.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: GRyPH on November 05, 2012, 01:13:51 pm
Hey, according to that, I may find it in the area of the farm.... just north of Swaziland... I'll keep an eye open!  Thanks.

 :thumleft:

youll hear it before you see it.   imagine someone walking down the street whistling. thats about what it sounds like. And I hear them more in the early morning and late afternoon.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 05, 2012, 01:20:43 pm
Hey, according to that, I may find it in the area of the farm.... just north of Swaziland... I'll keep an eye open!  Thanks.

 :thumleft:

youll hear it before you see it.   imagine someone walking down the street whistling. thats about what it sounds like. And I hear them more in the early morning and late afternoon.

Terrific!  A few years ago a lot of the locals sported ketties, that was stopped, and since then a lot of wild birds are re-entering the area... we are seeing new species every year, even fish eagles are now common... you just never know what next will flash past your eyes there, or trill in the bush next to you...
Mark wants to build a bird-hide down by the river... that will be interesting... ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 06, 2012, 09:19:39 am
White Stork --

(http://img820.imageshack.us/img820/1263/20110821117.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/820/20110821117.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 06, 2012, 09:33:23 am
Blazes where did you shoot him, he looks like he's been ringed?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 06, 2012, 11:09:48 am
Blazes where did you shoot him, he looks like he's been ringed?


Hi Leon --was taken up here in --Both legs are ringed ---

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 06, 2012, 11:13:27 am
Purple Roller --KNP

(http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/4892/083ga.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/716/083ga.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 06, 2012, 11:19:55 am
Blazes where did you shoot him, he looks like he's been ringed?


Hi Leon --was taken up here in --Both legs are ringed ---


Gauteng maybe? One of your back yard rides?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:37:13 pm
Got my grubby paws on Mark's external and brought it to work....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:38:50 pm
more...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:39:43 pm
.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:40:23 pm
.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:40:58 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:43:13 pm
seagulls...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:44:57 pm
water birds...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:46:22 pm
others...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:47:27 pm
more...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:48:46 pm
and more....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:50:15 pm
almost all...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:51:28 pm
.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 01:52:51 pm
last lot that I found...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 06, 2012, 02:37:00 pm
Wow, really nice photography there!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 06, 2012, 04:28:18 pm
How does the duck landing in the water has a closed beak, and the reflection does not?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on November 06, 2012, 05:22:15 pm
I am so glad i found this thread, thank you for your beautiful pictures
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 06, 2012, 05:58:02 pm
How does the duck landing in the water has a closed beak, and the reflection does not?
The ripple of the waves causes two reflections, looking like an open beak.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on November 06, 2012, 10:56:02 pm
Got my grubby paws on Mark's external and brought it to work....

Let me re-read that...  :patch:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 07, 2012, 07:16:27 am
Got my grubby paws on Mark's external and brought it to work....

Let me re-read that...  :patch:
:imaposer:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 07, 2012, 07:19:34 am
 :mwink: :biggrin:


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 07, 2012, 07:34:42 am
Hey, you lot.... this is a PHOTOGRAPHY THREAD!  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on November 07, 2012, 03:36:47 pm
Did you notice that the fiscal shrike had a ring on its leg?
Cool phodies Malibu
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 07, 2012, 03:56:03 pm
XTFreak I did notice that.
Can someone here explain what all the rings are fore? I always thought it was only domesticated birds that got ringed, and some threatened species like the ground hornbills in KNP?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 07, 2012, 04:02:37 pm
Did you notice that the fiscal shrike had a ring on its leg?
Cool phodies Malibu
They are all Mark's phodies... he won;t post them, so I did!  Interfering woman! ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on November 07, 2012, 04:07:19 pm
Can someone here explain what all the rings are fore?

Research, see link.

http://safring.adu.org.za/
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on November 07, 2012, 04:21:16 pm
Did you notice that the fiscal shrike had a ring on its leg?


Me thinks that is a tropical boubou
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 07, 2012, 05:04:53 pm
Can someone here explain what all the rings are fore?

Research, see link.

http://safring.adu.org.za/

Thanks Kobus
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 15, 2012, 06:33:56 am
And Our very OWN --- MALIBU --- Stork.

Ooops Maribu Stork  ::)

(http://img94.imageshack.us/img94/6568/dsc03354w.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/94/dsc03354w.jpg/)


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tommy Transalp on November 15, 2012, 03:31:30 pm
Got to admit.... the Malibu version is prettier! :ricky: :lol8:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 19, 2012, 07:25:55 am
What Bird is this, we check in the book last night but could not identify the bird.

(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd203/MooseMark/Animals/_DSC7573.jpg)

(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd203/MooseMark/Animals/_DSC7583.jpg)

(http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd203/MooseMark/Animals/_DSC7581.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 19, 2012, 07:53:49 am
Southern Masked -Weaver --

Yesterday at Pilansberg ---


(http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/2720/dsc3774u.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/832/dsc3774u.jpg/)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on November 19, 2012, 08:10:19 am
What Bird is this, we check in the book last night but could not identify the bird.


My best guess is juvenile african fish eagle. They take quite a few years to develop the adult plumage, and is the only eagle I know with a pure white tail
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 19, 2012, 08:14:36 am
What Bird is this, we check in the book last night but could not identify the bird.


My best guess is juvenile african fish eagle. They take quite a few years to develop the adult plumage, and is the only eagle I know with a pure white tail

Thanks,  :thumleft: will google and confirm.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on November 19, 2012, 08:42:32 pm
LBJ

Guess ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on November 20, 2012, 06:43:50 am
LBJ

Guess ?

Grey-headed sparrow
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on November 20, 2012, 08:28:58 am
Clapper Lark
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 20, 2012, 08:59:10 am
Rod Stewart!  Wooooohhoooooo! ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 20, 2012, 09:01:41 am
Hey Dekota, where did you spot the lark? That's a really cool hairstyle he's got!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on November 20, 2012, 01:01:33 pm
Little dude was at the Pilansberg National Park... Nice outing.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tommy Transalp on November 20, 2012, 04:06:43 pm
What Bird is this, we check in the book last night but could not identify the bird.


My best guess is juvenile african fish eagle. They take quite a few years to develop the adult plumage, and is the only eagle I know with a pure white tail
+1 agree .. juvenile Fish Eagle
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on November 20, 2012, 04:24:01 pm
What Bird is this, we check in the book last night but could not identify the bird.


My best guess is juvenile african fish eagle. They take quite a few years to develop the adult plumage, and is the only eagle I know with a pure white tail
+1 agree .. juvenile Fish Eagle

cool thanks guys, will that completes the set then, I have photos of an adult, mating pair and now a juvenile.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on December 02, 2012, 08:30:50 pm
 :thumleft:
What Bird is this, we check in the book last night but could not identify the bird.


My best guess is juvenile african fish eagle. They take quite a few years to develop the adult plumage, and is the only eagle I know with a pure white tail
+1 agree .. juvenile Fish Eagle

cool thanks guys, will that completes the set then, I have photos of an adult, mating pair and now a juvenile.   :thumleft:

Nice pics  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on December 03, 2012, 02:56:31 pm
A few of mine taken in KNP. Funny how sometimes other animals sneak into the shots ???
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on December 03, 2012, 03:01:38 pm
A few of mine taken in KNP. Funny how sometimes other animals sneak into the shots ???

Well it is a thread about birds, so in the first shot the lion spoiled it.  >:D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on December 03, 2012, 03:12:05 pm
A few of mine taken in KNP. Funny how sometimes other animals sneak into the shots ???

Well it is a thread about birds, so in the first shot the lion spoiled it.  >:D

Exactly, had one shot of about 15 tarantale crossing the road but a family of 4 cheetah spoiled that one too :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on December 03, 2012, 03:20:25 pm
See what I mean :peepwall:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on December 03, 2012, 03:52:49 pm
That male lion does not look in good condition at all. Hope it's just old age and not Tuberculoses (SP?).
The cheetah seem in much better condition.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on December 03, 2012, 03:57:47 pm
I take it the hornbill is a Crowned Hornbill?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on December 04, 2012, 05:34:17 am
That male lion does not look in good condition at all. Hope it's just old age and not Tuberculoses (SP?).
The cheetah seem in much better condition.

We think we saw the same Lion about 3 days later in much worse condition, like he was trying to find somewhere to die.

Not sure if it was age or something else?

I take it the hornbill is a Crowned Hornbill?


Think so, the Wife checks the book and I just snap the pictures
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on December 04, 2012, 05:54:47 am
A few more:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mark Hardy on December 04, 2012, 08:07:33 am
Damn bloody cats..they think they rule the world  ;)

Some nice pics there  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on December 04, 2012, 05:09:05 pm
I take it the hornbill is a Crowned Hornbill?


Its a African Grey Hornbill -- i have two that visit at my window --- at home  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on December 04, 2012, 06:41:38 pm
Ah, Blazes you're right.
In my ancient Roberts bird guide there are lots of birds and numbers on a page and I got the wrong bird hooked up with the wrong number. (Irritating, this is not the first time this has happened to me with this book!)
Anyways, a grey it is.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on December 04, 2012, 06:49:53 pm
Die Kaapse Ooruil, hierdie fotos is nie eers 'n halfuur gelede geneem nie
Die broei-paar is elke dag in ons erf, met die kleintjie
Dis besonders, ek was ongeveer 'n meter weg van die kleintjie af toe ek die fotos geneem het

Die ouer hou wag

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/001-4.jpg)

Die kleintjie

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/002-2.jpg)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/003-4.jpg)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/004-5.jpg)

Hy het sy middag ete uitgespoeg, wat dit ook-al was, lyk soos 'n klein voëltjie - gemaak soos 'n hond wat gras geëet het

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/005-3.jpg)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/006-4.jpg)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/007-2.jpg)


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on December 04, 2012, 06:58:19 pm

Hy het sy middag ete uitgespoeg, wat dit ook-al was, lyk soos 'n klein voëltjie - gemaak soos 'n hond wat gras geëet het




It is actually all the indigestible parts of their food that is cast up as a pellet.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on December 04, 2012, 07:03:21 pm

Hy het sy middag ete uitgespoeg, wat dit ook-al was, lyk soos 'n klein voëltjie - gemaak soos 'n hond wat gras geëet het




It is actually all the indigestible parts of their food that is cast up as a pellet.

My vrou het my ook so ingelig  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on December 04, 2012, 07:19:13 pm
Really nice Dual!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on December 04, 2012, 08:42:56 pm
Niiiiiiiice  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on December 05, 2012, 09:43:35 am
wonderful, just shows what a great variety of bird life is in SA
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on December 05, 2012, 09:50:26 am
Really special oportunity you had there - gorgeous pics!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: White Rhino on December 05, 2012, 02:27:57 pm
Burriful :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on December 08, 2012, 05:48:14 am
Spotted Dikkop

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/Dikkop.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: likkewaan on December 10, 2012, 09:25:22 am
That male lion does not look in good condition at all. Hope it's just old age and not Tuberculoses (SP?).
The cheetah seem in much better condition.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Gordon on December 10, 2012, 11:03:40 am
woke up to a commotion this morning (5am) The owl was a bit disorientated, it is spending the day in the shade of a bamboo cluster, Hopefully tonight it will fly off,
Sir Edward the cat has been repremanded
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on December 10, 2012, 02:08:42 pm
Was on the West Coast at a place called Donkieskraal over the weekend  http://www.donkieskraal.co.za/ and unfortunately did not have my bird book or bino's with. I did spot however what i think are European Bee Eaters, Black Eagle, Steppe Buzzard and the lovely Hoopoe!
Next time i must remember the kit!  ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: I&horse on December 10, 2012, 04:58:02 pm
Next time i must remember the kit!  ::)

More importantly, your camera!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on December 10, 2012, 06:25:32 pm
Nice shot  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on December 11, 2012, 06:59:07 am
Very slightly off topic but has anyone purchased the Roberts VII Multimedia package for the Tablet, if so what do you think?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on December 12, 2012, 06:59:36 am
Die drie uile - was daar nie jare terug 'n kinderbende met die naam "Die Uile" nie?

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/dualriders/Album%2001/001-6.jpg)

Het dit - http://www.springbokboeke.co.za/html/die_uile.html
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on December 12, 2012, 02:08:10 pm
Very slightly off topic but has anyone purchased the Roberts VII Multimedia package for the Tablet, if so what do you think?

Have it fir the Iphone. Love it.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on December 12, 2012, 05:40:01 pm
Nice pic Dual  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on December 26, 2012, 06:41:28 pm
After the bath (black eyed bulbul)




Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on December 28, 2012, 05:07:44 pm
Durban Botanical Gardens, today.

SOUTHERN RED BISHOP

(http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g449/alli082/Birds/file-2.jpg)

(http://i1102.photobucket.com/albums/g449/alli082/Birds/file.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 11, 2013, 12:50:13 pm
help with ID please:



Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on January 11, 2013, 01:24:27 pm
Fig Tree?

Where was the pic taken?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 11, 2013, 01:31:30 pm
in my garden in Pta yesterday.

not a fig tree, looked like it was hunting insects on the bark of the tree
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on January 11, 2013, 02:27:33 pm
help with ID please:





I won't be my life on it, but I'm fairly sure it is a juvenile puffback
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on January 11, 2013, 02:38:14 pm
Looks about right hey? My pic, the beak is darker, but thats not thebe-all....

I would think you are right!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wildcoast on January 13, 2013, 07:27:24 am
few pics taken on recent Atlantic crossing
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 13, 2013, 12:28:53 pm
Looks about right hey? My pic, the beak is darker, but thats not thebe-all....

I would think you are right!
help with ID please:
I won't be my life on it, but I'm fairly sure it is a juvenile puffback

thanks, i also think so now... :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: african dust on January 13, 2013, 12:51:21 pm
granadella bird

think your choice of calling the crested barbet a granadella bird is very funny...far better than its real name !
man I love africa !
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on January 14, 2013, 07:52:44 am
Wildcoast - your albatros pic is stunning...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wildcoast on January 15, 2013, 06:03:13 am
Wildcoast - your albatros pic is stunning...
Thank you Malibu, yeah it is tricky to get shots of sea birds, we actually lure them in with some nice fishy treats.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on January 15, 2013, 07:40:25 am
Ya, you'd have to... Amazing how close they will come for some food though... And how inquisitive they can be.... The deep ocean does not allow man to scare birds.... :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 1ougat on January 15, 2013, 07:50:58 am
Taken in September last year at the west coast
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on January 15, 2013, 07:56:54 am
Veldrift?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 1ougat on January 15, 2013, 08:40:20 am
YEP
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on January 15, 2013, 11:24:50 am
Is it a bird, is it a plane...?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Rommel on January 15, 2013, 02:35:22 pm
One of my favourites: Marshall Eagle - KNP
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on January 15, 2013, 07:32:01 pm
Mouse Bird, Croyden, Kempton park during December.
Interresting fact about Mousebirds, after eating they will sun their bellies to help with digestion.
Much like a couple of Wild Dogs I know.  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on January 15, 2013, 07:38:12 pm
To be exactly accurate, that is the Red Faced Mousebird  ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 18, 2013, 10:07:40 pm
Kaapse Dikkop

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/04-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on January 21, 2013, 08:38:15 am
Lovely bird :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pirata on February 10, 2013, 02:01:27 pm
Saw this black eagle yesterday just off witkoppen road by the Corner House pub. Poor picture with the cellphone unfortunately. Took off just after the pic.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 2-stroke junkie on March 01, 2013, 03:48:40 pm
The name Dikkop has been changed to thick-knee ???. That's a Spotted Thick-knee (Burhinus capensis)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 05, 2013, 07:53:19 pm
Last weekend we went to a bird show hosted by a bird sanctuary. All the birds were resqued, so they were either being sorted to be released or were beyound help and were just being given a cushy life. Those with the cushy life is being used for breeding where possible.
Anywayz, here some of a Barn Owl.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 05, 2013, 07:55:00 pm
Next, the African Eagle Owl
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 05, 2013, 07:57:15 pm
One of my favourites, the Bateleur
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 05, 2013, 07:58:30 pm
I've forgotten this one and cannot ID it from my book. Maybe some can help me out here?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 05, 2013, 07:59:52 pm
The fish eagle. What a bird!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 05, 2013, 08:01:56 pm
This is one with a funny name - The Palm Nut Vulture.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 05, 2013, 08:10:37 pm
And 3 more just for fun.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on March 05, 2013, 08:29:39 pm
This is one with a funny name - The Palm Nut Vulture.


Laas een gesien op Kosibaai voetslaanroete  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on March 05, 2013, 09:49:55 pm
I've forgotten this one and cannot ID it from my book. Maybe some can help me out here?

Lanner Falcon
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 06, 2013, 07:50:35 am
I've forgotten this one and cannot ID it from my book. Maybe some can help me out here?

Lanner Falcon
Cool, thanks Ben.
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 06, 2013, 07:54:50 am
Nice Pics Leon - where is the place you went to?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 06, 2013, 08:03:25 am
Nice Pics Leon - where is the place you went to?
I don't know the place that well, but it's just off Pomona road. Will ask CG to post the details.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 06, 2013, 08:08:43 am
Nice Pics Leon - where is the place you went to?
I don't know the place that well, but it's just off Pomona road. Will ask CG to post the details.


Thanks - is it a sanctuary of sorts? I live off of Atlas Road & have no idea about it, would love to go!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 06, 2013, 08:35:26 am
The place itself is not a sanctuary, it is a hotel.
The people with the birds are from a sanctuary though, so they are very knowledgeable.
The nice thing is that the birds are really 'in your face', giving you a great opportunity to take fantastic pictures.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Cave Girl on March 06, 2013, 11:17:55 am
Its the SA Birds of prey

The South African National Bird of Prey Centre is a registered non profit organization dedicated to the conservation of not only South African raptors but all raptors world wide. With birds of prey being at the top of the food chain our concern includes all other life forms as well as the environment in which they live. The Centre is not just a place but an ethos for raptor conservation. Our aim is to establish centres throughout South Africa and possibly even further afield.

 
At present we have established around five centres and a mobile team that visits venues throughout South Africa and has been as far afield as Botswana and Mauritus.

Kopanong Hotel ; Glen Norton Rd Benoi. Gauteng - apparently they also do it at Inanda club ... Visit their website  :thumleft:
http://www.birdsofprey.org.za/
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 06, 2013, 11:31:49 am
Kopanong Hotel ; Glen Norton Rd Benoi. Gauteng - apparently they also do it at Inanda club ... Visit their website  :thumleft:
http://www.birdsofprey.org.za/

Wel, well, who knew? I know Kapanong well - we use the driving range next door fairly often. I will contact them.

Thanks for the info!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bergie on March 07, 2013, 07:36:56 am
 :happy1: Learning lots
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on March 09, 2013, 11:43:17 am
We are staying over for the weekend at a lodge near Thabazimbi and this fellow decided to move in with us.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on March 13, 2013, 10:44:12 am
(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/01-12.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Cave Girl on March 14, 2013, 05:28:53 pm
Very cool pic!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on March 14, 2013, 05:41:16 pm
.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: BLIKSEM!! on March 15, 2013, 10:58:44 pm
Photo Beltzer took:

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Post by: LeonDude on March 16, 2013, 08:16:54 am
Bwahaha, that is really funny. It looks like she's crapping out her husband for not coming home the previous night!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: stan1975 on March 23, 2013, 08:15:50 am
Hey Guys,

Great thread by LeonDude.

Here are some Cape Vulture and Cape Eagle Owl photos I took at the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre.

http://birdsofprey.co.za/

Mark who owns the centre is a good friend of mine. If you're in the area pop in and tell him I sent you.

If anyone's keen let met know and we can arrange a ride out there and spend the day with the birds...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on March 23, 2013, 03:54:05 pm
Mark and I would love to join if you organise a day at the centre!  ;D  Plweeeseee....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: stan1975 on March 23, 2013, 04:34:59 pm
Perhaps the weekend after Easter or the weekend before the freedom day long weekend
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on March 23, 2013, 05:51:13 pm
Will have to check calendar.... I'll comment soonest...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on March 25, 2013, 08:02:22 am
White Helmetshrike
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on March 25, 2013, 08:05:47 am
Stunning pics D.... :) I've never seen one before!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: stan1975 on March 25, 2013, 08:17:49 am
Nice one Dakota, where did you take these stunning photos?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on March 25, 2013, 08:32:30 am
Was just outside Vaalwater we were up riding in the area... amazing birds up there... even got a shot of a European Roller... not the best shot though
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: stan1975 on March 25, 2013, 09:17:15 am
Nice spot, have got some decent dirt routes up Vaalwater way?

We often go to a game farm with the family and have been threatening to ride through the area but never found the time.

So if you wouldn't mind sharing some nice routes it would be appreciated...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on March 25, 2013, 12:35:55 pm
Well I don't have the GPS....  hehehe I just follow the leader... you will have to ask Blazes he is the rout planner but must say he pics the good ones... what stunning riding....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dakota on June 07, 2013, 01:51:02 pm
A Mallard Duck all the way from Switzerland, you get them in South Africa as well.. :-)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pirata on June 07, 2013, 09:01:27 pm
Perhaps the weekend after Easter or the weekend before the freedom day long weekend
If this is still on the cards, the wife and I would be very interesred to join.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on June 11, 2013, 09:30:47 pm
(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/Clipboard01-1.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/Clipboard01-1.jpg.html)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/Clipboard02-2.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/Clipboard02-2.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 12, 2013, 06:47:56 am
Very nice dual, where was this?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on June 12, 2013, 06:51:47 am
Hermanus, on the coastal path  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on June 12, 2013, 08:50:59 am
Hermanus, on the coastal path  :thumleft:

Fantastic with the blue backdrop :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on June 12, 2013, 08:54:43 am
Sorry no pic, but saw something funny on the way to work (Paardevlei, S'West): 8 grey herons flying in a flock. Only ever seen them alone.

(http://www.havering.gov.uk/Media/image/6/d/heron_1.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: profiler on June 13, 2013, 06:53:27 pm
Ok, here we go, all the wille honne please help, what type of bird is this? Spotted in my garden in Flamingo Vlei Table View Cape Town. Almost the same size as the Cape White Eye, did not hear any chirping though?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on June 14, 2013, 06:23:05 am
Ok, here we go, all the wille honne please help, what type of bird is this? Spotted in my garden in Flamingo Vlei Table View Cape Town. Almost the same size as the Cape White Eye, did not hear any chirping though?

I think, but I will not bet my life on it, that it is a juvenile male pin-tailed whydah in its non-breeding colours
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: profiler on June 14, 2013, 08:37:35 am
Very nice, I agree, but could be wrong but your suggestion is certainly the closest thus far. Thanks a lot for your input. Beautiful little creature! O0
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on June 14, 2013, 11:29:38 am
Dual, notice the pectoral tufts there.

Here is what a "boffin" said about it when I asked him about it.

Hi Kobus
Yes, adult male Southern Double-collared Sunbirds in breeding plumage always have the yellow pectoral tufts - these are usually hidden, but are erected to show off to the ladies. In winter (= non-breeding plumage) the males are very similar to females, but have a few scattered green feathers among the brown feathers. So with a good view of the bird you can see that it is a male in eclipse plumage. Incidentally, we had a pair of S. D/c Sunbirds nesting in the bush next to our back door (within 0.5 metres of the door). The pair was very cool, female building the nest with us standing nearby, and the male perched just above shouting about what a good nest it was. When she was incubating, the female was not at all hassled by us opening and closing the door, or in fact any other activity on our stoep. Chicks hatched, and when about a week old, the whole nest was torn down by a cat and the chicks eaten............I'm going to have to get a cat trap, or a shotgun with a silencer.
All the best
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on June 14, 2013, 01:14:28 pm
Ok, here we go, all the wille honne please help, what type of bird is this? Spotted in my garden in Flamingo Vlei Table View Cape Town. Almost the same size as the Cape White Eye, did not hear any chirping though?

I think, but I will not bet my life on it, that it is a juvenile male pin-tailed whydah in its non-breeding colours

Definitely a pin tailed Whydah. Some nice photos on this website

http://www.simplybirding.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=12171
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 14, 2013, 01:44:34 pm
LBJ's are always a pain in the but to ID, and the Juvenile's just makes it even more difficult.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on June 14, 2013, 11:16:02 pm
I am sorry if I am not supposed to post this here but it is an ad for vulture conservation
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on June 19, 2013, 02:08:31 pm
Does anyone know if there is a app for my samsung tablet for birding. Used to have a card of the Robinsons book of birds for my HTC smart phone but that ran on windows mobile. Would love to have something like that on my tablet
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 19, 2013, 02:13:49 pm
Either

http://www.appbrain.com/app/sasol-ebirds/com.coolideas.eproducts.ebirds

or

http://www.appbrain.com/app/roberts-birds/za.co.sabirding

as far as I can tell?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on June 19, 2013, 02:30:04 pm
Either

http://www.appbrain.com/app/sasol-ebirds/com.coolideas.eproducts.ebirds

or

http://www.appbrain.com/app/roberts-birds/za.co.sabirding

as far as I can tell?

Thanks bud will try tonight


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Poffmuis on June 20, 2013, 07:36:45 am
Got a shot of this black collared barbet over the weekend at mildersdrift
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on June 21, 2013, 07:25:49 am
Photographed  in Monument Park. Had me scratching my head for a few minutes.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 21, 2013, 07:58:23 am
Juvenile Olive Thrush maybe?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 21, 2013, 07:59:58 am
My thought was a juvenile Myna....? ???

Must admit to head scratching as well....  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on June 21, 2013, 08:10:35 am
Karoo thrush. The white around they eye is an anomaly.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on June 21, 2013, 08:42:14 am
Juvenile Olive Thrush maybe?


Yes we dont gwt Olive Thrushes here, anymore...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Lestutu on June 24, 2013, 10:08:55 am
what, no olive thrushes in Gauteng??? We stayed in Sandton some 2 years ago and saw plenty?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Lestutu on June 24, 2013, 10:10:52 am
This is wonderful news .... A vulture declared regionally extinct in South Africa has reappeared in the Kruger National Park.
Marloth Park Honorary Ranger Genie Retief spotted a juvenile Egyptian Vulture, also known as "Pharaoh's Chicken" on 6 May. Fellow ranger Andrew Hudson took a photograph, which was presented to local South African Rare Birds Reports group who confirmed the bird's identity.
"This is the first sighting of an Egyptian Vulture in the KNP since 1994... This is a greatly exciting and extremely rare occurrence and birders across the country are envious of the rangers who were lucky enough to identify the vulture,” said Birdlife South Africa regional conservationist Ernst Retief.
Fewer than 50 sightings of the bird have been confirmed in the country since 1945.
The species was listed as regionally extinct in Birdlife South Africa’s Red Data Book in 2000.
Retief said the vulture is thought to have travelled more than 2 500km from the breeding population in East Africa in search for food.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on June 24, 2013, 10:16:43 am
what, no olive thrushes in Gauteng??? We stayed in Sandton some 2 years ago and saw plenty?

Until recently, there wasn’t a distinction made between the Karoo and the Olive thrush. They have now been determined to be two separate species. Both appear in Gauteng, but the Karoo thrush is much more widespread.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on June 24, 2013, 12:08:42 pm
what, no olive thrushes in Gauteng??? We stayed in Sandton some 2 years ago and saw plenty?

Until recently, there wasn’t a distinction made between the Karoo and the Olive thrush. They have now been determined to be two separate species. Both appear in Gauteng, but the Karoo thrush is much more widespread.

Interesting...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 24, 2013, 12:49:10 pm
what, no olive thrushes in Gauteng??? We stayed in Sandton some 2 years ago and saw plenty?

Until recently, there wasn’t a distinction made between the Karoo and the Olive thrush. They have now been determined to be two separate species. Both appear in Gauteng, but the Karoo thrush is much more widespread.
I am sure we have one in the garden here.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on June 24, 2013, 03:05:43 pm
Paar fotos van afgelope naweek.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 24, 2013, 05:20:18 pm
Very nice!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on June 24, 2013, 06:52:25 pm
Malachite Kingfisher; Cape Shoveler and grey headed Gulls

Lekker photo's lagadema.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on June 25, 2013, 06:55:49 am
Malachite Kingfisher; Cape Shoveler and grey headed Gulls

Lekker photo's lagadema.
Yip, I can't stop taking photo's of the malachite, Think I took about 100+ last weekend... But help what is this, was very far away (100% crop), Heron ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on June 25, 2013, 07:00:18 am
Malachite Kingfisher; Cape Shoveler and grey headed Gulls

Lekker photo's lagadema.
Yip, I can't stop taking photo's of the malachite, Think I took about 100+ last weekend... But help what is this, was very far away (100% crop), Heron ?

Black crowned night heron
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on June 26, 2013, 09:41:46 pm
Test post to see if I have got this pic posting right or not!!!!

Martial Eagle with nesting material @ Kgalagadi Trans Frontier Park.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img856/4526/yczl.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/856/yczl.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img707/7692/byb3.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/707/byb3.jpg/)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on June 26, 2013, 10:06:46 pm
Snake Eagle @ KTP


(http://imageshack.us/a/img706/1838/2gez.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/706/2gez.jpg/)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on June 26, 2013, 10:10:15 pm
Lilac Breasted Roller @ KTP

(http://imageshack.us/a/img109/6610/d2k7.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/d2k7.jpg/)
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on June 27, 2013, 06:40:28 am
Stunning Pics Locktight!

What size lens you use for these?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on June 27, 2013, 07:34:21 am
Wow!  Your pics are amazing Locktight!  :)
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Post by: Legadema on June 27, 2013, 09:18:30 am
Very sharp Locktight, Specially the last one.
These photo's on Flickr ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on June 27, 2013, 09:28:30 am
Stunning Pics Locktight!

What size lens you use for these?

Nikon 500mm f4
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on June 27, 2013, 09:29:55 am
Thanks for the compliments guy's, appreciated.

No, the pic's are not on Flicker, I have posted some on Facebook.
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Post by: Mooch on June 27, 2013, 10:28:33 am
Nice pics mate...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on June 27, 2013, 12:38:51 pm
Beautiful pics Locktight 👍
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Rodlau on June 27, 2013, 06:33:45 pm
This is wonderful news .... A vulture declared regionally extinct in South Africa has reappeared in the Kruger National Park.
Marloth Park Honorary Ranger Genie Retief spotted a juvenile Egyptian Vulture, also known as "Pharaoh's Chicken" on 6 May. Fellow ranger Andrew Hudson took a photograph, which was presented to local South African Rare Birds Reports group who confirmed the bird's identity.
"This is the first sighting of an Egyptian Vulture in the KNP since 1994... This is a greatly exciting and extremely rare occurrence and birders across the country are envious of the rangers who were lucky enough to identify the vulture,” said Birdlife South Africa regional conservationist Ernst Retief.
Fewer than 50 sightings of the bird have been confirmed in the country since 1945.
The species was listed as regionally extinct in Birdlife South Africa’s Red Data Book in 2000.
Retief said the vulture is thought to have travelled more than 2 500km from the breeding population in East Africa in search for food.



I would happily supply this bird with food for the rest of its life if I could.  But then if it was possible I would probably be number 9,895,375,710 in the queue.
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Post by: Charlie Brown on June 28, 2013, 08:50:12 pm
Thanks Mooch and Alli
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Post by: whitedelight on June 30, 2013, 09:23:56 am
Awesome pics Locktight :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Lestutu on June 30, 2013, 11:38:57 am
Not nearly as good a picture as posted by some people, but this is a special story. She is the only captive Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in the world and was confiscated from a traditional healer in Lesotho who had used her for divining purposes  ???. She was kept in a goat shelter for the past 5 years and unable to fend for herself, she is now housed at the African Bird of Prey Centre near Pietermaritzburg. It is hoped in time she may breed and for the offspring to be re-introduced into the wild.  (http://[img])[/img]
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on July 01, 2013, 07:42:44 pm
The lammergeier is surely one of the most beautiful raptors, not what you think of when picturing vultures.

They also occur in Spain,southern france(pyrenees) and north africa east to asia.

Also ethiopia,kenya,uganda and tanzania.

Aproximately 630 birds in southern africa, 204 breeding pairs (1990 figures) no idea what the latest figures are?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on July 02, 2013, 11:38:04 am
The lammergeier is surely one of the most beautiful raptors, not what you think of when picturing vultures.

They also occur in Spain,southern france(pyrenees) and north africa east to asia.

Also ethiopia,kenya,uganda and tanzania.

Aproximately 630 birds in southern africa, 204 breeding pairs (1990 figures) no idea what the latest figures are?

I contacted the vulture rehab centre in Harties ( http://www.vulpro.com/ ) and this was their reply about the bearded vulture

Thanks for your mail.
The Bearded Vulture is critically endangered in SA with approximately only 100 or so breeding pairs left.. They are not doing well at all.


Not good news
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on July 02, 2013, 05:36:33 pm
Not nearly as good a picture as posted by some people, but this is a special story. She is the only captive Bearded Vulture (Gypaetus barbatus) in the world and was confiscated from a traditional healer in Lesotho who had used her for divining purposes  ???. She was kept in a goat shelter for the past 5 years and unable to fend for herself, she is now housed at the African Bird of Prey Centre near Pietermaritzburg. It is hoped in time she may breed and for the offspring to be re-introduced into the wild.  (http://[img])[/img]

Hay thats my Vulture

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=95815.0

Glad to see he is ok

 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 02, 2013, 06:52:51 pm
(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/Flamink.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/Flamink.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 03, 2013, 11:29:23 am
Vanoggend by Vermont soutpan

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/09-7.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/09-7.jpg.html)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/03-20.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/03-20.jpg.html)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/05-15.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/05-15.jpg.html)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/07-13.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/07-13.jpg.html)

(http://i806.photobucket.com/albums/yy350/dualriders/2013/010-7.jpg) (http://s806.photobucket.com/user/dualriders/media/2013/010-7.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 07, 2013, 01:20:36 pm
Baie mooi Dual, waar is die plek? Miskien is dit naby genoeg om een Sondag deur te ry van Kaap Stad te ry. Verskoon aseblief as die taal nie reg is nie, maar ek is engels en sukkel so bietjie met die taal skryf. Kan vloek in afrikaans, maar nie so goed metdie ander.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 07, 2013, 07:32:16 pm
Vermont, net voor Hermanus, by die nuwe verkeerslig, by Tipples, draai regs af, tweede pad regs, by die soutpan

Ongeveer S 34 24.609 - E 019 09.736
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 07, 2013, 07:53:05 pm
Vandag by die Soutpan

(http://i1319.photobucket.com/albums/t664/Dualalbum/024_zpsbbf7e810.jpg) (http://s1319.photobucket.com/user/Dualalbum/media/024_zpsbbf7e810.jpg.html)

(http://i1319.photobucket.com/albums/t664/Dualalbum/023_zpscd346be7.jpg) (http://s1319.photobucket.com/user/Dualalbum/media/023_zpscd346be7.jpg.html)

(http://i1319.photobucket.com/albums/t664/Dualalbum/021_zpsee99d1c3.jpg) (http://s1319.photobucket.com/user/Dualalbum/media/021_zpsee99d1c3.jpg.html)

Blykbaar sal die ander fotos van photobucket oor 6 dae weer herstel ??????
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 09, 2013, 05:57:19 pm
(http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2815/9249531746_3608748d10_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on July 20, 2013, 06:13:38 pm
Gewone Kakelare in ons tuin. (Redbilled Woodhoopoe)

Die fotos is nie baie helder nie, want hulle was redelik hoog op in die boom.

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/voels/DSCN0306_zpsfb0b58ca.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/user/11lnroux/media/voels/DSCN0306_zpsfb0b58ca.jpg.html)

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/voels/DSCN0308_zps992fbde3.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/user/11lnroux/media/voels/DSCN0308_zps992fbde3.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 21, 2013, 07:38:22 pm
Mev Vis Arend, die ooste van Pretoria het baie van daai goed. Baie lawaaierig, maar mooi voels.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:20:21 pm
Malachite King Fisher

(http://imageshack.us/a/img109/1484/bf37.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/109/bf37.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img29/8632/bi8i.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/29/bi8i.jpg/)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:22:54 pm
Yellow Billed Duck

(http://imageshack.us/a/img560/2438/xw0j.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/560/xw0j.jpg/)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:26:07 pm
Little Egret

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:28:49 pm
Pied Kingfisher

(http://img842.imageshack.us/img842/586/gfd1.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/842/gfd1.jpg/)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 21, 2013, 09:32:03 pm
 :thumleft: - Almal baie mooi fotos, waar geneem?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:34:10 pm
Southern Double-Collared Sunbird

(http://imageshack.us/a/img845/6762/hhcl.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/845/hhcl.jpg/)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:35:36 pm
:thumleft: - Almal baie mooi fotos, waar geneem?

Meestal hier rondom Kaap Stad. Milnerton Lagoon en Intaka Island.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:39:40 pm
Malachite Kingfisher

(http://img607.imageshack.us/img607/8168/haqd.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/607/haqd.jpg/)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 21, 2013, 09:39:46 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 21, 2013, 09:50:31 pm
:thumleft: - Almal baie mooi fotos, waar geneem?

Dankie Dual.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on July 22, 2013, 08:01:48 am
Wow! :thumleft:  Very impressive pics!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on July 22, 2013, 09:16:38 am
Some Very Nice pics there Locktight!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: White Rhino on July 22, 2013, 10:03:14 am
World class photography Locktight
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 22, 2013, 10:26:43 am
Wow! :thumleft:  Very impressive pics!

Thanks Malibu
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on July 22, 2013, 10:27:47 am
World class photography Locktight

Thanks White Rhino
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: african dust on July 22, 2013, 10:41:25 am
average quality pic of my daughter with a very rare bird. about 600 in the world, all found on one island in the seychelles. the Seychelles black parrot. Was found it in nest whilst doing surveys and a rat had removed part of its right wing. So hand reared and now used for educational purposes at schools and to help generate awareness and goodwill for the species.. Great character..called Rio, but it is like having another child. needs constant attention and food supply. thought the bird fans out there would like to see.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on August 16, 2013, 12:14:37 pm
Photo from my garden, I've been hunting him for a while now... or issit a she? I know its a crappy photo but (s)he is an elusive bastard

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on August 16, 2013, 12:46:02 pm
Taken at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on August 16, 2013, 12:55:03 pm
And some from Paarl Bird Sanctuary.
First time ever I saw a white guinea fowl ???
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on August 16, 2013, 02:51:19 pm
Nice photos! Guinea fowls become white in captivity, my dad had some and after a few generations the babies where white
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on August 16, 2013, 03:01:09 pm
Nice photos! Guinea fowls become white in captivity, my dad had some and after a few generations the babies where white
Kan dit waar wees ???
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 16, 2013, 03:04:30 pm
Nice photos! Guinea fowls become white in captivity, my dad had some and after a few generations the babies where white
Kan dit waar wees ???

Yup - our neighbours have white ones as well - but donner, they are loud!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on August 16, 2013, 05:14:10 pm
This has a cool name, guess?  ;)


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 17, 2013, 07:59:45 am
Err.... Marvin??  ???

OK, seriously, where do you stay - what area? I have now spent 20 minutes trying to work out what it is - no luck yet!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 17, 2013, 08:05:51 am
This has a cool name, guess?  ;)




Male cutthroat finch
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 17, 2013, 08:11:01 am
This has a cool name, guess?  ;)




Male cutthroat finch

Wow. Nice. I had the Finch bit..... ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Legadema on August 17, 2013, 08:31:36 am
This has a cool name, guess?  ;)




Male cutthroat finch
Jirre bra, nou het ek darm ook gesoek, bandkeelvink, maar kom nie hier in die Weskaap voor nie.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 17, 2013, 04:25:50 pm
Nice photos! Guinea fowls become white in captivity, my dad had some and after a few generations the babies where white
Kan dit waar wees ???

Yup - our neighbours have white ones as well - but donner, they are loud!!!
I have also heard that they become sterile and cannot breed once they have turned white.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on August 19, 2013, 01:11:54 pm
This has a cool name, guess?  ;)




Male cutthroat finch

+1
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on October 06, 2013, 04:27:19 pm
Mamma Kwikkie met 'n wurmpie .......

 (http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/voels/P10204102_zpsc2c1a899.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/user/11lnroux/media/voels/P10204102_zpsc2c1a899.jpg.html)

..... vir haar honger babatjies, nogals drie van hulle knus in die bedjie

(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/voels/P1020452_zps52ce0319.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/user/11lnroux/media/voels/P1020452_zps52ce0319.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Raka on October 06, 2013, 06:13:30 pm
Simpel vraag van n before computer person : Everyone comment on Locktights nice fotos, but I only see blanks with a little cross ? How do you view/open them ? >:(
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on October 06, 2013, 09:05:49 pm
Simpel vraag van n before computer person : Everyone comment on Locktights nice fotos, but I only see blanks with a little cross ? How do you view/open them ? >:(

Hi Raka, I don't know what is going on with Image shack, it keeps losing my photo's and they don't show up on the forum.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on October 06, 2013, 09:22:11 pm
Simpel vraag van n before computer person : Everyone comment on Locktights nice fotos, but I only see blanks with a little cross ? How do you view/open them ? >:(

Hi Raka, I don't know what is going on with Image shack, it keeps losing my photo's and they don't show up on the forum.

Managed to reload some of them again, lets see how long before they go missing again.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Raka on October 06, 2013, 09:42:55 pm
Thanx for the effort ! I can see why the crowd rave upon them ! Brilliant , precision photography.
Pitty only some reloaded.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on October 06, 2013, 09:54:02 pm
Thanx for the effort ! I can see why the crowd rave upon them ! Brilliant , precision photography.
Pitty only some reloaded.  :thumleft:

Eish Raka, you are making me blush here, thanks for the compliments.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 07, 2013, 09:26:01 am
Please subscribe here if not already.

They need us.

http://www.birdlife.org.za/african-birdlife/julaug-2013 (http://www.birdlife.org.za/african-birdlife/julaug-2013)

(http://www.birdlife.org.za/images/stories/African%20Birdlife/July_Cover_low_res.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on October 11, 2013, 07:21:45 pm
Mamma Kwikkie met 'n wurmpie .......

 (http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/voels/P10204102_zpsc2c1a899.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/user/11lnroux/media/voels/P10204102_zpsc2c1a899.jpg.html)

..... vir haar honger babatjies, nogals drie van hulle knus in die bedjie



Cool!

Gaan koop 'n paar meul wurms en sit dit in 'n bakkie vir haar... :)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on October 11, 2013, 07:42:47 pm
Cool!

Gaan koop 'n paar meul wurms en sit dit in 'n bakkie vir haar... :)


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Wat is meul wurms?  Ek weet nie of ons dorpie van die wurms sal hê nie, maar hulle vrek oor kaas en die wit van hard gekookte eiers. 

Die babatjies het vandag die nes verlaat en pappa en mamma leer hulle die wêreld vol vlieg.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on October 11, 2013, 07:45:08 pm

Wat is meul wurms?  Ek weet nie of ons dorpie van die wurms sal hê nie, maar hulle vrek oor kaas en die wit van hard gekookte eiers. 

Die babatjies het vandag die nes verlaat en pappa en mamma leer hulle die wêreld vol vlieg.   :thumleft:

As julle 'n petshop het, gaan vra vir hulle, as julle nie een het nie sal jy nie dit kry nie

Dis nice, al drie groot geword?

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on October 11, 2013, 08:32:21 pm
Ons het vanmiddag net twee gesien.  Ek sal more weer op die uitkyk wees. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on October 12, 2013, 10:14:48 pm
help to ID by sound?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on October 14, 2013, 05:13:06 pm
'n Dors Hadeda
(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/voels/P1010339_zps6b35b0db.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/user/11lnroux/media/voels/P1010339_zps6b35b0db.jpg.html)

en 'n honger Suikerbekkie
(http://i1138.photobucket.com/albums/n527/11lnroux/voels/P10204032_zps4132d86c.jpg) (http://s1138.photobucket.com/user/11lnroux/media/voels/P10204032_zps4132d86c.jpg.html)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: stan1975 on October 15, 2013, 07:44:43 am
Taken in-laws backyard yesterday in East London. Juvenile Verreaux's Easgle Owl.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on October 23, 2013, 05:26:57 pm
Hi there there is a open day at Vulpro, vulture rehab at Hartbeespoort please see below and I hope you can make it


The vulture conservation and rehabilitation centre (VulPro) will be holding an open day on the 7 December 2013.
Our gates will open at 09:30 until 12:30 and costs will be R50 per adult and R20 for children under the age of 12.

We will be holding a special kids programme with activities such as:
15m presentation
Tour
Quiz
Hide & seek with story
Colouring-in for younger kids
Games: Tug of war (like vultures feeding)
Game: Tyre race (survival of the fittest)

For the adults myself and Walter will do tours around the Centre and there will also be a raffle for a vulture painting on slate of Percy our first vulture ambassador at an additional cost of R10 per ticket.

Please do distribute this mail far and wide and invite your friends, families, colleagues etc to join us, meet our feathered friends and learn about why we need to conserve these misunderstood birds.

For further information and directions to the centre, please contact me or visit our website at www.vulpro.com (http://www.vulpro.com)

Kind regards
Kerri
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on October 23, 2013, 05:49:02 pm
Some pictures of the vulture restaurant at Vulpro

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on October 23, 2013, 05:56:27 pm
Bateleur at Vulpro
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 23, 2013, 09:19:29 pm
Thanks for posting. Doubt I will be able to make it, hope some other dogs will make it thought.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 24, 2013, 02:57:55 pm
Just thought I would share a pic of the 2 woolly-necked storks sunning themselves (not a good one, I'm afraid). They've stuck around for the last 3 years even coming into the house to demand grub. One can always see when they're breeding as they then take turns to visit. Their 1st youngster pays the occasional visit but he's quite skittish. Cats have to keep a beady eye out otherwise their nether regions get a sharp peck. Dogs ignore them.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on October 25, 2013, 03:35:39 pm
Bruinkop Visvanger - kom gereeld in ons tuin op die hekkie sit
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on October 25, 2013, 03:39:46 pm
Bleek Singvalk

Pale Chanting Goshawk

Loves to sit on Telephone poles along the roads.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 27, 2013, 03:57:42 pm
I confess not all these were taken in SA but at least they are all found here
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 27, 2013, 04:41:19 pm
Oh, how beautiful! 

Really terrific pics!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 27, 2013, 04:44:11 pm
Much appreciated, Malibu

I've been extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to see these birds
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 27, 2013, 04:45:40 pm
Oh, you can see them... but to actually get pics, and then great pics... that is something else!  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 27, 2013, 06:01:19 pm
Oh, you can see them... but to actually get pics, and then great pics... that is something else!  ;D

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on December 03, 2013, 12:54:17 pm
Remember Vulpro Open Day on Saturday

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: DIRT SKUNK on December 17, 2013, 10:22:32 am
Jackle Buzzard
taken on the top of the Olifantskop pass
08 Dec 2013
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on December 18, 2013, 07:52:38 pm
I had the most incredible photographic sighting this past weekend, some Blue Cranes chasing down a family of Cape Fox. The Blue Cranes ( our National Bird ) did not like the Cape Fox being in the same field as them. They chased the fox into their den and then stood guard at the den for about 30 mins. Here is the sequence of photo's.

(http://imageshack.us/a/img20/4083/t3wm.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/20/t3wm.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img812/4261/6rrn.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/812/6rrn.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img703/7827/e97h.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/703/e97h.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/a/img440/2213/kdjo.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/440/kdjo.jpg/)


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on December 18, 2013, 08:13:48 pm
Straight after this, the Blue Cranes started doing their Courtship Dance.......what an amazing sight to see! The grace, agility and calling of the dance is quite mind blowing......I will never forget this sighting. There are a total of 13 photo's in the sequence, but I will only post a few as I don't want to hog the page. Ireally want to show the beauty of this dance to the people out there who have not seen this before.

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/large/24/rjhh.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/24/rjhh.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/large/571/mn2v.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/571/mn2v.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/large/547/dlos.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/547/dlos.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/large/547/pfvj.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/547/pfvj.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/large/826/rgxu.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/826/rgxu.jpg/)

(http://imageshack.us/scaled/large/560/pzdr.jpg) (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/560/pzdr.jpg/)

Imagine seeing this and hearing their excited calls to each other!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on December 18, 2013, 10:01:09 pm
WOW!!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on December 18, 2013, 10:22:17 pm
WOW!!!!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on December 19, 2013, 04:37:05 am
Amazing, thanks for sharing Charlie Brown.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on December 19, 2013, 05:02:52 pm
Ek het nie woorde nie, Charlie Brown.  Dit is wonderlik mooi. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on December 22, 2013, 12:29:10 pm
Cool pics there guys!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on December 23, 2013, 10:53:22 am
WoW!!! Charlie Brown… those are some awesome pics, so much going on. Thanks for sharing them with us.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Cave Girl on December 25, 2013, 08:50:29 pm
Really fantastic. You should have posted all 13!!!!! Thanks
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: T Rex on December 26, 2013, 07:25:44 am
Thanks for the pics !
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on December 28, 2013, 05:43:04 pm
Awesome photos  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on December 28, 2013, 07:58:12 pm
Awesome photos  :biggrin:

Thank you  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Saxon on December 28, 2013, 08:34:15 pm
Great sighting today, rare migrant. Photo taken in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga at the height of the festive shopping season. A stunning example of the "Double Breasted Sandton Mattress Thrasher"

(http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/ww326/RaymondCloete/jennie-garth-soccer-mom_1004_zps7c28a9b4.jpg) (http://s732.photobucket.com/user/RaymondCloete/media/jennie-garth-soccer-mom_1004_zps7c28a9b4.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mr Zog on December 29, 2013, 09:58:25 am
Great sighting today, rare migrant. Photo taken in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga at the height of the festive shopping season. A stunning example of the "Double Breasted Sandton Mattress Thrasher"

(http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/ww326/RaymondCloete/jennie-garth-soccer-mom_1004_zps7c28a9b4.jpg) (http://s732.photobucket.com/user/RaymondCloete/media/jennie-garth-soccer-mom_1004_zps7c28a9b4.jpg.html)

I see its also the "non-smiling" variety...  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on January 06, 2014, 04:01:27 pm
Great sighting today, rare migrant. Photo taken in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga at the height of the festive shopping season. A stunning example of the "Double Breasted Sandton Mattress Thrasher"

(http://i732.photobucket.com/albums/ww326/RaymondCloete/jennie-garth-soccer-mom_1004_zps7c28a9b4.jpg) (http://s732.photobucket.com/user/RaymondCloete/media/jennie-garth-soccer-mom_1004_zps7c28a9b4.jpg.html)

I see its also the "non-smiling" variety...  :peepwall:

Never seen one smile unless its with her peers, usually same gender or gay(not happy  :patch: ) but even then its usually false.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on January 12, 2014, 09:49:40 am
'n Verkorte video van Kwikkies wat babatjies voer en poef wegvlieg.  Kyk by 1:25 minute. 

http://youtube.com/v/WZHaoOS9rCQ

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 16, 2014, 08:12:53 am
Freckled nightjar (in Ethiopia but also found in SA). Makes a sound much like a car alarm (wow-wow-wow etc ;D)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Oshkosh on January 20, 2014, 08:20:47 am
Caught this Okie Hunting for Tit Bits at My Factory.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on January 20, 2014, 08:35:38 am
Wat presies gebeur daar by 1:25?

Do the parents take the excrement directly from the bum........... is this normal?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on January 20, 2014, 09:50:32 am
Wat presies gebeur daar by 1:25?

Do the parents take the excrement directly from the bum........... is this normal?

Yes they do and it is normal.  You will notice that the baby turned a few times, but either it was not ready to poo or mommy was not ready to take it. 

I think birds do that to keep the nest and surroundings clean. 

Where are our bird experts? 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 20, 2014, 12:10:17 pm
I'm no expert but I understand it keeps ants and any other predators away because there is less smell to attract them
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: I&horse on January 21, 2014, 04:19:47 pm
Caught this Okie Hunting for Tit Bits at My Factory.

Good timing!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Oshkosh on January 22, 2014, 02:05:33 pm
Caught this Okie Hunting for Tit Bits at My Factory.

Good timing!!!

Thanks I&h  :thumleft:
Unfortunately he some how the dropped the little bugger.
Missed the first one when it nailed a frog  :xxbah:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 24, 2014, 12:49:49 pm
Wit Reier (White Heron)in Montagu. Hare nou net klaar ge-blow-dry  :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 24, 2014, 01:53:27 pm
Wit Reier (White Heron)in Montagu. Hare nou net klaar ge-blow-dry  :)
Pragtige foto daai, DW. Ek kan verkeerd wees maar ek vermoed dit is eintlik 'n "Cattle egret in breeding plumage" as ek kyk na die kleur van die snawel
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Brandt on January 24, 2014, 01:53:55 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 24, 2014, 04:03:10 pm
Wit Reier (White Heron)in Montagu. Hare nou net klaar ge-blow-dry  :)
Pragtige foto daai, DW. Ek kan verkeerd wees maar ek vermoed dit is eintlik 'n "Cattle egret in breeding plumage" as ek kyk na die kleur van die snawel

Kan wees - Ek het nie 'n boek hier naby om te check nie maar as ek nou mooi kyk dink ek jy is reg. Dit is die hele idee van die thread dink ek - on die pics te bespreek en so leer almal meer. Thanks Frankmac
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 24, 2014, 04:14:56 pm
Kan wees - Ek het nie 'n boek hier naby om te check nie maar as ek nou mooi kyk dink ek jy is reg. Dit is die hele idee van die thread dink ek - on die pics te bespreek en so leer almal meer. Thanks Frankmac
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: The Badger on January 24, 2014, 08:05:52 pm
Loving this thread and pics......... all of them.....thanks :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 24, 2014, 08:37:01 pm
Gymnogene - Kaalwangvalk (Ook genoem African Harrier Hawk)

Die outjie het double jointed bene - m.a.w sy bene kan agteruit sowel as vooruit buig by die knie. Op die manier kan hy neste bykom om kleintjies te vat vir kos wat ander voels nie kan bykom nie.

Pragtige voel veral in vlug.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on January 25, 2014, 08:46:55 pm
I haven't looked at all the pages...but have this insane fascination with raptors!!
The bird books show pics..male..female..juvenile etc,
I can see the most common ones..but would love guru to show me pics of more in me area.
i live in Durbanville. I own a horse (how blessed am I ;-) 0 and often see raptors on way to stables.
Most of my work is in Paarl...and I see raptors heading to and from as well.
I recognize the yellow billed kites (amazing) but would love to know more.
The bird books just confuse me..juvenile etc.
Which are the most common raptors in Northern suburbs of Cape Town towards
Paarl?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 25, 2014, 09:02:43 pm
I haven't looked at all the pages...but have this insane fascination with raptors!!
The bird books show pics..male..female..juvenile etc,
I can see the most common ones..but would love guru to show me pics of more in me area.
i live in Durbanville. I own a horse (how blessed am I ;-) 0 and often see raptors on way to stables.
Most of my work is in Paarl...and I see raptors heading to and from as well.
I recognize the yellow billed kites (amazing) but would love to know more.
The bird books just confuse me..juvenile etc.
Which are the most common raptors in Northern suburbs of Cape Town towards
Paarl?

I dont get to that specific area much but I would guess the ones yo see most are the Jackal Buzzard and maybe the Pale Chanting Goshawk and of course also the yellow billed Kite you mentioned
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on January 25, 2014, 09:16:31 pm
thanks dw1...helps me to start knowing the birds.
They completely fascinate me....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on January 25, 2014, 09:23:17 pm
Goshawk I have seen, but some bigger birds than the kites I know zero about. One bird underside of wings has a "broad" white strip...
It didn't look like a juvenile...but then again I know too little.
I don't want o have car accident trying to see them...but has been close  ::)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 25, 2014, 09:30:25 pm
Goshawk I have seen, but some bigger birds than the kites I know zero about. One bird underside of wings has a "broad" white strip...
It didn't look like a juvenile...but then again I know too little.
I don't want o have car accident trying to see them...but has been close  ::)



This is the Pale Chanting Goshawk - Bleeksingvalk

I am trying to think what you might have seen with a white strip under the wings....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on January 26, 2014, 12:54:41 pm
It was the front half of wings...seen from underneath (obviously  ;) )
Rest was a brownish color. Was a big bird.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 26, 2014, 01:23:53 pm
It was the front half of wings...seen from underneath (obviously  ;) )
Rest was a brownish color. Was a big bird.


This is what the Jackal Buzzard looks like from below. They're not very big raptors but very pretty though
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on January 27, 2014, 03:12:21 pm
Some Pics I took at Vulpro over the weekend

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on January 27, 2014, 03:15:40 pm
Another one
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on January 27, 2014, 03:17:57 pm
Sorry for the duplicate  :o here is another one

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on January 27, 2014, 03:19:04 pm
And ... another
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on January 27, 2014, 03:25:39 pm
Last two

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on January 27, 2014, 03:26:39 pm
My favourite

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 27, 2014, 10:27:57 pm
Swaeltjie

Swallow
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on January 29, 2014, 07:33:00 am
Who can help me with this one? We have a lot of doves, but I haven't seen these before. Spotted in Clubview, Centurion, what was remarkable about them was the very bright blue colour on the top of their heads.
Sorry about the bad image quality, it was just before dark and the light was fading fast.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on January 30, 2014, 12:15:46 pm
Cape turtle dove
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on January 31, 2014, 06:28:57 am
Who can help me with this one? We have a lot of doves, but I haven't seen these before. Spotted in Clubview, Centurion, what was remarkable about them was the very bright blue colour on the top of their heads.
Sorry about the bad image quality, it was just before dark and the light was fading fast.


The pinkish sheen around the neck, the pronounced eye ring and the lack of white colouring in the outer retrices indicate that it is a redeyed dove.

They have a very distinctive call. To me is sounds like "Why don't you just...F OFF!"
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 31, 2014, 09:05:40 pm
plum coloured starling and his wife :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on January 31, 2014, 09:07:59 pm
Juvenile Ant-Eating Chat:

 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 31, 2014, 10:38:26 pm
Blue Crane family - Dad, Mom and little Crane

(Anthropoides paradiseus)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 31, 2014, 10:47:03 pm
Dikkop mannetjie agter ons huis. Baie aggresief terwyl hulle broei.
Selfs die kat is bang vir hulle!

Spotted Thicknee (Burhinus capensis)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 31, 2014, 11:09:08 pm
Gompou - Kori Bustard
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on February 01, 2014, 04:44:49 pm
Hi DW1, where did you spot that Kori Bustard? Here in the north they're very rare, only ever saw one once, in Pilansberg.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on February 01, 2014, 05:26:18 pm
Hi DW1, where did you spot that Kori Bustard? Here in the north they're very rare, only ever saw one once, in Pilansberg.

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Hi Leon...

Saw it in December on a farm road going from Laingsburg past the Froliskraal dam towards the N1. On that trip we encountered 22 gates and at the N1 the gates were all locked and we had to go all the way back. That means 44 gates in all. Saw lots of wildlife that day. There were quite a few of the Kori Bustards but I could only get that one pic. He stood still while we took pictures while the other ran off.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Cave Girl on February 01, 2014, 07:57:42 pm
Cool. Got to plan a route her next Dec  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on February 01, 2014, 09:16:03 pm
A while ago Charlie Brown posted pics of a Blue Crane courtship dance. they were really stunning pics.

We also saw a Blue Crane Dance in December at the Volmoed area.
Following are some pics I took of this. Could not get any more as they moved further and further away.

 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on February 01, 2014, 09:24:16 pm
Very nice.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Falcon on February 03, 2014, 10:49:26 am
I saw 2 Jackall buzzards yesterday....thanks frankmac  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on February 05, 2014, 06:41:20 pm
Blue Cranes @ Caledon.

Aaaarghh.......how do you insert a pic now that Image shack have changed their site a bit?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on February 05, 2014, 06:43:49 pm
http://imageshack.com/a/img542/3977/lpqn.jpg (http://imageshack.com/a/img542/3977/lpqn.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Charlie Brown on February 05, 2014, 06:45:49 pm
(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/542/lpqn.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/f2lpqnj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on February 05, 2014, 07:08:59 pm
Who can help me with this one? We have a lot of doves, but I haven't seen these before. Spotted in Clubview, Centurion, what was remarkable about them was the very bright blue colour on the top of their heads.
Sorry about the bad image quality, it was just before dark and the light was fading fast.


The pinkish sheen around the neck, the pronounced eye ring and the lack of white colouring in the outer retrices indicate that it is a redeyed dove.

They have a very distinctive call. To me is sounds like "Why don't you just...F OFF!"


yep! You're right , my bad.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on February 05, 2014, 07:17:17 pm
Gompou - Kori Bustard

dw1 I think that is a Karoo Korhaan
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on February 05, 2014, 09:32:58 pm
Gompou - Kori Bustard

dw1 I think that is a Karoo Korhaan

Yes you are quite correct. Thanks for pointing it out.
I did not even know there were such a thing as a Karoo Korhaan. So we learn!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on February 12, 2014, 04:38:41 pm
Kaapse Suikervoel
Cape Sugarbird

Promerops cafer

Seen on Swartberg Pass.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 26, 2014, 08:15:50 pm
Marabou stork aka Flying Scrotum
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on February 26, 2014, 08:25:05 pm
I recently moved back to Clubview, and I must say the bird life here is quite good.

There are a lot of grey hornbills around, a group of six that frequint the garden in the afternoons. On Monday though I had a very rare sighting - a green Coucal (Groen Vleiloerie).
Sorry that I haven't got pics of the coucal, but he was only here for a few minutes.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on February 26, 2014, 09:44:02 pm
I recently moved back to Clubview, and I must say the bird life here is quite good.

There are a lot of grey hornbills around, a group of six that frequint the garden in the afternoons. On Monday though I had a very rare sighting - a green Coucal (Groen Vleiloerie).
Sorry that I haven't got pics of the coucal, but he was only here for a few minutes.

Are you sure about the green coucal? They have a very limited distribution in SA and are only found down the Natal coast. Did you not perhaps see the African green pigeon? They are often seen around Centurion this time of year, especially in stinkwood trees.

I won’t completely dismiss the coucal though. My wife and I are convinced that we spotted  the marsh tchagra in our garden, despite the fact that it was completely out of its territory.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on February 26, 2014, 10:05:48 pm
Hadeda chicks - Nest in the tree right in front of our back door. Very interesting to watch them grow up in such a flimsy nest. Only one fell out once which was surprising.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on February 27, 2014, 06:11:42 am
I recently moved back to Clubview, and I must say the bird life here is quite good.

There are a lot of grey hornbills around, a group of six that frequint the garden in the afternoons. On Monday though I had a very rare sighting - a green Coucal (Groen Vleiloerie).
Sorry that I haven't got pics of the coucal, but he was only here for a few minutes.

Are you sure about the green coucal? They have a very limited distribution in SA and are only found down the Natal coast. Did you not perhaps see the African green pigeon? They are often seen around Centurion this time of year, especially in stinkwood trees.

I won’t completely dismiss the coucal though. My wife and I are convinced that we spotted  the marsh tchagra in our garden, despite the fact that it was completely out of its territory.

Hi Bensien. Definitely the coucal, it had a very distinctive beak shape. Me and my camera, we are waiting for him to come back!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on February 27, 2014, 06:22:26 pm
Feeding time


these guys made their nest behind the fascia board above our back door.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 22, 2014, 10:03:07 am
Red-billed oxpeckers and Carmine bee-eaters
Title: Rescue the Cape Vulture Project
Post by: Wahl on April 25, 2014, 09:35:58 pm
If anybody has some money that you don't know what to do with please consider a donation

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-cape-vulture-tracking-threatened-vultures-in-the-wild#home (https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/save-the-cape-vulture-tracking-threatened-vultures-in-the-wild#home)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 11, 2014, 01:03:01 pm
Ons was in die Paradys en het hierdie Cape Vultures daar gesien.  Hulle het 'n broei-program daar. 

 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 11, 2014, 01:24:13 pm
Pragtige uitsig daai, Mev VA.

Ek verstaan daar's ook 'n plek naby Oribi Gorge op die Suidkus waar hulle aasvoels voer
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 11, 2014, 02:59:18 pm
Die plek is in die voormalike Transkei. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on May 13, 2014, 11:55:48 am
Neushoringvoël afgeneem noord van Pta naby Hammanskraal - Hulle hou daarvan om op die kar te spring en die "wiper Rubbers" stukkend te byt en om vir hulleself in die spieels te bekyk.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 17, 2014, 07:09:01 am
Pragtige uitsig daai, Mev VA.

Ek verstaan daar's ook 'n plek naby Oribi Gorge op die Suidkus waar hulle aasvoels voer

My wife went to visit this Cape Vulture breeding colony yesterday and emailed me some pics. The farm owners do put out the occasional carcass but apparently the vultures don't rely on this, preferring to source food elsewhere

The colony has grown from the original 40 to 120 birds
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on June 17, 2014, 07:14:10 am
Jo, frankmac, dit is mooi fotos.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 17, 2014, 07:45:20 am
Dankie Mev VA, ek sal dit oordra ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on June 17, 2014, 09:55:55 am
Wow, stunning pics, you got a talented vrou, Frankmac.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 17, 2014, 10:16:18 am
Thanks Alli, she is very talented although I avoid telling her that too often just in case she feels superior :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on June 17, 2014, 12:59:18 pm
A few birds we saw in the Kruger recently

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 17, 2014, 01:04:01 pm
Beautiful. The Martials seem to have a preference for the monitor lizards
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on September 10, 2014, 10:23:38 pm
Pied Kingfisher, the little poser.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on September 12, 2014, 12:42:41 am
I want to make a suggestion, for those who know or have acess to a bird book please also post the scientific name, i see the Facebook bird page does that and it works nice, I'm trying to learn them now, but its difficult...  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on September 26, 2014, 06:14:15 pm
Birding at Ratho Bush Camp on the Limpopo river this past weekend was quite spectacular. I was challenged to spot at least fifty species, I ended my list on fifty six species, many of which include species that I have never spotted before.

The place is a birders paradise, and the birders amongst us have already promised to go back next year on a proper birding outing.

Edit: I forgot to mention that there are four or five species that I photographed but haven't identified yet that must still be added to my list. I might be asking for help here.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on September 27, 2014, 07:40:37 am
This was my prize sighting for the weekend, Kori Bustard.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on October 04, 2014, 02:13:37 am
This was my prize sighting for the weekend, Kori Bustard.

pragtig

Scientifi name: Ardeotis kori
Afrikaans name: Gompou

i hope you dont mind me putting up more info on the names. Im trying to learn them and this is very good exersize



thanks for the post
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 04, 2014, 07:31:15 am
Not at all, I like the idea.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Martyn on October 07, 2014, 03:37:05 pm
For the first time in many years we have Grey African Hornbills visiting the garden and they are VERY vocal.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on October 17, 2014, 08:03:21 pm
African Grey Hornbill seen 2 weeks ago in Botswana

Scientific name: Tockus Nasutus
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 18, 2014, 03:08:55 pm
 ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 18, 2014, 03:16:41 pm
 ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 18, 2014, 03:43:10 pm
Lovely pics, Grasshopper. I presume you're in the Cape somewhere if I see the proteas and a Cape Sugarbird??
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 18, 2014, 04:33:30 pm
Big mouth!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 18, 2014, 04:50:31 pm
Hi frankmac, i am staying in ctown.  First photo taken at Kirstenbosch and it is a Orange-breasted Sunbird.

The second one at Rooiels and its a Cape Grassbird....i think.

Thanks for the compliment.

I will post a photo of a photo of Cape Sugarbird soon.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 18, 2014, 05:01:00 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 18, 2014, 08:19:27 pm
 :ricky:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on October 20, 2014, 08:04:38 am
Stunning pics Grasshopper!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 20, 2014, 05:47:40 pm
Maluba, thanks for your compliment, much appreciated.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 20, 2014, 06:12:56 pm
Grondspeg (Ground Woodpecker) afgeneem te Rooiels.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: alli on October 20, 2014, 07:50:37 pm
Wow!!

Loving your pics grasshopper. Keep them coming.

Also, what gear are you using?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 20, 2014, 09:27:41 pm
Hi alli, i am using a Nikon D7000 with a 70-300mm nikon lens.

Thanks for the compliment.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 21, 2014, 12:11:33 pm
Lovely.

That first one is spectacular. Very sharp for the std 70-300.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on October 21, 2014, 02:08:43 pm
Grasvoël (Cape Grassbird)...?


(http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?action=dlattach;topic=83534.0;attach=384146;image)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on October 21, 2014, 03:31:31 pm
Jip



volgens my Roberts app.  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 21, 2014, 05:28:21 pm
Die Kuifkopvisvanger se kleure is vir my baie besonders.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 21, 2014, 05:43:36 pm
Cape Rock-Thrush.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 21, 2014, 06:03:03 pm
 ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on October 21, 2014, 08:52:31 pm
Heeeeelp!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on November 09, 2014, 10:50:38 am
Witkeelswael?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 10, 2014, 12:08:54 pm
A few taken locally over the weekend
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 11, 2014, 06:28:28 pm
Apologies for the multiple bird posts but just in case someone is interested
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 12, 2014, 08:13:47 am
I love this thread, and the pics are beautiful... keep them coming... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on November 12, 2014, 09:52:52 am
Thanks francmac, i love it.  Keep them coming.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on November 12, 2014, 12:12:06 pm
Shows the benefit of going low down to water level.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 12, 2014, 04:11:01 pm
Shows the benefit of going low down to water level.

and being patient, Kobus. Had an earful from the wife as I don't normally sit for long before buggering off.

Sit awhile and the birds relax and come to you
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 12, 2014, 04:36:26 pm
Thanks francmac, i love it.  Keep them coming.
:thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 12, 2014, 07:50:50 pm
Young Pale Chanting Goshawk (Bleek singvalk) on the nest.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 12, 2014, 07:53:00 pm
Aaaaah, kyk hoe deurmekaar is daai "hare".   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 12, 2014, 08:04:05 pm
Spotted thick knee (Dikkop) Mother protecting her youngster.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: arno on November 12, 2014, 08:15:48 pm
Young Pale Chanting Goshawk (Bleek singvalk) on the nest.
Where did you photograph this . Never seen a young one .
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 12, 2014, 08:22:09 pm
Young Pale Chanting Goshawk (Bleek singvalk) on the nest.
Where did you photograph this . Never seen a young one .

On the paardeberg road - between Mosselbay - Oudtshoorn road and Rooiberg pass.
Watched the nest for a few months and then caught the young one.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 12, 2014, 09:37:23 pm
Koning Roobekkie - Pin Tailed Whydah
Picture taken in our garden outside Calitzdorp
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 12, 2014, 10:03:28 pm
Swartkop Reier - Black headed heron

Ardea Melanocaphala
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 14, 2014, 06:44:11 am
Young Pale Chanting Goshawk (Bleek singvalk) on the nest.

Great find, dw1

Couple more
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 14, 2014, 07:58:46 am
You guys are taking better and better pics... :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on November 14, 2014, 01:22:09 pm
Fokkit, that forest weaver can come and learn from our cape or masked weavers how to build a nice nest.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 14, 2014, 07:13:32 pm
Too true Kobus, as he's actually made the nest on one of the bamboo palm trees but uses twigs from the fiddlewood. The other types of weavers in the yard make extremely neat nests, however, the melodious tunes sung by the forest weaver make up for his lack of building skills
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on November 25, 2014, 12:02:10 pm
Southern Masked Weaver Ploceus velatus
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 26, 2014, 06:56:36 pm
Bleek Singvalk - Pale Chanting Goshawk in flight

a thing of beauty!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on November 27, 2014, 04:24:47 pm
 :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on November 27, 2014, 04:33:55 pm
Jong Kolganse.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 27, 2014, 04:52:22 pm
Beautiful Pic of the Heron Grasshopper.
What kit do you use?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on November 28, 2014, 08:27:55 am
More dw1, ek gebruik Nikon D7000 met  n Nikon 70-300 f4.5-5.6 lens.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 30, 2014, 07:43:36 pm
Kaapse ooruil
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on December 02, 2014, 02:13:43 pm
Kaapse ooruil

We have lots in Stellenbosch, close to the mountain. I love them, listen to them calling to each other at night.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 06, 2014, 03:38:34 pm
I'm thinking about reverting to jpeg format instead of raw images - too much effort and too idle to edit
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on December 07, 2014, 03:52:34 pm
Thanks for that spectacled weaver pic. I've been looking out for them, I haven't spotted one yet. Knowing what the nest looks like is going to help a lot.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 08, 2014, 05:58:49 am
I'm pretty sure the chicks have flown the nest and yet the parents are renovating the nest so I'm guessing they're multiple breeders during the season
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on December 09, 2014, 10:31:02 am
Wow, is that a tunnel entrance. Amazing.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on December 09, 2014, 11:51:16 am
Cheers frankmac - sorted out one minor mystery for me - we saw this nest at Epupa Falls, but never saw the owners, so had no idea who made it!!

Epupa, Caprivi and the Eastern edge of SA/Moz seem to be the only places to find them.....

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 29, 2014, 07:34:20 pm
Cheers frankmac - sorted out one minor mystery for me - we saw this nest at Epupa Falls, but never saw the owners, so had no idea who made it!!

Epupa, Caprivi and the Eastern edge of SA/Moz seem to be the only places to find them.....


:thumleft:

Sombre bulbuls decided to make their nest outside our front door and I then had the responsibility of keeping an eye on the cat.

Only one of the eggs hatched and today, I had to rescue the little blighter as his inaugural flight wasn't a success. Anyway, at least the family have now moved their operations into the bush below the garden, so at least I can relax

Violet-backed starlings (aka plum-coloured starling) also had a nest close by in a tree hollow. The males are extremely striking but unfortunately I couldn't get a decent pic of their colours highlighted by sunlight
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Post by: Bensien on January 04, 2015, 02:51:53 pm
Red-capped Robin-Chat (a.k.a. Natal Robin). Cossypha natalensis.
Apologies for the poor quality. 100mm portrait lenses are not the best choice for bird photography.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 17, 2015, 09:38:23 pm
We were fortunate enough to visit a local vulture colony this morning. This particular farmer has done wonders for the birds and I believe around forty chicks bred out this season despite a large number of white-necked ravens aggressively forcing the nesting birds off their nests and stealing the eggs or killing the youngsters
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Post by: dual on January 17, 2015, 09:48:13 pm
Cape Sugarbird
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Post by: Wahl on January 18, 2015, 08:20:09 pm
Hi Frankmac where in KZN is this vulture colony
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Post by: elandsrider on January 18, 2015, 08:40:33 pm
Its a terrible picture, can somebody make out what type that is, he has white on his back
Was harrasing my chickens this afternoon
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Post by: JacquesM on January 18, 2015, 09:29:26 pm
These guys just got the order from their Thick-knee mother to "slaan dek".

It was just before sunset.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 19, 2015, 06:14:28 am
Hi Frankmac where in KZN is this vulture colony

Hi Wahl, It's in the Oribi Gorge area, South Coast. We did it through Birdlife Trogons http://birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com/ (http://birdlifetrogons.blogspot.com/)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on January 19, 2015, 08:46:05 am
Its a terrible picture, can somebody make out what type that is, he has white on his back
Was harrasing my chickens this afternoon

Looks like a Gymnogene - Harrier Hawk - to me.  We have them on our farm, they terrorise the chickens.
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Post by: elandsrider on January 19, 2015, 08:31:14 pm
 :thumleft:
Thanks Malibu, ill look it up to recognise better
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Post by: dw1 on January 21, 2015, 11:28:29 am
What a majestic bird ... ! - African Fish Eagle
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Post by: dw1 on January 25, 2015, 10:06:04 pm
Diederik's Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx caprius

Seen in a wild fig tree in our garden. 
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Post by: LeonDude on January 26, 2015, 07:40:11 am
Wakkerstroom, December 2014
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Post by: XTFREAK on January 26, 2015, 08:58:36 am
Diederik's Cuckoo

Chrysococcyx caprius

Seen in a wild fig tree in our garden. 
Wow, we have this bird living in some blue gums but do you think I can get a good sighting?? Spend hours with my Binos but he's a Wiley little guy. Well done!
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Post by: dw1 on January 26, 2015, 07:31:50 pm
Groottroupand - Purple Roller
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on January 27, 2015, 06:40:53 am
Nice - what area was this in?  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 27, 2015, 10:33:54 am
Took that pic in Chobe National park, Botswana
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on January 27, 2015, 10:58:54 am
Thanks - saw you were in the Cape and wondered where the holiday took you!

Nice Pic btw!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 29, 2015, 08:57:48 am
Black-chested Snake Eagle - Swart bors slangarend - Circaetus pectoralis.

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Post by: Kobus on January 29, 2015, 11:33:57 am
 :thumleft:

Impressive bird that. 2M + wingspan.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 29, 2015, 04:42:41 pm
Blou valk - Black shouldered kite - Elanus caeruleus - Carrying his lunch
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Post by: frankmac on January 29, 2015, 05:51:15 pm
Marshall Eagle - Polemaetus bellicosus - Breekop Arend.



dw1, I may be mistaken but I believe that is a Black-chested Snake Eagle ( underparts and underwing white). The Martial has darker wings underneath and a mottled chest.

It also looks as though the legs in your pic are bare which is inherent in the snake eagles
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Post by: dw1 on January 29, 2015, 06:09:13 pm
Marshall Eagle - Polemaetus bellicosus - Breekop Arend.



dw1, I may be mistaken but I believe that is a Black-chested Snake Eagle ( underparts and underwing white). The Martial has darker wings underneath and a mottled chest.

It also looks as though the legs in your pic are bare which is inherent in the snake eagles

Yes sir you are correct. I was quite uncertain when I took the pic and did not have a bird book handy. Also could not ge t a very clear pic as it was pretty high. - Thanks that is why this is such a good thread. I'll have to make amends by putting a proper Marshall eagle on.  I'll correct the post
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Post by: frankmac on January 29, 2015, 06:48:00 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 29, 2015, 07:24:34 pm
Juvenile - Blou valk - Black shouldered kite - Elanus caeruleus
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Post by: DeepBass9 on January 29, 2015, 07:28:56 pm
Nice pics dw1.
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Post by: dw1 on January 29, 2015, 07:35:30 pm
Marshall Eagle - Breekop Arend - Polemaetus bellicosus
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Post by: André 660 on January 29, 2015, 08:19:48 pm
Baie mooi.
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Post by: LeonDude on January 30, 2015, 08:36:14 am
Marshall Eagle - Polemaetus bellicosus - Breekop Arend.



dw1, I may be mistaken but I believe that is a Black-chested Snake Eagle ( underparts and underwing white). The Martial has darker wings underneath and a mottled chest.

It also looks as though the legs in your pic are bare which is inherent in the snake eagles

Yes sir you are correct. I was quite uncertain when I took the pic and did not have a bird book handy. Also could not ge t a very clear pic as it was pretty high. - Thanks that is why this is such a good thread. I'll have to make amends by putting a proper Marshall eagle on.  I'll correct the post
Thanks, I also grabbed the bird book, but couldn't quite figure it out.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on January 30, 2015, 09:42:31 am
Not a South African bird, but I am reading ‘In search of the rarest bird in the world’ by Vernon RL Head at the moment. In it he mentions the Mauritius Fody. It is estimated that the total population is between 200 and 300. I found this one on my hotel balcony, eating crumbs that I left out to attract the Red Whiskered Bulbuls.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on January 30, 2015, 10:19:52 am
Lucky man
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Post by: frankmac on February 04, 2015, 06:47:45 am
Purple-crested turaco (lourie) in our garden.
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Post by: Mooch on February 04, 2015, 05:11:48 pm
Awesome Pic
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Post by: frankmac on February 04, 2015, 06:43:22 pm
Thanks Mooch
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Post by: frankmac on February 07, 2015, 04:12:48 pm
A cormorant with meal and a woodpecker
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Post by: frankmac on February 10, 2015, 10:16:30 pm
Some more today
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Post by: André 660 on February 12, 2015, 08:05:58 pm
Amazing photos.  Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: Wahl on February 18, 2015, 08:57:57 pm
Some Pics of a recent visit to the Kruger
Can anybody help with identifying the first and last bird please

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on February 18, 2015, 09:01:59 pm
Sorry for the quality of these but I would also appreciate help with ID please

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Post by: alli on February 18, 2015, 09:18:27 pm
Hi Wahl

My guess is forest buzzard, pity the branch is obscuring the chest, that would make ID easier, even so I'm pretty sure that's what it is.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 19, 2015, 06:06:14 am
Some Pics of a recent visit to the Kruger
Can anybody help with identifying the first and last bird please
Wahl, my guess would be Steppe Buzzard and Yellow-billed kite
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 19, 2015, 06:09:20 am
Sorry for the quality of these but I would also appreciate help with ID please
I'm going for Carmine and White-fronted bee-eaters
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on February 25, 2015, 10:36:12 pm
Bromvoel - Bucorvus leadbeateri - Southern Ground hornbill

Pic taken in Chobe Nat Park
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Post by: dw1 on February 25, 2015, 10:44:56 pm
Mikstert Byevanger - Merops nubicoides - Carmine bee eater

Taken in Chobe Nat park
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Post by: dual on February 25, 2015, 11:04:24 pm
Tobie
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Post by: dw1 on March 01, 2015, 06:22:42 pm
Bont Houtkapper - Pied Barbet
Tricolaema Leucomelas

Pic taken in our garden in the Klein Karoo
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 02, 2015, 08:35:48 am
Nice pic, dw1. Other than size difference, they look fairly similar to the Red-fronted Tinkerbird

Here's one of the Black-collared Barbet
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Post by: André 660 on March 08, 2015, 05:26:30 pm
Kaapse fisant.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on March 08, 2015, 05:49:49 pm
Flaminke - Prawn Flats - Hermanus

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7286/16546905207_a54f4e3b1f_o.jpg)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7637/16134239593_a1d164b9d4_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 09, 2015, 03:56:17 pm
I need help with an ID on this one. Is it a Peregrine?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on March 09, 2015, 04:13:38 pm
I need help with an ID on this one. Is it a Peregrine?

I don’t have any bird books with me and it is always difficult when you can’t determine the size, but it looks very much like a female amur falcon to me
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 09, 2015, 08:35:14 pm
I need help with an ID on this one. Is it a Peregrine?

I don’t have any bird books with me and it is always difficult when you can’t determine the size, but it looks very much like a female amur falcon to me
Cool, thanks, I will take it as Amur, my birding friend Julio also says it's an Amur.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on March 09, 2015, 11:17:47 pm
How do you guys and girls record bird sightings? I write down the date amnd location in my field guide, any better suggestions?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on March 09, 2015, 11:18:21 pm
?
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Post by: Beltzer on March 09, 2015, 11:18:59 pm
Oops
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 10, 2015, 06:25:17 am
How do you guys and girls record bird sightings? I write down the date amnd location in my field guide, any better suggestions?
Up to now I've just kept a little book that goes on holiday with me. I write the date and the place-name at the top, then make a list. I also have a master list on my PC where I keep record of the species I've seen, up to about 160 after this last weekend.

I've been thinking about trying to take a photograph of every bird I see and keeping these in a special birds folder, one good photo for each bird. By writing the name of the bird on the photograph and keeping the photos in a "Background" folder that the background of my pc goes through, I will have a different picture of a bird, plus the name on the picture, come up as the background of my computer every ten minutes or so, hopefully teaching me birds by reminding me of previous sightings.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 10, 2015, 07:04:30 am
I write the date & location in my Sasol  bird book - I also have the Sasol eBird app on my phone & iPad that records the location

Photo's would also be great, but my camera abilities are, um, lacking...  :biggrin:

We saw loads of Carmine & White-front bee-eaters in the Kruger in December as well!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on March 10, 2015, 10:32:12 am
Roberts have a cool screensaver with all SA birds, rotating.

Very nice.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on March 10, 2015, 08:30:35 pm
Meet the most popular bird in SA. Birdlife SA had a online Poll and the most popular bird was: Cape Robin Chat, Jan Frederik, Cossypha caffra

This one in our garden building a nest:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 10, 2015, 09:58:42 pm
Meet the most popular bird in SA. Birdlife SA had a online Poll and the most popular bird was: Cape Robin Chat, Jan Frederik, Cossypha caffra

This one in our garden building a nest:
dw1, that is by far Cave Girl and my favourite bird. We go to the trouble of feeding him, and it's a lot of fun. What we do is, we do gardening. The chat will follow us all around the garden, picking up worms etc wherever we have upturned the garden. He has a wonderful little whistle, except when the cats are near, when he gives his distress call.
I can see why he is the most popular bird.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tommy Transalp on March 11, 2015, 08:28:50 am
Since moving to the KZN midlands, I've had a Familiar Chat get friendly... well... familiar with me. Got so cheeky, he even flew into the house, and then realised that he could be the cat's breakfast! When in behind a curtain, and when I put my hand there, he climbed onto my fingers, and I carried him back outside. :eek7: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on March 11, 2015, 08:45:36 am
We have doves, masked weavers & thrushes that regularly come in to pilfer the cats cubes.

Their only downfall is that the cat dies some months ago, so all in vain.....  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on March 11, 2015, 03:56:53 pm
Sad news and something to keep in mind and also spread to other people.

30 Cape Suger birds found dead at a guy's birdfeeder. This happened a while back in Hermanus.
After investigating what caused the death it was found he used ARTIFICIAL SWEETENERS in the feeder instead of real sugar.

Please dont ever use that poison like this (I would not even use it myself and would not advise anyone to use it)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 16, 2015, 08:48:53 am
Not very sharp unfortunately. Pic of an Osprey with decent sized mullet taken by the wife
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 16, 2015, 10:54:52 am
Woolly-necked stork keeping an eye on Crowned Eagle
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: NeilV on March 16, 2015, 07:35:33 pm
Hoopoe - (U. e. africana)
Hoopoe that must have a nest nearby, daily sighting in our garden.

(http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7584/16215674943_972e46e3bf_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on March 25, 2015, 06:49:20 pm
Gevlekte Ooruil - Spotted Eagle-Owl (Bubo africanus)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7632/16740439078_e85dc29b0a_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on April 15, 2015, 03:06:55 pm
Sorry for the quality of these but I would also appreciate help with ID please



That is a Carmine Bee-Eater and then a White Fronted Bee-Eater.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 19, 2015, 06:51:02 pm
Long-crested eagle on the way back from Dubbin
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on April 19, 2015, 07:17:03 pm
Kaapse Wewer - Cape Weaver (Ploceus capensis)

(https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7630/16581241393_781eaca188_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 19, 2015, 11:02:49 pm
Great thread, subscribe
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on April 25, 2015, 12:39:41 pm
Paar Bruinkop visvangers - Brown-hooded Kingfisher. Halcyon albiventris
Pic taken last month in our garden in Little Karroo
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 1ougat on April 27, 2015, 10:27:35 am
Quick qizz - taken in our garden in Harties
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Post by: 1ougat on April 27, 2015, 10:29:46 am
more
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Post by: LeonDude on April 27, 2015, 01:50:10 pm
Speckled mousebird
Female Southern Masked weaver
Mocking cliff chat
??
African Hoopoo
??
??
Karoo or Olive thrush, can't make out on photo
??
Cape white eye
Cape white eye
Black collared barbet

Will check those I've missed when I have more time.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 27, 2015, 02:53:36 pm
Speckled mousebird
Female Southern Masked weaver
Mocking cliff chat
?? Maybe Grey-headed sparrow?
African Hoopoo
?? White-fronted bee-eater
?? White-fronted bee-eater
Karoo or Olive thrush, can't make out on photo
?? Southern Bou-bou??
Cape white eye
Cape white eye
Black collared barbet

Will check those I've missed when I have more time.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on May 05, 2015, 06:00:06 pm
My wife gave me the new Sappi Birds of SA today. It is similar in size to the Roberts' Field guide, but  comes with a stylus that plays the bird's call when pressed on the picture
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on May 05, 2015, 07:00:14 pm
Haha Bensien, those stylis things are really cool. If you play the bird song when you're close to the birds, some birds will go absolutely apeshit, attack you and drive you off their territory. Try some of the apalis and cisticola species, see if you can get away without scars.
 :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tommy Transalp on May 08, 2015, 08:27:35 am
We have a pair of Crowned Cranes breeding on our land.... two youngsters born and healthy.... but like youngsters, they're a bit doff when it comes to flying, walking , etc. The young ones "hair-do" is also still a bit unkempt! Not the best photo, but you can see what I mean!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 08, 2015, 09:24:47 am
You're very fortunate to have them there, Tommy. One tends to get very blase (can't get that thingy on the "e") about the scarcer birds visiting your place

Uganda's national bird. The Ugandan's didn't think it amusing when I said their national bird should actually be a Marabou stork
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on May 08, 2015, 07:47:19 pm
Bont Houtkapper, Acacia Pied Barbet
Tricholaema leucomelas
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 11, 2015, 10:16:08 am
New Addition to my garden - first time I have seen them here in 10 years...

Wattled Starling - travel in a small flock of about 10 birds....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: DIRT SKUNK on May 14, 2015, 01:48:50 am
A Sub-Antarctic Skua
When sailing these Birds will take food out you hand on the wing, but you have to be careful as their sharp beaks will cut fingers!!
DS
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Post by: Malibu on May 14, 2015, 08:28:17 am
Keep posting guys, I love this thread! :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: roxenz on May 14, 2015, 10:00:34 am
Bont Houtkapper, Acacia Pied Barbet
Tricholaema leucomelas

WOW!  Stunning photo dw1!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on May 14, 2015, 10:30:06 am
Bont Houtkapper, Acacia Pied Barbet
Tricholaema leucomelas

WOW!  Stunning photo dw1!

Thanks - they are always in our garden. Had a pair breed in the tree at the kitchen for a few years then the bees moved in and now its a honey farm.
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Post by: dw1 on May 14, 2015, 10:41:19 am
Marabou ooievaar. Marabou Stork, Leptoptilos crumenifer

Pic taken in Botswana close to Ghanzi
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 18, 2015, 10:13:31 am
Looks like a Lanner falcon. Little blighter sat on a streetlight pole unfortunately
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Post by: frankmac on May 19, 2015, 03:19:24 pm
A few more
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Post by: frankmac on May 24, 2015, 04:44:45 pm
Some more from the serial poster

Unfortunately these little Malachite's were a bit out of range and lightning fast

The Lesser Honeyguide is a brood parasite of the barbet family = a scrounger
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 12:33:39 pm
Black Chested ( Breasted ) Snake eagle building a nest

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/910/K7oDe9.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/paK7oDe9j)

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/o7mt5z.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/exo7mt5zj)

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Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 12:44:54 pm
Yellow Hornbill --Mafiosia
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Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 12:45:46 pm
Taken before they left for their long flight--
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Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 12:46:26 pm
Spreading my wings --
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Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 12:47:46 pm
Juvenile Southern Hornbill
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Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 28, 2015, 01:01:22 pm
Jis, maar dit is mooi, blazes. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 01:08:40 pm
Jis, maar dit is mooi, blazes. 

Dankie  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 02:26:24 pm
Took this when I was down in Knysna last week --

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/910/ydBS3o.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/paydBS3oj)
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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 28, 2015, 03:07:53 pm
Awesome pics Blazes - mind if I ask what camera/lens combo you use?

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 03:16:40 pm
Awesome pics Blazes - mind if I ask what camera/lens combo you use?

 :thumleft:

Sure -- I shoot with a old Nikon D90 and most the pics were taken with my Tamron 70-200 F2/8
 
The other lens I love is My Sigma 150--500 have some super pics i got from it.

Getting a Nikon D750 soon --I hope to get clearer shots of birds in flight and low light
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 28, 2015, 03:53:38 pm
Awesome pics Blazes - mind if I ask what camera/lens combo you use?

 :thumleft:

Sure -- I shoot with a old Nikon D90 and most the pics were taken with my Tamron 70-200 F2/8
 
The other lens I love is My Sigma 150--500 have some super pics i got from it.

Getting a Nikon D750 soon --I hope to get clearer shots of birds in flight and low light

Thanks!  :thumleft:
Guess I must just practice more then.....  ;D
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 04:59:35 pm
Awesome pics Blazes - mind if I ask what camera/lens combo you use?

 :thumleft:

Sure -- I shoot with a old Nikon D90 and most the pics were taken with my Tamron 70-200 F2/8
 
The other lens I love is My Sigma 150--500 have some super pics i got from it.

Getting a Nikon D750 soon --I hope to get clearer shots of birds in flight and low light

Thanks!  :thumleft:
Guess I must just practice more then.....  ;D

Pleasure --- :thumleft:

I am getting better day by day with the photography -- one just needs to persevere and not be scared of trying different things and doing research.

I know a little and will be more than glad to help if I can or maybe join Dakota and me when I take my Vito bus on a outing ---we all help one another and the more you see a improvement in your photography the more one enjoys it -- ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 28, 2015, 05:08:39 pm
Awesome pics Blazes - mind if I ask what camera/lens combo you use?

 :thumleft:

Sure -- I shoot with a old Nikon D90 and most the pics were taken with my Tamron 70-200 F2/8
 
The other lens I love is My Sigma 150--500 have some super pics i got from it.

Getting a Nikon D750 soon --I hope to get clearer shots of birds in flight and low light

Thanks!  :thumleft:
Guess I must just practice more then.....  ;D

Pleasure --- :thumleft:

I am getting better day by day with the photography -- one just needs to persevere and not be scared of trying different things and doing research.

I know a little and will be more than glad to help if I can or maybe join Dakota and me when I take my Vito bus on a outing ---we all help one another and the more you see a improvement in your photography the more one enjoys it -- ;)

Cheers! Much appreciated!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 28, 2015, 05:45:54 pm
Anytime --will pm you when we go out again --go often --or pm me your phone number  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on May 29, 2015, 08:50:17 am
We are off to Ratho Bushcamp next weekend for what will mostly be a birding weekend, with a bit of batting and fishing thrown in.
I'm setting my sights on 80 birds.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 29, 2015, 09:44:32 am
We are off to Ratho Bushcamp next weekend for what will mostly be a birding weekend, with a bit of batting and fishing thrown in.
I'm setting my sights on 80 birds.

Wow - looks like a great place - how long to get there?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on May 29, 2015, 10:35:50 am
We are off to Ratho Bushcamp next weekend for what will mostly be a birding weekend, with a bit of batting and fishing thrown in.
I'm setting my sights on 80 birds.

Wow - looks like a great place - how long to get there?
About 500 Kilos from here, if I remember correctly. Takes quite a while, but all depending on traffic. It's about 15 kilos of dirt west of Mapungubwe.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 29, 2015, 10:42:23 am
We are off to Ratho Bushcamp next weekend for what will mostly be a birding weekend, with a bit of batting and fishing thrown in.
I'm setting my sights on 80 birds.

Wow - looks like a great place - how long to get there?
About 500 Kilos from here, if I remember correctly. Takes quite a while, but all depending on traffic. It's about 15 kilos of dirt west of Mapungubwe.


Thanks Leon - BTW, ever been up to Nylsvlei for Birding? Blazes - you been there?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 29, 2015, 11:13:47 am
I have -- ok but seasonal and mostly wetlands --

Nicest place close by for a day I go to rietvlei Dam as well as Pilansberg --- and cheap when we make a group--grab a picnic basket and share fuel costs hehe
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on May 29, 2015, 11:15:36 am
We are off to Ratho Bushcamp next weekend for what will mostly be a birding weekend, with a bit of batting and fishing thrown in.
I'm setting my sights on 80 birds.

Going to the Reserve on the SA side of Thuli block September  :thumleft: Will also try and see what I can and try to bring a pic or two back  ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on May 29, 2015, 11:22:14 am
We are off to Ratho Bushcamp next weekend for what will mostly be a birding weekend, with a bit of batting and fishing thrown in.
I'm setting my sights on 80 birds.

Wow - looks like a great place - how long to get there?
About 500 Kilos from here, if I remember correctly. Takes quite a while, but all depending on traffic. It's about 15 kilos of dirt west of Mapungubwe.


Thanks Leon - BTW, ever been up to Nylsvlei for Birding? Blazes - you been there?
No, haven't been there for birding.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 01, 2015, 09:25:42 am
It's that time of the year when these Trumpeter Hornbills gather in flocks

My wife took this pic yesterday of a poor White-eared barbet being consumed. Can't really make out whether it was a youngster caught in the nest or an adult. I've seen them fly into a colony of nesting weavers, decimate the nests and eat all the fledglings
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on June 02, 2015, 10:05:17 am
Bruinkop visvanger met aandete. Gamka rivier Vrydagaand
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 02, 2015, 11:36:38 am
Dit lyk soos n hele week se aandetes wat hy daar beet het.  :o
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 02, 2015, 01:29:36 pm
My neighbour catches geckos and keeps them in the fridge for visiting kingfishers and hornbills. If my wife saw me feeding geckos to the storks who pay us a daily visit, I'd be in serious trouble :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 02, 2015, 02:16:50 pm
Purple-crested lourie
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on June 02, 2015, 08:26:16 pm
WOW!!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on June 08, 2015, 05:23:52 pm
Some Magnificent pics there Blazes!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mooch on June 08, 2015, 05:24:54 pm
Purple-crested lourie

Beautiful  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 10, 2015, 09:07:28 am
Some Magnificent pics there Blazes!

Thank's MOOCH --

Much Appreciated  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 10, 2015, 01:00:49 pm
Caught these when I was down In George -- African Ibis Only had a 200mm lens with me --Pity --

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/909/pWVfdO.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/p9pWVfdOj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on June 11, 2015, 01:59:42 pm
Awesome pics Blazes - mind if I ask what camera/lens combo you use?

 :thumleft:

Sure -- I shoot with a old Nikon D90 and most the pics were taken with my Tamron 70-200 F2/8
 
The other lens I love is My Sigma 150--500 have some super pics i got from it.

Getting a Nikon D750 soon --I hope to get clearer shots of birds in flight and low light

Thanks!  :thumleft:
Guess I must just practice more then.....  ;D

Pleasure --- :thumleft:

I am getting better day by day with the photography -- one just needs to persevere and not be scared of trying different things and doing research.

I know a little and will be more than glad to help if I can or maybe join Dakota and me when I take my Vito bus on a outing ---we all help one another and the more you see a improvement in your photography the more one enjoys it -- ;)

Cheers! Much appreciated!  :thumleft:

Would anybody be interested to take pictures at a Vulture restaurant near Hartebeespoort. There is a lovely hide very close to the birds and gives lots of opportunities to practice - check out www.vulpro.com (http://www.vulpro.com)
 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 11, 2015, 07:05:58 pm
Been looking at it  :thumleft:

First going to the Drakensberg to get some pics of the Bearded Vulture --- we are so lucky to have so many places close to us in Gauteng
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 11, 2015, 07:08:28 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 11, 2015, 07:09:20 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 11, 2015, 07:15:14 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 11, 2015, 07:15:58 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on June 11, 2015, 07:18:05 pm
Maribu Stork --

Having a Baaaad Hair Day  ::)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 19, 2015, 03:18:43 pm
This morning
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on June 30, 2015, 09:03:27 pm
Caught these when I was down In George -- African Ibis Only had a 200mm lens with me --Pity --

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/909/pWVfdO.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/p9pWVfdOj)

Fantastic photo .. more so with a 200mm lens!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 01, 2015, 02:56:51 am
Yesterday, will look up what it is
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on July 01, 2015, 11:01:57 am
Been in the Kruger 2 Weeks ago
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on July 01, 2015, 11:05:07 am
Few More
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on July 01, 2015, 11:07:56 am
Last ones, the brown headed parrot is not good at all but I was so excited to see one, had to post it
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 01, 2015, 03:08:31 pm
What is your ID on the first vulture (first set of pics)?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on July 01, 2015, 03:52:16 pm
It is a Hooded Vulture
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 01, 2015, 04:04:56 pm
It is a Hooded Vulture
Cool, thanks
We are headed to Ratho Bush camp for five days of Bird watching on Friday.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 02, 2015, 07:43:47 pm
Caught these when I was down In George -- African Ibis Only had a 200mm lens with me --Pity --

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/909/pWVfdO.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/p9pWVfdOj)

Fantastic photo .. more so with a 200mm lens!

Thank's  :thumleft:

Cant wait for next week --getting a new Nikon D750 camera and giving my 150-500 lens to Dakota and just with my new camera I ordered a 150-600 ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on July 02, 2015, 09:16:31 pm
Which 150 - 600 lens did you buy?

Bought Tamron 150 - 600 last month but have not even had a chance to use it yet.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 02, 2015, 09:41:42 pm
Which 150 - 600 lens did you buy?

Bought Tamron 150 - 600 last month but have not even had a chance to use it yet.

Was looking at the Sigma S --But found the Tamron 150 - 600 was pretty close in most aspects --half the price and nearly  1kg
Lighter.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Beltzer on July 04, 2015, 10:46:13 pm
Beautiful pictures!!

I found this description of ons if the lesser known birds quite interesting, theres one living next door from me in a old appricot tree:


http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/article-wryneck.html (http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/article-wryneck.html)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 06, 2015, 02:52:10 pm
Beautiful pictures!!

I found this description of ons if the lesser known birds quite interesting, theres one living next door from me in a old appricot tree:


http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/article-wryneck.html (http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/article-wryneck.html)


That's very interesting info--- Thanks

Believe it or not --I have been birding for years and only saw one and took pics of it for the first time ---Last Year  :-[
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 06, 2015, 02:54:54 pm
At KNP Saturday morning --

Had to use the 70-200 2/8 as that is all I had with me  :(

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/905/ZNCoD8.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/p5ZNCoD8j)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 06, 2015, 05:18:49 pm
Lovely pics. That Brown Snake Eagle must be pretty used to cars if he let you in range of your 200mm
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 06, 2015, 07:39:28 pm
Lovely pics. That Brown Snake Eagle must be pretty used to cars if he let you in range of your 200mm

Thank's ---He was --I was parked basically under the tree trying to shoot up--Dakota had a 150--500 and her pics were awesome -- My 150--600 will only be here next week and so Dakota arm wrestled me for the 150-500 and I let her win  ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 06, 2015, 07:51:14 pm
Hammer Kop at Rietvlei nature Reserve

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/633/u6GYYD.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/hlu6GYYDj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Noobie on July 06, 2015, 08:00:52 pm
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 06, 2015, 08:05:57 pm
Vermont soutpan

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 07, 2015, 08:27:41 am
It's cold and wet out there. Gimme food
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 09, 2015, 11:39:39 am
While at Ratho Bush camp on the Limpopo I noticed this sacred Ibis that did not look happy. Getting near him was difficult because of all the crocodiles, but I managed to sneak into Botswana and along the bank to get close enough to get this photo. From all the crocodile activity at the water, I reckon he was attacked by a croc, but managed to escape. He had a manky leg too, and only flew away when I got real close to him. I don't think he'll survive long.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 09, 2015, 11:44:49 am
Pied Wagtail
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 09, 2015, 11:47:26 am
Goliath Heron
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 09, 2015, 11:51:57 am
Not the best photo, it was late in the day and I had the small lens on the camera, but a first for me. I've been looking for this little guy.
Spectacled weaver.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 13, 2015, 07:23:33 pm
Took these at Rietvlei --Just when you get to know your old camera you get a new one  ::)

Will be a while before I get it spot on --but here goes --First shots with my new D750

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/540/e02oiU.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/f0e02oiUj)

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/911/XRxXb5.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pbXRxXb5j)

Crested Cranes taken at Austin Roberts

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/UtmItt.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pcUtmIttj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 20, 2015, 08:02:41 am
Sunday at Rietvlei Dam --Trying to set in my new lens -- >:(

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 20, 2015, 08:37:02 am
Judging by how puffed up they all were it must have been cool.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on July 20, 2015, 09:13:04 am
Julle fotos slaan my asem weg. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 20, 2015, 12:27:26 pm
Judging by how puffed up they all were it must have been cool.


Ja Nee Leon --It was freeking freeeezing --- ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Welsh on July 20, 2015, 01:25:27 pm
Judging by how puffed up they all were it must have been cool.


Ja Nee Leon --It was freeking freeeezing --- ::)


I saw a young lady at the pub for the rugby saturday, I got the same idea she must have been freeezing  :snorting: :snorting:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 20, 2015, 03:04:38 pm
Judging by how puffed up they all were it must have been cool.


Ja Nee Leon --It was freeking freeeezing --- ::)


I saw a young lady at the pub for the rugby saturday, I got the same idea she must have been freeezing  :snorting: :snorting:
That's a very pointed remark.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: THROTTLE JOCKEY on July 20, 2015, 03:42:37 pm
Judging by how puffed up they all were it must have been cool.


Ja Nee Leon --It was freeking freeeezing --- ::)


I saw a young lady at the pub for the rugby saturday, I got the same idea she must have been freeezing  :snorting: :snorting:

Did you push her buttons?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 20, 2015, 05:06:34 pm
Judging by how puffed up they all were it must have been cool.


Ja Nee Leon --It was freeking freeeezing --- ::)



I saw a young lady at the pub for the rugby saturday, I got the same idea she must have been freeezing  :snorting: :snorting:

Did you push her buttons?



Knowing Welsh --her --Happy Buttons --were most probably Happy to see him -- ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 21, 2015, 03:51:18 pm
Little Grebe at Rietvlie--


(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/907/OrLLSu.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/p7OrLLSuj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 22, 2015, 06:25:19 am
We booked 2 campsites at Nylsvley for the long weekend in August - to test new camping setup & do some birding & photography..... Only ever been there in the wet season, so looking forward to it!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 22, 2015, 08:03:08 am
Nice out there at this time of the year--Birds not all there yet but cool.

We off to mapungubwe national park next week end to do some Photography and try the camping thing  ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 22, 2015, 02:04:53 pm
Nice out there at this time of the year--Birds not all there yet but cool.

We off to mapungubwe national park next week end to do some Photography and try the camping thing  ::)
Remember to go to the bird hide too. It's a bit out of the park, but worth it. Reception will tell you how to get there if you don't know.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 22, 2015, 02:06:00 pm
Nice out there at this time of the year--Birds not all there yet but cool.

We off to mapungubwe national park next week end to do some Photography and try the camping thing  ::)
Remember to go to the bird hide too. It's a bit out of the park, but worth it. Reception will tell you how to get there if you don't know.


Sjoe - forgotten about that - haven't been in probably 7 years - had to look up how to get there!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 22, 2015, 02:06:48 pm
Oh, and try to spot the Grey Crowned Crane. Miles out of it's distribution but seems to have taken up residence there.
When we were there we heard it, but never actually saw it.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 22, 2015, 02:10:31 pm
Oh, and try to spot the Grey Crowned Crane. Miles out of it's distribution but seems to have taken up residence there.
When we were there we heard it, but never actually saw it.


Made a note - thanks for the tip!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 24, 2015, 05:35:38 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ChinaPete on July 24, 2015, 05:45:52 pm
Absolutely amazing pictures.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 03, 2015, 01:23:04 pm
Crested Barbet at Mapundupwe the week end --

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/661/WwoNWR.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/idWwoNWRj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 03, 2015, 01:26:39 pm
Also at Mapundupwe the week end ---Taking off  ::)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on August 05, 2015, 03:44:11 pm
Die Swarttobie (Haematopus moquini) (Engels: African Oystercatcher) is die tweede skaarste voël in Suid-Afrika, Kwaaiwater, Hermanus

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 05, 2015, 04:27:06 pm
Red Hornbill --Late afternoon at Mapundupwe--

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/TACoI5.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/eyTACoI5j)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 05, 2015, 04:32:06 pm
Die Swarttobie (Haematopus moquini) (Engels: African Oystercatcher) is die tweede skaarste voël in Suid-Afrika, Kwaaiwater, Hermanus

(https://farm4.staticflickr.com/3786/20129518069_210c542caa_o.jpg)

One of the birds I still need to get some good pics of  :thumleft:

Off to Giants Castle next year to get some pics of the Bearded Vulture --Cant wait
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on August 08, 2015, 10:26:23 am
125 Blue Cranes in a field close to Caledon yesterday morning.
Fantastic sight - unfortunately only cellphone with me.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 08, 2015, 02:04:59 pm
Nice to know they're still thriving down there. Wouldn't mind a few here
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 09, 2015, 12:12:29 pm
125 Blue Cranes in a field close to Caledon yesterday morning.
Fantastic sight - unfortunately only cellphone with me.

Great sighting --- ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on August 09, 2015, 04:21:49 pm
Indeed a great sight!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Sprocketbek on August 09, 2015, 07:19:39 pm
125 Blue Cranes in a field close to Caledon yesterday morning.
Fantastic sight - unfortunately only cellphone with me.

I saw a similar sight between Buffeljagsrivier & Malgas recently.
Overberg area is great for bird sightings if you go on the smaller roads  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on August 09, 2015, 07:40:50 pm
Hoephoep, Hermanus

(https://farm1.staticflickr.com/442/20245197548_0873cc315d_o.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Noneking on August 09, 2015, 08:07:31 pm
This guy swooped in and took a small little bird from our bird feeder. Spent about ten minutes ripping apart and eating and then flew of again.

You can see the little bird to the left.

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 10, 2015, 04:40:37 pm
Black Chested Snake Eagle at Rietvlei Nature Reserve today

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/537/ZvYSct.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/exZvYSctj)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 10, 2015, 04:42:51 pm
Egyptian Goose Rietvlei Nature Reserve

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on August 11, 2015, 03:16:14 pm
I had the privilege to see a Cape Vulture hatch over the weekend. On Saturday it stared to pip internally and this morning it was totally out of the egg.

 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on August 11, 2015, 03:33:13 pm
A Brown snake eagle at Vulpro. Somehow lost his flight feathers so waiting for it to grow out then we will release him
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 11, 2015, 04:38:52 pm
Hmmmm --You have me Green with envy with the Vulture chick --So cool  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 11, 2015, 04:47:41 pm
A Brown snake eagle at Vulpro. Somehow lost his flight feathers so waiting for it to grow out then we will release him

Hmmm me thinks that ----this is not a Brown snake eagle ---- ( looks like a young Black Chested Snake Eagle )

This is -----

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/wEzdhn.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/eywEzdhnj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Wahl on August 11, 2015, 04:56:42 pm
Oops thanks.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tgg on August 11, 2015, 06:32:04 pm
got this in my backyard on saturday
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 11, 2015, 06:48:42 pm
African Harrier Hawk previously known as a Gymnogene. We have them taking roosting fruit bats
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 12, 2015, 07:34:53 am
African Harrier Hawk previously known as a Gymnogene. We have them taking roosting fruit bats
Fruit bats and Harrier hawks, how lucky can you get!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pietas on August 12, 2015, 07:36:40 am
125 Blue Cranes in a field close to Caledon yesterday morning.
Fantastic sight - unfortunately only cellphone with me.

I saw the cranes on Monday on the way back home. Indeed a sight
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 12, 2015, 09:42:00 am
African Harrier Hawk previously known as a Gymnogene. We have them taking roosting fruit bats
Fruit bats and Harrier hawks, how lucky can you get!

We're quite protective of our bats, Leon and fortunately the gang in the wild bananas haven't been discovered as yet
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 12, 2015, 11:54:36 am
frankmac, you can also check your wild bananas for Banana Bats. Banana bats live inside the rolled up leaves of the banana tree, you can find them by bending the rolled up leaf down and peering down the tube. Just be careful though, sometimes there are nice big rainspiders living in there.  :biggrin:
As you can guess, the banana bats have to move house regularly, every time the leaf they are living in starts unrolling.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 12, 2015, 11:57:49 am
I need some help with an ID on this little guy. Taken this weekend in Wakkerstroom.
Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, the light was fading fast and I'm not good with cameras yet.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 12, 2015, 01:02:15 pm
frankmac, you can also check your wild bananas for Banana Bats. Banana bats live inside the rolled up leaves of the banana tree, you can find them by bending the rolled up leaf down and peering down the tube. Just be careful though, sometimes there are nice big rainspiders living in there.  :biggrin:
As you can guess, the banana bats have to move house regularly, every time the leaf they are living in starts unrolling.


We have them in our fruit bearing bananas. When we were kids we'd catch them and tie a piece of cotton around their one leg and "fly" them. Have since reformed and try not to disturb them
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tgg on August 12, 2015, 05:57:22 pm
eating a dead crow
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 14, 2015, 08:31:18 am
I need some help with an ID on this little guy. Taken this weekend in Wakkerstroom.
Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, the light was fading fast and I'm not good with cameras yet.

One of the Cisticola family, Leon but which one I'm really not sure especially seeing it's in a wetland. I was thinking a Neddicky
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 14, 2015, 08:34:39 am
eating a dead crow
That looks like a Lesser Kestrel, TGG. Wouldn't have thought they would go for carrion
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 14, 2015, 08:39:56 am
So, famous last words. This morning a juvenile Harrier discovered our fruit bats and nabbed one. Wasn't a quick kill either.

The light was poor unfortunately
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tgg on August 14, 2015, 06:04:07 pm
eating a dead crow
That looks like a Lesser Kestrel, TGG. Wouldn't have thought they would go for carrion

it just ate the brain, it was a crow I killed
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on August 16, 2015, 05:52:24 pm
Not I good photo, but I had to use what I had at hand. There were two of them inspecting a nesting box in my stinkwood, right in the middle of Centurion
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 17, 2015, 07:08:23 am
I do love getting pictures of Birds in The open Natural  --But for Practice one can just go to a bird Park and enjoy the Day shooting away.

Decided to go to Bester Bird Park and test my new Camera and get used to the settings--

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/538/YVgRvj.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/eyYVgRvjj)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 17, 2015, 09:13:15 am
Nice one, Blazes. At least you mention taking pics in a bird park/sanctuary. Seen some fellow on another forum with perfect pics of owls flying and swooping on prey during daylight hours and being extremely coy when it came to identifying the place where the pics were taken
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 17, 2015, 10:45:50 am
Thank's frankmac ---I have no issue in mentioning where or how I got my pics -- good place for someone to learn and observe birds and get their camera settings right. I missed a Osprey in full fight at Mapundupwe a while ago --because I had not taken the time to set up my new camera --Pity as it would have been a keeper as it was in full attack mode with a eagle  :-[ And all I have to show is a poor pic
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on August 17, 2015, 10:53:48 am
Nice one, Blazes. At least you mention taking pics in a bird park/sanctuary. Seen some fellow on another forum with perfect pics of owls flying and swooping on prey during daylight hours and being extremely coy when it came to identifying the place where the pics were taken

Totally agree with you. Same with guys doing lots of post processing and then pretend they did not. Its OK to do it but then don't hide the fact.

Great pic b.t.w Blazes.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 17, 2015, 11:15:40 am
Only processing I am inclined to do is cutting the excess wasted background out, myself......
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 17, 2015, 04:28:36 pm
Only processing I am inclined to do is cutting the excess wasted background out, myself......

Also helps if you have a lens with a 2.8 F stop as it will automatically fade the noise away into the back ground ( bouquet its called )---The pic I took of the crane was with a 70- 200mm F2.8 and shot it at F 2.8 -- anything set from 4.5 onwards would bring the background into Focus -- Great for Landscape etc I usually do Landscapes at about F 16
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 17, 2015, 04:36:43 pm
As I said good practice if you don't have the time to go away every week end or the finances. Get the settings and practice in.

I wanted to cry when I missed these three shots by having my camera not set up right  :-[

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/912/1yL1F4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pc1yL1F4j)

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Hopefully not going to make the same mistake again -- :(
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: gser on August 17, 2015, 06:57:01 pm

Blazes, a dog (Husky) fight ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 17, 2015, 08:15:02 pm

Blazes, a dog (Husky) fight ?


 ::) ::) ::)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 17, 2015, 08:17:19 pm
Taken at the main Hide at Pilansberg --


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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 17, 2015, 08:18:58 pm
Also at Pilansberg but at conference center

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 18, 2015, 09:27:49 am
A few of the wife's pics taken this weekend. She reckons the one of the Harrier looks like a chicken on steroids

The eagle wasn't fazed by the starlings pecking at it. Was more intent on finding a plump dassie
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: gser on August 18, 2015, 09:42:50 am
 Classic battle.
 Rooivlerkspreeu en ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 18, 2015, 09:45:42 am
Kroonarend (hopelik my spelling is korrek) Crowned Eagle
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 18, 2015, 12:30:50 pm
Bugger, I'm will have to seriously work on my photography skills.
 :P
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 18, 2015, 03:54:49 pm
Taken at the Hide in Pilansberg--


(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/p96kQ1.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/ipp96kQ1j)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on August 23, 2015, 07:45:28 pm
Vulture Restaurant: Found this while on a short-cut to Coleford. Saw a couple of enormous birds taking off as I approached and thought they were  secretary birds but I suspect now they were vultures. This is a very favorite eating out destination, the sort of place mummy cows warn their babies about . In general it was a big day for raptors around Underberg this morning.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 24, 2015, 07:23:44 pm
Crimson Shriek Pilansberg

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on August 24, 2015, 07:25:19 pm
Chestnut - vented -Tit-Babbler

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: DRAZIL on August 31, 2015, 04:03:21 pm
was at Kariega river lodge and had a Buff spotted flufftail playing foghorn all night.
could not find the little thing although it was close
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on September 01, 2015, 02:22:15 pm
Sacred Ibis --Saturday at the LC de Villiers Stadium Pretoria

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 02, 2015, 06:12:08 am
 :thumleft:

Pity the buggers aren't so sacred. They seem to enjoy foraging on rubbish dumps
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on September 07, 2015, 01:57:06 pm
was at Kariega river lodge and had a Buff spotted flufftail playing foghorn all night.
could not find the little thing although it was close

Ah yes, they can drive you insane!

[Afrkaans: "Vleikuiken"]
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 1ougat on September 07, 2015, 06:32:08 pm
Taken at the Hide in Pilansberg--


(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/p96kQ1.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/ipp96kQ1j)

What is your camera setup ? Looks excellent - what software do you use ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on September 07, 2015, 06:47:47 pm
So paar die naweek hier by ons

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on September 08, 2015, 05:23:36 pm
Taken at the Hide in Pilansberg--


(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/673/p96kQ1.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/ipp96kQ1j)

What is your camera setup ? Looks excellent - what software do you use ?


I took that with my old Nikon D90 and a 150-500 Sigma lens  ;)

If I need to do some cropping or sharpening I use Corel PaintShop Pro simple and not to badly priced --I usually set my sharpening -In camera as I do not shoot in RAW to often 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on September 08, 2015, 05:31:32 pm
Went out today to practice trying to get birds in flight --

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/903/7ay7N4.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/p37ay7N4j)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on September 10, 2015, 01:52:28 pm
I'm off to Kruger for 10 days, 5 guys only (my brother's 50th birthday present from his wife)  :hello2:

Lower-Sabie + Satara. Also hope to hang out at Skukuza Lake Panic at least once. My companions are not birders, so I guess there won't be much stopping for lesser-spotted brown tits  ;D

My brother usually wants to see at least one big cat per day, and is terrified of elephants.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 14, 2015, 11:41:37 am
A few of late
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 23, 2015, 03:16:09 pm
This little blighter nailed one of the woodpeckers this morning.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on September 25, 2015, 02:04:28 pm
Peregrine?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 25, 2015, 02:20:25 pm
Peregrine?

Little Sparrowhawk, Growweblaar
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on October 05, 2015, 09:49:02 pm
(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/1280x1024q90/905/uIM5LF.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/p5uIM5LFj)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on October 06, 2015, 04:52:31 pm
Blouvlerk spreeu, Greater glossy starling. Lamprotornis chalybaeus
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on October 08, 2015, 08:46:43 pm
Some snaps from my Kruger trip...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on October 08, 2015, 08:49:00 pm
More Kruger...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 09, 2015, 08:38:41 am
Now I'm longing to go to Kruger
Some of those birds are suspect though, especially the two in that last shot.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on October 09, 2015, 10:36:33 am
Now I'm longing to go to Kruger
Some of those birds are suspect though, especially the two in that last shot.


He was so young, he couldn't reach her while standing up, so he balanced himself on her heels  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 01, 2015, 07:42:12 am
Quite a rare sighting. The wife took this pic of a European Honey Buzzard a while back when we visited the Vernon Crookes Reserve near Park Rynie

We were also very fortunate to have one visit our garden last year
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: DeepBass9 on November 01, 2015, 05:31:40 pm
I have recently seen that there are red billed oxpeckers on my neighbours cattle. I see that the dips are supposed to be oxpecker friendly these days, so it seems that they are spreading back into cattle areas. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on November 04, 2015, 02:59:46 pm
Quite a rare sighting. The wife took this pic of a European Honey Buzzard a while back when we visited the Vernon Crookes Reserve near Park Rynie

We were also very fortunate to have one visit our garden last year
Hi Frankmac, Love going to Vernon Crooks. I grew up in the area and went to school in Scottburgh.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 06, 2015, 06:39:26 am
Lovely part of the South Coast that, XTFreak
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 11, 2015, 07:49:43 am
Finally got a pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden this morning. Light was a bit poor unfortunately
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 11, 2015, 08:08:58 am
Finally got a pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden this morning. Light was a bit poor unfortunately

Jis, maar dit is 'n mooi voël. 
Title: Re: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Casting from Turd on November 11, 2015, 08:14:08 am
Finally got a pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden this morning. Light was a bit poor unfortunately

Jis, maar dit is 'n mooi voël. 
Oom vis gan die moerin wees :-[;D

Orange Elephant Backpackers, Addo
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 11, 2015, 12:21:27 pm
Centurion dogs, maybe you can help me out.
For the past few nights I've been seeing Bee Eaters in the sky, but have not been able to ID them because they are always on the wing, I haven't caught them sitting still yet.
Has anybody else seen them and can someone tell me the species?
Thanks
Title: Re: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 11, 2015, 12:52:50 pm
Finally got a pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden this morning. Light was a bit poor unfortunately

Jis, maar dit is 'n mooi voël. 
Oom vis gan die moerin wees :-[;D

Orange Elephant Backpackers, Addo

 :spitcoffee:  :o Drol, Drol, Drol, wat gaan ons met jou maak? 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 11, 2015, 01:06:44 pm
Centurion dogs, maybe you can help me out.
For the past few nights I've been seeing Bee Eaters in the sky, but have not been able to ID them because they are always on the wing, I haven't caught them sitting still yet.
Has anybody else seen them and can someone tell me the species?
Thanks


Possibly White-fronted, Leon, although could also be the European (summer visitors and breed in a small colony)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Genesis115 on November 11, 2015, 01:58:23 pm
Great pics guys
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on November 11, 2015, 04:18:10 pm
Centurion dogs, maybe you can help me out.
For the past few nights I've been seeing Bee Eaters in the sky, but have not been able to ID them because they are always on the wing, I haven't caught them sitting still yet.
Has anybody else seen them and can someone tell me the species?
Thanks


European bee eaters. They are very common in Centurion during the summer months and I have never seen any others. You will usually hear them chirp before you see them.
Title: Re: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on November 12, 2015, 07:00:08 am
Finally got a pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden this morning. Light was a bit poor unfortunately

Jis, maar dit is 'n mooi voël. 
Oom vis gan die moerin wees :-[;D

Orange Elephant Backpackers, Addo

Sy het gese mooi, nie mooiste nie.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 16, 2015, 07:38:16 pm
Yellow Bill Duck at Austin Roberts


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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 16, 2015, 07:40:42 pm
Hadeda

He ain't Heavy------he is my brother >:D

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/911/jzKlyq.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pbjzKlyqj)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 22, 2015, 06:37:45 pm
Naby Bedford.  ID haar, asseblief. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on November 22, 2015, 07:31:53 pm
Dalk die Grootrooivalk?

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on November 22, 2015, 08:17:55 pm
Jy is heel moontlik reg.  Dankie
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 23, 2015, 10:19:31 pm
Moontlik ook Bruinjakkalsvoel (Steppe Buzzard). Hulle is nogal volop die tyd van die jaar. Omtrent elke tweede telefoon paal deur die Oos-Kaap het ene op
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 30, 2015, 04:54:41 am
Had fun trying to use a lens far to short for birding --max 200mm

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on November 30, 2015, 11:50:30 am
Love this thread, I don't have photos cause I cant spend that kind of money on fancy cameras, but love looking at your amazing photos!! WELL DONE ALL!
But, I do love standing in my garden in Midrand and listening to all the birds and there are a lot! However, I battle to spot these birds even after lying down on the grass and waiting with binoculars, I very often don't get to see them. How do you clever birders get to take these photos never mind just spotting the little critters? Is there a call sign or a secret universal password to all birds that allows the birds to trust you and show themselves? Cmon guys share the secret!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 30, 2015, 11:54:34 am
Love this thread, I don't have photos cause I cant spend that kind of money on fancy cameras, but love looking at your amazing photos!! WELL DONE ALL!
But, I do love standing in my garden in Midrand and listening to all the birds and there are a lot! However, I battle to spot these birds even after lying down on the grass and waiting with binoculars, I very often don't get to see them. How do you clever birders get to take these photos never mind just spotting the little critters? Is there a call sign or a secret universal password to all birds that allows the birds to trust you and show themselves? Cmon guys share the secret!!

Yup - no cats....
 :biggrin: :biggrin: :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 30, 2015, 12:47:59 pm
Love this thread, I don't have photos cause I cant spend that kind of money on fancy cameras, but love looking at your amazing photos!! WELL DONE ALL!
But, I do love standing in my garden in Midrand and listening to all the birds and there are a lot! However, I battle to spot these birds even after lying down on the grass and waiting with binoculars, I very often don't get to see them. How do you clever birders get to take these photos never mind just spotting the little critters? Is there a call sign or a secret universal password to all birds that allows the birds to trust you and show themselves? Cmon guys share the secret!!
Patience is the biggest thing. But you must have some birds that will say hello if you sit outside? Sparrows and doves makes a start (doublecheck, you should spot at least two different doves and 2 pigeons, and two different kinds of sparrows). Work it up from there.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 30, 2015, 12:51:01 pm
Went out to DieselDawie's place this weekend (Buffelsdrif). A first new for my bird list was the yellow fronted Canary, and then the prize down at the river, Levaillents Cuckoo. No pictures, but a super sighting.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 30, 2015, 12:54:59 pm
Love this thread, I don't have photos cause I cant spend that kind of money on fancy cameras, but love looking at your amazing photos!! WELL DONE ALL!
But, I do love standing in my garden in Midrand and listening to all the birds and there are a lot! However, I battle to spot these birds even after lying down on the grass and waiting with binoculars, I very often don't get to see them. How do you clever birders get to take these photos never mind just spotting the little critters? Is there a call sign or a secret universal password to all birds that allows the birds to trust you and show themselves? Cmon guys share the secret!!
Patience is the biggest thing. But you must have some birds that will say hello if you sit outside? Sparrows and doves makes a start (doublecheck, you should spot at least two different doves and 2 pigeons, and two different kinds of sparrows). Work it up from there.


Standard daily occurrences in our garden include the doves, pigeons & sparrows, as well as a family group of mouse birds, a small flock of bull-bulls, a family of grey go-away birds, crested barbet, scimitar-bills, and occasionally we get collared barbet, Birchells Coucal, wattled starlings....
No cat tho.....  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 1ougat on November 30, 2015, 01:03:48 pm
Hadeda

He ain't Heavy------he is my brother >:D

(http://imagizer.imageshack.us/v2/xq90/911/jzKlyq.jpg) (https://imageshack.com/i/pbjzKlyqj)



Don't think he is a brother - think she's a mother now  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on November 30, 2015, 01:15:50 pm
No Cat. But I do have a biggish plot and allot of trees so probably a bit difficult to pin point the little guys.
I hear the cuckoos ( piet my vrou) all the time but this weekend I also saw a Levaillent cuckoo!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on November 30, 2015, 08:16:39 pm
No Cat. But I do have a biggish plot and allot of trees so probably a bit difficult to pin point the little guys.
I hear the cuckoos ( piet my vrou) all the time but this weekend I also saw a Levaillent cuckoo!!

I was looking at the Sasol app.

Quite cool -- bird sounds --pics and juvenile pics with flight pics and yep sounds to go with  ::)

Bit expensive but great to have R340 odd rand --xmas is nearly here
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on December 01, 2015, 06:24:55 am
No Cat. But I do have a biggish plot and allot of trees so probably a bit difficult to pin point the little guys.
I hear the cuckoos ( piet my vrou) all the time but this weekend I also saw a Levaillent cuckoo!!

I was looking at the Sasol app.

Quite cool -- bird sounds --pics and juvenile pics with flight pics and yep sounds to go with  ::)

Bit expensive but great to have R340 odd rand --xmas is nearly here

Much cheaper than the Roberts App tho - and well worth the investment - the search function is exceptionally good - and it saves carrying the book when you are on the bike - I have it on the iPhone & iPad - I can recommend!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on December 06, 2015, 07:25:37 am
Yesterday in my garden...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on December 06, 2015, 08:14:27 am
Yesterday in my garden...

Jis, maar die man lyk deurmekaar.   :biggrin:

Baie mooi foto.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on December 10, 2015, 08:46:31 am
Iv got a pin tailed Wydah in my garden in Midrand , He thinks the bird feeder is his so spends his day chasing all the other birds. You are welcome to come and photograph it if your interested in this. And we can have a beer as well!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on December 10, 2015, 08:50:12 am
Iv got a pin tailed Wydah in my garden in Midrand , He thinks the bird feeder is his so spends his day chasing all the other birds. You are welcome to come and photograph it if your interested in this. And we can have a beer as well!

And check your stock of XT spares......? :peepwall:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: XTFREAK on December 10, 2015, 08:54:20 am
yOU KNOW WHAT! I DONT HAVE ANYMORE SPARES, iV STOPPED BUILDING THESE BIKES AS IT JUST EATS MONEY! SPEND MORE ON THE REBUILD THAN THE BIKE IS WORTH, sorry about the caps, not shouting just too lazy to re type!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on December 16, 2015, 08:37:53 am
Dankie Mev Visarend, dit is n Jangroentjie.

Ek wil volgende jaar n bike trip in julle area gaan doen en  poog om n foto van die Woudpapegaai te neem.

XTFREAK, thanks for the invitation.  The only reason for not visiting  is the distance between Gauteng and WP.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on December 16, 2015, 04:02:46 pm
Dankie Mev Visarend, dit is n Jangroentjie.

Ek wil volgende jaar n bike trip in julle area gaan doen en  poog om n foto van die Woudpapegaai te neem.

XTFREAK, thanks for the invitation.  The only reason for not visiting  is the distance between Gauteng and WP.

Ons het juis vandag oor die Woudpapegaai gepraat.  Soms sit hulle in ons geelhoudboom so 6 - 7 meter van die deur af.  :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on December 16, 2015, 05:52:05 pm
Wow, julle is geseend.

 :laughing4:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 16, 2015, 06:55:50 pm


Ons het juis vandag oor die Woudpapegaai gepraat.  Soms sit hulle in ons geelhoudboom so 6 - 7 meter van die deur af.  :)

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So paar fotos sal dit geloofwaardig maak. Nie dat ek die Visarende in twyfel trek nie  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on December 16, 2015, 07:52:56 pm


Ons het juis vandag oor die Woudpapegaai gepraat.  Soms sit hulle in ons geelhoudboom so 6 - 7 meter van die deur af.  :)


So paar fotos sal dit geloofwaardig maak. Nie dat ek die Visarende in twyfel trek nie  :biggrin:
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Ongelukkig nie my foto nie, maar 'n FB vriend wat woes in die voël-foto-nemery is.

Laat weet of ek julle op sy spoor moet sit.   
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 16, 2015, 10:11:01 pm
Pragtig. Dankie Mev VA
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 17, 2015, 03:39:32 pm
We've had 2 relatively uncommon birds fly into our windows recently. A Scaly-throated honeyguide (brood parasite of barbets) and an Olive woodpecker

At least they were only stunned and I was able to rescue them in time. The cat has learnt to associate a bang on the window with a free meal

The Spectacled weavers are also nesting in the same spot as last year
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on December 17, 2015, 06:54:02 pm
Kaalwangvalk, 'n klein baba voëltjie uit 'n nes vir kos gaan uithaal in 'n palmboom

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on December 28, 2015, 09:15:48 pm
Mev Vis Arend, ek saal graag wil kontak maak met u vriend.

Dual, dit is n besondere foto.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on January 10, 2016, 07:35:36 pm
Milnerton lagoon.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 10, 2016, 07:55:24 pm
Bloukraanvoëls, oorkant Arabella op R 43

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1581/23668945984_d2e9f3a7cc_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 14, 2016, 09:13:12 pm
Kleinrivierlagoon, Hermanus, vanoggend

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1465/24297938211_3df26085e4_b.jpg)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on January 15, 2016, 08:30:01 am
Jis, dual, afgesien dat die foto erg mooi is, is die prentjie te dierbaar. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 16, 2016, 09:59:00 am
The wife got one of a juvenile Harrier hawk
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: gser on January 17, 2016, 12:36:56 pm
Stuka attack !
 or is it Tora Tora ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 17, 2016, 01:40:05 pm
Kaapse suikervoël

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1545/24408384076_032dae00ff_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on January 17, 2016, 02:30:19 pm
dual ek like daai diy bottel erg baie.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 17, 2016, 02:48:53 pm
 :thumleft:
Maklik om te maak, baie effektief
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 17, 2016, 03:09:26 pm
Dual,

Ek het al sulke nektar voerders gemaak met 'n koper tuit maar nog nooit sukses gehad om enige suikerbekkies te lok nie. Ek het self ene gekoop wat soos 'n blom lyk en in 'n Frangipani asook Hibiscus gehang maar die klein blikskottels weier volstrek om belangstelling te toon.

Het jy miskien 'n oplossing?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 17, 2016, 03:45:07 pm
Is die water soet genoeg?
Moet nooit heuning gebruik nie, dis gif
Dit hang ook af van hoeveel kos / nektar in die omgewing is
Partymaal is hulle volop, ander kere minder
Ek let die afgelope seisoen op dat die kraalogies eerder insekte vang as water drink
Die natuur het maar sy manier
Die wewers maak die bottel gou leeg, daarom die langer tuit, het by die 15 mm koper stuk, 15 mm polycrop ingesit om te keer dat die kortbekke kan bykom
Sterkte
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 17, 2016, 03:52:14 pm
Dankie. Gebruik slegs 1 tot 5 suiker/water mengsel

Ons het baie blomme ens
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 02, 2016, 11:35:44 am
A few recent ones taken in our garden and surrounds
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on February 02, 2016, 01:33:13 pm
Wow, very nice francmac  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 02, 2016, 05:04:47 pm
Much appreciated, Growweblaar
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 04, 2016, 07:44:43 pm
Jis, ek was so bly en opgewonde.  Na BAIE probeerslae het die eerste voeltjie kom drink.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 05, 2016, 05:49:20 am
Baie bly vir julle, Mev VA. Ek gaan maar weer probeer
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 05, 2016, 08:24:17 am
Baie bly vir julle, Mev VA. Ek gaan maar weer probeer

Jong, daai waterbotteltjie is al eintlik pienk soos die son hom gebrand het.  Ek het maar elke af en toe nuwe water ingegooi en myself getroos dat die bye tenminste bietjie nektar kry.  Die miere laat natuurlik ook nie op hulle wag nie.

Ek het gou gisteraand weer die bottel behoorlik skoon gemaak en vars water ingegooi.  Google sê dit moet weekliks gedoen word om te voorkom dat die voëltjies siektes opdoen.

Die bottel hang ook nie vêr van die gewone skoon water af nie. 

Hou aan, dis die moeite werd.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on February 05, 2016, 08:42:17 am
Mev Arend, as jy dalk die miere wil weg hou, smeer bietjie ghries om die tou waaraan die bottel hang. Die miere kan nie daaroor loop nie. Vaseline behoort ook te help. Net nie te veel nie, anders gaan dit afloop oor jou pienk bottel wanneer dit reen.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 05, 2016, 10:45:59 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on February 08, 2016, 09:03:52 am
This little fellow has moved into the backyard and is using the dogs' playground equipment for a perch. The first brown hooded kingfisher I've spotted in Centurion
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 20, 2016, 09:42:24 am
Yesterday evening I went to help with the capture of Barn swallows for ringing purposes. We strung up 5 lengths of the mist nets in amongst the sugarcane close to the reed beds where these little chaps roost.

We captured around 70 birds of which about 50 odd were Barn swallows and a few Banded martins. Others included various weavers, Bishops, Little bee-eater, Fiscal shrike, cisticola, reed warbler and a Black Saw-wing female (the male has rough edges on his outer wings hence the name)

Andrew, the birding fundi, keeps them overnight before ringing and releasing them early the following morning. Wonderful to think these birds fly all the way to Europe where they breed and return to the same spot every year
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Herklaas on February 20, 2016, 09:52:05 am
 :sip: Frankmac you showed me three birds that I did not know existed. Tx.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 20, 2016, 09:55:00 am
 :thumleft:

I'm also finding out quite a bit, Herklaas. Never want to become a serious twitcher, just enough to reasonably knowledgeable
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on February 20, 2016, 11:05:35 am
Caught a barn swallow in one of our bat mist nests a few weeks ago, what a mess!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: KiLRoy on February 21, 2016, 09:59:09 am
Have anyone been to the Marievale bird sanctuary near Nigel.  I stumbled across it in 94 when doing an army camp over the elections time.  Was intrigued with the rich varity and many 'Transvaal' birds being a Capie then.  Fond memories. Must maybe go check it out again
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 21, 2016, 04:25:55 pm
Dit lyk my hulle hou van my nektar.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 21, 2016, 06:10:54 pm
Nou's ek baie jaloers  ;D

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Herklaas on February 21, 2016, 06:20:12 pm
 :sip: Mev. VA waar het jy daai stuk Chinese plastic gekry?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 21, 2016, 07:55:25 pm
Ek het dit 'n paar jaar terug by Servistar (Nou Builders Express) gekoop. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on February 28, 2016, 12:50:40 pm
https://youtu.be/OtuRHIQ4O_c
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on February 28, 2016, 12:51:11 pm
https://youtu.be/fMYpkiOpUyc
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on February 28, 2016, 12:51:34 pm
https://youtu.be/8YlqnyMo73M
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on February 28, 2016, 01:33:13 pm
https://youtu.be/fMYpkiOpUyc

Is dit koekkleursel wat jy by die water gooi? 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on February 28, 2016, 03:51:07 pm
Ja, een druppel is genoeg
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 02, 2016, 12:35:18 pm
Oyster-catcher
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 10, 2016, 07:58:20 pm
This juvenile African Harrier was making a lot of noise hoping the parents would bring grub. Unfortunately they were rather shy and I wasn't able to get a decent pic.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on March 25, 2016, 05:50:44 pm
Flaminke, Vermont soutpan

(https://farm2.staticflickr.com/1588/25423450964_8c6180dd57_b.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 28, 2016, 09:12:27 am
Took a drive yesterday and came across this Long-crested eagle catching a mole for breakfast. Unfortunately it perched on a lamp pole and not a natural object.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 22, 2016, 07:33:57 am
Some recent ones
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 28, 2016, 07:24:51 pm
Serial poster here again;
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on May 29, 2016, 08:57:38 am
Great phodies.   :thumleft:

We were last week in the Kruger and wify got some nice pic from the birdlife.  Sure she will post some soon. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on May 29, 2016, 10:18:27 pm
Beautiful kingfishers :)

I've never seen that halfcollared one.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 30, 2016, 06:43:08 am
Great phodies.   :thumleft:

We were last week in the Kruger and wify got some nice pic from the birdlife.  Sure she will post some soon. 

 :thumleft:Ilook forward to seeing them. Also please post some wildlife pics

The Half-collared is fairly scarce so it was a lovely surprise. Size wise, they're between a Malachite and Brown-hooded.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 10:39:13 am
Great phodies.   :thumleft:

We were last week in the Kruger and wify got some nice pic from the birdlife.  Sure she will post some soon. 

 :thumleft:Ilook forward to seeing them. Also please post some wildlife pics

The Half-collared is fairly scarce so it was a lovely surprise. Size wise, they're between a Malachite and Brown-hooded.

OK, here is some, not as nice as yours, but we are still proud of them.   :biggrin:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 10:43:11 am
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Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 10:45:02 am
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Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 10:47:34 am
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Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 10:48:53 am
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 10:50:19 am
Last few.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 31, 2016, 11:47:27 am
Great stuff, VA. I'm envious as hell.

To me it's not so much about the aesthetics/technical aspects of a photo, more about recording what you've seen. There's quite a number of photographers with top of the range equipment and yet their pics are pretty average much like the rest of us povos

Bloody Telkom seems to have soft-capped us as our internet is extremely slow these past few days
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 12:22:54 pm
Great stuff, VA. I'm envious as hell.

To me it's not so much about the aesthetics/technical aspects of a photo, more about recording what you've seen. There's quite a number of photographers with top of the range equipment and yet their pics are pretty average much like the rest of us povos

Bloody Telkom seems to have soft-capped us as our internet is extremely slow these past few days

Ta fm, we had a great time there.

Also noticed the slow internet, bastards.   ???
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on May 31, 2016, 12:36:25 pm
En so sneak Vis Arend n photie van homself ook sommer in.
Ek hou jou dep ne!

Nice photies
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on May 31, 2016, 01:00:20 pm
En so sneak Vis Arend n photie van homself ook sommer in.
Ek hou jou dep ne!

Nice photies

LeonDude, die man is so gek oor visarende dat tot sy telefoon se luitoon die roep van 'n visarend is.  Die oukie was naby aan ons, maar met sy rug na ons gekeer.  Louis speel toe sy luitoon so paar keer.  Dit was nogal 'n ding om die visarend se reaksie te sien elke keer as hy die geroep hoor.  Dit het nogals gelyk asof hy daardie "indringer" soek.   :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 04, 2016, 12:57:20 pm
So, after spotting the Half-collared the other day, I decided to harass him some more. It was good practice but I need to brush up on my tracking moving target skills

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on June 09, 2016, 07:12:55 pm
Intaka Island
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: André 660 on June 09, 2016, 07:24:37 pm
Bloureier.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 18, 2016, 04:23:57 pm
A few taken in Hoola-Hoola park (Hluhluwe-Imfolozi)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on June 24, 2016, 08:47:33 am
Nice franc!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 24, 2016, 10:34:30 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: windswept on June 24, 2016, 04:46:01 pm
Guys, these pictures could make it into bird books, well done. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 24, 2016, 05:50:09 pm
These guys post such awesome pics I hardly feel I should be posting here at all!  :biggrin:
This one was caught by Cave Girl at Thabapashwa last weekend.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on June 24, 2016, 05:51:31 pm
Haha, correction on the name, it's black collared, not red!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on July 04, 2016, 12:11:56 pm
Some birds on our recent trip to Khalagadi Nat Park.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on July 04, 2016, 12:13:38 pm
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Post by: Vis Arend on July 04, 2016, 12:15:24 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 04, 2016, 02:47:20 pm
Thanks for sharing VA. You certainly saw a variety

The Secretary bird and Kori bustard are among my favourites
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 22, 2016, 12:26:28 pm
Purple roller by Cave Girl, taken near Marakele National Park
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 24, 2016, 09:25:43 am
Recently taken by the wife
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 03, 2016, 01:33:20 pm
So, after casting my vote I took a pic of these hornbills on the way home. They're not averse to raiding weaver colonies and eating the chicks
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 07, 2016, 03:42:17 pm
Visited the Cape Vulture colony up the road from us. Very heartening to see that despite the amount of vultures lost to Eskom power lines (research done by way of the ones which were fitted with trackers), the colony has grown substantially.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: 1ougat on August 31, 2016, 01:20:20 pm
n Ander tag :(

Het die foto die naweek op ons blomme trip geneem in die Weskus park in Langebaan . Net die foto geneem en eers later gesien die vislyn aan die voet ... ja dit kry jy as jy n mik en druk het sonder n viewfinder en jy n bril boonop nodig het ... het al gesien hoe voels hulle voete verloor met vislyn  :-[
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 21, 2016, 08:07:46 pm
Some water birds today
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 24, 2016, 02:10:50 pm
Two more
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 25, 2016, 06:10:44 pm
More from the serial poster;
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 27, 2016, 06:58:58 pm
Bateleur by Cave Girl
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 27, 2016, 07:02:35 pm
Lovely pic.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 09, 2016, 04:13:17 pm
Was very happy to see this Green Malkoha in our garden today.

First pic looks like a Mexican bird with the caterpillar for a 'tache.

I slowed the speed on the weaver shot to blur the wings slightly thereby indicating movement
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 09, 2016, 05:56:54 pm
Stunning pictures and great variety of birds  :thumleft:

Please keep on posting! Interesting to see the picture of the Moorhen....we have a similar one on Gough Island which is endemic to the island called the Gough Moorhen. Genetic test has shown it is different but look exactly the same....weird
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 09, 2016, 09:51:55 pm
Stunning pictures and great variety of birds  :thumleft:

Please keep on posting! Interesting to see the picture of the Moorhen....we have a similar one on Gough Island which is endemic to the island called the Gough Moorhen. Genetic test has shown it is different but look exactly the same....weird
Sounds like the black widow storey. The South African brown widow spider looks exactly like the American black widow spider.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pietas on November 10, 2016, 07:00:37 am
frankmac, I like the first photo of the Green Malkoha.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 10, 2016, 08:01:47 am
Thanks Tom & Pietas.

Looking forward to more wildlife pics from Gough, Tom  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: elandsrider on November 19, 2016, 06:24:12 am
Taken  this morning
Caught this speciman snacking on a chicken for breakfast
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 20, 2016, 05:54:06 pm
Looks a bit like a Black sparrowhawk, Elandsrider although normally the chest is white? Possibly melanistic form

Collared sun-bird in our garden

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 20, 2016, 06:01:10 pm
Beautiful bird/pic frankmac :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 20, 2016, 09:04:08 pm
Thanks Tom.

Here's a few the wife took today. Mist was pretty bad especially in the Pin-tailed whydah shot
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 20, 2016, 09:48:20 pm
Pin-tailed photo is somehow nice despite the mist! Almost looks like a good pencil sketch!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 26, 2016, 10:48:44 am
Some more taken by the wife. I can claim some sort of involvement as I reside on the same property
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 07:34:10 pm
Where do you guys life Frankmac? Those pictures are just amazing!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 28, 2016, 08:06:12 pm
Umtentweni on the Hibiscus/South Coast, Tom.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 28, 2016, 10:45:12 pm
Umtentweni on the Hibiscus/South Coast, Tom.

The variety of birds are just awesome, and even the fauna and flora in the area! Very colorful, really like it!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: KiLRoy on December 02, 2016, 09:04:47 pm
Stunning pics Frank :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 16, 2016, 05:07:16 pm
Thanks Kilroy

 :biggrin: So I had to make a trip down to the place where the audacious clicky people with a superiority complex hang out

The gulls remind me of some well known politicians
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 14, 2017, 09:08:41 am
I wasn't quite ready when this Knysna Lourie took off so it's not as sharp as I would have liked but I thought the colours alone were worth posting
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 28, 2017, 05:26:41 pm
Banzai!

Ninja Lapwing takes on Teenage Delinquent kingfishers
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 28, 2017, 06:48:08 pm
We had strong winds today and the raptors and crows just love performing aerial acrobatics and graceful soaring using the air currents to the maximum advantage.

The African Harrier Hawk decided to tease the Crowned Eagle whilst a pair of Yellow-billed kites hung around as spectators.

It was way too far off for a decent pic but the Crowned is on the left with the agile hawk ducking and diving the eagle's talons
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on February 15, 2017, 05:57:05 pm
Don’t have a photo to show, but I was sitting in a friend’s garden in Wingate Park on Saturday when a pearl spotted owlet swooped down and grabbed a weaver in the tree that we were sitting under. It then perched on a branch right overhead, almost within touching distance, killed the weaver and flew off while being mobbed by an assortment of small birds
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on February 15, 2017, 11:09:56 pm
frankmac this is just amazing pictures - I am just amazed by the different wing shape of the birds not even to mention all the colours.

I love the action pic of the hawks and Eagle!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Dorsland on February 16, 2017, 05:45:18 am
How did I miss this thread? Great practical info and pix here. Thanks guys.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 16, 2017, 06:15:28 am
Thanks Tom. I think we need a flying thread under Photography
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 10, 2017, 06:55:22 pm
Some Green pigeons enjoying wild berries
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 10, 2017, 07:13:02 pm
I have never seen them before Frank, are they only around KZN?
Good colourful and sharp picture!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 10, 2017, 07:28:53 pm
Plenty in the Lowveld too, Tom. My book shows Moz and Zim and all along the east coast  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on April 10, 2017, 08:22:15 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on April 10, 2017, 08:48:56 pm
Have you noticed how many gymnogenes we are seeing in the city now? At one time you would look at a raptor and it would invariably be a yellow billed kite, now, along with woolly neck storks walking down my street in the morning I am noticing more and more of the raptors I look at are not kites.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 10, 2017, 08:57:15 pm
I wouldn't know about Pmb, Ian but good to know there is an improvement in numbers. I think the woollys are going to start competing with the Hadedas  :biggrin:

The new name for the Gymnogene is African Harrier Hawk and they are cool to watch with their double-jointed limbs trying to grab a chick/lizard in a hollow

The kites should start migrating between now and middle May and then see them again in Sept/Oct
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pietas on April 11, 2017, 07:19:14 am
We have them in Cape Town as well. I work in the city centre and often seen one here. At home in suburbs we have one that causes havoc among the pigeons
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: NickTheGreek on April 11, 2017, 09:09:00 am
Yip, seen a gymnogene / african harrier-hawk twice now on the greenbelt in Constantia. Also saw (and heard) a fish eagle flying very high above Constantia recently...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Herklaas on April 11, 2017, 12:39:33 pm
Yip, seen a gymnogene / african harrier-hawk twice now on the greenbelt in Constantia. Also saw (and heard) a fish eagle flying very high above Constantia recently...

 :sip: There is also a few pairs in the Koeberg (Nuclear Power Stn) nature reserve. And Peregrines.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 11, 2017, 04:12:07 pm
Yip, seen a gymnogene / african harrier-hawk twice now on the greenbelt in Constantia. Also saw (and heard) a fish eagle flying very high above Constantia recently...

 :sip: There is also a few pairs in the Koeberg (Nuclear Power Stn) nature reserve. And Peregrines.

Would be nice to see some pics  :thumleft:

I was fortunate enough to have a Peregrine land on the radio mast on my office container whilst working in Ethiopia.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: gser on April 12, 2017, 07:36:09 am
Wow !
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on April 12, 2017, 10:00:06 am
Frankmac, when do the amur falcons pack up and leave? (can't remember their old name) When I went to Stuarts' place in Matat in Feb they where everywhere like a scene from The Birds. Stuart said they made him think of the Beatles song "Why don't we do it in the road." Last weekend I saw 3.   
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 12, 2017, 06:36:18 pm
Ian, I'm not sure actually but would think the majority would have left by now. That must have been a sight to see. I've only seen them in smaller flocks fattening up on insects

The Yellow-billed kites also disappear around this time and re-appear in Sept.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 04, 2017, 09:10:22 pm
The vervets sound the alarm when this fellow is around
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pietas on May 05, 2017, 07:21:27 am
I like the photo of the Bul-bul
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 06, 2017, 11:54:24 am
Had a visit from two types of turaco this morning
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on June 06, 2017, 04:39:16 pm
yesterday driving past Sea Cow lake I saw a fish eagle being crowded by some crows. I have also seen them above the Bellair Rd tip and the Malacca Rd. tip. I think they have become waste dump birds like the woolly neck storks.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 07, 2017, 07:14:20 am
That is rather depressing to think such a regal bird becoming a scavenger
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on June 08, 2017, 08:57:50 pm
Had a visit from two types of turaco this morning
Wow. That last photo is awesome.
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Post by: frankmac on June 13, 2017, 09:04:02 pm
Ta blockheadxl650v.

This beaut was making a racket in the neighbours yard this morning
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Post by: EssBee on June 14, 2017, 12:41:00 pm
Wow! Magnificent!!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: I&horse on June 14, 2017, 03:21:37 pm
Where do you live Frankmac, St Lucia??? You're very fortunate and for sure know your way around a camera!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on June 14, 2017, 03:47:00 pm
Where do you live Frankmac, St Lucia??? You're very fortunate and for sure know your way around a camera!!

Dis virseker.  Ek is oortuig die voëls pose vir hom en sy vrou.   >:D. 
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Post by: Piet on June 14, 2017, 03:59:48 pm
Subscribe
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Post by: frankmac on June 14, 2017, 05:48:42 pm
Thanks for the positive comments.

We're on the South Coast in the booming metropolis of Umtentweni. Lots of trees and a river close by certainly help with the birdlife.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Odd Dog on July 03, 2017, 08:29:08 am
Just noticed this thread now, absolutly stunning photos frankmac.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 03, 2017, 09:02:02 am
 :thumleft: much appreciated
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on July 03, 2017, 10:47:41 am
My wife's family lived in Umtentwini and it made them all keen birders, had a very well thumbed copy of Roberts in the lounge.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: sidetrack on July 03, 2017, 01:31:45 pm
Ta blockheadxl650v.

This beaut was making a racket in the neighbours yard this morning
Beautiful, nothing like a Fish Eagles call  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 08, 2017, 11:54:29 am
The wife decided I had spent too much time on the scooter and we needed to bond, so I got dragged off to Marina Beach for some bird photography
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 08, 2017, 07:40:36 pm
Amazingly beautiful pictures Frank!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: gser on July 09, 2017, 10:55:10 am
Mooi . . . !
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on July 26, 2017, 08:36:50 am
The wife decided I had spent too much time on the scooter and we needed to bond, so I got dragged off to Marina Beach for some bird photography

Very sharp pics, nice  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on July 26, 2017, 09:01:06 am
Here are a couple of mine:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 26, 2017, 09:03:27 am
Cool Piet, nice photos!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on July 26, 2017, 09:08:27 am
Nog 'n paar:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on July 26, 2017, 09:52:24 am
Piet, have another look at that photo marked as a glossy starling. Where did you take that photo, it looks a lot like the blue eared starling to me, a much rarer find than the glossy starling.
I could be wrong though, photos can be misleading.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on July 26, 2017, 09:57:46 am
Piet, have another look at that photo marked as a glossy starling. Where did you take that photo, it looks a lot like the blue eared starling to me, a much rarer find than the glossy starling.
I could be wrong though, photos can be misleading.
Dit was by Laer Sabie ruskamp in die Krugerwildtuin, so ek hoor wat jy sê en stem saam! Updated!

Dankie Leon!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on July 26, 2017, 02:10:33 pm
Piet, have another look at that photo marked as a glossy starling. Where did you take that photo, it looks a lot like the blue eared starling to me, a much rarer find than the glossy starling.
I could be wrong though, photos can be misleading.
Dit was by Laer Sabie ruskamp in die Krugerwildtuin, so ek hoor wat jy sê en stem saam! Updated!

Dankie Leon!

Well spotted Leon!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Cave Girl on August 29, 2017, 04:06:38 pm
SO I have had major damage done to both side mirrors and windows of the car - finally caught the culprit in the act ... unfortunately not on camera ..... it the resident wagtail ....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: CK on August 29, 2017, 07:37:21 pm
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger



    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/197865337/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=568ff901a3f631a436da5bce9d5f291d28b41bbb26d60e3a712dc9932cfe7f67)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/197865337/red-backed-shrike-female-by-christo-kruger)


     (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/197865069/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=6f7dd77f985c77c7755be19c275ba6a5d1b259261f89273b19734e3466ab628b)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/197865069/common-bulbul-by-christo-kruger)

    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/190041779/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=a0653df45a2751fae253c881f8fab8493ce43ff2a3add2522c02acd196ec23a7)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/190041779/little-bee-eater-by-christo-kruger)


    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/189228743/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=0e50f22bedcfe7435e9e6f4443a5a1e3c4b54eb849583c5bd6ece069c2a46a21)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/189228743/southern-masked-weaver-by-christo-kruger)


    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/154417247/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=02232082eca75bb13e01efc209c29d3d762cc0dc77936ec026cfd70cd8594f20)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/154417247/brown-hooded-kingfisher-by-christo-kruger)



    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/152429075/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=f19f23053caf25e2ccddfb802ebedefb5be670f6184369b8617d5b5d5889df3a)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/152429075/southern-masked-weaver-by-christo-kruger)



    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/152425005/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=5c3abf50e9b428aba26e1ad0ede3c2b88b5d80829f8d9e25fdbeb91d41946a93)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/152425005/blue-waxbill-by-christo-kruger)



    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/151325189/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=e30dfcd8e8c2abe8e85a2376966afd50be89b6a1ff90eab7324d68a173a7486d)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/151325189/southern-pied-babbler-by-christo-kruger)


    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/151181785/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=a8e7eaf426a5a430123b9b089194b7fadb15bd98cca3c51b99414533e0974b57)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/151181785/southern-masked-weaver-female-by-christo-kruger)



    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/151124405/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=3eb91c9feee2f85c843da6f5dced0e28cc1c281047b605941a1eea9d12e26297)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/151124405/crested-barbet-by-christo-kruger)


 
    (https://drscdn.500px.org/photo/25964693/m%3D900/v2?user_id=2638105&webp=true&sig=ac08619a1d25df27b4fa49fd8c68fde2f149f9631f9217a9a58a70e01e6f535a)
 
   (https://500px.com/photo/25964693/lanner-falcon-by-christo-kruger)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on August 29, 2017, 08:17:17 pm
Vandag op die Swartrivierpad, Overberg

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4393/36759213441_eedb29e3f9_h.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4337/36064865864_4137c736d2_h.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4415/36502235230_50fa5d6f29_h.jpg)

(https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4403/36502242480_f04fb4c621_h.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 29, 2017, 08:58:31 pm
Fantastic photos, I am so looking forward to the birding season!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on August 30, 2017, 08:44:14 am
Sorry for the hi-jack, but here is so much knowledge I have to post the question here.

Looking to purchase this camera. 

Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera Body

Which lense will you chose for the camera?  I am not conversant with the terminology of the camara language, therefor seeking advice from the pros.   :thumleft: :thumleft:

Nikon AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 G ED DX VR Lens
•   F Mount Lens/DX Format
•   27-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
•   Aperture Range: f/3.5 to 22
•   Three Aspherical Elements
•   Three ED Glass Elements
•   Silent Wave Motor AF & Internal Focusing
•   Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
•   Super Integrated Coating
•   Rounded 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
•   Filter Thread: 67mm

or


Nikon AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX VR LensFor DX-Format D-SLRs

•   Wide-Angle to Telephoto 16.7x Zoom Lens
•   Three Aspherical Lens Elements
•   Three Extra-Low Dispersion Lens Elements
•   Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
•   Nikon Super Integrated Coating
•   Silent Wave Motor & Zoom Lock Switch
•   Focus to 45cm at 300mm
•   M/A (Manual/Auto) Focus Mode Switch
•   Internal Focus & Round 9-Blade Diaphragm
•   Filter Size: 77mm
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on August 30, 2017, 08:59:59 am
Sorry for the hi-jack, but here is so much knowledge I have to post the question here.

Looking to purchase this camera. 

Nikon D7100 DSLR Camera Body

Which lense will you chose for the camera?  I am not conversant with the terminology of the camara language, therefor seeking advice from the pros.   :thumleft: :thumleft:

Nikon AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 G ED DX VR Lens
•   F Mount Lens/DX Format
•   27-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
•   Aperture Range: f/3.5 to 22
•   Three Aspherical Elements
•   Three ED Glass Elements
•   Silent Wave Motor AF & Internal Focusing
•   Vibration Reduction Image Stabilization
•   Super Integrated Coating
•   Rounded 7-Blade Circular Diaphragm
•   Filter Thread: 67mm

or


Nikon AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX VR LensFor DX-Format D-SLRs

•   Wide-Angle to Telephoto 16.7x Zoom Lens
•   Three Aspherical Lens Elements
•   Three Extra-Low Dispersion Lens Elements
•   Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
•   Nikon Super Integrated Coating
•   Silent Wave Motor & Zoom Lock Switch
•   Focus to 45cm at 300mm
•   M/A (Manual/Auto) Focus Mode Switch
•   Internal Focus & Round 9-Blade Diaphragm
•   Filter Size: 77mm
These are both superzoom lenses, which means that they are convenient jack-of-all-trade lenses, but master of none. They will give you good quality images (especially when compared to the Tamron 18-270), but not the quality you would get from a proper wide angle or a proper telephoto lens.

The lenses are very much the same, but the f/3.5-6.3 is smaller, cheaper and lighter (significantly so) than the F/3.5-5.6.

The bigger, heavier lens (f/3.5-f/5.6) will perform slightly better at the long end (when you have zoomed in), but in my opinion not enough to warrant the extra weight, size and cost! Superzooms are usually all-day-carry-around-lenses, so the weight is important!

I got myself the 18-300 f/3.5-6.3 and I love it! I started out with the Tamron 18-270 f/3.5-6.3.

Also refer here: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-300mm-vr.htm

If you refer to my two posts above - all those bird shots were taken with the Nikon 18-300 f/3.5 - 6.3 on a D7200 body. If you know your camera you can get nice, sharp images out of the combination!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on August 30, 2017, 09:09:06 am
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger

Christo, those shots are stunners! What body-lens combination do you use? The bokeh you achieve gets me VERY jealous!  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on August 30, 2017, 09:13:21 am
Thank you very much Piet, that is just the answers I needed.  Appreciated.   :thumleft:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: CK on August 30, 2017, 09:17:04 am
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger

Christo, those shots are stunners! What body-lens combination do you use? The bokeh you achieve gets me VERY jealous!  :biggrin:

Thank you for the kind words Piet, I currently use a D800 and a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. All those photos were taken with this combo except the Lanner at the bottom, there I used a Canon 7D with the 400m F5.6L prime.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on August 30, 2017, 09:18:58 am
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger

Christo, those shots are stunners! What body-lens combination do you use? The bokeh you achieve gets me VERY jealous!  :biggrin:

Thank you for the kind words Piet, I currently use a D800 and a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. All those photos were taken with this combo except the Lanner at the bottom, there I used a Canon 7D with the 400m F5.6L prime.
Full-frame bly maar net in 'n ander klas (veral as dit kom by fokusdiepte)...Dankie vir die share!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: CK on August 30, 2017, 09:24:24 am
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger

Christo, those shots are stunners! What body-lens combination do you use? The bokeh you achieve gets me VERY jealous!  :biggrin:

Thank you for the kind words Piet, I currently use a D800 and a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. All those photos were taken with this combo except the Lanner at the bottom, there I used a Canon 7D with the 400m F5.6L prime.
Full-frame bly maar net in 'n ander klas (veral as dit kom by fokusdiepte)...Dankie vir die share!

Virseker, plesier :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on August 30, 2017, 01:16:53 pm
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger

Christo, those shots are stunners! What body-lens combination do you use? The bokeh you achieve gets me VERY jealous!  :biggrin:

Thank you for the kind words Piet, I currently use a D800 and a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. All those photos were taken with this combo except the Lanner at the bottom, there I used a Canon 7D with the 400m F5.6L prime.

Christo, jou foto's is A++! Is dit 'n volgroeide Lanner daai, dit lyk so klein...?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on August 30, 2017, 02:13:08 pm
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger

Christo, those shots are stunners! What body-lens combination do you use? The bokeh you achieve gets me VERY jealous!  :biggrin:

Thank you for the kind words Piet, I currently use a D800 and a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. All those photos were taken with this combo except the Lanner at the bottom, there I used a Canon 7D with the 400m F5.6L prime.

Christo, jou foto's is A++! Is dit 'n volgroeide Lanner daai, dit lyk so klein...?

Check daai Lanner se kloue.   :eek7:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: CK on August 30, 2017, 02:32:39 pm
A few of mine:
https://500px.com/christokruger

Christo, those shots are stunners! What body-lens combination do you use? The bokeh you achieve gets me VERY jealous!  :biggrin:

Thank you for the kind words Piet, I currently use a D800 and a Nikon AF-S 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. All those photos were taken with this combo except the Lanner at the bottom, there I used a Canon 7D with the 400m F5.6L prime.

Christo, jou foto's is A++! Is dit 'n volgroeide Lanner daai, dit lyk so klein...?

Baie dankie, jis ek weet nie, maar hy lyk volwasse. Hy was besig om duiwe te jag by die leeudril watergat in die KTP.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 08, 2017, 09:16:22 pm
Some recent pics. I'd rather be a drake than a duck  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 08, 2017, 09:18:05 pm
More
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Post by: frankmac on October 08, 2017, 09:24:36 pm
And a few from Tala game park, Camperdown
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on November 09, 2017, 06:21:22 am
Some of mine.  Still trying to gel with my new camera. 

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on November 09, 2017, 07:27:42 am
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 09, 2017, 08:01:27 am
Looking good, VA. The more you practice the easier it becomes especially with birds in flight
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on November 09, 2017, 08:58:46 am
Looking good, VA. The more you practice the easier it becomes especially with birds in flight

Thanks, trying to get to your standard, but seems still light years away.   :eek7:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 19, 2017, 07:40:06 pm

Thanks, trying to get to your standard, but seems still light years away.   :eek7:

I don't even go on to the pro birding sites as it makes me feel seriously inferior  :biggrin: Wouldn't mind borrowing some of their equipment though.

A couple from today. The juvenile hadeda (note the shorter beak) was recently released in the area and keeps on demanding grub. Seems like quite a few concerned  people feed the little bugger
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on November 20, 2017, 12:30:32 pm
A juvenile Giant....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 21, 2017, 05:55:33 pm
A juvenile Giant....

 :thumleft: Impressive bird, Malibu

I got this one on Sunday. Beating a fish senseless and then presented head first which I'm assuming was to feed the youngsters in a nearby burrow.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 21, 2017, 05:58:33 pm
The wife took these recently;
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: EssBee on November 22, 2017, 11:37:18 am
Nice pics, everybody!

Frankmac, what kind of eagle is "Baggy Pants"..?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 22, 2017, 11:42:47 am
Fish Eagle, EssBee
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: pietas on November 22, 2017, 12:03:49 pm
Love the last photo of the heron. Swallow it whole
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: EssBee on November 23, 2017, 08:02:29 am
Fish Eagle, EssBee

Thanks. Magnificent!!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on November 25, 2017, 06:37:20 am
Tried my luck in Addo

Chanting Goshawk
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on November 25, 2017, 06:51:50 am
And then some  gulls.
You can see we are at the coast.   :biggrin:

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on November 25, 2017, 06:53:56 am
More
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on November 29, 2017, 02:18:28 pm
One for the "twitchers". Lyrics to a song I'm currently working on  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Kobus on November 29, 2017, 04:01:58 pm
Very true, they are getting a raw deal.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Pistonpete on November 29, 2017, 04:20:37 pm
Pied Crows are a menace
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: growweblaar on November 29, 2017, 05:48:49 pm
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 03, 2017, 04:59:35 pm
Barbet peering out
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on December 09, 2017, 08:10:01 am
Some from our recent visit to Wilderness, Eb an Flow

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on December 09, 2017, 08:13:08 am
I tried my luck with this little Pied Kingfisher, but she was just to far and to fast. 

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 13, 2017, 02:17:11 pm
Was very lucky this morning, quick drive through our neighbourhood.

Four different raptors in less than an hour.
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Post by: Tony the Boney on December 13, 2017, 02:59:19 pm
Nice pics Vis Arend! Frank you must have a lot of food for them in your neighbourhood!
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Post by: frankmac on December 13, 2017, 03:47:48 pm
Nice pics Vis Arend! Frank you must have a lot of food for them in your neighbourhood!

Particularly lots of monkeys for the Crowned eagle, Tony. I'm just concerned about our pups being taken
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on December 13, 2017, 04:26:51 pm
Fanks TtB.

Nice pics frakmac.

Some more from our trip.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on December 13, 2017, 04:30:05 pm
More............
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 13, 2018, 01:43:11 pm
The Honey-guide has been trying all morning to lure the Barbet out its nest in order to foist its eggs onto the host. This Barbet, however, is not falling for that one and the female remains in the nest whilst the male chases off the brood parasite
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on January 13, 2018, 02:55:35 pm
Fanks TtB.

Nice pics frakmac.

Some more from our trip.
Pic DSC4135. "A picture is worth a thousand words!"

Well done!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Cave Girl on January 25, 2018, 05:25:27 pm
I didn't think Kingfishers needed help  :)
Stunning pic
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Post by: frankmac on January 27, 2018, 10:31:32 am
I didn't think Kingfishers needed help  :)
Stunning pic

Cave Girl, any chance of sharing some bat pics please? Maybe start a bat thread
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tok-tokkie on January 27, 2018, 06:21:54 pm
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:

I think you are very wrong.  Crowned Plovers are more or less extinct in the Western cape since Pied Crows moved into urban areas.  They eat both the eggs & the chicks.  Ask anyone lwho has lived close to a golf course for 15 years - Crowned Plovers used to be resident but now almost completely gone.

There used to be lots of Rock Pigeons in my area.  Gone.  I suspect Pied Crows but have no evidence.

Tortoises.  Big problem.  Here is a mild example  https://www.iol.co.za/news/tortoises-become-a-feast-for-crows-1427276

Awful birds.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 27, 2018, 10:06:16 pm
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:

I think you are very wrong.  Crowned Plovers are more or less extinct in the Western cape since Pied Crows moved into urban areas.  They eat both the eggs & the chicks.  Ask anyone lwho has lived close to a golf course for 15 years - Crowned Plovers used to be resident but now almost completely gone.

There used to be lots of Rock Pigeons in my area.  Gone.  I suspect Pied Crows but have no evidence.

Tortoises.  Big problem.  Here is a mild example  https://www.iol.co.za/news/tortoises-become-a-feast-for-crows-1427276

Awful birds.

I'm inclined to agree with you, Tok-tokkie.

I spent some 3 months working in Djibouti where the Indian house crows have taken over. Very little other bird-life there. I had to rescue a night-jar one morning which they'd found and were trying to devour.

Driving through the Karoo, one sees how the crow population has flourished due to road-kill and you would be fortunate to see anything else
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on January 28, 2018, 07:06:43 am
Pied Crows are a menace

Only because they're not scarce  :biggrin:

I think you are very wrong.  Crowned Plovers are more or less extinct in the Western cape since Pied Crows moved into urban areas.  They eat both the eggs & the chicks.  Ask anyone lwho has lived close to a golf course for 15 years - Crowned Plovers used to be resident but now almost completely gone.

There used to be lots of Rock Pigeons in my area.  Gone.  I suspect Pied Crows but have no evidence.

Tortoises.  Big problem.  Here is a mild example  https://www.iol.co.za/news/tortoises-become-a-feast-for-crows-1427276

Awful birds.

I'm inclined to agree with you, Tok-tokkie.

I spent some 3 months working in Djibouti where the Indian house crows have taken over. Very little other bird-life there. I had to rescue a night-jar one morning which they'd found and were trying to devour.

Driving through the Karoo, one sees how the crow population has flourished due to road-kill and you would be fortunate to see anything else
The pied crow problem is human made. The are here because we leave food out for them, especially road-kill. It is simply the way ecology works. To clean up the pied-crows, we first have to clean up our act.
And that, sadly, is not going to happen.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 07, 2018, 11:59:54 am
Couple of recent ones
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tony the Boney on March 07, 2018, 01:19:57 pm
great shots Frank esp the mother feeding the little ones!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on March 07, 2018, 07:42:54 pm
One of my favorite threads on WD's, thanks for posting great shots!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Offshore on March 10, 2018, 04:27:29 pm
I an not good with identifying Birds, got these on my Bush camera on the Farm.
The first looks like a Wagtail but which one? Mountain Wagtail?
Second could be a Giant Kingfisher?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 11, 2018, 06:43:54 am
 :thumleft: right on both, Offshore
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LONG BOB on March 16, 2018, 10:06:51 am
I been lucky to see a southern banded snake eagle, last seen 50 yrs ago south of Durban. Seen a couple times now and has an incredible call, apparently down to a few breeding pairs in Zulu land .
Also have a pair of palm nut vultures seen most mornings on the lawn and witnessed one eating a great garden snail.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 18, 2018, 06:14:43 pm
Great sightings, Long Bob. I've only seen the Brown and Black-chested snake eagles locally
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Post by: frankmac on April 15, 2018, 02:04:21 pm
Ruddy Turnstones at Stiebel Rocks, Umzumbe
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 17, 2018, 10:58:49 pm
Wow, great picks Frank  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 23, 2018, 10:02:22 am
Really majestic birds these. The pair were on the hunt and the vervets and dassies had gone into hiding
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on April 23, 2018, 10:52:07 am
You never fail to impress.   :thumleft:  :thumleft:

Can't wait for our visit to Kruger in Oct this year.  Saw last time plenty birds but did not have the tools to shoot them.   ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 24, 2018, 09:35:20 pm
Sjo Frank....that is impressive! Would have been nice to get one of the bird on landing or takeoff with that impressive wings!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 25, 2018, 06:29:55 am
Thanks Tom, but the buggers have this habit of taking off away from you so you only get the arse view

They do have impressive wings and beautiful colouring
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: KiLRoy on April 25, 2018, 12:18:41 pm
I have a soft spot for game birds - from ducks to 'fisantjies', patrysies en kelkiewyne.. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 26, 2018, 07:20:10 am
I have a soft spot for game birds - from ducks to 'fisantjies', patrysies en kelkiewyne..

Me too, KR. Pity we don't see those huge flocks of guinea-fowl anymore. Very sad.

Yesterday morning we had a visitor in the neighbour's yard. The wife dashed out with her "Bigma" 600mm lens and then discovered her card wasn't in the camera and by the time she got back, the eagle had flown. Then I was accused of chasing the eagle just to spite her  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on April 26, 2018, 10:39:01 pm
That 'no card in the camera' has cost a couple of  enthusiasts some tears....yes got the t shirt  :dousing:

Please don't chase the eagle next time Frank  :deal:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 27, 2018, 02:34:05 pm
Bit quiet this morning despite the brilliant weather
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Post by: dw1 on April 28, 2018, 10:03:35 pm
Tiptol
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: KiLRoy on April 28, 2018, 11:46:37 pm
Egyptian goose..... not a goose, but a duck with goose habit?   
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 29, 2018, 06:04:25 am
Egyptian goose..... not a goose, but a duck with goose habit?

That's what I'm told. I still regard it as a goose and not a duck though
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Casting from Turd on May 01, 2018, 04:15:36 pm
Egyptian goose..... not a goose, but a duck with goose habit?

Tastes like a goose and not a duck  :imaposer:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 06, 2018, 09:07:20 pm
Bit boring today despite the beautiful weather
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on May 06, 2018, 09:43:38 pm
Still nice pics Frank. Bird ID in first pic 6310?
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Post by: LeonDude on May 07, 2018, 06:47:44 am
Still nice pics Frank. Bird ID in first pic 6310?
Black collared barbet.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on September 12, 2018, 10:19:14 pm
Cape Bishop getting its summer colours
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 13, 2018, 07:09:03 am
Thanks for reminding us about this thread, DW. Hope you don't mind but I've just lightened your Bishop
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on September 13, 2018, 07:53:04 am
Ah yes, birding season is upon us!
On Tuesday I saw what I think was a Steppe Buzzard in Clubview, Centurion, probably on his way to the graslands south of here. He was looking down very intently and then dived into a yard about a block from where I live. I hope someone is not now missing his doggy or kitty.  :biggrin:

In October I'm off to Hluhluwi for a week's birding and batting, can hardly wait!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Offshore on September 15, 2018, 07:46:25 pm
Bit boring today despite the beautiful weather

Wow, beautiful Pics FM!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 15, 2018, 10:45:46 pm
Thanks Offshore  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 14, 2018, 07:09:40 am
Was sitting outside this morning and noticed an African Green pigeon.....

Nothing special about that except........  I live in Addo....... 

First time I have seen one here
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tony the Boney on October 14, 2018, 07:42:10 am
Would be nice if they migrated down to the south coast.  :)  beautiful bird. Probably escaped from captivity
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Casting from Turd on October 14, 2018, 05:39:52 pm
Would be nice if they migrated down to the south coast.  :)  beautiful bird. Probably escaped from captivity

Might have . Didnt see any rings though
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on October 16, 2018, 08:12:45 am
I see they are rather rare in the area, but probably not an escapee...Data from SABAP2 site.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Herklaas on October 16, 2018, 10:42:32 am
 :sip: Tweede uitgawe van Roberts Voel Gids is noubeskikbaar, R280.00. Baie goeie boek om te he.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: facmp on October 17, 2018, 12:03:08 pm
hi all. I have a question for the bird enthusiasts out there. I have a small farm near NANAGA - 60 km from PE. I am considering building self catering cottages on it. It is 70 hectares of mostly virgin bush. My question: how good is this area for birding? would it be a place birders would visit? I would like to put up some hides and market it as such, but I am so new to this that I dont know if the area is suitable for this.
much appreciated
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 17, 2018, 01:18:03 pm
Visiting Ri in Stellenbosch and while she is working I am chasing after birds

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tok-tokkie on October 17, 2018, 05:37:44 pm
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Who is that?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 17, 2018, 06:08:35 pm

Visiting Ri in Stellenbosch and while she is working I am chasing after birds


Quite a variety, Tom.  Very nice :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 18, 2018, 10:55:20 am
Tok-tokkie I unfortunately do not have the book yet so could not Id the birds. Anyone know this litte guy?
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on October 18, 2018, 11:00:40 am
Common Waxbill
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 18, 2018, 11:52:38 am
Common Waxbill
Thanks

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 18, 2018, 01:10:06 pm
hi all. I have a question for the bird enthusiasts out there. I have a small farm near NANAGA - 60 km from PE. I am considering building self catering cottages on it. It is 70 hectares of mostly virgin bush. My question: how good is this area for birding? would it be a place birders would visit? I would like to put up some hides and market it as such, but I am so new to this that I dont know if the area is suitable for this.
much appreciated

Is there a water-hole or something on the property?
Birds need a reason to be there, water is a good one.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: facmp on October 18, 2018, 03:45:32 pm
hi all. I have a question for the bird enthusiasts out there. I have a small farm near NANAGA - 60 km from PE. I am considering building self catering cottages on it. It is 70 hectares of mostly virgin bush. My question: how good is this area for birding? would it be a place birders would visit? I would like to put up some hides and market it as such, but I am so new to this that I dont know if the area is suitable for this.
much appreciated

Is there a water-hole or something on the property?
Birds need a reason to be there, water is a good one.
not a water hole - no, but lots of food (insects, rodents, snakes, wild fruit etc) something to think about thanks.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on October 19, 2018, 09:20:50 am
hi all. I have a question for the bird enthusiasts out there. I have a small farm near NANAGA - 60 km from PE. I am considering building self catering cottages on it. It is 70 hectares of mostly virgin bush. My question: how good is this area for birding? would it be a place birders would visit? I would like to put up some hides and market it as such, but I am so new to this that I dont know if the area is suitable for this.
much appreciated

Is there a water-hole or something on the property?
Birds need a reason to be there, water is a good one.
not a water hole - no, but lots of food (insects, rodents, snakes, wild fruit etc) something to think about thanks.
I would suggest you create an artificial water hole for them. It does not need to be big, or deep, but the birds must be able to at least bath in it. Because water flows down, build this at a low point.
Then, don't build a hide, rather build a kind of undercover deck where your customers can sit and have drinks at tables. This way, you cater to both birders and people who just want to relax.
Many lodges do it this way, and it works.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tok-tokkie on October 19, 2018, 04:28:31 pm
Yes bird watering hole is best if it has a shallow sloping shore with good grip so they can wade in as far as they like and fluff their feathers up  and shake their bodies.

Pleased to hear that is a Common Waxbill.  We have a 2l coke bottle with holes & dowel rod as perch hanging in a tree outside our kitchen window.  House is upside down on a hill so you enter on the top storey into the living & kitchen area.  So the bird feeder is right outside the window.  Family of Cape Sparrows (Mossies) come all the time - especially now as they must be feeding hatchlings by the look of things.  But we were delighted when Swee waxbills started coming.  Family of 4, 2 adults & 2 youngsters.  Lovely looking birds.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on October 19, 2018, 06:06:48 pm
Very envious that you have Swee Waxbills in your back yard. I just love the little things!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 20, 2018, 09:01:53 pm
Bit slack lately. Some recent ones
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Post by: Tom van Brits on October 20, 2018, 10:21:49 pm
Pragtig!  :thumleft:
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Post by: tok-tokkie on October 21, 2018, 08:51:56 am
Thick-knee.  The revised names are sad.
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Post by: dw1 on October 21, 2018, 08:52:00 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on October 22, 2018, 08:53:11 am
We've always been aware of the pair of flycatchers in our garden but this year, I suppose because I'm not working at the moment, I noticed where the nest is. It is at about eye level in the staghorn on one of the frangipani trees. They take two weeks to hatch and the nestlings leave the nest in 15 days so they should be flying at just about the same time as we are about to fly the country on the 20th November.   
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Post by: roxenz on October 22, 2018, 10:25:11 am
Tom, you're getting very good at bird pictures!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 22, 2018, 02:29:36 pm
We've always been aware of the pair of flycatchers in our garden but this year, I suppose because I'm not working at the moment, I noticed where the nest is. It is at about eye level in the staghorn on one of the frangipani trees. They take two weeks to hatch and the nestlings leave the nest in 15 days so they should be flying at just about the same time as we are about to fly the country on the 20th November.

I love all the flycatchers, Ian. Hopefully yours are too low for the harrier hawk to spot. Bugger took our chicks out of a palm tree some years back and has also caused the fruit bats to relocate
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on October 22, 2018, 02:47:28 pm
The gymnogenes are not that common in our garden although my wife had one every day at her house next to Maydon Wharf. Amazing what you do see when you are around. We have surprised a brown hooded kingfisher while walking down to the garage that we haven't seen since the kids were small.
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Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 09:56:27 am
Some bird life in the Kruger Nat park

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: woody1 on October 26, 2018, 09:58:49 am
Lyk my die twee ou pensionarisse het mooi kamera toerusting gekoop. :laughing4:

Pragtige fotos.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 09:59:54 am
more

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Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 10:02:35 am
more


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Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 10:06:08 am
and more


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Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 10:09:19 am
 :peepwall:


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Post by: ClimbingTurtle on October 26, 2018, 10:11:58 am
Nice Pics - and I wish I was there!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: woody1 on October 26, 2018, 10:13:02 am
Watter groote zoom lens het jy gebruik ?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 10:16:53 am
Some from wifey phodies

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Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 10:20:14 am
Last

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on October 26, 2018, 10:21:51 am
Watter groote zoom lens het jy gebruik ?

Op my kamera 'n 600mm.
Nannie het haar ou mik en druk wat sy eie zoompie het. 


Nice Pics - and I wish I was there!!

 :thumleft:
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Post by: woody1 on October 26, 2018, 10:25:00 am
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 27, 2018, 06:45:45 am
Thanks for sharing, VA. Lovely flying pic of the Martial eagle and also of the African Hawk eagle with the vulture.

You can see it's closer to summer when the rollers appear again 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on October 27, 2018, 03:21:00 pm
Oom Vis is daai n Tamron 600? Daai lens is baie skerp.

Ek is skoon jaloers (op n mooi manier)

Dis pokken mooi, vernaam daai Ground Hornbill !!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on October 27, 2018, 03:52:30 pm
Oom Vis is daai n Tamron 600? Daai lens is baie skerp.

Ek is skoon jaloers (op n mooi manier)

Dis pokken mooi, vernaam daai Ground Hornbill !!

Hallo Tom en welkom terug.   :thumleft:

Yip my maat, dis die Tamron 600.  Is baie tevrede met hom, alhoewel dit my broer sin is.   :eek7:   :biggrin: 
Ek toets hom basies om te kyk of dit vir my die moeite werd is om een aan te skaf.  Ek sukkel nog so bietjie met hom, maar glo met tyd sal dit beter raak.  En ja, na dese glo ek ek sal wel een koop.  Soek ook rond vir tweede hands maar hulle is skaars soos hoenner tanne.  :biggrin: 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on October 27, 2018, 05:53:40 pm
There was a Sigma 600 on Gumtree for a day or two only at R8000.
New price is about R13000.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on October 27, 2018, 07:59:18 pm
There was a Sigma 600 on Gumtree for a day or two only at R8000.
New price is about R13000.

 :eek7:  If you snooze you lose.   :patch:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: kdog on October 28, 2018, 09:14:50 am
Taken in the Breede River valley at the end of September 2018. Sigma 500mm.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on October 29, 2018, 09:24:35 am
Taken in the Breede River valley at the end of September 2018. Sigma 500mm.
I'd rather go for Spotted Eagle Owl than Cape Eagle Owl - fine barring on lower chest...

Great pic, I would love to see one in proper daylight!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on October 29, 2018, 12:53:47 pm
Also a Spotted Eagle Owl.
Eyes were closed but should be yellow.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on November 03, 2018, 08:47:22 am
It didn't go so well for my little flycatchers. When I checked on the 28th all was fine. Today the eggs have all gone. As there were no bits of shell to be found I suspect one of the variegated bush snakes in the garden must have had them. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 03, 2018, 12:52:37 pm
It didn't go so well for my little flycatchers. When I checked on the 28th all was fine. Today the eggs have all gone. As there were no bits of shell to be found I suspect one of the variegated bush snakes in the garden must have had them.

Sorry to hear that, Ian. Could be any number of villains including agamas and parasitic birds.

The female stork found a toad this morning but had to dip it in the pool before swallowing.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 03, 2018, 01:02:14 pm
Brown Scrub robin started nesting in the garden

A Spectacled weaver bringing a moth to the chicks

Green pigeon from last year
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: IanTheTooth on November 03, 2018, 04:55:03 pm
Frankmac & the villains.: Didn't think about the agama lizards, Our veranda and pool area support an enormous population of them. Always assumed they were bug eaters.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 03, 2018, 07:06:34 pm
A few pictures from a Bo-Piketberg protea farm today.

I have never seen anything like it in my life.
There must have been about 1000 birds in 200 sqaure metres of planted proteas.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 03, 2018, 07:12:21 pm
Nigel would you care to share info on lens please....pok that is sharp!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 03, 2018, 07:21:31 pm
Thanks.

I have a Sigma 150-600 lens with a tele-convertor. Very happy with it.  :biggrin:

Some of the pictures were shot from as close as 5 metres. Zoom was on a total of 300.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 03, 2018, 07:24:43 pm
Thanks.

I have a Sigma 150-600 lens with a tele-convertor. Very happy with it.  :biggrin:

Some of the pictures were shot from as close as 5 metres. Zoom was on a total of 300.

That is really sharp images - great lens!!   :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 03, 2018, 07:31:40 pm
You had a lot to do with me getting a decent lens :)

Your pictures are truly inspirational!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on November 05, 2018, 08:18:20 am
A few pictures from a Bo-Piketberg protea farm today.

I have never seen anything like it in my life.
There must have been about 1000 birds in 200 sqaure metres of planted proteas.
Lekker Nigel! Good pics there!

Just one piece of advice: be careful to crop too much. If the shot was a distance away, then giving some perspective on the habitat of the bird is preferable to the a tight crop which causes pixelation.

See example attached.
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Post by: Piet on November 08, 2018, 10:57:13 am
Recently at Golden Gate...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 10, 2018, 10:42:46 am
From the Cederberg
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 10, 2018, 10:54:51 am
Thanks for the effort of naming the birds as well Nigel, I learn a lot about our SA birds.
Did get a Mocking chad the other day but not a good pic - not enough reach.

Cheers  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 10, 2018, 11:49:32 am
From the Cederberg

Great sightings, Nigel
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 10, 2018, 12:11:31 pm
Some recent ones
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Post by: Tom van Brits on November 10, 2018, 01:24:00 pm
Wow, stunning pics!
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Post by: Nigel X on November 10, 2018, 03:14:33 pm
Few more from the Cederberg
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Post by: Tom van Brits on November 10, 2018, 03:26:17 pm
Very pretty.  What guide do you okes use to Id the birds?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 10, 2018, 04:39:13 pm
I have found the Roberts App the best. The amount of detail and pictures for each species is really great.
I find the Bird ID help also useful on occasions.
You can set your local area which then lists only the relevant birds.
The same can be done for specific birding sites you select.

I also have the Sasol eBird App.
Hardly ever use it now.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 10, 2018, 05:27:00 pm
I have found the Roberts App the best. The amount of detail and pictures for each species is really great.
I find the Bird ID help also useful on occasions.
You can set your local area which then lists only the relevant birds.
The same can be done for specific birding sites you select.

I also have the Sasol eBird App.
Hardly ever use it now.

Just got the Sasol book but should have invested in the Robertson app rather.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 19, 2018, 04:06:47 pm
Two more from the West Coast
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on November 19, 2018, 04:08:28 pm
That spoon bill photo is awesome.
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Post by: Piet on November 20, 2018, 07:28:32 am
Two more from the West Coast
That spoon bill photo is awesome.
+1, but I like the Gannet pic even better! Well done, Nigel!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 20, 2018, 07:36:05 am
Thanks  :)
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Post by: Piet on November 20, 2018, 11:57:23 am
Royal Natal and surrounds...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 20, 2018, 02:16:46 pm
In the garden. Little shite didn't want to eat the red beech fruit, obviously spoilt rotten on insects etc
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on November 21, 2018, 10:56:04 am
Love this thread
Awaiting delivery of my Sigma 150-600  ;)
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Post by: frankmac on November 21, 2018, 05:27:34 pm
Love this thread
Awaiting delivery of my Sigma 150-600  ;)

I'm sure you'll enjoy it, Tom.

My wife actually "bought" me one some years ago for my Xmas/birthday. It is still firmly attached to her camera
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on November 22, 2018, 05:38:04 am
Very good choice Tom. :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 06, 2018, 02:05:49 pm
Some variety in our garden today
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on December 06, 2018, 02:17:20 pm
Wow what a great collection for a day in your garden!!
Great images
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on December 06, 2018, 02:57:55 pm
Ground Woodpecker in Bethlehem
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: elandsrider on December 17, 2018, 06:28:16 am
Can some experts identify please ....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: KiLRoy on December 17, 2018, 07:41:35 am
Laaste een lyk soos n Koper Eend, African Shelduck as ek reg kan onthou?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on December 17, 2018, 08:05:51 am
Can some experts identify please ....

Not an expert, but I think these are (1) malachite kingfisher, (2) black-headed oriole, and (3) Egyptian goose.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 17, 2018, 09:09:34 am
Can some experts identify please ....

Not an expert, but I think these are (1) malachite kingfisher, (2) black-headed oriole, and (3) Egyptian goose.

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: mtr89 on December 17, 2018, 03:37:21 pm
Can some experts identify please ....

Not an expert, but I think these are (1) malachite kingfisher, (2) black-headed oriole, and (3) Egyptian goose.
What Zanie said
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on January 07, 2019, 04:17:08 pm
A couple of common-ish birds from Fouriesburg
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 07, 2019, 05:37:30 pm
Very nice pics, Piet
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Post by: Tom van Brits on January 07, 2019, 09:01:31 pm
Very nice pics, Piet

+1  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 09, 2019, 10:04:06 pm
Some recent ones in the garden
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on January 10, 2019, 05:15:16 am
Lovely pictures.

You are very fortunate to have such stunning birds in your back yard. :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on January 10, 2019, 03:49:30 pm
Yes Frank you realy got amazingly beautiful birds in your garden!

Sent from my SM-J110F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on January 13, 2019, 04:20:02 pm
A few from yesterday...

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 13, 2019, 05:28:03 pm
Great shots, Nigel. Haven't seen a chesnut plover before 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Welsh on January 28, 2019, 07:23:30 pm
No chance of pics after dusk, but I have a massive bluegum between me and the Spruit, we have about 40 Sacred Ibis roosting on the left side of the tree and a similar amount or more of Ha di Da Ibis on the right side  :peepwall:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 28, 2019, 07:37:30 pm
No chance of pics after dusk, but I have a massive bluegum between me and the Spruit, we have about 40 Sacred Ibis roosting on the left side of the tree and a similar amount or more of Ha di Da Ibis on the right side  :peepwall:

Must be pretty noisy. Those Sacred Ibis look good in the wild but not so nice on the city dumps.

Years ago in Pmb, they used to roost at the Bird Sanctuary. Somehow they thought elastic bands (I believe raided from BTR Sarmcol/Dunlop in Howick) were worms and all their poop at the base of the trees were full of these rubber bands.
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Post by: frankmac on January 30, 2019, 05:57:52 pm
Little Egret and Pied Kingfisher
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Post by: Tom van Brits on January 30, 2019, 06:47:46 pm
Wow Kingfisher!!

Great moment
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Post by: LeonDude on January 30, 2019, 09:07:08 pm
Could that kingfisher even fly after that?
 :biggrin:
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Post by: frankmac on January 31, 2019, 04:51:02 am
Could that kingfisher even fly after that?
 :biggrin:

He dived in the water a few times for a swig to wash it down. Amazing what they can swallow  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on January 31, 2019, 01:35:58 pm
Hi had a pied kingfisher polish off all my baby koi and they were about 15cm.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 31, 2019, 02:38:54 pm
That is serious stuff  :biggrin:

I had a mate in Hillcrest with a koi pond. He thought the visiting hamerkop was quite cute until he discovered the pond was koi-less
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Nigel X on February 01, 2019, 06:26:39 am
Love the Little Egret picture.

The soft background really makes the white colour of the Egret amazing.

Top drawer :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 01, 2019, 07:35:31 am
Thanks Nigel  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 11, 2019, 05:54:31 am
@Tommy Transalp I see you had hail in Mooi River.

Poor Amur falcons took a knock at their nesting site. Over 1,000 rescued and plenty killed

From FB;

"FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN
20 hrs ·
KZN Amur Falcon Rescue.

We at FREEME KZN are currently dealing with an emergency situation where hundreds of Amur Falcons have been injured by hail. This occurred at the Mooi River Amur Falcon roosting site last night. We desperately need your assistance to help save and return these birds to the wild. ♥️♥️

We are a registered NPO no. 066/704
and PBO no. 930032928 and rely solely on public funding to do this work for our wildlife.

Banking Details (this account is dedicated to this rescue):
FreeMe KZN
FNB Howick branch
Account number 625 282 27433
Reference: AMUR (your name)"
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tommy Transalp on March 11, 2019, 02:01:16 pm
I'll forward this on to some of the mooi boys as well.... will do an EFT tonight.

Maybe some of the local Co-ops can help with food donations?
Hope you can get these birds healthy again before their long flight to Russia!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tommy Transalp on March 11, 2019, 02:21:29 pm
I've posted some Whatsapp messages out to groups in the area... hope you get some response @ frankmac.
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Post by: Tommy Transalp on March 11, 2019, 06:11:12 pm
EFT done to FreeMe KZN. :thumleft:
You'll get some non-WD contributors from other groups I've contacted.
Hope this helps! :3some:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 11, 2019, 09:09:14 pm
EFT done to FreeMe KZN. :thumleft:
You'll get some non-WD contributors from other groups I've contacted.
Hope this helps! :3some:

Wow, that is very generous of you, Tom and thanks for spreading the appeal.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 12, 2019, 12:46:44 pm
Just an update from the FB site yesterday;

"400 of these beautiful raptors were ringed and released today from FREEME KZN. Why did we not take them back to the roost for release? We decided to release them directly from FREEME in Howick to reduce stress and get as many strong birds out on the wing as fast as possible. They are terribly difficult to feed in captivity so no need to keep these that are strong and healthy any longer than is necessary. If they can find their way to Russia/China, they can easily find their way back to Mooi River from Howick....."

Photo 2:

"Then the FREEME team administered fluids one last time before passing the bird over to be released....."
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 12, 2019, 09:09:13 pm
The lady with the very white (gray) hair to the right in that picture looks like Wendy White from Bats KZN?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 13, 2019, 08:02:47 am
The lady with the very white (gray) hair to the right in that picture looks like Wendy White from Bats KZN?

Don't know her, Leon, but it is indeed Wendy from the FB postings
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 13, 2019, 11:28:55 am
Ah yes, thought I recognized her.
She is very involved in wildlife rehab, especially bats.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on March 13, 2019, 11:47:20 am
@Tommy Transalp I see you had hail in Mooi River.

Poor Amur falcons took a knock at their nesting site. Over 1,000 rescued and plenty killed

From FB;

"FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation KZN
20 hrs ·
KZN Amur Falcon Rescue.

We at FREEME KZN are currently dealing with an emergency situation where hundreds of Amur Falcons have been injured by hail. This occurred at the Mooi River Amur Falcon roosting site last night. We desperately need your assistance to help save and return these birds to the wild. ♥️♥️

We are a registered NPO no. 066/704
and PBO no. 930032928 and rely solely on public funding to do this work for our wildlife.

Banking Details (this account is dedicated to this rescue):
FreeMe KZN
FNB Howick branch
Account number 625 282 27433
Reference: AMUR (your name)"
:thumleft: Also made a small EFT. Thanks for letting us know!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 24, 2019, 05:39:39 pm
So Newcastle area also had hail recently and lost around 2,000 Amur falcons.

"Amur Falcon Newcastle rescue update:

As our team prepare to call it a day (a very long, very exhausting day) these are the final numbers:

2000 dead
756 released
85 heading to rehab centres
60 resting overnight on site for potential release tomorrow."
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 24, 2019, 05:43:38 pm
Some pics from this morning's drive along the Umzimkulu river.

Osprey
Brown snake eagle
Red-billed quelea
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Piet on March 25, 2019, 06:43:43 am
Some pics from this morning's drive along the Umzimkulu river.

Osprey
Brown snake eagle
Red-billed quelea
Nice pics, Frankmac! That last one looks more like a female Pin-tailed Whydah, though!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on March 25, 2019, 07:14:44 am
Some pics from this morning's drive along the Umzimkulu river.

Osprey
Brown snake eagle
Red-billed quelea
Nice pics, Frankmac! That last one looks more like a female Pin-tailed Whydah, though!

You're right,Piet  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on March 28, 2019, 10:12:50 am
Love the Osprey
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 25, 2019, 05:37:29 pm
Thanks Tom.

African Harrier aka Gymnogene and Goliath heron
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on April 26, 2019, 02:07:06 pm
A club entry image in the Black and White section.
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Post by: RrP on April 26, 2019, 02:21:56 pm
Stunning pic.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 26, 2019, 04:08:00 pm
A club entry image in the Black and White section.

Lovely shot!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: sidetrack on April 29, 2019, 07:02:45 am
Ever s slightly off topic I just read Ian Glenn's "The first safari searching for Francois Levaillant", a must for every keen SA birder
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2019, 08:19:32 pm
Some birds we saw in Addo recently

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on May 10, 2019, 08:21:00 pm
More

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Post by: frankmac on May 11, 2019, 07:51:03 am
Lovely. Looks like the Chanting goshawk was more interested in the locust.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on June 09, 2019, 11:13:42 am
Kelp gull - Hermanus

(https://i.imgur.com/2h3VwIU.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 09, 2019, 01:36:03 pm
Beautiful Juvenile  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on June 12, 2019, 06:57:07 pm
Some of my African Darter and White-breasted Cormorant pics from Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on June 13, 2019, 07:24:16 am
Very nice!  What equipment are you using?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on June 13, 2019, 08:43:28 am
Very nice!  What equipment are you using?

Thanks

I'm using a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on June 13, 2019, 12:09:56 pm
Very nice!
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Post by: C_B on June 13, 2019, 12:50:02 pm
Very nice!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on June 13, 2019, 08:25:04 pm
Very nice!  What equipment are you using?

Thanks

I'm using a Nikon D7100 and a Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary

Great combination, I am using the same.
I still have a D7200 sealed in a box (2 years unopened) which is on standby/backup.
It is not much different to the 7100, only a better buffer.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on June 13, 2019, 09:33:44 pm
Great combination, I am using the same.
I still have a D7200 sealed in a box (2 years unopened) which is on standby/backup.
It is not much different to the 7100, only a better buffer.

Yes I'm very happy with this setup, great value for money.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on June 14, 2019, 01:00:09 pm
I'm shooting birds with my D750 still, on the Tammy 150-600.
Just got a D4S, useful for sport... having a great time playing with that! 
Manged to get the attention of some very good sport photographers who are helping with set-up and tricks! 
Hopefully, I will improve my skills with their help.

Pic with the 750 and Tammy.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 14, 2019, 02:33:52 pm
Very sharp. Love the wing-tip touching the water  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 15, 2019, 07:08:06 pm
Some recent ones from Mkuze.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 15, 2019, 07:13:13 pm
And more.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on July 15, 2019, 08:01:04 pm
I wondered what happened to you.   :biggrin:  Great pic's as usual.   :thumleft:

We are soon on our way to Botswana, hope on some nice pics there. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 15, 2019, 08:30:57 pm
Thanks VA. Very jealous and look forward to seeing your pics.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 16, 2019, 06:16:21 pm
Additional ones from Mkuze.
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Post by: Tom van Brits on July 20, 2019, 12:02:44 pm
Pragtig!!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 21, 2019, 05:59:08 pm
Karoolangstertjie - Karoo Prinia (Prinia maculosa)

(https://i.imgur.com/iH2ALrp.jpg)

(https://i.imgur.com/6kpj7bP.jpg)
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Post by: frankmac on July 22, 2019, 07:30:45 am
Cool. We tend to ignore the LBJ's.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on July 23, 2019, 06:17:28 pm
Flaminke, vanmiddag by Vermont se soutpan, so tussen die storms deur

(https://i.imgur.com/U0Wvb34.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 23, 2019, 07:50:19 pm
Pragtig!!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on August 12, 2019, 08:16:14 pm
Thanks VA. Very jealous and look forward to seeing your pics.

Where there and were a bit disappointed as we did not see a huge variety.  Non the less, here some of our sightings.

1.  Rooibek Fisant
2.  Gewone Tortelduif
3.  Rooireier
4.  Visarend   :biggrin:
5.  Same
6.  Afrikaanse Oopbekooievaar  (Howzat..... :biggrin:)
7.  Senagalvleiloerie
8.  I think Rooibeksysie?
9.  Gewone Troupant
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on August 12, 2019, 08:32:15 pm
More

1.  Troupant in flight
2.  Same
3.  Visarend     :biggrin:
4.  Namakwaduifie
5.  Rooipensreier  aka Old Grumpy.   :eek7:
6.  Kwêvoel
7.  Koraan, I think a young Langbeenkoraan
8.  Spreeu, do not know which one   :patch:
9.  Mikstertbyevanger
10.Rooibekneushoringvoel
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 12, 2019, 09:24:54 pm

Where there and were a bit disappointed as we did not see a huge variety.  Non the less, here some of our sightings.

1.  Rooibek Fisant
2.  Gewone Tortelduif
3.  Rooireier
4.  Visarend   :biggrin:
5.  Same
6.  Afrikaanse Oopbekooievaar  (Howzat..... :biggrin:)
7.  Senagalvleiloerie
8.  I think Rooibeksysie?
9.  Gewone Troupant

Still some cool sightings.

The heron is a Goliath (Reusereier).
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on August 13, 2019, 08:01:41 am
Went to Marievale on Saturday, it was cold and very cloudy...
The Caspian Tern was there, much to my excitement, but could not get a great pic of it catching and loosing fish as there was just no light...
was so sad to have not got a good one of this...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on August 13, 2019, 08:07:20 am
Went through again on Sunday and got a few nice ones...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on August 13, 2019, 10:28:14 am
Went through again on Sunday and got a few nice ones...

Very nice pics
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on August 13, 2019, 03:53:46 pm
Went through again on Sunday and got a few nice ones...

Beautiful     :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Offshore on August 13, 2019, 07:23:29 pm
 Beautiful Pics Young Lady. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 14, 2019, 07:13:17 am
Went through again on Sunday and got a few nice ones...

Very nice pics

Very nice!

Might be a trip for Sunday actualyl!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on August 14, 2019, 07:52:29 am
Thanks guys,
Photographed the bikes at Red Star on Friday and the birding is really helping my panning for the sports images.
Starting to feel much happier with the sports action stuff now.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on August 14, 2019, 06:24:52 pm
From Rietvlei and Kruger Park earlier this year

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on August 14, 2019, 06:27:16 pm
.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 14, 2019, 06:50:59 pm
From Rietvlei and Kruger Park earlier this year

Lovely pics.

Intrigued to see Cape cormorant (Rietvlei?) which is usually a marine bird.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on August 14, 2019, 10:26:18 pm
Lovely pics.

Intrigued to see Cape cormorant (Rietvlei?) which is usually a marine bird.

Thanks francmac

It's an immature Reed Cormorant  :)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 15, 2019, 06:57:19 am
Lovely pics.

Intrigued to see Cape cormorant (Rietvlei?) which is usually a marine bird.

Thanks francmac

It's an immature Reed Cormorant  :)

Ah. Silly me.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on August 15, 2019, 07:41:15 am
Super pics!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on August 15, 2019, 08:48:48 am
Ah. Silly me.

I wasn't sure either, had to ask my sister (who really knows her birds) to help ID it.

Super pics!

Thanks.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 22, 2019, 07:01:15 pm
My zoom lens was in for repairs from the dreaded fungus and finally got it back. Recent ones here at home.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Malibu on August 23, 2019, 07:19:32 am
Went through again on Sunday and got a few nice ones...

Very nice pics

Very nice!

Might be a trip for Sunday actualyl!

Did you go?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on August 23, 2019, 07:19:53 pm
Bandkeelkleinjantjie - Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica)

(https://i.imgur.com/Vv4ps8M.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: zacapa on August 23, 2019, 08:06:38 pm
Ometepe Island, Lake Nicaragua 2008. Ja - I know it's not a bird of South Africa but when I saw it it looked kind of familiar. Cheap Canon point and shoot.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 24, 2019, 08:20:34 pm
Birds pretty active in this lovely weather.

I counted 36 species in our garden this morning and not counting those heard but not seen. No hadeda either. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 24, 2019, 08:28:28 pm
More.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 28, 2019, 09:27:57 am
Took a Belgian student out for a day's birding at Rietvlei yesterday. I was impressed with his birding skills, he knows his families well, and it helped him to hit species in very quick time!

From my side I got SEVEN new species for my list, including Sabota Lark and the Lesser Moorhen (at otter bridge). I also got a Neddiky, but I'm not sure if I should count him as he was just about pecking at my boots to demand snacks at the restaurant!
We also spotted the Yellow Morph of the Crimson Breasted Shrike.

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on August 28, 2019, 10:10:14 am
Took a Belgian student out for a day's birding at Rietvlei yesterday. I was impressed with his birding skills, he knows his families well, and it helped him to hit species in very quick time!

From my side I got SEVEN new species for my list, including Sabota Lark and the Lesser Moorhen (at otter bridge). I also got a Neddiky, but I'm not sure if I should count him as he was just about pecking at my boots to demand snacks at the restaurant!
We also spotted the Yellow Morph of the Crimson Breasted Shrike.

Seen them there as well.....
Maybe its time for a little drive again, its quite close to me.....
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tok-tokkie on August 28, 2019, 11:07:10 am
C-B the pictures you posted were beautifully sharp (focus & shake).
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on September 16, 2019, 05:11:16 pm
Die Veldpou by Rooisand afgeneem
Blykbaar baie skaars om te sien

Denham's bustard, Stanley bustard or Stanley's bustard is a large bird in the bustard family. It breeds in much of Sub-Saharan Africa. It is a species of open ground, including agricultural land, grassland, flood-plains and burnt fynbos. It is resident, but some inland populations move to lower altitudes in winter. Wikipedia
Scientific name: Neotis denhami
Conservation status: Near Threatened (Population decreasing)

(https://i.imgur.com/n7fcw5x.jpg)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 16, 2019, 05:56:29 pm
 :thumleft: great sighting.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 19, 2019, 03:06:17 pm
these two have just finished breeding and have a cuddly chick.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 19, 2019, 04:06:45 pm
these two have just finished breeding and have a cuddly chick.

Very pretty, DW.

Despite them being widespread, we don't get the Acacia barbets in southern KZN.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on November 19, 2019, 05:19:00 pm
I have a pair in my garden that nest in an old yuka tree. They are very cool birds.
I have been calling them pied barbets all the years. 

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on November 19, 2019, 05:20:32 pm
Nice photo by the way.

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 20, 2019, 06:41:06 am

I have been calling the pied barbets all the years. 


I see the full name is Acacia Pied barbet  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 28, 2019, 04:41:11 pm
Young Bateleur. the most beautiful bird.
Everyone should see these at least once in their live..
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on November 29, 2019, 08:46:22 am
I just googled the adult bird and they are stunning when the red appears on the beak and legs.
Where did you see this one dw1?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 29, 2019, 01:45:51 pm
Saw that youngster in Kgalagadi in August.
Adult I saw in Etosha couple of years ago
they are stunning birds
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 29, 2019, 02:41:41 pm
That juvenile is a very sharp pic, DW.

The female is quite dull in comparison to the male bird.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 30, 2019, 12:36:47 pm
Violet-backed starling delivering berries. Suspect it's for the female sitting on eggs.

Chicks would get a protein (insects) meal.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on November 30, 2019, 11:20:13 pm
The female is quite dull in comparison to the male bird.

The dull bird is a juvenile. The bateleur is one of the few birds where the female looks as pretty as the male. The female, when perched, has a lighter band visible across the lower edge of the folded wing. The female's wings, from below, also have a smaller black band on the edge. In the first photo below, the female is the one on the left.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 01, 2019, 06:27:28 am

The dull bird is a juvenile. The bateleur is one of the few birds where the female looks as pretty as the male. The female, when perched, has a lighter band visible across the lower edge of the folded wing. The female's wings, from below, also have a smaller black band on the edge. In the first photo below, the female is the one on the left.

Thanks for this. That one must have been the previous year's batch.

I see it takes them up to 7-8 yrs to attain full adult plumage.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on December 03, 2019, 09:25:22 pm
Lapped Faced vulture
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 05, 2019, 02:23:45 pm
Lapped Faced vulture

Mean beak on that fellow.

Three different woodpeckers in the garden this morning.

Golden-tailed, Cardinal and Olive.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on December 10, 2019, 10:33:50 pm
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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 11, 2019, 05:17:13 am
 :thumleft: Female Mocking Cliff Chat aka Dassievoël.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on December 11, 2019, 07:19:13 am
:thumleft: Female Mocking Cliff Chat aka Dassievoël.
I thought Rock Thrush?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on December 11, 2019, 07:30:46 am
More specifically, Cape Rock Thrush, due to the grey not extended onto the back.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on December 11, 2019, 07:48:45 am
More specifically, Cape Rock Thrush, due to the grey not extended onto the back.

Yup.....
According to eBirds anyway....  ;)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on December 11, 2019, 10:09:15 am
:thumleft: Female Mocking Cliff Chat aka Dassievoël.
I thought Rock Thrush?

 :thumleft: I'm embarassed. Too quick on the trigger.

Need to check my Roberts before posting.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on January 05, 2020, 08:24:42 pm
pel's Fish Owl
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on January 06, 2020, 06:58:50 am
Great sighting.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on January 06, 2020, 07:49:52 am
Some nice birding this weekend.

Still a noob, but having fun

Diderick Cuckoo
Pied Kingfisher
Crested Barbet
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on January 13, 2020, 11:01:57 am
African Black Oystercatcher, Kwaaiwater, Hermanus

(https://i.ibb.co/xJb1kfy/Collage-1.jpg) (https://ibb.co/72DnfRH)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 15, 2020, 02:34:39 pm
Jacobin Cuckoo being fed by host parents, Sombre Greenbuls. Little shite decided he only wanted caterpillars and not fruit.

Common Buzzard

Southern Boubou

Retz's and White-crested Helmetshrikes
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 16, 2020, 09:09:22 am
Golden-breasted Bunting

Crested Francolin

European Bee-eater cooling off
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on February 16, 2020, 01:07:51 pm
Lance and I don't have fancy cameras or photographic skills, but with my point-and-shoot and his GoPro, Lance managed to pull together a nice video of a trip to Intaka Island (bird sanctuary at Century City, Cape Town) this weekend:

https://www.youtube.com/v/scbckPgaPe8
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on February 16, 2020, 03:05:26 pm
Hel fm, you just have the neck for beautiful bird pic's.     :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 16, 2020, 04:32:19 pm
Hel fm, you just have the neck for beautiful bird pic's.     :deal: :thumleft:

Thanks VA. The wife convinced me into going to Mkuze Game Reserve for 3 nights.

I was concerned about the heat up in N. KZN during summer but we had a lucky break with cooler weather for 2 days.

Lance and I don't have fancy cameras or photographic skills, but with my point-and-shoot and his GoPro, Lance managed to pull together a nice video of a trip to Intaka Island (bird sanctuary at Century City, Cape Town) this weekend:


Well done on the video. Looks like a nice spot to visit.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 25, 2020, 09:17:29 pm
White-winged Widowbird
Long-tailed Paradise Whydah
Red-backed Shrike
Red-breasted Swallow
Red-billed Ox-peckers cooling off

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on February 25, 2020, 09:25:45 pm
Bronze Mannikin, Green-winged Pytilia and Blue Waxbill
Emerald Dove
Yellow-breasted Apalis
Black-backed Puffback
Little Bee-eaters
Diederik Cuckoo (Immature)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on February 25, 2020, 09:31:41 pm
That young Diederick is beautiful :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on February 26, 2020, 06:26:10 am
The paradise wydah looks like he knows he's being photographed and is posing for all he's worth.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on March 07, 2020, 08:50:28 pm
Saw this guy between Swellendam and Caledon last week. Very surprised andhappy to see one of these in that area.
Did not think there are still marshall eagles around
Not a good pic -took it through the windscreen
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on March 08, 2020, 07:08:37 pm
Cool
 :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on April 09, 2020, 12:51:53 pm
this guy was sitting right by my Bee hives this yesterday - having a ball
Drongo
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 09, 2020, 12:58:14 pm
They are real characters, DW. Our resident one tucked into an immature mannikin recently.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on April 09, 2020, 03:19:38 pm
Groot Streep Swael. onvolwasse. pas uitgebroei in ons vensterbank.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 09, 2020, 10:11:04 pm
We had good rain today and then a few birds.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 09, 2020, 10:17:17 pm
And a few more
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Offshore on April 11, 2020, 03:44:17 pm
Can Somebody Identify please?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on April 11, 2020, 04:37:28 pm
Looks like a Cape Sugarbird
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on April 11, 2020, 08:35:16 pm
Can Somebody Identify please?

Lots of them there on the Swartberg Pass where you took this shot.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on April 11, 2020, 08:36:46 pm
Can Somebody Identify please?

Lots of them there on the Swartberg Pass where you took this shot.
I've only been lucky enough to spot one, once. On Swartberg Pass  :biggrin:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Offshore on April 11, 2020, 09:02:41 pm
Can Somebody Identify please?

Lots of them there on the Swartberg Pass where you took this shot.
I've only been lucky enough to spot one, once. On Swartberg Pass  :biggrin:
And that is exactly where I saw this one, on the way to the Hel on a scorched Suikerbossie after that devastating Fire. :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Karel84 on April 22, 2020, 04:37:11 pm
Moved to a new house and have about five or six pairs of these beauties around. Excuse the really poor quality pic, taken with my phone a few minutes ago (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200422/2afea806b7d6956f446716b02b74596b.jpg)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on April 22, 2020, 05:14:16 pm
nice. What bird is that?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on April 22, 2020, 07:49:49 pm
Trumpeter hornbill.

They start gathering in large flocks this time of the year.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on April 22, 2020, 08:02:10 pm
nice. What bird is that?
A noisy one...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RobLH on April 22, 2020, 10:05:09 pm
Anyone doing the Lockdown Birding Challenge on BirdLasser?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on April 22, 2020, 10:12:12 pm
Nope. I haven't heard of it. Tell us more. It sounds intriguing.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RobLH on April 22, 2020, 10:23:05 pm
It’s basically a (personal) challenge to see how many species you can see, or hear, from your lockdown location.

Download the BirdLasser app, go the the play section, scroll down and join the lockdown challenge. The birds you identify during the lockdown period will be tallied and you can see where you stand against others if you like (although the guys on reserves and farms are killing it in comparison).

Good fun - I’m on 81 after thinking 40ish would be my limit. Amazing what is out there with a bit of time and patience.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RobLH on April 22, 2020, 10:24:18 pm
Top 6 earlier today
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on April 22, 2020, 10:32:26 pm
I've just had a trawl on their website. It looks like a great App. Thanks for the heads-up! I know what I'll be doing tomorrow. Probably just recording wagtails, hadedas, gulls, starlings and sparrows...
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on April 23, 2020, 11:26:33 am
the leaders live on Game farms in MP and L so easy for them to spot so many different species
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RobLH on April 23, 2020, 03:53:58 pm
the leaders live on Game farms in MP and L so easy for them to spot so many different species

Six of the top 9 are on a reserve in Zululand, one is based in Orpen, KNP and the others look like they're in the lowveld too.

Doesn't really matter, that is their good luck. For me it's more of a personal challenge, picking up as many species in my limited confines. I've had some amazing sightings of Blue-mantled Crested-Flycatcher that have been way better than logging up 50 extra species, in my books. I'm in the early 80's after thinking I would struggle to get to 50.

It's all a bit of fun to pass the time.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Karel84 on April 23, 2020, 05:51:56 pm
Question here from an absolute newby... How do you guys identify birds not known to you? Is there a type of database one could look through?

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on April 23, 2020, 06:08:25 pm
You will need a bird ID app. I have old-school binocs and a bird book, but perhaps the clued-up set can advise as to the best (free or paid for) app.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on April 23, 2020, 06:20:51 pm
So guess who was my first Birdlasser sighting? The infamous hadeda. At least our local rock kestrel came to say high. He likes hanging out above our one window; eating his favourite take-out meal. Today he flew away before I could take a picture. I think he had a gecko or lizard this time. I managed some snaps on other days when the course was mouse or baby bird.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on April 23, 2020, 07:16:16 pm
 :thumleft: all i am seeing lately is mossies, hadida's and doves. I need to get out soon and do some proper birding again. My garden is a dead spot it seems.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on April 23, 2020, 07:42:15 pm
wow you are so lucky to have a bird of prey so close to you. We have them living in our business park but they are so high up you can't get a good look at them. A year or so ago I found one with a broken wing. He stayed with me for Saturday and Sunday until I could take him to that bird place at Spier wine estate. One thing that that struck me was the calmness and lack of fear that he showed unlike any other wild bird I have dealt with before.. He was also quite happy to eat steak from my hand after a few hours.

I hope he is still ok there.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on April 24, 2020, 01:39:52 pm
Question here from an absolute newby... How do you guys identify birds not known to you? Is there a type of database one could look through?

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I like using a book. Apps have failed us in the bush in the past, the batteries go and suddenly - boom no more info.
Also, browsing a book with a beer at night is more fun than using an app.
Most of the newer books have good identification keys in the front, but even so, be prepared to take some time over the raptors and little brown jobs.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: neil-ph on April 24, 2020, 02:05:31 pm
Question here from an absolute newby... How do you guys identify birds not known to you? Is there a type of database one could look through?

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Certain characteristics place the birds into particular groups. By identifying the shape of beak, or what they feed on etc will give a clearer indication of where to start looking in the books you choose. Great pastime.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on April 24, 2020, 03:19:36 pm
Love birding.....can get very challenging when you get into the smaller birds and it becomes tricky due to the differences between male and female, mature and juvenile, breeding and non-breeding, etc. Then there is the eagles and other birds of prey which sometimes are really difficult to ID - many times from their feathers in flight. No so easy, but lekker. Highly recommended for a hobby.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Zanie on April 24, 2020, 06:31:42 pm
wow you are so lucky to have a bird of prey so close to you. We have them living in our business park but they are so high up you can't get a good look at them. A year or so ago I found one with a broken wing. He stayed with me for Saturday and Sunday until I could take him to that bird place at Spier wine estate. One thing that that struck me was the calmness and lack of fear that he showed unlike any other wild bird I have dealt with before.. He was also quite happy to eat steak from my hand after a few hours.

I hope he is still ok there.
In my previous home, we once had a goshawk inside the house and spotted all sorts of sparrowhawks, buzzards and harrier-hawks, but that was because we fed the pigeons, and the birds of prey like a pigeon snack. Now we are at the coast and it's relatively bleak, but there are kestrels and falcons in the area. They usually like the tall blocks of flats, but for some reason, this kestrel decided he's ok with double-storey height only.

The kestrel you helped looked like a real sweetie! It's odd how birds will sometimes be quite chill when they're ill. We used to feed the guinea fowl too and they were quite skittish, but one was sick, so she'd come begging. We eventually caught her and took her to a local bird vet.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on April 29, 2020, 04:51:54 pm
Cape weaver (Kaapse wewer) in die saadvoerder wat ek gemaak het, hy kraai koning en jaag al wat 'n voël weg

(https://i.ibb.co/F5FwQfL/001-1-1.jpg) (https://ibb.co/ZB08Qwp)
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on May 03, 2020, 10:05:58 am
African Olive Pigeon (Rameron Pigeon)
We have a pair that nest in our garden, didnt see them for about 2 years, but they are back!
Not a great pic - battery went flat after the 2nd shot.... >:(
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 03, 2020, 11:38:07 am
African Olive Pigeon (Rameron Pigeon)

Beautiful birds.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on May 05, 2020, 09:39:00 pm
Blou valk
Black winged Kite
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: sidetrack on May 07, 2020, 12:27:41 pm
wow you are so lucky to have a bird of prey so close to you. We have them living in our business park but they are so high up you can't get a good look at them. A year or so ago I found one with a broken wing. He stayed with me for Saturday and Sunday until I could take him to that bird place at Spier wine estate. One thing that that struck me was the calmness and lack of fear that he showed unlike any other wild bird I have dealt with before.. He was also quite happy to eat steak from my hand after a few hours.

I hope he is still ok there.
In my previous home, we once had a goshawk inside the house and spotted all sorts of sparrowhawks, buzzards and harrier-hawks, but that was because we fed the pigeons, and the birds of prey like a pigeon snack. Now we are at the coast and it's relatively bleak, but there are kestrels and falcons in the area. They usually like the tall blocks of flats, but for some reason, this kestrel decided he's ok with double-storey height only.

The kestrel you helped looked like a real sweetie! It's odd how birds will sometimes be quite chill when they're ill. We used to feed the guinea fowl too and they were quite skittish, but one was sick, so she'd come begging. We eventually caught her and took her to a local bird vet.
The cat looks ready to pounce !
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on May 10, 2020, 06:53:28 pm
Jangroentjie enjoying some nectar from the Cape Honeysuckle. Winter is approaching when they appear.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on May 10, 2020, 07:27:51 pm
Stunning photo :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on May 10, 2020, 09:15:15 pm
Here is another jangroentjie taking a bath this morning. note the unusual colours. I have never seen such colours before.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on May 11, 2020, 07:03:54 am
Jangroentjie enjoying some nectar from the Cape Honeysuckle. Winter is approaching when they appear.

Beautiful.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: C_B on June 15, 2020, 08:31:10 pm
A few bird pics from late last year/early this year, and a sunbird from my backyard yesterday.

(https://i.ibb.co/VWqNVqc/white-bellied-sunbird.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/WGppv9q/cormorants.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/R4crV4S/cattle-egret.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/XbfcQy1/cormorant.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/bN4gV4c/wattled-lapwing.jpg)

(https://i.ibb.co/W2QvYpf/DSC-7150.jpg)

Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bommelina on June 21, 2020, 04:51:30 pm
Some nice pics in this Thread. Thanks.

Lately in my area there are this band of LBJ brothers and sisters. Counted about 12 of them.
 
What is very interesting is that every morning they descent on my aquaponics hobby growth drums and start dragging the green string algae out of the drums and devouring it. Did not know that there are birds that eat algae.

Anyone knows what model they are?

hh
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on June 21, 2020, 06:32:15 pm
Bronze mannikin i think
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on June 21, 2020, 06:58:35 pm
Bronze mannikin i think

 :thumleft:. The red-backed is the same size but the adults are quite discernable.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Karel84 on July 26, 2020, 01:43:38 pm
Found this handsome guy singing songs in my back yard this afternoon. 10 points for the first correct ID.

Pic was taken with only the best of the best technology... Cellphone looking through binoculars. (https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20200726/43fe60179bd18f97838b591d70887305.jpg)

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 26, 2020, 02:44:14 pm
I'll bite.

Black-collared barbet.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Karel84 on July 26, 2020, 02:57:29 pm
I'll bite.

Black-collared barbet.
And bingo was his name-o

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on July 26, 2020, 09:16:29 pm
these two visitors to our valley this week.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 27, 2020, 07:40:32 am
these two visitors to our valley this week.

Beauts!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on July 30, 2020, 10:23:02 am
A few recent ones;
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blazes on July 30, 2020, 02:25:32 pm
White fronted Bee -Eater with Dragon fly.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on July 30, 2020, 02:31:29 pm
there are always stunning photos on this thread. That bee eater is spectacular.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on August 18, 2020, 12:43:17 pm
Jackal Buzzard at the wild coast. 
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on August 18, 2020, 12:44:24 pm
Nice!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on August 18, 2020, 02:21:20 pm
Jackal Buzzard at the wild coast.

Very nice, VA.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on August 23, 2020, 08:49:32 pm
Spring is upon us!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on August 24, 2020, 06:54:35 pm
A few in the Waterberg this weekend. Bring on the Spring
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: sidetrack on August 25, 2020, 09:41:42 am
Baie mooi  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 06, 2020, 07:35:34 am
The missus managed to get a nice pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden. I was standing, rake in hand, with strict instructions not to move lest I disturb the bird.

Also a less seen sunbird around our parts.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Mev Vis Arend on September 06, 2020, 07:56:58 am
The missus managed to get a nice pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden. I was standing, rake in hand, with strict instructions not to move lest I disturb the bird.

Also a less seen sunbird around our parts.

Joh, dis mooi!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Vis Arend on September 06, 2020, 01:48:43 pm
The missus managed to get a nice pic of the Narina Trogon in our garden. I was standing, rake in hand, with strict instructions not to move lest I disturb the bird.

Also a less seen sunbird around our parts.

She's a pro, very beautiful picture and pretty bird.     :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 06, 2020, 02:06:46 pm

Joh, dis mooi!


She's a pro, very beautiful picture and pretty bird.     :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thank you, Mev VA en VA.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RrP on September 06, 2020, 02:21:03 pm
That Trogon stunning pic  :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 07, 2020, 04:31:06 pm
Some more recent ones;

Black cuckooshrike
Golden-tailed woodpecker
Thick-billed weaver (also known as vice-grip by the bird-ringing fraternity who encourage novices to remove them from the nets. Not easily forgotten)
African Goshawk (juv) been nailing our Red-eyed doves recently.


Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: sidetrack on September 10, 2020, 10:02:36 am
 :thumleft: Narina Trogon is beautiful
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on September 12, 2020, 03:53:28 pm
Gister by Vermont soutpan

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 12, 2020, 07:10:35 pm

Gister by Vermont soutpan


Pragtig.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: tok-tokkie on September 13, 2020, 09:12:29 am
I was unaware of the Vermont salt pan.  Just looked it up.  Thanks for the introduction.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: blockheadxl650v on September 13, 2020, 08:35:16 pm
I love those flamingos
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on September 20, 2020, 07:35:59 pm
Some from home this weekend
Woodhoopoe
Grey Cuckooshrike
Knysna Turaco
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on September 20, 2020, 08:38:55 pm
That last photo.......WOW :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on September 23, 2020, 06:32:51 pm
Karoo prinia - Hermanus cliff path

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RobC on September 23, 2020, 06:52:44 pm
Some incredible pictures, well done guys!
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on September 23, 2020, 07:13:38 pm
Karoo prinia - Hermanus cliff path

(https://i.ibb.co/NyR9HqJ/001-copy.jpg) (https://ibb.co/W2CkYXM)

Been reading up about birding in the Western Cape including the Hermanus Cliff path
http://www.westerncapebirding.co.za/overberg/routes.php?id=16&open=302#route302

Heading that way on a birding trip soon and really looking forward to expanding my species list.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 04, 2020, 08:27:31 am
Some more recent garden ones

Should read Chinspot not Chimspot
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Neo_za on October 04, 2020, 11:04:46 pm
That piet my vrou has been eluding me forever - nice shot :thumleft:

A few on a recent trip
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: Bensien on October 05, 2020, 10:21:27 am
Some more recent garden ones

Should read Chinspot not Chimspot

You are definitely living in a bird watcher's paradise and I didn't even bring a camera or  binoculars when I was in your area
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dual on October 05, 2020, 08:26:52 pm
Muisvoëls vanoggend op kuspaadjie, Hermanus

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Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on October 05, 2020, 09:53:49 pm
This girl - Lesser Honey Guide have been bugging the breeding pair of barbets in our garden. the Lesser Honey Guide is a parasite that lays its eggs in other bird's nests. That way they dont have to raise their own young. Pretty lazy but clever I think.. Of course the poor Pied Barbets have their "hands" full keeping the honeyguide from entering.
I have been trying for the last 4 years to get a pic for the hoey guide but finally managed today. She never sits but keeps flying around the target nest.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on October 05, 2020, 10:13:30 pm
Also had this visitor in the garden last Friday. Os course he wasn't welcomed with open "wings" by all the other locals - Gymnogene. African Harrier hawk
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on October 06, 2020, 05:26:20 am
This girl - Lesser Honey Guide have been bugging the breeding pair of barbets in our garden. the Lesser Honey Guide is a parasite that lays its eggs in other bird's nests. That way they dont have to raise their own young. Pretty lazy but clever I think.. Of course the poor Pied Barbets have their "hands" full keeping the honeyguide from entering.
I have been trying for the last 4 years to get a pic for the hoey guide but finally managed today. She never sits but keeps flying around the target nest.

Very nice, DW.

They are pests. They target our Black-collared barbets and possibly the White-eared as well.

The male bird teases the barbets and tries to entice them to chase him, giving the female an opportunity to sneak in and drop an egg.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 20, 2020, 11:18:11 pm
So the babies are making a noise in the nest - what will they be?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RobLH on November 21, 2020, 05:29:13 am
Interesting, have you seen any evidence of eggs or chicks being tossed?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 21, 2020, 06:02:58 am
Interesting, have you seen any evidence of eggs or chicks being tossed?

What brood parasite usually targets the Acacia Pied barbet, Rob? Honeyguides?

The Lesser bothers our Black-collared and White-eared barbets but haven't seen any evidence of success.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: RobLH on November 21, 2020, 08:50:35 am
Frank, according to Roberts, Lesser Honeyguide and occasionally Greater Honeyguide.

The Lesser also parasitizes the White-eared and Black-collared.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 21, 2020, 12:48:17 pm
I think it;s the lesser honeyguide. Seen them pestering the Barbets. I also saw the Diederiks Cuckoo here. They are also parasitic birds. Maybe this pic can clear up what it is.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 21, 2020, 01:08:38 pm
I think it;s the lesser honeyguide. Seen them pestering the Barbets. I also saw the Diederiks Cuckoo here. They are also parasitic birds. Maybe this pic can clear up what it is.

Think you're right, DW.

The cuckoo will more likely target sparrows and bishops.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 22, 2020, 06:41:28 pm
I think it;s the lesser honeyguide. Seen them pestering the Barbets. I also saw the Diederiks Cuckoo here. They are also parasitic birds. Maybe this pic can clear up what it is.

Think you're right, DW.

The cuckoo will more likely target sparrows and bishops.

Does that greenish head not make Diedericks cuccoo suspect number one?
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: frankmac on November 22, 2020, 08:00:30 pm

Does that greenish head not make Diedericks cuccoo suspect number one?

It's the shape of the head, eyes and the bit of beak make it almost certainly the Lesser honeyguide.

I haven't heard of a Diederick cuckoo laying eggs in any cavity nest.
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: dw1 on November 22, 2020, 08:52:29 pm
Another pic today
Title: Re: Birds of South Africa
Post by: LeonDude on November 22, 2020, 09:35:15 pm

Does that greenish head not make Diedericks cuccoo suspect number one?

It's the shape of the head, eyes and the bit of beak make it almost certainly the Lesser honeyguide.

I haven't heard of a Diederick cuckoo laying eggs in any cavity nest.
Ah, I learn.  :thumleft: