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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1720 on: August 21, 2021, 07:01:03 am »
My Son in Law took this Pic on my Farm Yesterday. He reckons it is a Narina Trogon. Could it be ?
Your location = Western Cape & it is your farm.  I was astounded - until you stated that the farm is actually near Tzaneen.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1721 on: August 23, 2021, 09:55:51 pm »
Malachite Sunbird visiting the Aloes flowering all over our garden.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1722 on: August 26, 2021, 07:34:53 am »
Spring has truly sprung here in Pretoria. The nectar feeder is turning out to be quite the hit, still, the sunbirds keep their distance, not sure why.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1723 on: August 26, 2021, 07:36:34 am »
Malachite Sunbird visiting the Aloes flowering all over our garden.

Just beautiful  :thumleft:
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1724 on: August 26, 2021, 08:50:06 am »
I also got some dried mealworms at the pet shop and there is a pair of Cape Robin-Chat (Janfrederik) coming around now regularly. Always amazes me how quickly the birds learn where to find food.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1725 on: August 27, 2021, 06:46:57 am »
Spring has truly sprung here in Pretoria. The nectar feeder is turning out to be quite the hit, still, the sunbirds keep their distance, not sure why.

Those birds are in for a surprise with the cold weather with snow on it's way.  :biggrin:

We've quite a lot of flowers and other alternative food sources for the sunbirds and I believe this is why they've never bothered with our attempts using the nectar feeder.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1726 on: August 27, 2021, 07:04:45 am »
Spring has truly sprung here in Pretoria. The nectar feeder is turning out to be quite the hit, still, the sunbirds keep their distance, not sure why.

Those birds are in for a surprise with the cold weather with snow on it's way.  :biggrin:

We've quite a lot of flowers and other alternative food sources for the sunbirds and I believe this is why they've never bothered with our attempts using the nectar feeder.

I went to have a look at the weavers' nest-building activities yesterday, about half a block from my house, and there are 2 nests with chicks in them already!

On the way I spotted a Fiscal Flycatcher (Fiskaalvlieėvanger)
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1727 on: August 27, 2021, 08:06:03 am »
I went to have a look at the weavers' nest-building activities yesterday, about half a block from my house, and there are 2 nests with chicks in them already!

On the way I spotted a Fiscal Flycatcher (Fiskaalvlieėvanger)

 :thumleft: Our weavers are very active as well. The Spectacled Weavers are building outside our front door. I still need to get a photo.

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1728 on: August 27, 2021, 02:53:16 pm »
Spotted these beautiful Blue cranes on the way to Cape Town Tuesday.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1729 on: August 27, 2021, 03:59:50 pm »
Is anyone willing to identify this bird?
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1730 on: August 28, 2021, 08:07:27 am »
Is anyone willing to identify this bird?

There I go falling into the trap again. I'm thinking a leucistic sparrow of sorts but have asked a friend. Doesn't look like a Seedeater nor Bush Sparrow due to the lack of an eyebrow.
The pink leg(s) is also puzzling.

Edit: According to the friend, Streaky-headed Seedeater. Nice pic.
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1731 on: August 28, 2021, 11:45:46 am »
Thank you, Frank.  :thumleft:  My first canary.

Nice to know people that know people.  :lol8:
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1732 on: August 28, 2021, 06:30:39 pm »
Is anyone willing to identify this bird?

Yip, my app also say it is Streaky-Headed Seedeater
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1733 on: September 06, 2021, 07:19:35 am »
Narina Trogon paying a visit to our garden. I've put up a nesting box just in case he's susceptible to an offer of a free home.
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1734 on: September 06, 2021, 07:52:33 am »
Narina Trogon paying a visit to our garden. I've put up a nesting box just in case he's susceptible to an offer of a free home.
Always a great sighting.

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1735 on: September 15, 2021, 08:14:49 am »
Some recent sunbirds;
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1736 on: September 15, 2021, 06:54:58 pm »
Beautiful pics.
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