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« Reply #1820 on: November 16, 2021, 11:38:23 pm »
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« Reply #1821 on: November 28, 2021, 07:59:08 pm »
An unusually obliging Knysna Turaco aka Lourie.
 
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« Reply #1822 on: November 28, 2021, 08:39:50 pm »
Stunning photo!

I have stumbled across this youtube channel of a 24 hour webcam streaming a bird feeder in Pretoria and I spend far to much time staring at my screen.

It's fun because here in the Cape I am bored of the same old garden birds so nice to see something different even though a lot are still the same..

 
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« Reply #1823 on: November 28, 2021, 08:42:49 pm »
At night there are genets, fruit bats and bush babies that visit the feeder although I have not yet seen a bush baby.
 

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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1824 on: November 30, 2021, 03:25:45 pm »
We haven't been camping since September, but the rig is just about refitted to the new bakkie, so hopefully more and new sightings soon.

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Red-collared Widowbird spotted while hiking the Moreleta Kloof Nature Reserve.
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« Reply #1825 on: December 05, 2021, 09:31:48 pm »
Pair of Black Shouldered kites around our property these last 2 weeks. Today saw their offspring. 
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« Reply #1826 on: December 06, 2021, 05:54:09 am »
Pair of Black Shouldered kites around our property these last 2 weeks. Today saw their offspring.

Interesting fact I learnt of them recently is that they are zygodactyl, two toes facing forward and two facing back for better grip. Ospreys, woodpeckers and owls are some of other species sharing this trait. 

They are now referred to as Black-winged kites.  ::)
 
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« Reply #1827 on: December 08, 2021, 05:06:32 pm »
I was very fortunate to visit a bird hide that @LONG BOB put up overlooking a Crowned Eagle nest.

Some pics of the chick and adult male bird.

Also a Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird feeding young and one adult clearing fecal matter. Doesn't look like they have sacs.
 

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« Reply #1828 on: December 08, 2021, 06:00:54 pm »
I did Big Birding Day in the Mkuze area of Zululand, most of these pictures were taken on Manyoni Game Reserve, and they were taken by a friend of mine.

 

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« Reply #1829 on: December 08, 2021, 07:14:05 pm »
Stunning collection, thanks Rob. Need to see a Broadbill.
 

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« Reply #1830 on: December 21, 2021, 12:58:20 pm »
We've been fortunate to have breeding pair of Narina Trogons in our garden. They're feeding the chicks at the moment but are difficult to photograph at the hole as they disappear down it the moment they land.

It's always a rewarding policy not to chop down dead trees if they do not pose a danger. So many birds and small animals put them to good use.

The Knysna Turacos started building a nest but they've gone quiet. Hopefully sitting on the nest, difficult to see as they chose a very dense bush.

A grizzled looking Trumpeter Hornbill doing a fly past. I left the leaves on his tail feathers as it added a dash of colour.
 
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« Reply #1831 on: December 21, 2021, 02:22:35 pm »
Really great Pis, wow.
I agree with you on the dead Trees, also, as they decay they start an Ecosystem of their own, much like a little Coral Reef.
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« Reply #1832 on: December 21, 2021, 04:32:49 pm »
Two posts of fabulous photos of rather special birds.

I concur about letting dead trees conclude their mission in nature.  Their decay is an important part of their cycle.  Britain has adopted the policy of only clearing out some of the dead trees in their forests so as not to upset the complete cycle.  They have had very gratifying results since adopting this strategy not many years ago.  Natural rather than artificial "pristine" forests.
 
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« Reply #1833 on: December 28, 2021, 06:53:44 pm »
So, my estimations on the start of the incubation period were about a week out.  :o

Fortunately I was alerted to the fledglings departure and managed to get a rather blurry pic of the last one leaving.

Dad had to go in and force the little bugger out. Reminds one of kids overstaying.  :biggrin:

Quite a relief they're out and I no longer have to keep cavy for raptors and can mow the lawn.
 
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« Reply #1834 on: December 29, 2021, 06:30:47 am »
So, my estimations on the start of the incubation period were about a week out.  :o

Fortunately I was alerted to the fledglings departure and managed to get a rather blurry pic of the last one leaving.

Dad had to go in and force the little bugger out. Reminds one of kids overstaying. 

Quite a relief they're out and I no longer have to keep cavy for raptors and can mow the lawn.
That fledgling looks petrified!! Great pics.

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« Reply #1835 on: December 29, 2021, 08:48:21 am »
That is a smart photo.  Blurry or not.
 
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Re: Birds of South Africa
« Reply #1836 on: January 06, 2022, 02:55:27 pm »
Spotted this African Green-Pigeon (Papegaaiduif) outside my doctor's consultancy this morning. Only had my el-cheapo little Android phone with me, but a rare sight inside Pretoria so it was exciting for me to stumble upon him. Got a few weird looks from sick people when I started leopard crawling through the waiting area to the back garden to get close enough with my phone.

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« Reply #1837 on: January 06, 2022, 03:22:18 pm »
Spotted this African Green-Pigeon (Papegaaiduif) outside my doctor's consultancy this morning. Only had my el-cheapo little Android phone with me, but a rare sight inside Pretoria so it was exciting for me to stumble upon him. Got a few weird looks from sick people when I started leopard crawling through the waiting area to the back garden to get close enough with my phone.

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In what part of Pretoria was that?
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« Reply #1838 on: January 06, 2022, 03:26:50 pm »
Spotted this African Green-Pigeon (Papegaaiduif) outside my doctor's consultancy this morning. Only had my el-cheapo little Android phone with me, but a rare sight inside Pretoria so it was exciting for me to stumble upon him. Got a few weird looks from sick people when I started leopard crawling through the waiting area to the back garden to get close enough with my phone.

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VM, that is awesome.
In what part of Pretoria was that?

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« Reply #1839 on: January 06, 2022, 03:51:34 pm »
Spotted this African Green-Pigeon (Papegaaiduif) outside my doctor's consultancy this morning. Only had my el-cheapo little Android phone with me, but a rare sight inside Pretoria so it was exciting for me to stumble upon him. Got a few weird looks from sick people when I started leopard crawling through the waiting area to the back garden to get close enough with my phone.

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VM, that is awesome.
In what part of Pretoria was that?

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That are is still quite sub-tropical, so not too surprising to find them there.
Wonder if they will move any further south? My 'office' is in Clubview, Centurion, but it might still be worth keeping a lookout for them.
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