Birds and Birding

Mountains At Ufunmene

08/02/15

Ufumene Game Lodge

A favorite destination for our family is the Ufumene Game Lodge. Ufumene is located in the Eastern Cape (South Africa) on the Cradock side of the Olifantshoek pass. The lodge is very family orientated, whether the kids go horse riding... (Read more)

Garden Bokmakierie

13/09/13

Garden Bokmakieries

These are two Bokmakierie pictures shot in my garden in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. Its latin name is Telophorus zeylonus and it belongs to the Malaconotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Bush-shrikes, Puffbacks, Tchagras, Boubous, Helment-shrikes, Batises and Wattle-eyes. This shot was taken with a Canon 7D with a Sigma 150-500mm... (Read more)

Female Malachite Sunbird

03/11/12

Malachite Sunbird – Nectarinia famosa

Facts about Malachites: The male Malachite Sunbird – Nectarinia famosa is a metallic green bird with yellow pectoral tufts and has a long tail making his total length approx. 25cm. The female has a brown back with pale yellow underparts and white outer... (Read more)

Bar-throated Apalis

07/10/12

Bar-Throated Apalis

The Bar-throated Apalis is a small African passerine bird (relating to or denoting birds of a large order distinguished by having feet that are adapted for perching, including all songbirds) belonging to the genus Apalis of the family Cisticolidae. The... (Read more)

Crowned Plover

28/07/12

Crowned Plover (Lapwing)

A beautiful bird, this Crowned Plover, taken at Cape St. Francis Resort.  This was one of the two guarding a nest next to a public sidewalk. They get really agitated when anyone walks by with hi pitched, noisy and loud... (Read more)

Malachite Sunbird

26/04/12

Out of Bounds Malachite Sunbird

I have been trying to be more creative with my photography of late and try different things.  I belong to a camera club in Port Elizabeth South Africa and we post most of the pics we take on a Facebook... (Read more)

Forked Tail Drongo

22/04/12

Fork Tailed Drongo

The Fork-tailed Drongo is a type of small passerine bird. Its scientific name is Dicrurus adsimilis and is also known as the Common Drongo, African Drongo or Savanna Drongo. They are members of the family Dicruridae. The Fork-tailed Drongo is common and... (Read more)

27/01/12

The South African Bokmakierie

The Bokmakierie is quite a common bird in Southern Africa. It does not seem to have an English name, but its latin name is Telophorus zeylonus. It belongs to the Malaconotidae bird family group which includes birds such as Bush-shrikes,... (Read more)

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

17/12/11

Brown Hooded Kingfisher

The Brown Hooded Kingfisher (Halcyon Albiventris) is a species of bird in the Halcyonidae family and is distinguished from other red billed kingfishers by its brownish colored head, with black streaks. Its habitat is non-aquatic, thornveld, coastal forests and is... (Read more)

Steppe Buzzard

27/11/11

Steppe Buzzard of Addo Elephant Park

This Bird of Prey picture of a Steppe Buzzard (Buteo Vulpinus) was taken in the Addo Elephant National Park outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. The Steppe Buzzard has their distribution is in Eastern Europe and... (Read more)

House Sparrow

12/11/11

Koffylaagte Cape Sparrow

This photo of a Cape Sparrow (Passer Melanurus) was taken at a game lodge called Koffylaagte while on an insteresting game drive. This lodge is about 130km from Port Elizabeth towards Jansenville in the Eastern Cape. It is a very... (Read more)

Lillians Love Bird

31/10/11

Colourful Lilians Lovebird

The Lilians Lovebird (Agapornis lilianae), also known as Nyasa Lovebird, is a small African parrot species of the lovebird genus. It is mainly green and has orange on its upper chest and head. It is 13 cm (5 inches) long... (Read more)

Orange Breasted Sunbird

11/10/11

Orange Breasted Sunbird

The Orange-breasted Sunbird, Anthobaphes violacea, in this case the female, is the only member of the bird genus Anthobaphes although it is sometimes placed in the genus Nectarinia. This sunbird is endemic to the fynbos habitat of southern South Africa,... (Read more)

Cape Weaver

12/09/11

Cape Weaver Building a Nest

The Cape Weaver, Ploceus capensis is a resident breeding bird species endemic to South Africa. This common species occurs in grassland, agricultural and fynbos habitats, often near rivers. It breeds in trees and reedbeds. This one was in a fever... (Read more)

Malachite Sunbird

07/09/11

Malachite Sunbird

The Malachite Sunbird, Nectarinia famosa is a small nectivorous bird found in the southern part of the Southern African region. The sunbirds are a group of small birds, and are placed within the family Nectariniidae, which is found across Africa,... (Read more)

Little Egret

29/08/11

Little Egret

The Little Egret is a small, slender egret with a black bill, black legs and yellow toes. The bill is more slender and slightly shorter than that of a Western Reef Heron. The Little Egret is a common resident to... (Read more)

Hadeda Ibis

05/08/11

Hadeda Ibis

A really dull, drab, grey-brown bird, but at close range reveals glossy bronzy green colours. The Hadeda Ibis has a long, dark decurved bill which has a red ridge on the upper mandible. You will find these Hadedas in forest... (Read more)

Cape bulBul

20/07/11

Cape Bulbul

This Cape Bulbul – Pycnonotus capensis is found in the coastal bush and fynbos of the Western and Eastern Cape. The colouration of the bulbul is a dull, blackish brown – the colour extending further down the underparts than in... (Read more)

Female Scarlet Chested Sunbird

17/07/11

Female Scarlet Chested Sunbird

The male Scarlet Chested Sunbird (Chalcomitra Senegalensis) is easily identified by its mainly black body and scarlet breast, its green crown and throat. The female is dark greyish-olive in colour. Its breast is more darker and mottled than the Amethyst... (Read more)

Black Headed Oriole

14/07/11

Black Headed Oriole

The Black-headed Oriole or Oriolus larvatus is an African bird. Its a beautiful bird with a bright yellow body, black head and pinkish coloured beak. It lives mostly in sub-Saharan Africa from Sudan and Ethiopia in the north to South... (Read more)

Spotted Thick Knee

09/07/11

Spotted Thick Knee

The Spotted Thick-knee is commonly known as the Dikkop in South Africa. It’s scientific name is Burhinus Capensis. It is a common resident in any open country area, including parks and fields. They are often found in pairs and are... (Read more)

Greater Double Collared Sunbird

02/07/11

Greater Double Collared Sunbird

The Greater Double Collared Sunbird – Cinnyris Afer is a sunbird similar to the Southern Lesser Double Collared Sunbird, but is distinguished by its Longer bill and wider red breast band. These sunbirds mainly habitat the fynbos, forests and coastal... (Read more)

Cape Wagtail

23/06/11

Cape Wagtail

The Cape Wagtail or the Motacilla Capensis is a greyish brown wagtail with a shortish tail. It is a common resident to grasslands, gardens and also usually near water. It’s diet consists mainly of insects and other invertebrates as well... (Read more)

African Hoopoe

13/06/11

African Hoopoe

The African Hoopoe or Upupa Africana, is a cinnamon-colored bird with a long slightly decurved bill and a long, black-tipped crest that is held erect when the bird is alarmed. African Hoopoes are Ground feeders and eat mainly insects, although... (Read more)

Red Eyed Dove Preening

08/06/11

Red Eyed Dove Preening

The Red Eyed Dove or Streptopelia semitorquata is slightly larger and darker than the Cape Turtle Dove. Its habitat ranges from Bushes to gardens to parks. The Red-eyed Dove is a pigeon which is a widespread resident breeding bird in... (Read more)

Southern (Lesser) Double Collared Sunbird

22/05/11

Southern (Lesser) Double Collared Sunbird

The Southern (Lesser) Double Collared Sunbird – Cinnyris Chalybeus is a beautiful bird similar to the Greater Double Collared Sunbird, but is distinguished by its shorter bill and narrower red breast band. These sunbirds mainly habitat the fynbos, forests and... (Read more)

Common Starling

18/05/11

Common Starling

The Common Starling – Sturnus Vulgaris is part of the Order Passeriformes and family Sturnidae of the Genus Sturnus. This species of starling is native to most Europe and western Asia. It is resident in southern and western Europe and... (Read more)

Black Collared Barbet

30/04/11

Black Collared Barbet

The Black Collared Barbet or Lybius torquatus is a fairly large member of the barbet family. It has a bright red face and neck with a black border towards the chest. The juveniles have dark brown heads and throat with... (Read more)

Butcher bird

23/04/11

Butcher Bird

The South African Lanius Collaris is commonly known as the Butcher Bird or the Fiskaallaksman (Afrikanns). The colours are black and white with a little reddish-brown under the wings. It probably gets its name from the way it treats its... (Read more)

Cape Batis

31/03/11

Cape Batis

The Cape Batis, or Batis capensis, is a smallish passerine bird in the wattle-eye family. A passerine is a bird of the order Passeriformes, which includes more than half of all bird species. It is resident in the highlands of... (Read more)

Crowned Plover

14/03/11

Crowned Lapwing (Plover)

The Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus Coronatus) has a black cap surrounded by a white ‘halo’ giving this bird its name. The legs and basal part of it bill are a reddish pink color. There is also a black band separating it’s... (Read more)

Dark Capped Bulbul

08/03/11

Dark Capped Bulbul

The Dark Capped Bulbul – Pycnonotus Tricolor is the most common bulbul in the eastern area’s of South Africa. It is different from the African Red Eye and Cape Bulbuls by its black (not red or white) eye ring. Their... (Read more)

Red Wing Starling

03/03/11

Red Wing Starling

This Red Wing Starlings’ picture was taken at Fish River Villas near Mpekweni. Its technical name is Onychognathus Morio. Its main habitats are rocky ravines and cliffs. These birds tend to be very aggressive and won’t think twice about attacking... (Read more)

27/02/11

Cape Glossy Starling

The Cape Glossy Starling – Lamprotornis nitens is a Southern African bird that belongs to the Sturnidae bird family group which includes birds such as Starlings, Mynans, Oxpeckers. Lamprotornis is a large genus of glossy-starlings all of which occur in... (Read more)

Fulvous Duck

24/01/11

Fulvous Duck

The Fulvous Duck or Dendrocygna Bicolor is found in fresh water lakes and dams. It is one of the most widespread species of waterfowl in the world. The Fulvous Whistling-Duck‘s have a mostly seed-based diet which makes it fond of... (Read more)

Little Egret

16/12/10

The Little Egret

This photo was taken along the side of the North End Lake in Port Elizabeth. They seem to be gathering there more and more.

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