Blue Waxbill

I spent a lot of time watching these little birds on my last trip to South Africa, both around the yard at the volunteer house, and while at the bird hides.  There was something about the way they gathered in small groups, their flight style and their happy looking faces that reminded me of the oregon dark eyed juncos we have here at home; it certainly wasn’t based on appearance, as other than size and beak shape, they physically have nothing in common.

Someone got up on the wrong side of the nest! 1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2800
Someone got up on the wrong side of the nest!
1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2800
A beautiful couple. 1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2500
A beautiful couple.
1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2500
Water, water everywhere. 1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2500
Water, water everywhere.
1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2500
A very vigorous splash bath! 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO 2500
A very vigorous splash bath!
1/400sec, f5.6, ISO 2500
Why fly when you can bounce around?  I guess it saves on energy. 1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2500
Why fly when you can bounce around? I guess it saves on energy.
1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 2500

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