2019-04-07: Birds

A random selection of bird images this week!

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Oftentimes, spotting a congregation of vultures like this, and heading to where they are circling yields an interesting discovery… but in this case, they were all just hovering over a bare patch of desert beyond this bush.
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A group of wattled cranes seen in Botswana.
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A little bee-eater ruffling its feathers.
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Try as I might, I am unable to identify these raptors.  They were spotted on a game drive in Botswana from the Leroo La Tau camp.
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A red-billed quelea flock at sunset.
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Red-billed quelea leaving a roosting spot.  That small tree was absolutely vibrating with energy while they were there.
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An African harrier hawk taking some grief from a pigeon.
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My personal favourite, the lilac breasted roller.
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A Meyer’s parrot spotted in Botswana.  This was the first wild parrot I’d ever seen.
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A Meyer’s parrot.

2017-05-30: WPC Danger

This past weekend, my Mom and I were discussing one of her friends that is terrified of birds.  So in honour of the topic of Danger, here is a post that is only spells danger for Norma Jean, and anyone else with ornithophobia.

Caution, beaks and feathers ahead!

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A golden weaver on thistles in Amboseli.
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A flock of gulls take to the skies above the Kazinga Channel, Uganda.
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My personal favourite, the lilac breasted roller.
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A little bee-eater seen in the Mara.
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Flamingos take to the air over the Amboseli swamp.
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A kori bustard struts his stuff.
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A yellow-billed stork searches for dinner in the shallows along the Kazinga Channel.

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WPC: Danger

 

2017-03-06: Monochrome Monday

After a few posts dedicated to my time with the gorillas, I thought I’d better get back to a bit of variety.  I hope you enjoy my choices for Monochrome Monday.

Have a great week everyone!

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A group of wildebeest crossing the Mara River.
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Lions enjoying a small patch of shade in the late morning.
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A white fronted bee-eater.
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A wildebeest looks towards a group of lions, seen near the Amboseli airstrip.
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Napping elephants in Amboseli National Park.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colour – Bright Green

Here is my photo for Cee’s new Colourful World challenge.  The colour of the week is lime or bright green.  This little bee eater, perched amongst the bright green leaves of several different types of plants, seems a good fit.

A little bee eater perched in the shade, away from the mid day heat. Baines Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana. April 2015.
A little bee eater perched in the shade, away from the mid day heat.
Baines Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana. April 2015.

Bee-eaters

I saw several bee-eater species on my first trip to Africa, which have been featured on several previous blog posts: Carmine bee-eaters, Bee-eaters, Birds in flight

This past trip, I added the little bee-eater to my list of birds, and saw the white fronted and european bee-eater again.  I’ve only ever seen the european bee-eater from far distances, so I am hoping some day I will have some nice close up shots to work with.

A pair of white fronted bee-eaters perched on a thorn tree branch. 1/250 sec, f5.6, ISO 1000
A pair of white fronted bee-eaters perched on a thorn tree branch.
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While the female look away, the male sneaks off. 1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 1000
While the female look away, the male sneaks off.
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Contemplating following her partner... this female white fronted bee-eater stuck around for another minute before heading off after her mate. 1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 1000
Contemplating following her partner… this female white fronted bee-eater stuck around for another minute before heading off after her mate.
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A lone little bee-eater perched on a low branch.  It's mate was just out of the shot, about a meter away. 1/1000 sec, f5.6, ISO 720
A lone little bee-eater perched on a low branch. It’s mate was just out of the shot, about a meter away.
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A pair of little bee-eaters perched on a broken branch. 1/320 sec, f7.1, ISO 400
A pair of little bee-eaters perched on a broken branch.
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A pair of little bee-eaters pose for some photos. 1/320 sec, f8.0, ISO 400
A pair of little bee-eaters pose for some photos.
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A European bee-eater perched in a far off tree. 1/250 sec, f5.6 ISO 800
A European bee-eater perched in a far off tree.
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Bee-Eaters

Beautiful Bee-eaters seen on a river cruise along the Chobe River. 1/200sec, f8.0, ISO360
Beautiful Bee-eaters seen on a river cruise along the Chobe River.
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Blue-cheeked Bee-eaters

I couldn't have timed this better had I tried - I love the symmetry of their position and the shadows being cast by their beaks. 1/400sec, f5.6, ISO100
I couldn’t have timed this better had I tried – I love the symmetry of their position and the shadows being cast by their beaks.
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