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.

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.
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. 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.
1/400 sec, f5.6, ISO 1000
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.
1/320 sec, f7.1, ISO 400
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.
1/320 sec, f8.0, ISO 400
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.
1/250 sec, f5.6 ISO 800