2017-05-07: The birds of Amboseli

One of the things that surprised me most about Amboseli was spending time watching the birds in the marsh.  I had gone there expecting flat plains, lots of dust and lots of elephants, and I definitely got that, but the birds were an unexpected surprise.  I guess you could say I didn’t do a ton of research on the area before going there, and perhaps that is a good thing, as then surprises await at every turn on the road.

Today I have a rather large selection of bird images, I hope you enjoy seeing some of the feathered beauties of Amboseli.

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Purple Heron
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Juvenile Marshall Eagle
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Fisher’s Sparrow-lark
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Superb Starling
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Golden weaver.
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Grey Crowned Cranes
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Collared Pratincole
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A flock of flamingos in the distance.
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Hamerkop
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Grey Heron
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Saddle-billed stork, mama with 3 chicks.
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Flamingos – I wish I would have had the chance to see them up close!
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Juvenile Saddle-billed Stork
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Black-winged Stilt

 
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2017-03-12: Kingfishers

Again this week I am replacing my “What I’ve seen this week” post with some photos from my time in Uganda.  Basically, because all I have seen recently is snow… and not the nice to photograph, snow glistening from sunlit trees… the regular, driveway and road clogging, get out the snow blower and get on with the day kind of snow.  Perhaps my desire for winter to end is a bit apparent!!! But anyways, on with today’s post.

During my time in Uganda, I took an afternoon boat trip along the Kazinga channel, where I saw more kingfishers in under 3 hours than I had seen in all my life before, combined.  I’m not exaggerating to say there were hundreds of individuals there.  There are nesting colonies along the river banks with dozens of birds at each site, and it just kept going and going.

Note, I meant to post this much earlier in the day, but I have been having nothing but issues with the WordPress “http error” when trying to upload images.  My workaround was loading them to Google Drive, downloading to my mobile phone and uploading to media that way, but it certainly isn’t an efficient work around.  Hopefully the “Happiness Engineers” will have some info as to how to resolve this issue.

Now, onto the pictures.

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It was easy enough to get a photo of a pair of kingfishers as we cruised along, but the tree had probably 20+ birds in it.

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Get off my branch!
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A malachite kingfisher spotted in the reed beds.
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A happy couple perched on an acacia tree.
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My first sighting of a woodland kingfisher – what a beauty!
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Another view of the malachite in the reeds. I spotted two of these while on the cruise, but only managed decent-ish photos of one.
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It was very loud from all the calling and chattering by the pied kingfishers.
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The pied kingfishers nest in the steep banks of the channel.
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Soaked after a dip.
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On the lookout.

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2016-12-08: Birds of Southern Africa

As promised on Sunday, another selection of birds of Southern Africa.

Enjoy, and have a wonderful day!

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The beautiful lilac breasted roller.
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A yellow-throated long claw seen at Phinda.
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A pied kingfisher in the reeds of the Okavango Delta.
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A lilac breasted roller… even the guide couldn’t figure out exactly what it was doing.
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A lappet-faced vulture seen in the Kalahari Desert.
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Guinea fowl roosting in the treetops.
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A glossy starling.
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A common fiscal.

2016-12-04: Birds of Southern Africa

I was going through my folder of edited photos and realized I have a large number of random bird photos ready to go.  Which is good, because I’ve not managed to get out and capture any of the local wildlife lately!

Even splitting the group of photos I found into two, I’ve still got a fair number of bird photos to post in the future!

I hope you enjoy, and have a great day!

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A magpie shrike perched in an acacia tree.
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A lilac breasted roller perching beautifully for a photo.
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A pair of kori bustards in the Kalahari Desert.
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A green backed heron hunting along the edge of a dam.
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A brown hooded kingfisher.
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A sacred ibis flies over on of the swamps of the Okavango Delta.
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An African wood hoopoe.

2016-10-07: Feel Good Friday

I’ve seen secretary birds on my past trips to Southern Africa, but it seemed that I always encountered them either in terrible light, or at such a far distance they were little more than specks (or both!).  This past trip I was spoiled for choice, and saw them several times in Uganda, and every day while in Kenya.  It was very interesting to watch them high-stepping through the grass, looking for prey.

The difference good light makes is amazing.  The same camera and lens combo was used for both photos.

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This photo was from my trip last year to South Africa, and basically the best I could capture of a secretary bird.
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A secretary bird strutting past our vehicle in Masai Mara National Park.

Happy Friday everyone!

Red-breasted Sapsucker

A new visitor stopped by the yard this morning!  I fired off quite a few shots from the porch, mostly so I could ID the bird, and then wandered closer.  He or she didn’t mind my presence, and continued working up and down a couple of birch trees, picking off tiny insects.  The red-breasted sapsuckers are a summertime visitor to my area, according to my bird app, so I am very grateful for the opportunity to view and photograph today.

I was glad I was able to move around the get the light in the right direction, and work towards an uncluttered background.
I was glad I was able to move around the get the light in the right direction, and work towards an uncluttered background.
I love the out of focus soft green background, it really shows off the red feathers,
I love the out of focus soft green background, it really shows off the red feathers,
A chance to see the wings spread out, and the hint of yellow tones on the belly. 1/1000sec, f6.3, ISO 640
A chance to see the wings spread out, and the hint of yellow tones on the belly.
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Captured mid-blink.
Captured mid-blink.
Looking skywards.  I love the detail that I was able to capture.
Looking skywards. I love the detail that I was able to capture.
Reaching to grab at a tiny insect.
Reaching to grab at a tiny insect.