11 September 2007

H for Hadedas and Heffelumps

The Hadeda Ibis, once confined to the east coast of South Africa are now fairly widely distributed throughout the country.
It has adapted well to city life and is often seen foraging in suburban gardens. These pictures were taken in the park across the road from our home.

The Hadeda Ibis mainly eat earthworms, but will also take insects, spiders and small reptiles.

They move around in flocks numbering upto 20 birds or 100 out of breeding season.
Hadedas are also incredibly noisy. If you come across them suddenly they complain very vehemently as they fly away, like someone with a hoarse voice shouting haa haa.

Here come the heffelumps.

OK, so I have used some licence here, but how can we ignore the little heffelumps. These pictures were taken at the Addo Elephant National Park a few weeks back.

One of the peculiarities of the Addo Elephants is that the females do not have tusks.


Anna said...

Such nice post. I like ibis, my fav is actually one that is all read. But if you get a chance may be you can send it over, lol. On the other hand, the elephants are my fav animals, you really took nice photographs. Thanks, I enjoyed it. Anna :)

Mike said...

That's something else I've learnt today. Great pictures and interesting write up.

RUTH said...

Great binformation and photos. Love the heffelumps...LOL...exactly what my children used to call them many moons ago :o)

Ali said...

I did Elephants for my 'E' post, but I have to be honest, I did consider saving them for 'H'!!! G always calls them heffalumps. :o)

Lovely pictures.

mrsnesbitt said...

I love the heffalumps! Wonderful!

WalksFarWoman said...

What unusual birds Max, I'm always totally amazed by the number of species we've yet to discover. Even though they're common in your part of the world, I've never heard of them. Thanks for the lesson!

Hmm, Heffelumps indeedy, you're sailing close to the wind young man! :)

Neva said...

Nice pictures.

Max-e said...

Hi all thanks for popping in. I brought the heffelumps in because the Hadedas are so common here. They do, however, have a beautiful sheen.

Anna your red ibises are beautifil. We also get the black and white sacred ibis here, but the are more aloof and stay out of the city. If I sent you a few of these you will soon send them back when they start complaining.

Thanks for comments Mike.

Who know's Ruth next time it may be Christopher Robin.

Hi Ali and Mrs Nesbitt. These are very special heffelumps. They were save from almost certain extinction in the last century by a visionary conservationist

WalksFarWoman I like that bit about young man. Yes we do have variety here and I am glad you found the Hadedas interesting... and the heffelumps

Glad you enjoyed the pics neva