04 September 2008

Birds of the Addo bush

Cape Weaver. As with all weaver birds the males become very busy during the breeding season building their nests, with incredible skill and precision..




Fork Tailed Drongo. A very bold bird common throughout Africa. In my farming days they would often be seen following the tractor when we ploughed the fields, catching anything edible that was turned up.



Spotted-backed Weaver, not to be confused with the masked weaver.



Glossy Starling. Though common, these are usually very shy birds, so I was glad to capture this one.

9 comments:

Kerri said...

These are beauties Max!! I love to learn see the birds in your part of the world!!

Eleanor said...

The weavers are busy here in Pretoria too. This morning I had several grey louries, a black collared barbet, a crested barbet and mousebirds feeding at my fruit table. Hope it is not too cold in PE. In Gauteng it is windy, hot, dry and dusty!

RiverPoet said...

Absolutely beautiful birds! thanks for posting these....D

sonia a.m. said...

Beautiful birds, Max! Love those photos! I think that to take photograph of birds is so difficult...they don't still... they are so elusive... I have few photos of birds on my archives.

Have a nice day!

Paz said...

Beautiful-looking birds! I love your bird shots.

Paz

Anna said...

Wow I like your bird photos, your glossy starling looks like our gracle birds. Again great bird shots, Anna :)

LiD said...

The colours are superb Max-e. I have trouble taking bird photos. I love the Cape Weaver...and the masked Weaver...actually they are all beauties.

Namib Naturalist said...

I kicked off my life list while working at Addo Elephant National Park as a student conservationist. It was a great place to develop as a naturalist and the birds of the area will always be special to me. Nice pictures.

Jeanne said...

I used to love watching the drongos catching insecnt on the fly! Great shots.