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Thursday, 26 January 2012


Saw all the usual birds on my walk this afternoon, plus two that I have not photographed before. The bird in the first three photos is called a Bokmakierie, this is as a result of it's call, a duet, bok-bok-bok, with a, trrreee, responce.

Bokmakierie, (Telephorus zeylonus) This is a Shrike like bird, that lives of insects, small reptiles, birds, and sometimes fruit.

This bird, a male, seems to be clarring at me for intruding on it's privacy. There was a female but she kept well out of sight in foliage of the thorn tree.

Turned it's back on me to show it's disdain. 

The African Wattled Lapwings let me get much closer this afternoon and I got this very clear photo. Click on photo to enlarge.

Last but not least, two female Southern Red Bishop weaver birds, two very demure ladies. The females always fly away at my arrival at the dam, while the males stay protectively at the nests. This afternoon I spotted where these two landed and took this photo. Compare with the male below.


e.m.b. said...

I love your bird posts...thank you!

Jo said...

Hi Phil, the Bokmakierie is one bird we don't get here. Good to see it again! And WOW at that beautiful Red Bishop male. And the females are so clear too. Love Jo

Gorges Smythe said...

Nice pics! The bokmakierie's coloring reminds me some of our meadowlark.

Kay L. Davies said...

Oh, Phillip, I love those two demure ladies. Delightful!