Monday, July 3, 2017

03/07/2017 South African photos again as nothing much different in the garden! Mostly birds as we saw so many while we were away.

Maximum temperature 25C, minimum 13C.  12 km/h NW winds.  1 mm rain measured, cloudy all day.  Full sun due back tomorrow if the forecast has it right!
Pearlspotted Owl (Glaucidium perlatum). 

Spotted Eagle Owl (Bubo africanus).

 
As above.

Burchell's Coucal, (Centropus_supercillosus).

Red crested korhaan (Eupodotis ruficrista).

Bateleur eagle (Terathopius ecaudatus). 

Long crested Eagle (Lophaetus occipitalis).

Red-backed shrike  (Lanius collurio).

Yellow-billed kite (Milvus aegyptius).

Wildebeest (Connochaetes) and Impala (Aepyceros melampus).

Bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus).

 Bearded vulture (Gypaetus barbatus), classified as endangered in RSA.

Southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri).

As above, you can see the large wingspan, and yes they can fly!

17 comments:

  1. AHA!!
    Now you're talking!!!
    Lovely to see these very familiar bird again trhough your lens!
    You were right to alert me, much appreciated!!
    We had the Coucal in our garden, the doves had no chance at raising a clutch!!!
    And the Bateleur reminds of our friend Lorna who had over 60 species of birds of prey and raised a Black eagle from the Magaliesberg we had brought her!!
    great stuff and great memories flowing back!
    Thanks Dianne :)
    Keep well

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    1. Noushka every photo I download, and I am nearly there now, I just want to go back and take some more photos. Such beautiful birds. I have 85 different bird species that I photographed while there and which I have identified. I can never compete with your magnificent photos, but I am pretty happy with what my Nikon D3200 has produced for me. Thanks for the great comment and so glad it brought back some good memories for you. Warm hugs Diane

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  2. OH MY WORD, Diane! These photos are spectacular! Did you take these when you were in SA earlier this year? They are magnificent. Thanks for sharing and thank you too, for always visiting my blog. Have a great day. Jo

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    1. Thanks so much Jo. Yes all photos taken while we were there in February. We were lucky we covered a huge area in a short time. We drove with friends up through Botswana as far as the Vic falls. Then we drove back down to the South coast, then up to P'maritzburg, and friends took us all through the reserves in Kwa-Zulu Natal. Amazing trip with amazing friends who we miss so much. Have a good week Diane

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  3. What glorious captures, Diane! So lovely to see all the beautiful birds and animals! Thank you so much for sharing.

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    1. Thanks so much Linda, glad that you enjoyed them, we certainly did. It is a pleasure to share. Take care Diane

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  4. You can keep posting pictures like these forever!

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    1. A good excuse to back to Africa so I can keep posting them :-)) Diane

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  5. Oh my goodness Diane, brilliant, brilliant photos! Incredible captures of these amazing animals.

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    1. Many thanks Denise, your kind comments are always so welcome. Have a good day Diane

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  6. Wow...great shots. Loving the unusual animals. Thank you for sharing where you have lived, when I think of Africa I think of wild animals, I do know there is more than that, but that is where my mind goes....Me, I have lived in Calif. Ky and Tn. Not near as interesting as your home places.

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    1. Pam I have had an interesting life with very adventurous parents. We drove from England in 1953, through France to Algiers in Northern Africa, and then we drove the length of Africa To Rhodesia. Another of my blogs!! Take care Diane

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  7. Oh my! Every one a 'wish I'd taken that' shot! Incroyable images Diane, love them all but you have no idea how long I've been hoping to catch an owl!
    P.s. we do have tits in Australia but I think they are shrike tits.

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    1. We have a Little Owl around here at home and it calling constantly from one place or another but I cannot get any photos of it!!!! Very annoying as it is hunting during the day time as well!! I think that painting you have is an European Great Tit! Thanks for the kind comment Diane

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  8. You take great photos! So many beautiful critters around your place. Have a great day!

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    1. Nancy these are not around our place but when we were on holiday in South Africa. Wish they were around here :-) Take care Diane

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  9. I love seeing the birds from SA. Brings good memories.

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