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54) Malachite Kingfisher

 

Kuifkopvisvanger Alcedo cristata

 

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2 January, Mankwe Hide, Pilanesberg

 

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28 January, Duiker hide, Marievale

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55) Brown-hooded Kingfisher

 

Bruinkopvisvanger Halcyon albiventris

 

While the above three Kingfishers (as well as the half-collared and Gygmy) live mostly off fish and crabs and are found only in very close proximity to water, this one (and also the Woodlands and Grey-headed here in SA) lives off frogs, lizards and large insects, and may be found a bit further away from water, but usually still fairly close to a dam or river.

 

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Pilanesberg, about 500m away from Mankwe dam. 

 

1 January

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Galana
8 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

Apparently the largest bird that can hover for extended period without wind.

I am not sure of that but it is certainly the only Kingfisher that can, hence its distribution across the map by crossing Oceans and feeding itself on the way.

 

Edit. I wrote that on the last page before I turned over and saw that Malachite sequence. Terrific! Brown hooded too.

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Thank you very much @Galana

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What a beautiful Malachite Kingfisher. I really like the way you show the pattern on the back of its head as well.

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Thank you very much @TonyQ

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And the last bird from Pilanesberg:

 

56) Brown Snake-eagle

 

Bruinslangarend Circaetus cinereus

 

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Snake eagles commonly have bright yellow eyes and long, un-feathered legs, making them relatively easy to identify.

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57) African Paradise Flycatcher

 

Paradysvlieevanger Terpsiphone viridis

 

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In a friend's garden, Hennops. 5 January

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58) Greater Striped Swallow

 

Grootstreepswael Hirundo cucullata

 

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12 January, at home

 

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28 January, Marievale.

 

These birds make mud-bowl nests which are lined with grass and feathers, but this grass seems a bit course for lining? Perhaps it is Re-bar-grass?

   

 

 

 

 

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PeterHG

Great flight shots of the swallows!

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TonyQ

Wow - wonderful photos of the swallows in flight. I can only dream:)

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xelas
6 minutes ago, TonyQ said:

I can only dream:)

 

Me too ... or should I buy D500 :unsure:?!

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Thank you very much @PeterHG, @TonyQ and @xelas

 

D500 and a fast-focusing lens certainly help with these, but one still has to be lucky enough to find a place where they are flying reasonably close...

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Kitsafari

beautiful shots of the European bee-eater and the giant kingfisher. 

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Thank you very much @Kitsafari

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59) Grey Go-away bird

 

Kwevoel Corythaixoides concolor

 

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7 January, home

 

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15 January, Joubert's Hoop, Timbavati

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Kitsafari

well it seems i have exhausted my daily quota of 100 likes and thus I can't like anything else. so please consider what you post today liked!

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Thank you @Kitsafari

 

With the Big Year concept taking off, we definitely need more than 100 likes per day!

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Tdgraves
17 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

 

D500 and a fast-focusing lens certainly help with these, but one still has to be lucky enough to find a place where they are flying reasonably close...

 

I was there and I didn’t even bother trying....

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@Tdgraves, insanity has it's rewards!

 

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60) Laughing Dove

 

Rooiborsduifie Streptopelia senegalensis

 

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11 January, Home

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Galana
5 hours ago, Peter Connan said:

@Tdgraves, insanity has it's rewards!

They say genius is next to madness and I know a few birders where the margin is definitely blurred.

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61) African Olive (formerly Rameron) Pigeon

 

Geelbekbosduif Columba arquatrix

 

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11 & 14 January, home

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PeterHG

Never seen one. Beautiful, Peter!

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Thank you @PeterHG

They are found in indigenous forests and urban areas whith high concentrations of fruit trees.

 

interestingly, the male collects the nest building material and gives it to the female, and she does the actual building.

 

I think they are local migrants as they dissappear from my area for large parts of tbe year.

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