SOUTH AFRICA

These photographs were taken on our most recent tour in December 2007.

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This Paradise Flycatcher was nesting above our dinner table!

 

Yellow-billed Storks were sunbathing by the river.

 

As the river level dropped, several big crocs came to wait for the small fish that trickled over the causeway. Storks, herons and spoonbills soon joined in and the river was alive with birds.

This is the Limpopo in the dry season - not so green & greasy!

 

 

Bishops were building nests in the reeds.

This Dwarf Bittern was a treat, just posing a few feet away from us.

 

Gurney's Sugarbird was high on the wanted list of endemics. It sat nicely on top of a protea

 

The Martial Eagle is the largest eagle in Africa. We found several, including this smart youngster.

Black-headed Gonolek is a bird of the dry thorn areas.

No visit would be complete to Africa without seeing an Elephant or two, or three, or four........

 

 

The Gymnogene takes young weaver birds from their nests.

 

The Booted eagle is a scarce breeding bird in South Africa, the Drongos always chase them away.

 

 

Another of the many raptors found on this trip - a Brown Snake-eagle.

 

 

Woodland Kingfishers are common, noisy show-offs.

African Fish Eagle.

 

A Heuglin's Robin can mimic anything.

 

The male impala were fighting while the females all gave birth on the same morning.

 

White-fronted Bee-eaters dust bathed early one morning

 

We found at least 4 bustard species on this trip. This is Black-bellied Bustard.

 

The Black Eagle is searched for among the big granite cliffs and kopjes

 

Pansy Butterflies were common

 

Pearl Spotted Owls came to investigate most whistles we made.

 

Mottled Spinetails nesting in a 1000 year-old Baobab, was a real highlight. This was the only known breeding site in South Africa.

 

 

The 1000 year-old Baobab, with a slightly younger old man.

This Black crake was taken by customer Voirrey Oxley during our tour. Spending long periods at the bar paid dividends for photographers as this cheeky guy would walk past the 'waterhole'.

 

 

Paradise Flycatcher - a male by our dining table was a joy to see at meal times..

 

 

Foundation-stage..... a Southern Masked Weaver

 

Golden-breasted Bunting

 

Giant Kingfishers were common on the Limpopo

 

 

Ground Hornbills were either fighting over fruit, or would wander off to grab a scorpion.

 

A couple of young male lions lived near our camp where they eyed-up the Impala

 

One of the Big Five.

What-ya looking at?

 

Look at my knob - A Knob-billed Duck

 

Woolly-necked Stork catching some rays.

 

A Black Heron always takes his umbrella when fishing

 

Plum-coloured Starling

 

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