Tuesday, 27 March 2018

More birds from my travels seen in South Africa and Botswana.

Little stint (Calidris minuta). Botswana.
See comments for possible identification of this being Kittlitz’s plover (Charadrius pecuarius).

Broad-tailed paradise whydah (Vidua obtusa). Botswana

Shaft-tailed whydah or queen whydah (Vidua regia). Botswana.


Southern yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas). Botswana and South Africa.

As above.

As above.

Southern red-billed hornbill (Tockus rufirostris). Botswana.

As above.  During the incubation (brooding of the eggs), the nest entrance is typically blocked off with a plaster of mud, droppings and fruit pulp. The purpose for this is to keep the nest, including the brooding female, eggs and young chicks protected from predators. A narrow opening is left to allow the male to transfer food to the mother and the chicks.

Swainson's spurfowl, Swainson's francolin or chikwari (Pternistis swainsonii). Botswana and South Africa.

African jacana (Actophilornis africanus). Botswana.

The African darter (Anhinga rufa), sometimes called the snakebird. Chobe, Botswana.

As above.

Pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis). Chobe, Botswana.

  A pair- as above,

Speckled pigeon (Columba guinea), or (African) rock pigeon. Elephant Sands, Botswana.

As above,

Brown-hooded kingfisher (Halcyon albiventris). South Coast, South Africa.

Trumpeter hornbill (Bycanistes bucinator). Kwa-ZuluNatal, South Africa.

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To be continued.....

Monday, 19 March 2018

Photos taken in Botswana and South Africa.

Long-tailed shrike (Urolestes melanoleucus). Botswana.


Red-backed shrike (Lanius collurio). KwaZulu-Natal

Crimson-breasted shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus). Botswana.


Lesser grey shrike (Lanius minor). Botswana.


 Crowned Lapwing (Vanellus coronatus). Botswana.


As above

European bee-eater (Merops apiaster). Botswana.

As above.

Grey go-away-bird or Grey loerie (Corythaixoides concolor). Botswana.

As above.

Helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris).  Botswana.

African hoopoe (Upupa africana). Botswana.

Kalahari scrub robin (Erythropygia paena). Botswana.

Cape Glossy-Starling (Lamprotornis nitens). Botswana.

Helmeted guineafowl (Numida meleagris). KwaZulu-Natal.


To be continued.