The Cape white-eye (Zosterops virens). This photo was taken by my friend Christelle in Mahikeng from her bedroom window. So much better than my effort see below....
This was the only shot I got of a Cape white-eye while we were at the South Coast, and it was not very good!
This species is endemic to South Africa. There are seven subspecies of Cape White-eyes just to confuse the issue!! The Cape White-eye feeds mainly on insects, but also spiders and their eggs, soft fleshy flowers, nectar, fruit, pollen, and small grains. It readily comes to bird feeders. It is monogamous and only seeks a new partner if the first one dies.
The pearl-spotted owlet (Glaucidium perlatum) KwaZulu-Natal....
This fairly small owl feeds mainly on Arthropods such as grasshoppers, crickets, beetles, spiders, and millipedes. They also take small mammals, birds, reptiles and snails. Most hunting is done from perches.
They are active mainly at dusk and dawn, but also during daytime. Apparently, as adults, they have a 'false face' pattern on the back of their heads !
Burchell's Coucal, (Centropus burchellii). Also known as the rain bird. Their diet includes small mammals such as rabbits, field mice and other rodents. Rodents are usually taken from the ground and killed using the sharp claws. The bird builds its nest on the ground with figs, straw and leaves. The nest is placed under a bush to protect the young from predators. Fairly common in South Africa. KwaZulu Natal.
The Booted Eagle (Hieraaetus pennatus) was placed in the Genus Hieraaetus, but is now placed in the Genus Aquila by many sources. There are two populations of Booted Eagles in South Africa; intra-African breeding migrants and summer visitors from Europe. The Booted Eagle has a broad diet, from insects, up to medium-sized birds and mammals, everything is taken. KwaZulu-Natal.