spitting mad, St Lucia
Cape Gull skimming the surface
Whitefronted Plover on Yzerfontein Beach
Jackal Buzzard preparing for flight, Addo Elephant National Park
juvenile black harrier
Crowned Cormorant photographed by Hannelie de Klerk at Grotto Bay on 17 December 2011.
his and hers in flight- different coloured faces for the male and female african shelduck
a yellow tipped beak is characteristic of the sandwich tern
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Flying female Namaqua Sandgrouse.
burchell’s Sandgrouse – note different facial colours for his and hers
A Little Egret flies over the Berg river at Velddrift.
Forktailed Drongo stretching. Pilansberg.
baby Egyptian Goose taken in the Company Gardens, Cape Town. Taken with Fuji camera on loan via Orms.
Flamingo at the West Coast National Park
A Familiar Chat perched on a rock at the Marakele Game Reserve
Blackheaded Heron drinking water from the dam at Abramskraal, West Coast National Park
A female Malachite sunbird showing the tip of her tongue after drinking from an aloe in my garden. These little birds have set routes that they follow all day long, giving enough time for the plant to reproduce some nectar before stopping back in for the next feed.
There is always an anxious reserve while waiting next to raptors to see if one’s reaction speed is going to be quick enough to capture the moment of the bird’s diving into the wind. This Juvenile Pale Chanting Goshawk taken in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park was worth every second of the anticipation.
Marsh Harrier hunting at Abramskraal, West Coast National Park.
Karoo Prinia after having a bath
At a distance birds may be hard to distinguish, but this close up view of a spoonbill clearly shows the reason for its name. The blue ring around its eye, furthermore, is the perfect make up for the watery surrounds within which it can be found.
Jackal Buzzard taking off in a blur of speed. Addo Elephant National Park.
Night hunters: Spotted Eagle Owl displaying it’s formidable claws.
Helmeted Guineafowl portrait
I am bigger than you, Mapunggubwe