Cape Glossy Starling.. another visitor to the tree..

Cape Glossy Starling (Lamprotornis nitens)

This is known as the glossy starling because of its iridescent plumage.

Their preferred habitat is fairly open country, and they eat insects and fruit, consequently the visit to the fruit salad tree…. The Starlings are a fairly wide spread bird, taking up living in countries throughout the world in one form or another… so I will just add a few photos of this bird who came to taste the fruit and have a drink of water….





Southern Masked Weaver.. another visitor to the fruit salad tree…

I have posted on the Southern Masked Weaver before so won’t bother boring you with all sorts of details about the bird… but suffice it to say, they came to visit my “fruit salad” tree… never noticed before how aggro the bird looks, or maybe he didn’t like the paparazzi sitting there with a camera… see for yourself… 






and this is what the female looks like… she chased the male off the orange, cheeky B…….



Orange River White-eye.. another visitor to my invention..

Orange River White-eye (Zosterops pallidus)

This species is about 12 cm long with rounded wings, strong legs, and a conspicuous ring of white feathers round the eyes. There are a few sub-specie to the White-eye and how you tell them apart is not easy.. the colour of the body or chest is usually the give away sign…

They are very vocal, and constantly keep in touch with soft trilled pee, pree or pirreee.

This is a sociable species forming large flocks outside the breeding season. It builds a cup nest in a tree and lays 2-3 unspotted pale blue eggs. The eggs hatch in 11–12 days, and fledging occurs in another 12–13 days. The peak breeding season is September to December.

The Orange River White-eye feeds mainly on insects, but also soft fleshy flowers, nectar, fruit and small grains.

It apparently readily comes to bird feeders….



Just realised it is almost the same size as a small orange…



Whooowa what was that that flew by…???