Lorna? Phyllis? call her what you want… she’s a beaut..

Here are a few more of the Grey Crowned Crane I captured the other week, Like the flamingos, I can’t get enough of these photos, as well as the cropping such close ups afford…

Enjoy these few that I just love… A star burst ??

S0262396

I am so watching what you are up to… wow I do love that eye…

S0252393

S0252390

S0252388

S0252392

Have a great week all of you…..

Talk about slow traffic… not the internet…

I came across this tortoise the other day, streaking down the lawn at an awful speed… the sun was on the wrong side for good photos so I asked him/her to turn around….

He/she answered that it would be quicker if I moved to his other side, or I must wait for the afternoon when the sun would then be right…. (clever reptile showing me up like that)… Well I was too darn lazy to move around to his other side, there was a six foot fence in my way in any case…

So here is what I captured…. enjoy….

DSCF2198

wonder why he/she did not have a shower after the last painting job they did ????

DSCF2200

“Hello there” it seems to be saying in this photo….

DSCF2202

Wonder if I’d have seen a difference in photos if I had of taken a few at 3 frames per second ???

What a breast….Crimson-breasted Shrike…

Crimson-breasted shrike (Laniarius atrococcineus) or the crimson-breasted gonolek;

‘Gonolek’ where did that name come from ?? It is supposedly imitative of its call.

It is a southern African bird. —- and it is beautiful… with that red breast you can’t mistake it… continually hopping around on the ground in search of food….

152

This shrike is extremely nimble and restless, its penetrating whistles often being the first sign of its presence, by no means a shy species. So when this one hopped about on a railway sleeper construction my camera’s shutter went wild….

191

192

220

231

234

218

190

Pin-tailed Whydah.. a feisty little fellow…

Pin-tailed Whydah (Vidua macroura)

The Pin-tailed Whydah is 12–13 cm in length, although the breeding male’s tail adds another 20 cm to this.

The male Pin-tailed Whydah is territorial, and one male often has several females in his small group. He has an elaborate courtship flight display, which includes hovering over the female to display his tail.

This little fellow was very ambitious, and I watched him hover over many different specie of bird at the feeders. He was trying his best to interest birds three times his size… Men are all the same…

a

b

c

Crested Barbet.. a visitor to the Pretoria fruit salad tree.

Crested Barbet (Trachyphonus vaillantii)

You can’t miss this bird with its very colourful plumage the Crested Barbet is unmistakable. This small bird has a speckled yellow and red face with a small black crest. The belly is yellow with red speckles, wings are black with white specks and it has a broad black band on its neck. Yellow head and body with black and white feathers, with red markings on the head of the body, its colour blends in so well in the bush. A coat of many colours.

But this one I’ve been trying to capture at the right time of the day.. but had to put up with bad light and all the wrong conditions that all the experts say you should not bother shooting in and captured him today at midday..

and now for the fashion show showing this years trends….

TaaDaaaaaaaa ….. Now for our first shot we show the black back with white flecks, very in fashion this season….

005

Notice the orange hues of the neck and darkening of the ears.. all make up should concentrate in this area for the season….

019

Red around the backside is very in this season so do concentrate on that and ensure your trailing tail is black with white dots….

043

Chew fruit this year rather than gum…. and dye the front of your hair red…

056

Note the red dye in the front of the head… (Red hair is in Blonde out) wear a black and white bib..

058

This gives one a better perspective of the black and white bib.. always wear yellow dress with red flecks or dots… very in this year Ladies…

please send full size photos of your like fashion to this site for critique from the fashion Guru…the Bulldog…

050

And that Ladies and Gentlemen concludes our fashion show for the day…