Pied Kingfisher.

The Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a water kingfisher and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia. Their black and white plumage, crest and the habit of hovering over clear lakes and rivers before diving for fish makes it distinctive. Males have a double band across the breast while females have a single gorget that is often broken in the middle. They are usually found in pairs or small family parties. When perched, they often bob their head and flick up their tail.

Here’s some photos…..

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Giant Kingfisher…

The Giant Kingfisher (Megaceryle maxima) is the largest kingfisher in Africa.

This large Kingfisher feeds on crabs, fish, and frogs, caught in the typical kingfisher way by a dive from a perch.

The Giant Kingfisher is 42–48 cm (16½-18⅞ inches) long, with a large crest and finely spotted white on black upper parts. The male has a chestnut breast band and otherwise white under parts with dark flank barring, and the female has a white-spotted black breast band and chestnut belly. 

In other words she wears the apron and him the bib…

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What have we here… too much smoking… a hairball…. a frog shell… not sure what to expect…

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African Stonechat.

The African Stonechat (Saxicola torquatus) is a species of the Old World flycatcher family (Muscicapidae).

The males have a black head, a white half-collar, a black back, a white rump, and a black tail; the wings are black with a large white patch on the top side of the inner wing. The upper breast is usually dark orange-red, with a sharp or gradual transition to white or pale orange on the lower breast and belly depending on subspecies.

Females have brown rather than black above and on the head with an indistinct paler eyebrow line, chestnut-buff rather than orange below, and less white on the wings. Both sexes’ plumage is somewhat duller and streakier outside the breeding season. 

These, both male and female have been photographed in the Rietvlei Dam reserve and where captured during their most colourful stage of the year… Here’s some photos….

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Another short visit to Rietvlei…

Had nothing to do so I went for a short trip around the park in search of the Cheetah… and all I found was the birds below….

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The African Hoopoe  Upupa africana

The Hoopoe is a medium sized bird, 25–32 cm (9.8–12.6 in) long, with a 44–48 cm (17.3–19 in) wingspan weighing 46–89 g (1.6–3.1 oz.). The species is highly distinctive, with a long, thin tapering bill that is black with a fawn base.

 

 

 

 

 

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The African Stonechat  Saxicola torquatus

The males have a black head, a white half-collar, a black back, a white rump, and a black tail; the wings are black with a large white patch on the top side of the inner wing. The upper breast is usually dark orange-red, with a sharp or gradual transition to white or pale orange on the lower breast and belly.

Females have brown rather than black above and on the head with an indistinct paler eyebrow line, chestnut-buff rather than orange below, and less white on the wings. Both sexes’ plumage is somewhat duller and streakier outside the breeding season.

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The Northern Black Korhaan  Eupodotis afraoides. now known as (Afrotis afraoides)

Bustards are omnivorous, feeding principally on seeds and invertebrates. They make their nests on the ground, making their eggs and offspring often very vulnerable to predation. They walk steadily on strong legs and big toes, pecking for food as they go. Most prefer to run or walk over flying. They have long broad wings with "fingered" wingtips, and striking patterns in flight.

Their camouflage is outstanding and they will tend to creep into the grass and sit still, thinking you won’t see them.. like in the second photo…

042 I also saw the Dab chicks and a far off shot of a Secretary bird … a difficult photo but I post it anyway..

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Rietvlei Dam and a few more Birds and a Duck.. A Cats eye?

I have put the names of the birds on the photos for easier identification…..

Same Duck the Yellow-billed Duck different dams, notice the colour difference of the two waters?

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The Fiscal Flycatcher came to see if I had flies around me……………

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The Ground scraper Thrush came to look at us and then ran around on the greenery…….

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                                       A Cats eye, what’s it doing here, looking at all the birdies…….

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