On a birding front we saw many of the normal birds, but tried to present them in new ways.
We first showed you a bird from our previous region of residence in the Northern Cape, where these endemic White-eyes come from.
A tough little subject to capture on camera.
The Marabou was another subject, based on a post of a trip by mom to Uganda. These will forever remain fascinating birds to us.
The owl stare-down post was another favorite because these Spotted owls gave us personal contact and something we will forever remember.
The Greater double – collared Sunbirds and this photo with the nectar and tongue, lovely.
We saw them again in August on our trip in the Addo National Park.
Talking about small birds, the Firefinch, first time captured on camera and a great source of pleasure.
Another fun sight was the fighting Malachite Sunbirds. Another unique chance – something different.
The fun sighting was the very distant Secretary Birds on their nest, changing guard. It was an absolute lucky find, being so far away and even the long lens struggled, but from birding perspective, priceless.Red-necked Francolin’s offered some wonderful chances for photos.
A major find and capture was the Stanley’s Bustard. Again a lucky find, but so special.
The first ever sighting of the Forest Weaver….thrilling!
One of Boeta’s favorite birds would have been the Masked Weaver.
These kept hanging around the deck of the lodge, and kept him busy for periods.
Daddy love the capture of the Kelp gull in a row…
And the performance given by the European sparrows also made the little man laugh and gave us a whole morning of fun, catching midges.
We can go on and on, lots of raptors and a nice list of birds we posted about during the year, all listed on the fauna page. We can summarize by saying this, if we just visited natural areas for the wildlife, it would have meant losing out by heaps, because adding birding to the list makes your trips and travels just that more exciting and fun. A last wave goodbye by the African Hoepoe to 2014.
34 thoughts on “Interesting 2014….Birds.”
What a wonderful post. The pictures of the birds are so beautiful. I lived in in the country for many years and outside our window was a birdfeeder. Before we lived there, I never realized how many different kinds of birds there are. And all these are so different! Thanks for sharing them.
Pleasure is all ours, here’s hoping for many more to share in 2015. Thanks, glad you like it.
Your pictures here are fabulous. What amazing colors!
Thanks, glad you liked it.
Lovely pictures ! The most fascinating bird for me is the shoebill stork,have you ever seen one ?
Yes, in the Kruger National Park. Thanks.
Fabulous! I love the birds!!
Thanks, we had a good year.
What nice birds to remember 2014 by. Humm? Wonder what you will be showing us this time next year? Happy New Year! Happy Birding!
We do wonder too, Happy New year to you too.
Terrific photos, excellent collection of images and memories. 🙂
Thanks, that is what is great about photos, it takes you back to a time and place.
These are great shots, birds up close are so amazing to see, their colors, eyes, their quite unique,great work. Say hi to Boeta for me. I pinch the cheek if I could
Will do, thanks.
Che meraviglia, ne avete visti proprio di belli, le foto lo dimostrano. Complimenti.
Beautiful! Waiting for your Nature Chills post! You have so many! Just tag them!!!
Will look into it today, promise. Thanks.
Just stunning! The owl stare-down is my favorite. Heh,heh. 😉
Brilliant time we had with them.
Very nice year end recap in words and photos.
Thanks, it was a good year.
Fantastic photographs 🙂 The masked weaver is very cute.
What a diverse collection of birds images here !!!
It’s so difficult to get a sharp bird image… and here, you have so many 🙂
Thank you so much for sharing 🙂
Thanks, mostly a little luck. Glad you like them.
Patience, skill and a little luck, I would like to call it 🙂
My daughter sat beside me and gave me a tough time asking the names of all these beautiful birds 🙂
He he, sounds familiar, my now 18 month old son was with us on every shot, many taken from the car.
Great shots of so many lovely birds
Thanks, been a good year.