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Sunbrushed

Painted by the glow of the late afternoon sun, the reflective water illuminates a Sombre Greenlbul at the garden birdbath. Continue reading “Sunbrushed”

Black-collared Barbets: Duets and warfare in the garden

I am sure I am not the only one to wonder why these barbets have been named for the black collar and not for their distinctive and bright red head – surely a little perverse? Continue reading “Black-collared Barbets: Duets and warfare in the garden”

This season’s layered look

A layered look is definitely in for this Olive Sunbird.  Although she is slightly dishevelled after preening, one stray feather randomly adds panache to a style where fluffy wins out over sleek. Continue reading “This season’s layered look”

Waiting and watching

This Brownhooded Kingfisher is patiently waiting and watching for potential prey. Continue reading “Waiting and watching”

Birds do it – sunbathe that is

Birds sunbathe too – not all species, but many do. Continue reading “Birds do it – sunbathe that is”

Diverting and delightful Swee Waxbills

Named for their soft ‘swee swee’ call, the small and colourful Swee waxbills are guaranteed to distract me from my work on their occasional visits to our garden. Continue reading “Diverting and delightful Swee Waxbills”

The dancing dove

It is always a pleasure to watch wild creatures going confidently about their business without fear.
Continue reading “The dancing dove”

Feather texture revealed

For birds, regular preening of feathers is essential for flight. Continue reading “Feather texture revealed”

Winter satisfaction

The glossy red berries of the Solanum giganteum provide satisfaction for birds during the winter months when conditions can be harsh. Continue reading “Winter satisfaction”

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