A protective blacksmith lapwing near its nest at Tedderfield, south of Johannesburg
A fiscal flycatcher prepares to launch itself at prey at the Tswalu reserve in the arid Northern Cape.
Still the most compelling sight in the garden – the relentless nest-building of the southern masked weaver.
I spotted these two Steppe Buzzards near the new southern gate of the Addo Park in the Eastern Cape. It wasn’t that hard, they were perched on smallish trees at the roadside, their eagle eyes peeled for prey.
This Southern Red Bishop was puffing out his chest to show off his excellent breeding plummage in a bed of reeds south of Johannesburg.
This crested barbet, which occupies the upper reaches of a jacaranda, is the neighbourhood alarm clock with its early morning trilling. A scruffy looking, rough and ready bird that must be a strong favourite for unofficial national bird of South Africa.
This southern masked weaver was caught red-beaked at the biscuit tray.
Almost 90 percent sure this is a fawn-coloured lark, so any help would be appreciated. Photographed in the Tswalu reserve in the Northern Cape.
This burchell’s sandgrouse was on high alert on the hot sand at Tswalu because its chicks had just scurried for cover. Fine set of feathers Ma’am.
Now, can you spot the chick in the picture below? If I hadn’t seen it scurry away, I would never have seen it …
Now you see me …
Now you don’t …
I was very lucky to get these two shots of a pearl-spotted owlet in a thorn tree at the Tswalu reserve. You can see from the second shot that it has eyes on the back of its head – actually tufts of black feathers – to create the illusion that it is still watching you when it has turned away from you. Very cool.