Pictures taken in Johannesburg of African Sacred Ibis in flight
A dark-capped bulbull among the berries in Joburg
Woke to a fearsome cackling which was caused by these two green wood-hoopoes cavorting about in a neighbours tree.
I spent quite a long time observing this pair of Cape Robin-Chats collecting food for their young. One day it all went quiet and used a ladder to look into their nest. All three chicks had died. The pair had disappeared, looking for luckier pastures. A lot of industry and effort for nothing.
Gotcha! After weeks of being taunted, I finally tracked down this Red-chested Cuckoo to the upper reaches of a Jacaranda tree in the neighbourhood. It’s quite an elusive bird although its “Piet-my-vrou” call echoes far and wide.
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.