Southern Masked Weaver

weaver

I spent a long time watching this weaver work on its nest. I was standing directly underneath it, looking up.  The dexterity with which it threaded grass through the structure was unbelievable. This is the moment when it finally noticed me and I captured that distinctive red eye.

Dam birds

Dambirds

I was driving out on Baden Powell Drive just off the N2 from Cape Town heading in the direction of Stellenbosch when I saw this incredible sight. A picture similiar to this this taken by an enterprising photographer, had recently been published in a newspaper, but I just had to stop and take my own frame. It was raining and the wind was blowing, so it was quite a challenge, especially as I had to wait quite some time for the windmill to turn square on for a better image.

Common Fiscal

Common Fiscal

I was photographing a fiscal in St Georges Park in Port Elizabeth when a second one perched just below it. I was surprised as you very seldom see two of these hawking in the same territory, never mind from the same vantage point. It took a lot of patience to wait for them to look in opposite directions.

Wood Duck

Wood Duck

This stunning example of a Wood Duck, native to North America, was among several swimming on a pond at the Montecasino bird park in Joburg. Although it was not in the wild, I couldn’t resist taking the picture.

Crowned Crane

Crowned Crane

One of my favourite Southern African birds, the Crowned Crane, is a magnificent sight. What I like about this frame is the way you have to work it out like a puzzle. You are tempted to believe it’s little grey eye is daring you to figure it out. But that would be wholly unacceptable anthropomorphism.