This chap has his beady little eye on the white berries. If you look closely, you’ll see dark shapes hiding in the bush above him. These are more birds.
Four and Twenty Black Birds? Baked in a pie?
Well, that’s how the nursery rhyme goes: “Sing a song of sixpence”.
But I don’t think there were twenty four here!
Also, although these are black birds, they aren’t Blackbirds, but Red-Winged Starlings; another of our unique Cape birds.
A small flock of them descended on my bush to eat the berries. They are quite large birds, but mostly you had no idea they were there, as they delved right into the bush. Only the raucous squawking and shaking of the branches gave their presence away!
This one looks like a female or perhaps a juvenile bird. It is slightly to right of centre in the photo below.
There are more than two birds in this last photo.
How many birds can you spot?
post script: You can see more of these birds in my post The Birds!