I was waiting in my front garden for my friend to pick me up last week, as we were going out for lunch.
I looked up and saw a bird sitting in the bougainvillea. He was a little hard to see at first, but then I noticed his long tail. Hooray, it was a Mousebird; more precisely, a White-backed Mousebird, (colius colius.) His white back is only visible in flight.
As I had my camera with me I managed to take a few shots. He sat there quite happily, staring down at me, till some rowdy Hadedas flew by, squawking loudly and scaring him away.
You can see the serious thorns on the bougainvillea, particularly in the first photo. Those thorns tear me to shreds whenever I attempt to prune this massive ‘tree’! I’m surprised any birds want to sit here, but, apart from this lone Mousebird, Cape Bulbuls frequently do so.
I only see these birds rarely in my garden. Sometimes one would sit in the apple tree. However, they perch so vertically that they blend in with the branches and are hard to spot.
I tried to get a good shot of this little guy, but it was difficult as I was taking pictures from underneath him with the bright sky as a background. The shadows of the bougainvillea made him all stripey!
Still, it’s always nice to see him in my garden.