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Cheeky!

Starling 1

This cheeky little chap was hoping for a share in our afternoon tea and cake.

Starling 2

He made himself comfortable on one of the chairs while he waited.

Starling 3

Finally, on finding no cake forthcoming, he hopped off to try his luck elsewhere!

 

You can read more about Red-Winged Starlings here; Four and Twenty Blackbirds.

 

Poetry in Motion?

Hadedah 1

Hadeda 1

Galaxy 5

The fun thing about photos from my phone is that I can play around with them.

This is a little animation I made on Google Photos, from several of my photos joined together as a GIF.

If it plays for you, you might notice just how windy it was, not only to ruffle the feathers of this large hadeda, but also to sway the branches of the trees so much. No wonder the bird lost his balance!

Poetry in motion? Perhaps not!

 

If the GIF doesn’t play for you, there’s a static photo below, so you can at least see the hadeda.

Hadeda 2

Hadeda 2

This is the fifth in my series of Galaxy camera phone photos.

 

Four and Twenty Blackbirds . . .

Black Bird 1

Black Bird 1

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.

Black Bird 2

Black Bird 2

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.

Black Bird 3

Black Bird 3 ccc

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!

Black Bird 5

Black Bird 5

This one looks like a female or perhaps a juvenile bird. It is slightly to right of centre in the photo below.

Black Bird 4

Black Bird 4

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!

 

Sentry Duty

Cape Bulbul 1

Cape Bulbul 1

A pair of Cape Bulbuls has taken up residence in my front garden, along with the Cape Robins.

Cape Bulbul 2

Cape Bulbul 2

They are excellent parents to their little offspring and one is always on guard.

Cape Bulbul 3

Cape Bulbul 3

Cleverly, they built their nest in the prickly bougainvillea; its large thorns providing protection from inquisitive cats and me!

Cape Bulbul 4

Cape Bulbul 4

Every time I go out there they fly to a nearby tree and chirp at me most vociferously. Here one perches in the grape vine to get a better look at me.

Cape Bulbul 5

Cape Bulbul 5

They fly to other trees as I pass by, continuing to scold and making sure to see me on my way.

How dare I trespass on their territory!

 

post script: You can see more of the Cape Bulbul here: 

Mystery Post Four

Under Surveillance.

 

Mystery Visitor

Cape Canary 1

Cape Canary 1

I spotted this bird on my garden face recently. I grabbed my camera and managed one shot before it flew off. As usual, I was inside the house in the lounge and shooting through the window.

The camera had hardly switched on before I was forcing it to function and the bird flew away, so the photo before tweaking* was really blurred; see below.

Cape Canary 2

Cape Canary 2

I could tell by looking at it that it wasn’t one of my usual visitors and I thought perhaps it was a Cape Weaver, which I have seen very occasionally in the past, but something about it just wasn’t quite right. This bird is smaller and has those grey markings.

After searching through my Newman’s SA Bird book and google, I think I have finally identified it.

A Cape Canary!

You can watch a short clip of the Cape Canary, Serinus canicollis singing, here.

I love to see all these new birds in my garden, but wish they’d stay around a bit more so I could get a decent photo!

 

post script: I don’t put a bird feeder out in my garden, because I don’t want to actively encourage birds to visit here when I have Little Monkey, who will always chase them away and catch them if she can. However, I do have a bird bath, because water is scarce, but they can access this from the trees, so are relatively safe. I’ve never seen LM try to catch birds in the bird bath; maybe etiquette at the water hole?

*post post script: If you’re interested, I improved the image by sharpening the contrast and adjusting the saturation and colour levels, on PowerPaint 2.50. I was pretty chuffed with the results, as my original photo was very blurred and according to google, sharpening an image is really difficult. The funniest account I read on how best to sharpen a blurred photo simply said to take another photo of your subject, but in focus this time! 

 

Under Surveillance!

Bulbul 1

Bulbul 1

Ever get the feeling that you’re being watched, but you can’t quite place who it is or where they are?

Bulbul 2

Bulbul 2

I’m sure this little Cape Bulbul had a feeling that I was watching him from inside the house, surreptitiously taking his photo!

Well, it’s his fault for looking so cute!

 

Birds of a Feather . . .

Seagulls

Seagulls – Muizenberg Beach

. . . Flock together!

And The Seagull’s Name Was Nelson  or was it Jonathan Livingston Seagull?

I guess, as there are two birds, it’s both of them!

 

And yes, I do know that there is no such thing as a Seagull, but that’s not going to stop me calling them that!