Tag Archives: Cape White Eye

Next Generation

Baby White Eye 1

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Little fluffy balls

Peeping away constantly

Next generation

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Baby White Eye 2

Baby Cape White Eye, Mum and Dad are worn to a frazzle feeding you; keeping up with your demands!

But you are so very cute.

Baby White Eye 3

A spherical blob of downy feathers; tail and wings half grown; your flight a flurry of frantic flapping that carries you to the nearest branch. Mum and Dad are ever vigilant; concerned for your welfare.

Three Baby Chicks 4

The baby White Eye joined up with a couple of baby Cape Sparrows, locally known as Mossies.

Three Baby Chicks 5

It’s a little chick creche. I guess safety in numbers!

Three Baby Chicks 6

Either way, it’s cuteness overload!

 

Unusually, it was an overcast grey morning with what little sunlight there was, shining from behind the birds. My Canon camera does not do well in low light, so some of these photos are grainy and blurry.

 

Territorial Disputes

Cape White Eye Staring Down Grey Leorie

Cape White Eye Staring Down Grey Loerie

One evening I heard quite a commotion coming from my apple tree. Some birds were having a loud altercation!

Though I could hear the fight, I could not see anything, but started taking photos anyway.

Loerie Hiding

Loerie Hiding

On closer inspection I saw a bird at the top of the tree.

The Grey Loerie sits vertically on a branch and even thought he is a fairly large bird, he is well camouflaged and hides very well.

Can’t see him?

Two Loeries

Two Loeries

Actually there are two birds here! I did not notice the second till I came to process the shots for this post.

Loeries 2

Loeries 2

The two large Grey Loeries were perched in the apple tree, but they wanted to eat the ripe loquats in the neighbouring fruit tree.

Loeries 3

Loeries 3

The tiny Cape White Eye decided there were not enough loquats for all of them and chased off the bigger birds, simply by being there and staring them down.

The Stand Off

The Stand Off

Having trouble spotting them? There are still two Loeries here.

The Stand Off 2

The Stand Off 2

This tree ain’t big enough for the both of us.

Little White Eye Victorious!

Little White Eye Victorious!

Eventually, the two larger birds decided they had had enough and flew away, leaving the tny Cape White Eye victorious.

To the victor the spoils; or in this case, the loquats!

 

Cape White Eye

Cape White Eye 1

Cape White Eye 1

Cape White Eye, eating the grapes on my stoep.

Cape White Eye 2

Cape White Eye 2

It is a tiny little bird (look at it next to a grape) and very hard to capture as they flit around in a mini flock, peeping to each other. Listen and Watch a 30 second clip here.

Cape White Eye 3

Cape White Eye 3

Cape White Eye 4

Cape White Eye 4

As you can see from these last photos, I was doing my usual ‘point and click’ in the general direction of the peeping sound! Luckily I caught a few of them, since it was impossible for me to actually see them!

Cape White Eye 5

Cape White Eye 5

Cape White Eye 6

Cape White Eye 6

This little bird is one of my favourites in South Africa.