Todays Early Bird

Brigid Taylor Jackson named this bird this morning on Facebook ‘Haaa de Haa’ and that is more or less exactly the sound of the shrieking once high up in the air (are they afraid of heights Brigid or are they laughing at us?). The common name is Hadeda or Hadada Ibis (Bostrychia hagedash) and although originating from Sub-Saharan Africa you see them all over here in our village.

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The Osprey

The Osprey (Pandion haiaëtus. Fam.Aquilidae) has his habitat along lakes, sea shores and rivers throughout Southern Africa except in the dry areas. I survives purely on fish. But when I was picturing this one he could not find any prey; the fishermen on the beach were also complaining…

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The Southern Black-backed Gull….

… (Larus dominicanus. Fam. Laridae) is not fuzzy about food. You can even find them amongst human refuse and they like to parasite other sea birds by plundering the nests of eggs and chicks. Its flight is graciously.

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Rock Kestrel

The Rock Kestrel (Falco tinnunculus. Fam.Falconidae) is a ‘lone hunter’ of insects, mice and lizards.  Likes to watch from high vantage points but this time I was above this falcon specie.

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Different views on the Cape Cormorant

The Cape Cormorant (Phalacrocorax capensis. Fam. Phalacrocoracidae) is a common sea bird along the Southern coast of South Africa. Usually they sit on rocks along the shore. Fairly easy to approach but not closer than 7-8 meters before they get restless and migrate to another rock.

I made several pictures of the group and processed these, except for one image (=as is) in different ways in Photoshop. Not sure which photo to choose for this post so I publish them all.

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