SOME ADDO BIRDS

Given that the temperature was only 6°C when we entered the Addo Elephant National Park, it is not surprising that these Speckled Mousebirds were fluffed up against the cold and sitting on the top of a bush where they could catch the early rays of the sun.

This Rednecked Spurfowl was happy to have its portrait taken.

We saw a number of Crowned Plovers.

A pair of Secretary Birds scoured the veld for food.

While this isn’t the best of pictures, I was excited to spot an Orangethroated Longclaw in the grass.

Fiscal Shrikes abound in the park and are most often seen perched on a bush such as this.

Here is a fine looking Cattle Egret.

I was rather pleased with my bird list:

Barthroated Apalis
Black Crow
Black sunbird
Blackeyed Bulbul
Blacksmith Plover
Bokmakierie
Boubou
Brimstone Canary
Cape Glossy Starling
Cape Turtle Dove
Cape Weaver
Cape White-eye
Cattle Egret
Crowned Plover
Egyptian Goose
Emeraldspotted Wood Dove
Fiscal Shrike
Forktailed Drongo
Greyheaded Heron
Hadeda Ibis
Jackal Buzzard
Karoo Robin-chat
Little Grebe
Neddicky
Orangethroated Longclaw
Ostrich
Pied Crow
Redknobbed Coot
Rednecked Spurfowl
Redwinged Starling
Rufousnaped Lark
Secretary Bird
Sombre Bulbul
South African Shellduck
Speckled Mousebird
Yellowbilled Duck

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6 thoughts on “SOME ADDO BIRDS

  1. Another great collection! I love the names. “Secretary Bird” is my favorite, followed by a tie: “Redknobbed Coot” and “Neddicky.” Great photographs too. No question about the orange throat there in the brush.

    • The Secretary Bird is endemic to Africa and so it is understandable that one explanation of its common name is that it is an anglicised form of the Arabic saqr-et-tair which means ‘hunter bird’. A popular explanation in this country is that it is because the crest of long feathers at the back of its head resemble the quill pens that 19th century clerks stuck in their wigs.

    • There are many more – larks in particular – that I either cannot readily identify or miss because I am in the company of ‘non-birders’. Addo never fails to please.

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