A pair of Southern Boubous (Laniarius ferrugineus) are fairly regular visitors to our garden. I mostly see them singly, yet often hear them call to and answer each other in a melodious ringing duet. These shy birds are very difficult to photograph – not only because of their habit of skulking under the bushes but because we have so many branches, twigs and leaves that get in the way of having a good ‘photographic’ view of them. Strangely enough, the birds that live around the fringes of the rest camps in our national parks are more inclined to ‘expose’ themselves to visitors and are fairly tame.
This one approached us cautiously and eyed us from the safety of a nearby bush for some time before it ventured closer and perched on a dead branch.
Within about fifteen minutes it decided to come down to the ground to investigate the possibilities of any pickings from our picnic lunch.
Where it indeed found a crumb, having afforded me a fine opportunity to photograph it in good light.