I tend to publish photographs of birds seen in my garden during a particular month, always meaning to return to some of the others I have photographed over time. The first four in this post are from ‘my patch’ and we will travel to the Addo Elephant National Park for the final two. Regular readers will be familiar with the Common Fiscals that vie with each other for food at the feeding station. I have mentioned that Spotty has brought youngsters closer to the food source yet have seldom featured what a young Common Fiscal looks like.

The Speckled Pigeons became a real nuisance once they multiplied and moved holus-bolus into our roof. Happily, they moved off once we had the eaves fixed and now appear in more reasonable numbers – although at least two couples have taken to roosting on ledges overnight: one outside the upstairs bathroom and the other outside my study window.

African Green Pigeons are heard more often than they can be seen amidst the dense foliage of the Natal fig tree.

A rare sighting around here is that of the Dikkop – now known as the Spotted Thick-knee. This one is on the pavement.

Why travel all the way to the Addo Elephant National Park for the next two birds? Well, although I have spotted a Secretary Bird on the edge of town it has always been too far away to photograph. These are really interesting looking birds I want to share with readers from abroad. This one is standing near its nest.

Lastly, recent comments in another post relating to birds highlighted how we tend to take the familiar for granted. I mentioned that Ostriches are no real cause for excitement here because we see them so often – yet overseas tourists are excited to see such an enormous bird for the first time. It is in honour of those of you for whom the Ostrich is an exotic creature that I present to you … an Ostrich.


21 thoughts on “SOME RANDOM BIRDS

    • It is time I visited one of our national parks again to stand the chance of seeing these fascinating birds. I am glad you enjoyed seeing it – we usually see them striding across the grass.

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  1. Holus-bolus is a new word for me, too. Had to look it up. As for ostriches…yay, yay, and triple yay. Very exotic to this Mainer. So much fun to see the world with blogging friends.


  2. Always a pleasure to see your bird photos, Anne. I realized you’ve taught me to recognize a common fiscal, which I thought before I read the confirmation. See, you are still teaching! 🙂


    • Those poor birds! I don’t think many South Africans enjoy its change of name and prefer Dikkop – even though that means thick head (a reference to the shape of its head and not its intellectual capacity) 🙂 🙂

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  3. I too had to look up holus-bolus! It’s always fun to learn a new word. And, yes, I have only seen ostriches in zoos, so thanks for the picture of one in the wild, so to speak.


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