March 18, 2016

More Birds from Around Cape Town

More South African birds from the archive, this time from the area around Cape Town, March 17–20, 2011. We met this southern masked weaver in Aquila Safari Park, a short trip north of Cape Town.

Nikon D5000, ISO 320, 200mm, f/10, 1/250.

We also spent a fantastic day in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (I think this is my favorite botanical garden in the world!) and happened to spot some birds among the flowers. As our goal for the day wasn't birding, it was quite a surprise to find an orange breasted sunbird in one of the pics of the stunning ericas.

Nikon D5000, ISO 200, 200mm, f/5.6, 1/400.

This is also a sunbird, but a female and much more difficult to identify. I've had good help from a Swedish birding forum in trying to identify these. However, the green spots on its wings suggests it's a malachite sunbird, but I'm not at all sure.

Nikon D5000, ISO 200, 200mm, f/6-3, 1/640.
The helmeted guineafowls are much more common, but spectacular anyway. And the chics are very cute, don't you agree?

Nikon D5000, ISO 200, 55mm, f/9, 1/320. 

And here's a hadeba ibis, picking in the shrubs.

Nikon D5000, ISO 1100, 55mm, f/5.6, 1/30.

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