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This week I have chosen birds which are all,

according to Google, smaller than a breadbox

which are usually about 16 inches wide

by 8 to 9 inches high and deep ,

or 40cm x 20cm x 20cm.


I would have thought the

Northern White Crowned Shrike

was considerably smaller than its

Crimson Breasted cousin.

However, at 19-23 cm long and

tipping the scales between

42 to 58 grams it more than

holds its place with its cousin.

The Crimson Breasted Shrike

is a smaller bird than I remembered it to be.

Measuring 23cm in length and

weighing 40-57 grams it is roughly

the same size as the

Northern White Crowned Shrike.

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

 

The Kalahari Scrub Robin

measures only 16 cm in length and

weighs between 17 and 23g 

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm

At 14 cm, or 5.5in, long and weighing

only 8–13 grams (0.28–0.46 oz),

the Superb Fairy Wren

Bread box: 40cm x 20cm x 20cm 

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Cee’s Black & White Challenge:...Smaller-Than-Bread-Box-or-Bin

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As there is no challenge this week

I decided to post a second reflection post,

this week it is

Africa Bird Reflections.

Sighted in Kruger National Park…

…no idea of bird’s identity.

 

Ninety-nine percent certain

that above and below

images are…

…of Egyptian Geese in

Kruger National Park,

South Africa.

 

 

 African Heron

Kruger National Park,

South Africa.

 

 

Yellow Billed Hornbill. 

One of the welcoming committee

at Savuti Camp

Botswana.

 

 

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During our first visit to Africa

I had my camera set on AUTO focus…

…which resulted in more than

one or two with an

unexpected focus.

 

I certainly did not want an image

of these branches when there

was a shy impala species

on the rock mound.

Similarly I was trying to capture

on-coming vehicles and

not the window frame.

 

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A Photo a Week Challenge:…Unexpected-Focus

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Botswana Kingfisher

hovers in wait…

 

 

Got it… 

 

 

…and away for an Okavango Delta lunch.

 

Going…

 

Going…

 

…almost gone…in

South Africa’s

Kruger National Park

 

 

 

 

African Fish Eagle…their name suggests a fish diet. 

 

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BirdWeekly:…Birds-Which-Eat-Fish-As-Primary-Diet

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hilarious

extremely amusing.

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Whatever it was these two Hornbills…

…were talking about, they thought it was hilarious;

alternating between this pose and a pose

of wings raised a little more than they are now;

heads down and bobbing up and down

just as though they had heard the funniest joke.

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Egyptian Geese

 

 

 

African Fish Eagle

 

 

African Hawk Eagle

Australian White Egret

 

 

Australian Eastern Rosella.

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swim

*  propel the body through water by using the limbs,
or (in the case of a fish or other aquatic animal) by
using fins, tail, or other bodily movement.
*  be immersed in or covered with liquid.

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It was difficult to tell which definition

Hippos were adhering to…

 

…if they were not actually swimming

they were certainly immersed in water.


These fish were a totally different story being

both immersed and swimming in,

their watery home in the lobby

of our Vancouver Island Hotel.

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Fandango’s One Word Challenge:…Swim

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It  took a while to see the personality

in Africa’s Yellow Billed Hornbills. 

For a time I thought they looked fierce… 

….like its cousin the

Monteiro’s Hornbill.

 


The ugly duckling of the hornbills is

the Ground Hornbill, an endangered species,

which looks more like a turkey to me.

 

Ground Hornbill

These ugly ducklings have a pop of red

around heir eyes and head…

 

And I’m sure many a woman

would kill for those eyelashes.

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In our own backyard,

both literally and figuratively…

…we have a family of…

…New Holland Honey Eater’s in residence.

They can be found frequenting our native trees

when in flower.

 

I’m  not sure if this is Mum or Dad,

but it was talking to the family teens

is my guess….and getting nowhere..

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BirdWeekly:…Birds-I-Love

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hole

a hollow place in a solid body or surface.

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Lunch time at an African Waterhole

 

An artificial water hole which attracts many animals.

Action can be viewed from the comfort of

the Sausage Tree Safari Camp Deck.

 

 

An evening flyover

 

Burke’s Luck Potholes…

 

Blyde River Canyon…

 

…South Africa.

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Weekly Prompt Photo Challenge:…Hole

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