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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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Seagull,

Corio Bay

Geelong.

 

Seagulls,

Balyang Sanctuary,

Geelong

 

 

Spur Wing Plover,

Balyang Sanctuary,

Geelong

 

Seagull,

Balyang Sanctuary,

Geelong

 

 

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Lorikeet Parrot

Balyang Sanctuary

Geelong

 

Lesser Masked Weaver,

Botswana. 

 

 

Grey Hornbill,

Botswana.

 

African Fish Eagle,

Botswana.

 

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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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Egyptian Geese

 

 

 

African Fish Eagle

 

 

African Hawk Eagle

Australian White Egret

 

 

Australian Eastern Rosella.

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Nankeen Kestrel

 

Brown Hawk

 

 

…and again…I hope

Nankeen Kestrel

I have often seen this sight. 

A hawk and a mud lark annoying said hawk.

 

However, only once have I ever seen a hawk

take down the mudlark. 

Must have been a Sunday hangover.

 

Tagged as a

Brown Falcon

 

Black Shouldered Kite.

Kites are said to be small hawks.

 

… and touch down.

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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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Mallard Duck

All my life I have called these, Water Fowl. 

Google tells me they are, Dusky Moorhens.

 

Australasian Darters.

African Darter.

Ring Necked Dove,

Botswana.

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A Red Wattlebird

(a large noisy honeyeater according to Google)

on our laundry trolley

 

The view was better on the clothesline.

 

Hawk on electricity pole…

 

 

…being kept company by a Mudlark!

 


Fence sitting  hawk.

 

 

Generically I would call these birds

(above and below)

Hawks…

…however,

Lisa at OurEyesOpen-Bird weekly

that they are

Nankeen Kestrels, which rang a bell.

I discovered BW versions labeled

as the aforementioned

Nankeen Kestrels

Thank you Lisa.

 

Another fence sitting Hawk

 

 

 

Finally Wedge Tail Eagles…

…making use of a signal pole alongside…

…a railway line

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