|Yellow-billed Stork, Mycteria ibis|
Most visitors will notice our more colourful species, specially the iridescent Glossy starlings, the aquamarine blue of a Lilac- breasted Roller's wings or the great "banana" beak of the Yellow-billed Hornbill.
But generally, I have to look for some other excuse to stop if I see a good photo opportunity with a bird.
Fortunately, many of our common birds associate with other "more interesting" animals, or are active in lovely landscapes, so I can grab a few quick snapshots whilst attention is diverted elsewhere.
We've had great "big 5" sightings in the last 3 weeks but in-between I've also been able to get some reasonable photos of the more common bird species in Kruger.
I hope you enjoy them.........
Whilst crossing causeways and low level bridges, we stop to look for crocodiles, hippo and just to enjoy the sound of rushing water, and if I'm lucky some kingfishers, lapwings, herons and other water birds.
|Giant Kingfisher, Megaceryle maximus|
|Blacksmith Lapwing, Vanellus armatus|
|Pied Kingfisher, Ceryle rudis|
|Hamerkop, Scopus umbretta|
|Marabou Stork, Leptoptilos crumeniferus|
When encountering herds of herbivores whether they be impala, rhino or buffalo there are almost always a few of these birds "hanging" around.
|Fork-tailed Drongo, Dicrurus adsimilis|
|Red-billed Oxpecker, Buphagus erythrorhynchus|
and perched high near the roadsides, searching for grasshoppers, beetles and other juicy tidbits are these agile masters of the hunt.
|Red-backed Shrike (female), Lanius collurio|
Both the Red backed shrike (above) and the European roller (below) are very promininent during late summer. They are feeding intensively to build up their fat reserves before the long migration back to their northern hemisphere summer homes.
|European Roller, Coracias garrulus|
|Lilac-breasted Roller, Coracias caudatus|