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Posts Tagged with: Birding

Hornbills - Arathusa

Grey (Tockus nasutus), Red (Tockus erythrorhynchus) and Yellow billed (Tockus flavirostris) hornbills have a unique and ingenious nesting strategy, involving remarkable trust and cooperation between a bonded pair of mating individuals. This bond is formed by prolonged and elaborate courtship displays involving gifts from the male enticing the female, to prove what a wonderful father   

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Image courtesy of outdoorphoto.co.za The grey-headed bushshrike is a strongly built, medium-sized bird with a thick robust recurved beak. It is well-adapted to the skillful capture and killing of various types of prey. When preying on a snake, the grey-headed bushshrike usually grabs the snake from behind the head to avoid being bitten and envenomated   

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Red Crested Bustard – Image courtesy of www.jacanaent.com The red-crested korhaan is near-endemic to southern Africa and is commonly found in a range of woodland habitats. It is omnivorous and feeds on invertebrates (especially termites, beetles and grasshoppers); and plant matter (seeds and fruit), foraging on the ground, picking up food items with its bill.   

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Its spring time here at Arathusa. The days are warming up, and the trees are beginning to bud. With the warmer temperatures and longer days, a lot of the small seasonal pans are drying up. This is great for all the birders who enjoy watching the fishing bird species. With the fish populations in the   

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Photo credit: Wikipedia A hamerkop is easily identified through its uniform flat brown colour and very unique hammer shaped head. It is almost always found at the water’s edge, where it finds the majority of its food. The hamerkop will wade in the shallows, sometimes churning the mud with its feet and sifting with its   

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