Frustration and Birds

Today was a bit of a frustrating day. I could not find anything exciting “in the mammal department” on both game drives. And when good sightings were called in on the radio they were too far away to reach in time before the end of the drives. Well, every occupation must have his frustration from time to time.

A bit of a compensation (at least for me 🙂 were two very nice bird bird sightings:

A Brown-hooded Kingfisher and a Cardinal Woodpecker.

5 Replies to “Frustration and Birds”

  1. Everyone has those kind of days from time to time. On a daily bases how many game vehicles are out and about? Pretty Brown-hooded Kingfish. Is this a male or are the females just as colorful? Just a little humor. I had to go back to the beautiful lion pic and take another look(can’t help it)Looking how perfect mane is laying as if he had just been brushed.Just wondering who did you get to prep him for his photo shoot! lol!! Great sightings to come.Have fun and be safe.

    1. Well, it can be more than ten vehicle at a time. That is if the Lodge, the Tented Camp and the Villa are completely occupied and all the volunteer vehicles are out as well.

      The Kingfisher is a male (more of a grey than a brown crown and more blue in the wings than the females).

      And I have no idea about the hair stylist 🙂 but strong winds always make male Lions look really good!

      Thanks for the comment.

      1. Christian, with that many vehicles out and about,it must be lots of fun at the end of the day sharing the highlights of the day with each other. Many great stories to tell I’m. I know I could sit and listen for hours, like to hear good animal stories,just as much as I like to watch them as they sometimes can present beautiful stories to me and they don’t know their doing it. Thats whats so neat about it.

  2. Ten species of Kingfisher species occur in Kwazulu Natal. Some of them are seasonal migrants, so they are not here in the winter time. Five of them (aquatic species) occur only near significant water bodies, and do therefore not concur on Thanda.
    Woodland Kingfisher, Brown-hooded Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Striped Kingfisher
    Aquatic: Giant Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Mangrove Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher Half-collared Kingfisher
    In North America there are three species, Belted Kingfisher, Green Kingfisher and Ringed Kingfisher
    I will prepare a collage with all the species I have pictures of and post them soon (as many people seem to like Kingfishers

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