In the home stretch for Tanzania, today's theme is 'groups'. The Northern Red-billed Hornbill is a common bird all over. Three on a branch is a bit unusual, but the blown out sky behind is, unfortunately, not. Oh well. I like it because it looks like they are planning some outrage: the button man on the right, the brains in the middle (doing the talking) and the lookout on the left. Probably they are planning nothing more sinister than camp-robbing, a favorite activity. a580, Sigma 400, f8, 1/1000, ISO 1600.
Lesser Striped-Swallows are like all swallows - usually NOT perched - so I'm glad these were, even if it's on a piece of rebar sticking out of a bridge we drove over. a580, Sigma 400, f8, 1/640, ISO 800.
Oxpeckers are just strange. The Red-billed ones have a bug-eyed look, and this particular arrangement of five of them, in the mud, looking at us as if we were interrupting something important, is certainly different from the typical oxpecker-on-a-zebra shot. a580, Sigma 400, f8, 1/200, ISO 400.
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Great shots Argonaut, I agree about the Hornbills, they certainly look to be in some kind of meeting, I like the attentive look on the far one, looks like he’s listening too grandpa in the middle talking about ‘Well in my day…’ and the closest young one looks kinda guilty about something. Amazing luck finding Swallows sitting on a perch, nice photo, and those Oxpeckers certainly do have startling eyes, another great photo. Greg
I love that formation of Oxpecker Argonaut. Here is something a little less exotic, a common pigeon. Ian and I were in downtown Dallas, Texas so he good get a little more time in on my a200 before leaving for the Toronto area tomorrow..
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Been away for what feels like ages. The missus and I spend the last couple of weeks in a small house smack in the middle of a bananafield in the west coast of "Isla Bonita", better known as La Palma, one of the Canary Islands (Spain). I shot a lot less picture than previous holidays, but the keeper rate's a lot higher.
I'm still editting the images, first up are the feathered friends (who knew?! P)
Western Canary Islands Chiffchaff (Phylloscopus canariensis canariensis)
Who ever thought of this name was a) not very original and b) liked long names. Well, it is an official subspecies of the common European Chiffchaff we all know and love. These birds were sitting in a tree, cuddled together to...
... take a nap!
Atlantic Canary (Serinus canaria)
Can't go to the Canary Islands without shooting some canaries. There were a lot of them on the bananafields and they made a lot of racket too!
Long-eared owls (Asio otus)
I have never seen an owl, any owl, in the wild before. Here we were, sitting in the garden of the house when my birders eye saw something move very slowly in one of the mango trees nearby. Not able to contain my curiousity, I left my breakfast for a while to peak through th leaves to see what was up that tree, this is what I saw:
Walking a bit through the brush around the tree, I had a bit better view of this young owl. Great experience for us!
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