The Plum-coloured Starlings (also known as Violet-backed Starlings) have a marked difference between the the sexes. The Male is a bright, eye catching plum/violet colour whereas the female is a much plainer tawny brown. After breeding (which usually occurs between late February and April) the sexes form separate, nomadic flocks as […]
The Story: This is another bird I filmed while visiting some family on their farm near Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape. The Hoopoe is an easily recognizable bird with is long tapering, black bill and its distinctive ‘crown’ or ‘crest‘ of feathers. It is chestnut coloured and has black and white stripes on the wings […]
On this “Monday Fun Day” here’s an Eagle cartoon entitled “To Mock a Killingbird”
The male Buzzard performs an impressive aerial display known as “The Roller Coaster”! He flies straight up, then flips around and speeds downwards towards the Earth, all the while spiraling and twisting. He then swoops back up again and continues the display. The point of it all? To attract a […]
The Story: I filmed these Blue Cranes (the national Bird of South Africa) while visiting some family on their farm near Stutterheim in the Eastern Cape. We were quite fortunate to witness the courtship/mating dance beginning to be performed. The male usually starts the dance by jumping up and down […]
I took this photograph of a Trumpeter Hornbill in my back yard. I had noticed quite a few of them in the area, but this was by far the biggest one I had ever seen. They generally grow to 58cm – 65cm in length and this guy was definitely pushing the size […]
The Hoopoe is used in a few official circumstances: The University of Johannesburg uses the bird as their logo. The Hoopoe is also their sports mascot. And in Germany; the Armstedt municipality uses the Hoopoe in its coat of arms.
The Story: I filmed this Pied Kingfisher while on holiday at Kei Mouth. I have filmed quite a few Kingfishers before including one dive-bombing and catching a fish which is always a spectacular sight to watch. The Pied Kingfisher has a black mask over the eyes, a white supercilium (or eyebrows) and black […]
Below is a diagram showing the correct terminology for each part of a bird, this will help you when doing research in trying to identify birds that you’ve seen. * I copied this diagram from Ken Newman’s ‘Garden Birds’.
How Birding Planet Works: Thursday Bird Day Every Thursday a Birding Video will be posted. The majority of these videos will have been filmed in High Definition (HD), and will come with a detailed explanation of the bird, where it was filmed and interesting points to notice in the video. […]