Grey-Headed Bushshrike Video (aka The Ghost Bird)

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The Story: I saw this Grey-Headed Bushshrike one day through my kitchen window;it is the one and only time I have seen this bird in my area. It is a striking bird, with beautiful, bold colours. It has a grey head and yellow eyes.  It is olive green along its back. It […]

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Breeding Cape Vultures

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If you are a fan of Raptors, then you will enjoy seeing a Cape Vulture breeding colony up close. The Mbashe River Gorge at Collywobbles in South Africa’s Eastern Cape currently has approximately 200 pairs of breeding Cape Vultures. At one stage, during the 1980’s, the figure rose to over […]

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Fork-Tailed Drongo Video

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The Story: The Fork-Tailed Drongos are quite common throughout Africa, and I see them often. They also go by the name of African Drongo, Common Drongo or Savanna Drongo. The birds are completely black with the male being a bit more glossy/shiny. It has red eyes and a big head, […]

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Fast Fact #3: Plum Coloured Starlings Traveling in Same-Gender Groups

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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 […]

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African Hoopoe Birding Video (Hoopoe eating Worms)

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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 […]

Fast Fact #2: Buzzard Roller Coaster

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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 […]

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Blue Cranes Mating Dance Video (HD)

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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 […]