Video of Crows divebombing Crowned Eagle at International Cricket Match

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I recently took this video of a group of 3 to 4 Crows chasing a Crowned Eagle at international cricket match between South Africa and Bangladesh. The Eagle later got one of the chicks and we saw it flying away with the small bird in it’s talons. Excuse the quality […]

Hamerkop

Hamerkop Video

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I filmed this Hamerkop on my way home on the outskirts of East London (South Africa). It was crossing the road of the small causeway which provides a nice location for nature and wildlife very close to town. Here’s the HD Hamerkop Video: The Hamerkop (English translation is “Hammer Head”) […]

Red Backed Mannikin

Red Backed Mannikin finds string for nest (Video)

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While I was in the Drakensburg I filmed this Red Backed Mannikin (aka Brown Backed Mannikin) who had just found a string to assist with his nest-building. I don’t often see this variation; in the Eastern Cape we are more accustomed to the Bronze Mannikin and my garden is usually […]

Crowned Crane HD Video

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I filmed this pair of Crowned Cranes on a farm in Stutterheim, Eastern Cape. It is the same place I filmed the Blue Cranes a few years ago. And, just the same as in the Blue Crane video, these Crowned Cranes appeared to putting on the mating dance. Both sexes […]

Knysna (Turaco) Loerie – HD Video and Story

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The Story: This is another bird I saw while trying out a new coffee shop (click here to see all the birds I’ve filmed while visiting coffee shops). It was a treat to get such a clear view of a Knysna Loerie (aka Knysna Turaco) in its natural habitat. It […]

Black Shouldered Kite on Birding Planet

Black-Shouldered Kite Bird (HD Video)

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I filmed this Black-Shouldered Kite at Addo Elephant Park in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It’s a small raptor which enjoys wide open spaces. It has striking red eyes, and black shoulder patches which make it easily identifiable. The Black-Shouldered Kite likes to eat small rodents. They are often […]

Southern Red Bishop

Southern Red Bishop on Birding Planet (HD Video)

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The Story: I filmed this Red Bishop at an outdoor coffee shop which overlooked a pond (not the same place where I filmed the Red-knobbed Coot). There were two or three male Red Bishops flitting in and out of the reeds of the pond, which is a tell-tale sign that […]

Young Chick impaled on stick

Amazing Photos of Young Bird Impaled on Stick

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Heidi Wilson sent in these fascinating photos to Birding Planet, of a young bird which had been impaled on a stick in her garden. She theorizes that a Fiscal Shrike (see details and video of Fiscal Shrikes here) raided a nearby nest with a new chick, perhaps a Cuckoo, and […]

Red Knobbed Coot

Red-Knobbed Coot (nesting with her eggs) Video

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The Story: I filmed this Red-Knobbed Coot (sometimes called the Crested Coot) while sitting in restaurant which overlooked a large pond. There were some rocks and reeds which made for some decent nesting spots. There was also an island in the middle of the pond, with some trees on it, […]

Red Billed Wood-Hoopoe (HD Video) (aka Green WoodHoopoe)

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I filmed these Red-Billed Woodhoopoes in a garden in East London, South Africa. It is also sometimes known as the Green Wood-Hoopoe. Click play to watch the video of the Red-Bill Wood-Hoopoes   It has a long, curved red bill, red legs and white wingbars. The long tail has white […]