Thursday, April 28, 2011

Pilanesberg National Park birding

My wet and rainy day at the Pilanesberg National in the North West Province did not deter me from capturing some of the birds as  migrants depart from our Southern African grounds. Local resident birds were also in dispaly in the soaking rain.

Red-billed Hornbill
Early morning snack. Found in great numbers around the park.

Southern Yellow-billed Hornbill
Quite photogenic. Common around the park.

 Violet-backed Starling
An intra-continental breeding migrant known to migrate to as far as Zambia, Sudan and Ithiopia. Some overwinter.

Golden-breasted Bunting
A melodious bird with a distinct song.

Cinnamon-breasted Bunting
The head with bold stripes

Great Egret
The largest of the egrets