I have recieved numerous requests from followers, friends and the general public; both within the country and abroad, after my last publishing of the African Spoonbill photos on this blog. Here are some more images of the bird.These photos were also taken at Modimola Dam which boasts a large number of these wonderful water birds.
African Spoonbills breed in winter down here in Southrn Africa. The breeding period may stretch up to early spring. As we bid farewell to one of our coldest winters, I spotted a flock of this remarkable birds foraging at Modimola Dam .It was wonderful to see juveniles together with adults.
While Birding at Modimola Dam yesterday afternoon I was fascinated by fishing Grey- Heade Gulls. Taking fish bigger than heads. There were both breeding and non breeding birds. What was surprisingly enough was that the non breeding ones were more active in terms of diving whereas the non breeding ones only wanted to fight over the catcch
Active Grey- headed Gulls before diving (the non breeding ones)
I have seen adult Gabar Goshawks visiting the huge trees in the park next to my home for the past several years. Their visits have been all year round. Juveniles were never around or in their company.
I was surprised to see juvenile Gabar Goshawk on Sunday, close enough; that is as far as my doorstep chasing Red-headed Finches from my bird feeders.
Juveile of a Gabar Goshawk after a good meal
Scanning the bird feeders for Red- Headed Finches