The beauty of birds

By November 16, 2015sightings

 

Written by Shannon Airton

On an African safari most people are focused on the wildlife. And rightfully so, as Africa boasts some of the most impressive animals in the world. But, if you pause for a minute and look beyond the beasts, you will find another layer of beauty in the African bush.

The dazzling variety of birds that can be seen on safari adds a whole new level of appreciation for Africa’s wildlife. At Rhino River Lodge we are lucky to have some of the most beautiful and rare species of birds in southern Africa. The colours of some species alone are enough to take your breath away.

Little bee-eaters © Heidi Watson
Little Bee-eaters
The teeny tiny pygmy kingfisher © Heidi Watson
The teeny tiny pygmy kingfisher
A birder’s dream: the pink-throated twinspot, a seasonal visitor that spends lots of time in the lodge grounds. Photo by Em Gatland
A birder’s dream: the pink-throated twinspot, a seasonal visitor that spends lots of time at the lodge grounds. Photo credit Em Gatland
Scarlet-chested sunbird by Malcolm Sutton
Scarlet-chested sunbird. Photo credit Malcolm Sutton.

Then there are birds that capture the imagination with their flamboyant plumage or features:

Crested guinea-fowl by Heidi Watson
Crested guinea fowl.

 

here are birds that capture the imagination with their flamboyant plumage or features: – See more at: http://africageographic.com/blog/the-beauty-of-birds/#sthash.Doq5Rjen.dpuf
Paradise fly-catcher by Malcolm Sutton
Paradise fly-catcher. Photo by Malcolm Sutton.
Yellow-billed hornbill © Heidi Watson
Yellow-billed hornbill

The sky isn’t the only place on looks for birds on safari. Many species spend much of their time on the ground foraging and nesting.

Black-bellied bustard by Malcolm Sutton
Black-bellied bustard. Photo by Malcolm Sutton

 

Crowned plover and chicks
Crowned plover and chicks. Photo by Malcolm Sutton.
The ostrich, an African Icon. © Heidi Watson
The ostrich, an African icon.

Finally, there are those birds that everyone wants to see-the birds of prey.

White-backed vultures by Malcolm Sutton
White-backed vultures. Photo by Malcolm Sutton.

 

Martial eagle by Malcolm Sutton
Martial eagle. Photo by Malcolm Sutton.

 

Wahlberg eagle By Malcolm Sutton
Wahlberg’s Eagle. Photo by Malcolm Sutton.
Scops owl by Kyle Naude
Scops owl. Photo by Kyle Naude.

So next time you are on safari, get out those binoculars, sharpen those ears and try taking a look at all the wild and wonderful birds that call this beautiful continent home! You’ll be amazed by what you see.

Originally published online at Africa Geographic.

 

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