The best places to photograph birds
in Kruger Park are the camps and the lunch places where you can also get out of
the car. But you do see some as you drive along. Here's a black
The hornbills are among the more
bold birds around the picnics. There are nine different
hornbills but the most common are these two who watched Tony cooking breakfast
very closely. Yellow billed first and then red billed.
The adorable weaver birds are
everywhere. Here's a lesser masked weaver sitting on the cooler
waiting to see what's for lunch.
They are colony nesters and you often see trees
filled with their nests. We also saw a colony in the tall reed grasses
below a bridge. There are several long bridges over the many rivers on
which you are allowed to get out of the car and look around. All those
little yellow spots are weavers.
There was a giant kingfisher that we saw day
after day on a bridge. At first we took photos from afar.
But finally we got closer. This is a
magnificent bird, nearly 18 inches/45cm, from bill tip to tail tip is wonderful
to watch diving into the river for little fish.
Later I'll have another letter about the weaver
birds making their nests.