More birds from our December 2014 trip to Erindi Private Game Reserve. Future posts will feature some of the animals we saw during the 12 hours of games drives. My main birding resource is Roberts Bird Guide, a great field guide to the birds of southern Africa. Highly recommended.
Woolly-necked stork. Look at that plumage! A very sweet find for a bird nerd such as myself since this bird was a couple hundred kilometers south of its usual region. Our guide was excited as well and took photos himself so you know it was a proper rare bird sighting.
Black-winged stilt. Look at those sexy legs! (and you can only see the top half of the legs in the photo) This wading bird has the distinction of having the longest legs relative to body size of any bird.
Wood Sandpiper. This was one of the four different bird species we were able to spot at a small marshy area.
Little Grebe. Not the best photo of this most common grebe in the region. This rufous-chestnut necked bird builds a floating nest. It owns a personal island just like Johnny Depp!
White-browed sparrow-weaver. They make messy nests (especially compared to the southern masked weaver) but they can sit casually in a very thorny acacia tree.
Kori bustard. My favorite bird name so far. This distinguished looking bird is the largest bustard and one of the world’s heaviest flying birds. It is classified as vulnerable.
Red-backed shrike. This is my best guess for this bird based on what our guide said. It is a juvenile shrike we think.
Shaft-tailed whydah. The tail will get much longer later in the breeding season.
Egyptian geese. A very commonly found goose species here in Southern Africa.