My 1st encounter with a Purple-crested Turaco! Perched on a green bush this bird's purple crown, the red eye-ring and the bright green forecrown is portrayed.
Group of five ostriches, males and females, heads-up in front of bloomy acacia trees.
Giraffe and Oxpecker
Yellow-billed Oxpecker doing its job on giraffe leg. Yellow and red tip of bill and eye contrasting nicely with the otherwise almost black-and-white sujet.
Indeed very common, this red-necked spurfowl is posing nicely on a termite mound at dawn. Perfectly illuminated plumage!
The Martial Eagle is a very large and powerful eagle growing up to 84cm. This Immature shows already massive claws. It will attain adult plumage over 5-6 years!
African Golden Weaver
African Golden Weaver (aka Yellow Weaver ;-)), nicely perched. To me, the ultimate golden yellow.
Portrait of a White-Crowned Lapwing showing the right wing's spur on the chest and spectacular yellow wattles.
Common Squacco Heron not yet in full breeding plumage behind a soft, green curtain of vegetation on a bank of Lake Manze.
Two Water Thick-knees searching for food between green leaves on the bank of Lake Manze.
African Fish Eagle taking off from its lookout on Lake Manze showing in detail underwing feather-structure.
Mustering of Open-billed Storks
Dead tree and a muster of African Open-billed Storks at Nzerakera's lakefront.
Scattering of cattle egrets in breeding plumage at Nzerakera's lakefront.
Verreaux's Eagle Owl
Impressive encounter with a Verreaux's Eagle-Owl. Note the pink eyelids, erected ear tufts and the massive claws of this huge, finely grey-brown barred owl (up to 66cm, aka Giant Eagle Owl).
Close-up of a White-fronted Bee-eater, bill opened and tongue clearly visible. Razorsharp image taken while on boat safari. The boat is btw clearly visible on the Bee-eaters iris.
Interesting sample of a Böhm's Bee-eater with a striking, blueish (not white) stripe below the black eye-stripe.
Portrait of an immature White-throated Bee-eater nicely perched. Beautiful creamy green background.
White-throated Bee-eater spreads the wings while observing the approach of a conspecific.
Male in front and female Red-cheeked Cordon-bleus looking for food.
aka Blue Waxbill, the Southern Cordon-bleu has an exquisite color combination of blueish, brownish and purpleish on the bill (try to name these colours, I can't ;-)).
Lovely Pearl-spotted Owlet shares a glance for a second or two. These small owls grow up to 19cm only (e.g. common blackbirds up to 24-27cm!)