Birds and big lizards of Curaçao

Cow parsley

The coast

Hide and seek

The coast

The Northsea coast. We will be visiting soon again. I haven’t had a decent walk on the beach for ages.

Bird Photography Weekly #38

Water Thick-knee

Water Thick-knee

One from the archives this week, as I haven’t been able to get any photos this weekend.

Last year I saw this Water Thick-knee at Sunset Dam in Kruger National Park. You’ll find Water Thick-knees in Africa in wetlands and riverine areas. Although they are mainly nocturnal, you will see them during the day too, usually on river and lake edges. The male and female have the same plumage and colours.

As you can see they have huge eyes. This one particularly looks as if the whole world has just turned against him.

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Blue

Blue (by gwendolen)
I wonder if vervet monkeys get clogged sinusses too. He looks just like I feel at the moment. (haha)
I took this photo last year, when we were staying at Biyamiti Bushveld Camp, in Kruger NP. A small troop of vervets would pass by every afternoon, foraging for food. They eat fruit, flowers, leaves and insects.

It was great to be able to watch them from the veranda. You do need to lock your food away though, vervets are faster than lightning when it comes to stealing food.

Bird Photography Weekly #37

Last Friday we went for a walk through the park and saw that the Egyptian goslings had hatched. I didn’t have my camera with me, so I went back today to get some shots. Unfortunately, I wasn’t the only one looking for baby birds. Two little girls also saw the goslings and showed their love for all things fluffy, by flapping their arms and jumping up down. Oh well, I’ll just go back again tomorrow and get some more shots.

Egyptian geese and goslings

Egyptian geese and goslings

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Piggyback

We were coming back from the Kiekkaaste bird hide, where we spent some time watching marsh harriers, when I spotted this handsome couple in an old waterway.

I’ve made a mental note to go back in a week or two, because I have never seen grebes carrying their chicks on their back. Come to think of it, I’ve never seen swans do that either. I desperately need to get a photo of baby birds riding piggyback.

Piggyback (by gwendolen)

According to Wikipedia great crested grebes carry their young to teach them to swim and dive. The adult will carry a chick and then dive under water, leaving the chick to float. The parent will then pop up a few feet away, leaving the chick to swim back on.

Imagine the first time that happens! The shock, the horror!

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Capshun plz

My friend Johan van Rensburg was taking a series of flight shots, when this Caspian Tern shook itself in mid-air.

Weird flight form (by johanvrensburg)

Look at it, this bird is crying out to be lol-ed!
I’d love to see some captions, please post them here or try the caption makers at Big Huge Lab or at the Cheezburgerz site and post the link here. The photo has especially been given an Attribution-Non-Commercial license for this purpose. Thank you Johan.

Bird Photography Weekly #36

Soft landings


Today we drove to the bird hide at the Breebaart Polder. I also wanted to get some pix of the yellow rapeseed fields against a blue sky. Yesterday’s pix didn’t turn out very nice: yellow against grey. We saw lots of Barnacle geese at the bird hide. They usually leave the Netherlands around this time of year, although some do breed here now too.

From Wikipedia: ‘Barnacle Geese breed mainly on the Arctic islands of the North Atlantic. They frequently build their nests high on mountain cliffs; away from predators (primarily Arctic Foxes and Polar Bears) but also away from food. Like all geese, the goslings are not fed by the adults. Instead of bringing food to the newly hatched goslings, the goslings are brought to the ground. Unable to fly, the three day old goslings jump off the cliff and fall; their small size, feathery down, and very light weight helps to protect some of them from serious injury when they hit the rocks below, but many die from the impact’.

Maybe this is why more and more Barnacle geese stay in the Netherlands to breed 😉

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