While we were at Ranch Nazinga we saw lots of birds. We saw them at many other places as well. Most of these pictures were taken by my grandson, Jesse, who has a great eye for nature and a pretty good camera. I suspect some of you bird watchers will have an idea of what these birds are. I found a couple of them in a bird book and put their names in the captions, but I could be wrong and am open to suggestions. Others are, for the moment, nameless. I will update the names as folks tell me what they really are.
First, here is one of my favorites, because of the bright colors. People reading this blog and responding to my request for help naming the birds agree that this is a red throated bee-eater,
|Red throated bee-eater|
|Red throated bee-eater in flight|
|A tree full of red throated bee-eater|
|Red throated bee-eater homes|
Here are a couple of African red-billed hornbills hanging out together.
This is an African jacana.
This amazing bird is a pied kingfisher. We saw it hang in the air above the lake, almost the way a humming bird can stay in the same place above a flower. Then it suddenly dived straight down into the water and flew off with a fish.
I think these are cattle egrets. They follow the cows and eat the bugs they stir up.
I think this is a Goliath heron or maybe a purple heron It is all a question of size, and this guy was quite far away from us and up in a tree so it is hard to judge how big it really was.
|female Abyssinian roller|
|male Abyssinian roller|
As everywhere in the world, there is a need for carrion eaters, like the vultures. These were at the ranch, but I have also seen them on the road, disposing of road kill.
Here are the other birds I did not know before, but they are now named, thanks to the bird watchers who looked at this blog.
|Black-crowned night heron|
|Male long-tailed glossy starling|
Thanks again to all how helped identify the mystery birds.