Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Black Sparrowhawks of Jo'burg

Wow, around four years since the last post! Anyway, Its the time of year that Johannesburg's Black Sparrowhawks are all on their nests. They are pretty secretive at the best of times, however, I am lucky enough have a couple of nesting sites close by. Nice to see this magnificent raptor doing well in such a big city!

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rat Invasion!

A rat seems to have evicted my collared barbets. Who'd have thought a rat would climb 4 meters up a tree ... where are the owls when you need them!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Indian Myna

This one is especially for Johan Marais:

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Green-Backed Heron

For a few months now i have been puzzled by the disappearance of gold-fish from my garden pond. One day there would be seven or eight and the next day none. I would replace, and all would be well for a few months, when suddenly they would all disappear again. I have long suspected a heron of some type, this was confirmed this morning when I got a glimpse of this guy busy poaching, he got three fish while i was watching:

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Lesser Honeyguide

This brood-parasite has been poking around my barbet nesting holes for the last few days. The barbets are, unsurprisingly, not very impressed by it's presence!

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Have been getting fleeting glimpses of Paradise Flycatcher's in the garden over the last few weeks, but have been to busy to get a snap. These are stunning little birds, but rarely sit still long enough for a photo! Since there is a male and female hanging around i'm hoping they might nest.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Southern Boubou

I spotted a Southern Boubou in the garden for the first time this morning. That brings the garden list to 50!