My name is Andrew Pickles and I am a Wildlife and Nature Enthusiast. My main subject is Birds and Bird Ringing, but enjoy anything to do with Nature. This blog is to showcase some of the wonderful animals and birds within Southern Africa and especially in my home area of Southern Kwazulu Natal. I am currently working on Barn Swallow migration between my home patch of Umzumbe and Europe, with a possible link to Chernobyl, news of this can be obtained on my website listed under the links.
4 November 2013
Birds this Weekend
Firstly the Barn Swallows are arriving back at the Umzumbe Roost, over the next few weeks the numbers should steadily increase until we get to our estimate of between 2 and 2.5 million Barn Swallows coming into roost of an evening.
Swallows at the Umzumbe Roost
Barn Swallows at Umzumbe
While out ringing/banding on Sunday morning I saw this male Whitebellied Sunbird, A species that will not sit for me to take a photo. This one sat fine except he insisted on trying to hide.
male Whitebellied Sunbird
This morning after lots of trying to get this African Dusky Flycatcher sitting in the open, he finally obliged. Up until now he has always been hiding in dark places where I had to use a fill in flash (which I hate to do).