Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Too much drive for one post

I took too many pictures in this morning's drive for one post!  This is the first part of the drive, which was quite birdy.  Just driving a bit out of camp we saw........

Wahlberg's Eagle
Violet-backed Starling
Violet-backed Starling

This was our only time seeing this hornbill, so it was special to us.
Damara Hornbill

Damara Hornbill

Red-billed Oxpecker
 We drove a bit further, actually trying to get somewhere, but Sam heard this little guy and stopped to find it.
 We saw a zillion bulbuls, but they are stubbornly against photos.  This one was badly backlit.
Black-eyed Bulbul
 There was just a huge flock of swallows around a very specific area.  I thought it means a hatch-out, Sam said that traditionally it means rain is coming.
Pearl-breasted Swallows
 Look at this handsome lark!  It spent quite some time calling.........
Rufous-naped Lark
 ..... and shuffling its feathers!  It was quite something.
Rufous-naped Lark

This is the most contemplative buffalo I have ever seen.
 Nursing baby!
 This zebra could be a professional model.

It turns out these weird white things are frog nests.  We saw them several times.
Frog Nests
 Look at where we stopped for coffee!  Weaver nests!  Woo-hoo!!!!!!  Oh, I was so so so happy.  There were also swallows flying around but they were too fast for me.
Human and Weaver Nests

 This vulture was not too fast for me.
African White-backed Vulture
 This sunbird nearly was!
Scarlet-chested Sunbird (possibly)
 We were not close to the weaver nests so the pictures are not great, but I loved that coffee stop.  :-)
Weaver Nests
Sam stopped us to look at this beautiful umbrella tree.  Foreshadowing?
Umbrella Tree

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