The Secretarybird has a bad-hair-day every day

The secretarybird (Sagittarius serpentarius, sihteeri in Finnish) is a very large, mostly terrestrial bird of prey. Endemic to Africa, it is usually found in the open grasslands and savannah of the sub-Saharan region.

The secretarybird is instantly recognizable as a very large bird with an eagle-like body on crane-like legs which increases the bird’s height to as much as 1.3 m (4.3 ft) tall.   The neck is not especially long, and can only be lowered down to the inter-tarsal joint, so birds reaching down to the ground or drinking must stoop to do so.

From a distance or in flight it resembles a crane more than a bird of prey. Sexes look similar to one another as the species exhibits very little sexual dimorphism, although the male has longer head plumes and tail feathers. 

These pictures were taken in Kgalagadi National Park in South Africa.

Secretary - Sihteeri

 

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Finland 99 years today – happy Independence Day!

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Picture taken at sunset three days ago in Kustavi, western cost of Finland. The weather was getting colder, the sea was gradually freezing.

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Scarlet macaw

The scarlet macaw (Ara macao, puna-ara in Finnish) is a large, red, yellow and blue South American parrot, a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called macaws. It is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical South America. Range extends from extreme south-eastern Mexico to Amazonian Peru, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil. It has suffered from local extinction through habitat destruction and capture for the parrot trade, but locally it remains fairly common.

These pictures are taken of captive macaws in Safari World in Thailand (which I’m not promoting here),  but wish to see them one day in freedom.

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In the last pictures the scarlet macaws are resting together with the blue-and-yellow macaws (Ara ararauna).

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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“It’s Christmas time … Can you spare a dime … “

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My crown and red stockings are very stylish

The crowned lapwing (Vanellus coronatus, kruunuhyyppä in Finnish), or crowned plover, is a bird of the lapwing subfamily that occurs contiguously from the Red Sea coast of Somalia to southern and southwestern Africa (this one seen in Kalahari, Nossob, South Africa). It is an adaptable and numerous species, with bold and noisy habits.

Crowned Plower - Kruunuhyyppa

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Orange River White-eyes visited our camp site

Staying at the Sendelingsdrif Rest Camp next to the bank of Orange River on the boarder of South Africa and Namibia is a pleasure. Lot of birds, beautiful scenery.

Several orange river white-eyes (Zosterops pallidus, eteläafrikanrilli in Finnish ) visited our braai, clearly used to safari campers. They were intrepid small birds following keenly what we were doing, waiting that we would leave a piece of bread for them as well.

Orange River White-eye - Etelaafrikanrilli

Orange River White-eye - Etelaafrikanrilli

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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Orange-breasted sunbird

In Cape Town, South Africa, the beautiful orange-breasted sunbirds (Anthobaphes violacea, kapinmedestäjä in Finnish) are common. This sunbird is endemic to the fynbos habitat of southwestern South Africa. We could quite easily approach those and get some nice shots.

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I will post every week “Thursday Twitters”, pictures of birds mainly from
Finland and Southern Africa, occasionally also taken elsewhere.
The source of the text is most likely Wikipedia or similar online article.
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