Category Archives: South Africa

Robben Island, for the memory of Ahmed Kathrada

Robben Island in front of Cape Town seen from the Signal Hill. Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed “Kathy” Kathrada spent 18 years on this island prison of his totally 26 years of imprisonment 1963-1989. Later he served e.g. as the member of the … Continue reading

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Cape canary in Simon’s Town

This week’s tweeter is the yellow-dressed Cape canary (Serinus canicollis, harmaaniskahemppo in Finnish). I saw this small (11-13 cm) passerine bird  in Simon’s Town in South Africa. It is a resident breeder in southern Africa. o – o – o I will post every … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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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. o – o … Continue reading

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Black-winged kite taking off

The black-winged kite (Elanus caeruleus, liitohaukka in Finnish) is a species primarily of open land and semi-deserts in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, but it has a foothold in Spain and Portugal also. I photographed this beautiful red-eyed bird of pray in Kgalagadi, South … Continue reading

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Blacksmith lapwing in Kgalagadi

Mainly black and white, and red eyes, that is Blacksmith lapwing (also known as blacksmith plover,Vanellus armatus, seppähyyppä in Finnish). The name derives from the repeated metallic ‘tink, tink, tink’ alarm call, like a blacksmith’s hammer striking an anvil. Blacksmith lapwings can be seen from Kenya through … Continue reading

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