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Willow ptarmigan in winter plumage

This bird has somewhat complicated name in English (maybe only for me), the willow ptarmigan, also know as willow grouse or red grouse (Lagopus lagopus, riekko in Finnish). The bird is shown in it’s white winter plumage. The black throat and the … Continue reading

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The bird with a red hat (3 days to Christmas)

Could it be so that the Common redpoll (Carduelis flammea, urpiainen in Finnish) is the bird of Christmas? For me it is. Just look at it’s head. A group of these small lively birds landed next to our home just two days … 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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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. … Continue reading

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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 … 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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