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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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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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Martial eagle behind the branches

Sometimes as a photographer you have to accept that the target is not in the optimal position – like in this case with the Martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus, gasellikotka in Finnish). Nevertheless, this is a mighty bird, can be almost one … 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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Southern black korhaan

Southern black korhaan or black bustard (Afrotis afra, mustakaulatrappi in Finnish) is a fine and proud looking bird, like wearing a tuxedo. It is endemic to southwestern South Africa, where it occurs in Northern Cape, Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. … Continue reading

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White-browed sparrow-weaver

The white-browed sparrow-weaver (Plocepasser mahali, valkokulmakutoja in Finnish) is a predominantly brown, sparrow-sized bird found throughout central and north-central southern Africa. It is found in groups of two to eleven individuals consisting of one breeding pair and nonreproductive individuals and build several … Continue reading

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