Description: Karoo robins have different calls and displays and ways of dealing with different snake species.
Boomslange are followed and pecked and shouted at (pic 1).
Puffadders get a wingflick display. The robins hold out the wings and literally herd the snake out of their comfort zone. Puffadders really don't like this display and immediately change course away from the imposing robin. The robins don't call much. (rest of the pics)
Cobras get the full hysterical treatment - incessant alarm calls and annoying dive-bombing.
Description: These birds were very common on the Vaal, with their calls an everyday occurrence. other kingfishers included the giant kingfishers, the tiny, jewel-like malachite kingfishers ( which we could get very close to, and the rare half-collared kingfisher. One of the best sightings of the trip was an interaction between an malachite and half-collared kingfisher. they perched together and flew around together. Other specials included European bee-eater and a lucky sighting of two black crake on an island.
Description: Fish eagle were common on the Vaal. Their calls could be heard at any time of day and always made me stop and listen. Often we would see flying away, or perched on the Eucalypt trees. sometimes we would startle one in a tree above us, causing it to fly low over our heads. This juvenile were perched across from our house.
Description: These birds were the most common on the Vaal. Some logs could host six at any given time. Other birds i saw around the Vaal included bokmakerie, jackal buzzard, green wood hoopoe, diderik cuckoo, swainsons spurfowl,black korhaan, cardinal woodpecker, red-footed falcon, and best of all, European nightjars at night, and a spotted eagle owl roosting by the river on our last morning.
Description: While i was watching the male on the nest, i heard the female calling close by and as i walking towards the sound, i saw land on low branch and posing perfectly. A few minutes later, sunlight filtered through the trees and struck her, creating some brilliant photographs.
Description: On a regular check of the Rufouschest Sparrowhawk nest, i spotted the male of the pair, high up in the tree as usual. He is much shyer than the female and won't come down as low as she does. I watched him fly onto the nest and observing him for some time shifting about on the nest. i have cropped one of the photos so that you can see him on the nest. it appears that this pair is sharing parental duties ( 12 hours on and 12 hours off)
Description: A moment ago this bird was on the ground feeding on the Sugarbush. I took a number of pictures of it doing so, but she was in the shadow and nothing came out on the photos.
It was definitely a female sunbird, but I'm guessing the species.