Southern Ground Hornbill

Southern ground hornbills live together in family groups consisting of males and females, adults and youngsters. They prefer walking around to flying, and while doing so they catch small animals like snakes, lizards, insects, and small mammals. The whole group takes care of the young ones, who are only able to live independently after two years. This long period means that southern ground hornbills can only breed every three years, making them vulnerable to extinction.

Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

The early bird

According to the saying, ‘the early bird catches the worm.’ It was already late in the afternoon when I took this picture of a lilac breasted roller with its catch. Maybe we should add: the later bird catches the centipede!

Photo taken in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Dark-capped bulbul bath

It’s the middle of the dry season, and the birds in our garden are craving for some moisture. The dark-capped bulbuls are especially happy with our birdbath. Several times a day they come and try how many of them fit in. I think we’ll have to start calling it a bulbul bath…

Shalow’s turaco

The turaco is a fruit-eating bird from southern Africa. Green turaco’s such as the one on this photograph come in different types, distinguishable by their crests. Where we live, Shalow’s turaco, with its long, even floppy, crest can be found. It’s a shy bird that is more often heard than seen. But to my delight this turaco has made our birdbath a daily stop for some water. What a joy!