Favourite Birds

The “Favourite Birds” section presents a selection of our favourite portrait, action and “birds in their environment” photographs.

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Red-backed Mannikin Red-collared Widowbird Pin-tailed Whydah Jackal Buzzard Drakensberg Rockjumper (female) Lesser Swamp Warbler Orange-breasted Waxbill (male) Bronze-winged Courser Oriole Warbler Green Twinspot (male) Malachite Sunbird (male) Giant Kingfisher – November’s “Photograph of the Month” – The Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year 2014 competition Squacco Heron Lanner Falcon Bearded Scrub Robin Leveillant’s Cisticola Green Twinspot (female) Dideric Cuckoo Orange-breasted Waxbill (male) Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Dwarf Bittern Namaqua Dove (male) Botha’s Lark Yellow-crowned Bishop / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Baillon’s Crake Malachite Sunbird (male) African Crake Violet-eared Waxbill Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Lilac-breasted Roller Malachite Kingfisher Common Cuckoo Green Twinspot (male) Red-collared Widowbird (male) Yellow-crowned Bishop / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Cameroon 6 141(1) Barrow’s Korhaan Orange-breasted Bush-shrike Namaqua Sandgrouse (male) – edited Crested Francolin Western Cattle Egret Magpie or Long-tailed Shrike Narina Trogon Half-collared Kingfisher Cape Vulture Green Twinspot (male) Red-collared Widowbird Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird Sickle-winged Chat Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Red-fronted Tinkerbird Abyssinian Roller Orange-breasted Bunting Pin-tailed Whydah Retz Helmet-shrike Yellow-fronted Canary Wattled Crane Secretarybird Red-billed Quelea / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Cape Penduline Tit Acacia Pied Barbet Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Red-throated Bee-eater Great Sparrow Grey-backed Cisticola Gabar Goshawk Ground Woodpecker Pennant-winged Nightjar Malachite Kingfisher / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / January 2018 Red-billed Firefinch East Coast Akalat Broad-tailed Warbler Fairy Flycatcher Victorin’s Warbler Barn Owl Grey Tit Greater Double-collared Sunbird African Broadbill Blue Waxbill Black-faced Waxbill Bearded Vulture (immature) Green-backed Heron Botha’s Lark Bearded Woodpecker (female) Cuckoo Finch Pearl-spotted Owlet Yellow-streaked Greenbul European Honey Buzzard Baillon’s Crake Glossy Ibis Limpopo-Lipadi-2-941 Eastern Long-billed Lark Lanner Falcon (juvenile) Swee Waxbill Drakensberg Siskin Red-collared Widowbird Blue Waxbill Ground Hornbill Cape Penduline Tit Pied Babbler African Olive Pigeon Mountain Pipit Little Bee-eater Great-spotted Cuckoo Red-collared Widowbird Southern or Lesser Double-collared Sunbird Cape Rock-thrush Red-fronted Tinkerbird Eastern Long-billed Lark Miombo Rock Thrush Greater-Kestrel_Kgalagadi-Transfrontier-Park,-South-Africa-BEST-3-CR2-SM-VB-SH-WEB East Coast Akalat Red-capped Lark Pied Flycatcher Hottentot Teal White-throated Swallows Northern Black Korhaan Green Twinspot (male) Lanner Falcon Golden-breasted Bunting Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Black Harrier (sub adult) Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Fiery-necked Nightjar Grey-headed Oliveback Rufous-breasted Tit Common Cuckoo Dzan-2-071-RAW-LB Egyptian Plover Verreaux Eagle Meyer’s Parrot White-throated Robin-chat Drakensberg Rockjumper Pink-billed Lark Moccoa Duck (female) Abdim’s Stork Thick-billed Weaver Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 White-backed Duck Green-backed Woodpecker Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Jameson’s Firefinch Orange-throated Longclaw Western Banded Snake eagle Cape Batis Orange River Francolin Gabar Goshawk (melanistic) Ground Woodpecker Moccoa Duck (male) Green Barbet Southern Ant-eating Chat Common Quail Bennet’s Woodpecker (adult male) Western Violet-backed Sunbird Namaqua Sandgrouse Dusky Lark Red-winged Warbler Red-faced Cisticola Southern White-faced Owl European Bee-eater Bennet’s Woodpecker (juvenile) African Darter Brown-throated Weaver Familiar Chat Rudd’s Apalis Saddle-billed Stork Blue-cheeked Bee-eater African Yellow White-eye Little Rush Warbler Blue Waxbill Pink-throated Twinspot Bearded Woodpecker (male) Long-tailed Widowbird Bennet’s Woodpecker Fulvous Ducj Kgalagadi-Day-9-onwards-2318-CR-SM-SH-WEB Orange River Francolin Little Bittern Cardinal Woodpecker Bush Blackcap Lanner Falcon (juvenile) Red-throated Bee-eater Wattled-Crane-Creighton-&-Ntsikeni-1110-Wattled-Crane-BEST Cape Grassbird Acacia Pied Barbet Sentinel Rock Thrush Narina Trogon Levaillant’s Cisticola Cape Sugarbird Crested Guineafowl Lesser Masked Weaver Kori Bustard Amur Falcon Violet-eared Waxbill / Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa / July 2018 Crowned Hornbill Cape Rockjumper – male Grey Heron Red-billed Hornbill African Wattled Lapwing Broad-tailed Warbler Rose-ringed Parakeet Southern Boubou African–Yellow-White—cropped Namaqua Sandgrouse (females) Cardinal Woodpecker (female) Cape Shoveler Greater Flamingo Purple Swamphen Pink-billed Lark Red Bishop Capped Wheatear Giant Kingfisher Purple Swamphen Kori Bustard Streaky-headed Seedeater