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 Green Twinspot (male) Drakensberg Rockjumper (female) Lesser Swamp Warbler Orange-breasted Waxbill (male) Bronze-winged Courser Oriole Warbler Jackal Buzzard Eastern Nicator Crested Guineafowl Malachite Sunbird (male) Narina Trogon Giant Kingfisher – November’s “Photograph of the Month” – The Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year 2014 competition Common Waxbill Lanner Falcon Green Twinspot (female) Bearded Scrub Robin Squacco Heron Hluhluwe-5-096-BEST-THIS-ONE-2 Leveillant’s Cisticola Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Dideric Cuckoo Dwarf Bittern Namaqua Dove (male) Orange-breasted Waxbill (male) Baillon’s Crake Botha’s Lark Yellow-crowned Bishop / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Violet-eared Waxbill African Crake Malachite Sunbird (male) Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Lilac-breasted Roller Common Cuckoo Green Twinspot (male) Karoo Scrub Robin Magpie or Long-tailed Shrike Crested Guineafowl Yellow-crowned Bishop / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Malachite Kingfisher Cameroon 6 141(1) Western Cattle Egret Long-tailed Widowbird Barrow’s Korhaan Namaqua Sandgrouse (male) – edited Crested Francolin Grey-backed Cisticola Cape Vulture Narina Trogon Half-collared Kingfisher Green Twinspot (male) Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird Red-collared Widowbird Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Red-chested Cuckoo Abyssinian Roller Pin-tailed Whydah Orange-breasted Bunting Wattled Crane Acacia Pied Barbet Retz Helmet-shrike Yellow-fronted Canary Red-throated Bee-eater Cape Penduline Tit Purple-crested Turaco Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Gabar Goshawk Great Sparrow Red-billed Quelea / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Karoo Eremomela Ground Woodpecker Barn Owl Malachite Kingfisher / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / January 2018 Broad-tailed Warbler Montagu’s Harrier Victorin’s Warbler Pennant-winged Nightjar Fairy Flycatcher East Coast Akalat Blue Waxbill African Broadbill Greater Double-collared Sunbird Black-faced Waxbill Bearded Vulture (immature) Grey Tit Bearded Woodpecker (female) Green-backed Heron European Honey Buzzard Pearl-spotted Owlet Glossy Ibis Eastern Long-billed Lark Limpopo-Lipadi-2-941 Drakensberg Siskin Lanner Falcon (juvenile) Swee Waxbill Red-collared Widowbird Blue Waxbill Cape Rock-thrush Ground Hornbill Cape Penduline Tit Pied Babbler African Olive Pigeon Eastern Nicator Little Bee-eater Red-fronted Tinkerbird Southern or Lesser Double-collared Sunbird Eastern Long-billed Lark Miombo Rock Thrush Northern Black Korhaan East Coast Akalat Greater-Kestrel_Kgalagadi-Transfrontier-Park,-South-Africa-BEST-3-CR2-SM-VB-SH-WEB Black Harrier (sub adult) Golden-breasted Bunting Red-capped Lark Pied Flycatcher Egyptian Plover Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Fiery-necked Nightjar Hottentot Teal Rufous-breasted Tit Dzan-2-071-RAW-LB Grey-headed Oliveback Common Cuckoo White-throated Swallows Lanner Falcon Green Twinspot (male) Verreaux Eagle Drakensberg Rockjumper Moccoa Duck (female) Meyer’s Parrot Thick-billed Weaver Pink-billed Lark Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 Jameson’s Firefinch Red-billed Buffalo Weaver Green-backed Woodpecker Western Banded Snake eagle Cape Batis Orange-throated Longclaw Orange River Francolin Gabar Goshawk (melanistic) Ground Woodpecker Green Barbet Southern Ant-eating Chat Common Quail Bennet’s Woodpecker (adult male) Western Violet-backed Sunbird Namaqua Sandgrouse African Rail Red-faced Cisticola African Yellow White-eye Saddle-billed Stork Brown-throated Weaver Red-winged Warbler Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Little Rush Warbler Familiar Chat Blue Waxbill Rudd’s Apalis Bearded Woodpecker (male) Long-tailed Widowbird Pink-throated Twinspot Bennet’s Woodpecker Fulvous Ducj Southern White-faced Owl Kgalagadi-Day-9-onwards-2318-CR-SM-SH-WEB Bennet’s Woodpecker (juvenile) Orange River Francolin European Bee-eater Cardinal Woodpecker Bush Blackcap Lanner Falcon (juvenile) Red-throated Bee-eater Wattled-Crane-Creighton-&-Ntsikeni-1110-Wattled-Crane-BEST Acacia Pied Barbet Narina Trogon Cape Grassbird Cape Sugarbird Kori Bustard Amur Falcon Violet-eared Waxbill / Tswalu Kalahari Reserve, South Africa / July 2018 Cape Rockjumper – male Crowned Hornbill Red-billed Hornbill Cape Shoveler Kori Bustard Streaky-headed Seedeater Rose-ringed Parakeet Capped Wheatear Namaqua Sandgrouse (females) Cardinal Woodpecker (female) Southern Boubou Broad-tailed Warbler African Darter African Wattled Lapwing African–Yellow-White—cropped Greater Flamingo Pink-billed Lark
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