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 Crested Guineafowl African Pitta Narina Trogon Drakensberg Rockjumper (female) Green Twinspot (male) Lesser Swamp Warbler Bronze-winged Courser Orange-breasted Waxbill (male) Pin-tailed Whydah Oriole Warbler Malachite Sunbird (male) Green Twinspot (female) Jackal Buzzard Common Waxbill Giant Kingfisher – November’s “Photograph of the Month” – The Sunday Times Wildlife Photograph of the Year 2014 competition Eastern Nicator Dwarf Bittern Orange-breasted Waxbill (male) Lanner Falcon Orange Ground Thrush Namaqua Dove (male) Ovambo Sparrowhawk Botha’s Lark Cardinal Woodpecker Malachite Sunbird (male) Barrow’s Korhaan Yellow-crowned Bishop / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 African Crake Green Twinspot (male) Violet-eared Waxbill Crested Guineafowl Cameroon 6 141(1) Common Cuckoo Magpie or Long-tailed Shrike Namaqua Sandgrouse (male) – edited Yellow-throated-Sandgrouse-725-BEST-2 African Broadbill Yellow-crowned Bishop / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Cape Vulture Green Twinspot (male) Grey-backed Cisticola Lilac-breasted Roller Crested Francolin Long-tailed Widowbird Half-collared Kingfisher Red-collared Widowbird Retz Helmet-shrike Acacia Pied Barbet Wattled Crane Abyssinian Roller Yellow-fronted Canary Red-throated Bee-eater Cape Penduline Tit Purple-crested Turaco Great Sparrow Gabar Goshawk Broad-tailed Warbler Red-billed Quelea / Devon Farmlands, Gauteng, South Africa / January 2018 Barn Owl Black-faced Waxbill Malachite Kingfisher / Marievale Bird Sanctuary, Nigel, South Africa / January 2018 Blue Waxbill Bearded Woodpecker (female) Montagu’s Harrier Green-backed Heron Bearded Vulture (immature) East Coast Akalat Victorin’s Warbler Grey Tit Pearl-spotted Owlet European Honey Buzzard Lanner Falcon (juvenile) Blue Waxbill Swee Waxbill Ground Hornbill Cape Rock-thrush Pied Babbler Cape Penduline Tit Little Bee-eater Red-fronted Tinkerbird Eastern Nicator Eastern Long-billed Lark Limpopo-Lipadi-2-941 Northern Black Korhaan Southern or Lesser Double-collared Sunbird Eastern Long-billed Lark Golden-breasted Bunting Greater-Kestrel_Kgalagadi-Transfrontier-Park,-South-Africa-BEST-3-CR2-SM-VB-SH-WEB Drakensberg Siskin Red-capped Lark Dzan-2-071-RAW-LB Drakensberg Rockjumper (male) Grey-headed Oliveback Meyer’s Parrot Fiery-necked Nightjar Thick-billed Weaver Hottentot Teal Pink-billed Lark Rufous-breasted Tit Namaqua Sandgrouse / Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, South Africa / 11 June 2014 Green-backed Woodpecker Jameson’s Firefinch Red-billed Buffalo Weaver White-throated Swallows Moccoa Duck (female) Western Banded Snake eagle Cape Batis Lanner Falcon Bennet’s Woodpecker (adult male) Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Southern Ant-eating Chat Western Violet-backed Sunbird Namaqua Sandgrouse Green Barbet African Yellow White-eye African Rail Red-winged Warbler Blue-cheeked Bee-eater Pink-throated Twinspot Little Rush Warbler Long-tailed Widowbird Familiar Chat Blue Waxbill Orange River Francolin Egyptian Plover Orange-throated Longclaw Fulvous Ducj Verreaux Eagle Bush Blackcap Gabar Goshawk (melanistic) Drakensberg Rockjumper Bennet’s Woodpecker Rudd’s Apalis Lanner Falcon (juvenile) Broad-tailed Warbler Crowned Hornbill Acacia Pied Barbet Amur Falcon Cape Rockjumper – male Red-billed Hornbill White-faced Duck Kori Bustard Streaky-headed Seedeater Cardinal Woodpecker (female) Oranger River Francolin Greater Flamingo African Wattled Lapwing African–Yellow-White—cropped Namaqua Sandgrouse (females) Pink-billed Lark Capped Wheatear