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