Pilanesberg Bird Watching – 1
Sometimes we all concentrate on the big things so much that we forget about a whole other kingdom that is out there …
Lilac-Breasted Roller (Coracias caudatus)
*Rollers get their name from their impressive courtship flight
*Their call is a loud harsh squawk, not what you would expect from such an attractive looking bird.
*The diet of the lilac-breasted roller is primarily insectivorous such as: ground-dwelling insects, arthropods, amphibians, and other small vertebrates.
*Their amazing colouration gives them the title of one of the most photographed birds in South Africa.
African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer)
* African fish eagles are believed to mate for life (monogamous)
*The African fish eagle feeds mainly on fish but will also eat rodents, small birds and other prey items.
*We often see them around the dams in the Pilanesberg.
Southern red bishop (Euplectes orix)
*An iconic bird to see around the bird hides during summer.
*The males have this vibrant red and black plumage during the breeding season to attract females. The rest of the year they will be dull brown like the females.
*The nest is most commonly built among reeds and is woven out of grasses and other plant materials.