I have been working this weekend on the birds of Ndumo. I know two people who responded to my first message pointed that it is always best to have sharp clear photos front and back. Now here is my problem. This bird I got after running like mad across the camp (hiding suitably to not spook the bird) till I got close enough for one quick shot. It is only front and not really close. However, I have had a try at IDing it.
Hello to Bush Baptist - sorry I was far too rude about the Cape and its few species. I have acess to two farms here in Paarl and my lists aren't too bad actually! Join me out in Paarl one day for a trip to both farms!
The GISS is shrikey, the size was quite big, all over grey with large eyes, range is OK leads me to suggest Grey Cuckooshrike (540). Am I being mad? I could not get close enough to see anywhite around eyes. The bird was silent.I put myself out on a limb with my earlier Lesser Honeyguide and no one has said no to that yet!
If only all birds were fed a diet of Prozac, Xanax, Librium and Amarula they would be so much easier to photograph! Anyway, can the fundis help me with this one and the earlier tentative ID of lesser honeyguide?
In Ndumo I did a guided walk with Sonto and was that a treat! Having a birding guide (with just me and SO) walking in a magical forest - the guide calling up bird after bird. I also discovered the great advantage of a such a guide - he knows after 31 years of service there where to find all the birds and how to call them! But that forest was beautiful beyond all description.
Before I become too lyrical here is what I think is a Grey Cuckooshrikefor the reasons above. The fundis are welcome to shoot me down - there is no faster way of learning than from making mistakes on a public forum!