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Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby francoisd » Mon Feb 11, 2008 1:53 pm

This is a very frustrating little bird to try an photograph as it keeps in the trees and quickly jumps around in the branches. After a number of attempts this was the best I could do. The auto focus on my camera is just too slow to get a sharper pic.

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Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon Feb 11, 2008 4:58 pm

Most small birds are busy little creatures, but the fairy flycatcher is doubly so. I had one visiting our backyard in Standerton the past winter and it had me totally frustrated with bum shot after bum shot!

You did well to get this photo, francoisd!
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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby Guinea Pig » Tue Oct 06, 2009 11:00 am

In a bunch of bushes at the Rondavels at Glen Reenen Rest Camp. Kept Duco busy for a while! :lol:

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby Lizet Grobbelaar » Tue Jul 31, 2012 3:33 pm

Lekker species to get DD, well done!

I assume it's in order to congratulate you on the new addition to your family! :gflower:

Sorry that you will have to wait another few years before going to Kruger again... :twisted: Me on the other hand can go just almost every weekend since mine is turning 2!

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby DotDan » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:27 am

Thank you Lizet!

No wonder I haven't seen you along the birding routes here in Gauteng the last two years :twisted: :lol:

Ag enjoy hoor.. you deserve it :wink:

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby Sharifa » Wed Aug 01, 2012 9:31 am

Lovely photo DotDan :clap: :clap: :clap:

Well done :thumbs_up:

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 06, 2013 8:58 am

Laine managed these shots on Saturday at Walter Sisulu.

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Unread postby Ladybirder » Mon May 06, 2013 9:06 am

Magnificent Laine :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap:

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby Johan van Rensburg » Mon May 06, 2013 11:30 am

Mooi, mooi! :thumbs_up: (very pretty!)
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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby Dugong » Thu May 09, 2013 3:08 pm

This wonderful creature was immediately added to my 'wish list' when I started birding about a year ago. Does anyone have any tips on how/where/when to spot it in the Pretoria area? :hmz:

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby wildtuinman » Fri May 10, 2013 8:25 am

Hi Dugong, traditionally the Voortrekker Monument has been a good spot to find it.

An individual was also present in Bishop bird Park in Centurion last week.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort is another good spot.
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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby Dugong » Mon May 20, 2013 2:17 pm

Thanks for the tip, wildtuinman. I was extremely fortunate and saw my first Fairy Flycatcher in the Pretoria National Botanical Garden earlier this afternoon; very close to the coffee shop near the waterfall. I tried to take a photograph with my phone, but he was so busy flitting about that it was impossible. Incidentally also saw an Orange-breasted Bushshrike earlier, so all in all a very good day for birding in the Botanical Garden :thumbs_up: :D

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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby wildtuinman » Mon May 20, 2013 2:46 pm

Great sightings, Dugong!

I would love to go there again soon. Any butterflies around at the moment?

I saw another Fairy at Bishop bird Park, Centurion on Saturday.

It seems to be a great year for them.
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Re: Flycatcher, Fairy Flycatcher

Unread postby Dugong » Mon May 20, 2013 3:49 pm

Butterflies :hmz:
I didn't notice any, but wasn't paying particular attention to invertebrates. The Botanical Garden is lovely at the moment and I saw Bar-throated apalises, Tawny-flanked prinias, Chinspot batises, Amethyst and White-bellied sunbirds, Arrow-marked babblers as well as the 'regulars' (Blacksmith and Crowned lapwings, Southern boubous, Bronze mannikins, Red-headed and Cut-throat finches etc.) during a very short walk. Also, some of the fig trees are fruiting at the moment with various birds feasting: Cape white-eyes, Crested and Black-collared barbets, Speckled and Red-faced mousebirds, African green pigeon (saw only one), Dark-capped bulbuls, Grey go-away-birds, and even the odd Karoo thrush.
I'm still on a high about the Fairy Flycatcher though :dance:


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