Tanzanian Birds (Part Two)

A Martial Eagle, the largest in Africa, takes flight in the Serengeti.

A Secretary Bird quenches its thirst.

One of the less common but more beautiful starlings in Tanzania, a Ruppel’s Starling.

A Paradise Flycatcher takes a dip in the pool. This bird often returned to bathe at this spot.

On the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, a female Ostrich sways as she preens.

Open-billed Storks scatter as a raptor passes by, almost imperceptibly, high overhead.

Marabou Storks are thought of as ugly… but not to me. My bird-o-philia even extends to bare-necked carrion eaters.

They often stand, sentinel like, keeping watch over the plains.

This kingfisher is a terrestrial bird. It hunts insects and lizards and can often be found far from water. I’ll look it up in my guidebook later.

Sand Grouse on the move as the impending short rains promise to break the dusty grip the dry season has held on the land.

2 responses

  1. Roberta Reeners

    I meant to ask about the Swallow, whose photo you posted yesterday – different from the ones we see here (Ireland) – Hirunda rustica. Can you ID? A glorious bird!

    August 24, 2011 at 5:24 am

  2. julie beddome

    Your photos never disappoint!

    August 24, 2011 at 2:58 pm

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