Readers’ wildlife photos

Today we have another batch of photos from reader Ralph Burgess, whose photos I’ve posted twice before (see here for the links). They were taken in Kruger National Park from September to December of last year 2019 (the first batch of that series was here).  The IDs are his, and are indented.

Marico sunbird (Cinnyris mariquensis):

Martial eagle (Polemaetu bellicosus):

Red-crested korhaan (Lophotis ruficrista):

Reed cormorant (Microcarbo africanus):

Rufous-naped lark (Mirafra africana):

Southern ground hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri):

Southern masked weaver (Ploceus velatus):

Southern yellow-billed hornbill (Tockus leucomelas):

22 Comments

  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 8:10 am | Permalink

    Nice set!

  2. David Fuqua
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Ralph, what equipment do you use to capture these awesome images?

  3. Posted March 18, 2020 at 8:35 am | Permalink

    Wow, marvellous pix! Is that colorful bird really an eagle?

  4. Posted March 18, 2020 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    Wow, excellent photos Ralph. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Terry Sheldon
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 8:44 am | Permalink

    Some great photos there! Thanks!!

  6. merilee
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    Beautiful! What kind of carcass does that eagle have?

    • Nicolaas Stempels
      Posted March 18, 2020 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

      Monitor lizard, my guess.

      • Nicolaas Stempels
        Posted March 18, 2020 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

        Rock Monitor.

  7. boudiccadylis
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Interested in the carcass too. Why do some birds, very few I think, have such magnificent eyelashes. That hornbill could advertise eye cosmetics. Gorgeous,of course the “funny red stuff” :•) would have to be concealed.

    • Posted March 18, 2020 at 10:58 am | Permalink

      Was wondering that too. Kind of looks like a decapitated lizard but not at all sure. It looks so flat.

      • merilee
        Posted March 18, 2020 at 11:26 am | Permalink

        Flat was my first thought, too. Did the boid just suck the guts out of the poor critter?

        • C.
          Posted March 18, 2020 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

          I tried a limited search to try working that out. I couldn’t find a decent photo to say one way or another but my initial thinking was perhaps a species agama or maybe a monitor lizard. Perhaps someone with knowledge of the Kruger herpetofauna might chime in.

    • Posted March 18, 2020 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, I thought the same thing too about the hornbill!

      @Ralph – Wonderful photos. Thanks.

  8. rickflick
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 9:55 am | Permalink

    Well done Ralph. The korhaan is certainly sharp tongued.

  9. Dtaylor
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 10:15 am | Permalink

    Stunning photos! Thank you so much!

  10. enl
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 11:15 am | Permalink

    My, but that hornbill has quite the come-hither look.

    • C.
      Posted March 18, 2020 at 12:24 pm | Permalink

      Funny, I thought it was one of utter disdain and contempt, but then I’m not good at deciding human facial expressions, no reason to think I’d understand aves any better.

  11. phar84
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    Excellent expressive pictures, thanks!

  12. Posted March 18, 2020 at 11:27 am | Permalink

    Stunning! (Wow, those eye lashes!)

  13. Posted March 18, 2020 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Wow! Those eagles are scary.

  14. Posted March 18, 2020 at 11:43 am | Permalink

    Wonderful stuff!

  15. Mark R.
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 4:13 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful set of photos. Does that Martial eagle have a dead lizard? It looks skinned- very odd.


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