Readers’ wildlife photos

Today is the final and fifth installment of lovely bird photos by Ralph Burgess, taken in South Africa’s Kruger National Park between September and December, 2019 (previous installments: 1, 2, 3, and 4). Ralph’s IDs are indented.

White-backed vulture (Gypus africanus), three photos:



White crowned lapwing (Vanellus albiceps):

Two photos of the woodland kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis):


Yellow-billed kite (Milvus aegyptius):

Yellow-billed oxpecker (Buphagus africanus):

Yellow-breasted apalis (Apalis flavida):



  1. Janet
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:25 am | Permalink

    These are simply spectacular, Ralph! Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Very good pictures! Those are all terrific.

  3. normwalsh
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 8:57 am | Permalink

    They are lovely.

  4. merilee
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:28 am | Permalink


  5. EdwardM
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    I am amazed at those face wattles on the Lapwing. Girls like weird things.

  6. Posted April 7, 2020 at 9:47 am | Permalink

    Absolutely stunning! I love the second one of the vultures with the red sky. And the Ox peckers. What fun. Thank you for sharing these.

  7. Debra Coplan
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:12 am | Permalink

    Fantastic photos! Thanks for sharing.

  8. rickflick
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:46 am | Permalink

    A joy to see. Thanks.
    There are many species of kingfisher around the world. It seems at first as though they inhabit a small, riparian, niche, and would not be abundant. But it seems to be a great way to make a living. They all have the enlarged bill for scooping up fish.

  9. Posted April 7, 2020 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    This is a real picker-upper, Ralph! Simply wonderful stuff.

  10. Mark R.
    Posted April 7, 2020 at 10:47 pm | Permalink


  11. Dtaylor
    Posted April 8, 2020 at 7:06 pm | Permalink

    All stunning photos, but the one that captivated me the most was the third vulture photo. It seemed oddly worthy of a spot-the-vulture feature, the regal scavenger in the carcass of the tree.

  12. Andrea Kenner
    Posted April 9, 2020 at 2:59 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful photos!

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