I have always loved birds, and a friend of mine has taken me ringing previously. With that in mind, I have decided to start photographing birds, mostly in the Willows, and post them for others to look at. There are various birds frequenting the Willows, and also several breeding pairs. Little geese and such like make very cute balls of fluff, so here they all are.

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As a convention, I will be posting the photographic details in 35mm format, so all digital camera and other conversions have been taken into account.

Blacksmith Plover

These photos were taken at home of a pair of Blacksmith Plovers (Vanellus armatus) which built a nest and have had some chicks survive so far. Because their nest is right on the edge of the Fairlands Spruit, heavy rains have washed away previous nests and chicks. I had been waiting about a months for the chicks to hatch (which I missed), but I have been photographing them as they have been growing.

One of the parents on the nest

5 Feb 2007, 18h27, 300mm, 1/100, F2.8, +0.3EV

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One of four balls of fluff, 3 days old

27 Feb 2007, 16h56, 300mm, 1/500, F5.6, +0.0EV

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Parent on guard

27 Feb 2007, 16h59, 300mm, 1/250, F8.0, +0.0EV

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Another of the balls of fluff

27 Feb 2007, 17h03, 300mm, 1/160, F16.0, +0.0EV

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An 8-day old ball of fluff

4 Mar 2007, 17h57, 300mm, 1/100, F4.0, +0.7EV

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Numbers reduced to three

4 Mar 2007, 18h05, 300mm, 1/40, F2.8, +0.7EV

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Snuggling up for the night

4 Mar 2007, 18h07, 300mm, 1/100, F2.8, +0.7EV

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Sunday morning exploring, now 22 days old

18 Mar 2007, 10h45, 300mm, 1/500, F5.6, +0.3EV

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Parents still watching out for the last two

18 Mar 2007, 10h45, 300mm, 1/500, F5.6, +0.3EV

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Egyptian Goose

The Egyptian Geese (Alopochen aegyptiacus) seem to love the Willows, as it is a relatively safe place to rear large batches of chicks. The biggest lot I've seen has been 10. Unfortunately, the survival rate has been dropping recently, and the current batch has dwindled to 4. They are just about ready to leave, and I have only one pic so far of one stretching its wings.

Stretching wings

27 Feb 2007, 16h51, 300mm, 1/640, F5.6, +0.0EV

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Black Eagle

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort are famous for their pair of nesting Black Eagles (Aquila verreauxii). I went there yesterday with friends for a picnic, but took the camera along just in case. I got one (rather blurred) photo of one of them just about to disappear behind a tree. Maybe next time I'll get better.

Black eagle in flight

17 Mar 2007, 15h20, 1500mm, 1/200, F25.2, +0.0EV

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