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Patsy Weingart
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Omgosh, I was going to ask about a bird feature for a friend that is also a Londolozi blog fan. Too funny that you read my mind.

Talley Smith
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Thanks Patsy, I think I’ll make it a regular one then, every six weeks!! Now the migrants are coming back so should be getting some good variety!

Claire
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Who knew pigeons could be so pretty!

Talley Smith
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Exactly! I actually prefer the Afrikaans name for this bird, papegaaiduif, which directly translates as ‘parrot dove’. More fitting, I think!

Debra Wortman
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Awesome photos!

Talley Smith
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Thanks Debra! Your trip must be getting close now! 🙂

Nix Illes
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Beautiful, beautiful shots! It really made my heart squeeze to see these! Thank you. I never thought of myself as being much into bird spotting until I spent some time in the Lowveldt, and quickly became fairly addicted!.. 🙂

Talley Smith
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Thanks Nix, it’s amazing how people tend to come to the Lowveld for the cats and Big 5 but stay for the birds!

Sheena
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Exquisite …..

Angela
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Love the week in pictures series…but this week’s was a real treat! Thanks! 🙂

Nell Knol
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What beautiful photos. Thanks for reminding me of Africa’s beauty

Penny Parker
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These birding pics are sensational – have such a love for the birds of the bush 🙂 So really enjoyed this week in pictures. And just a note on the stunning pic of the African green pigeons – their call – “The Tarzan call – is just one of my favourites.

Willy Smith
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Gorgeous shots Talley, I wonder if the African green pigeons were trying to find some gravel for their crops? I noticed not only the talons of the white backed vulture, but also the powerful and sharp point of the hooded vulture’s beak! He can really do some ripping with that, I’m sure! Vultures are often under rated birds, in my opinion….they are masters of flight.
Glad you will make the Birds a regular feature. Goose season appraoching here 🙂
UW

Talley Smith
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UW, sorry for the late reply, but you’re absolutely right about the different vultures’ beaks! The Hooded is generally the first at a kill because with its sharp beak it can open up carcasses. They are amazing birds, and what is probably the most incredible for me is that they can see from such vast distances. The family is here now and we miss you! Enjoy the geese! 🙂

Paul Bradley
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Talley,
We miss you!
I posted my video of the lions and the cape buffalo: http://youtu.be/xwUuNwbMxtA
Paul, Mindy, and Marjani

Talley Smith
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Hi guys thank you so much for this! An unbelievable sighting and I’m so glad we were all there together. Miss you, and will be in touch over email!

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