When guest Ian Hall requested that we spent some time trying to photograph birds I was only too thrilled! Particularly interested in Kingfishers we decided to spend the morning at the causeway on the Sand River to test our luck. Now, I by no means have the correct equipment set up for true bird photography but we work with what we’ve got and occasionally come out with something worthwhile. We sat for quite some time and had some great sightings of Green-backed Heron, African Jacanas, Malachite Kingfishers, Common Sandpipers, White-breasted Cormorants, Black Crakes, Hamerkops, Wattled Lapwings and Pied Kingfishers.
However, the star of the show was undoubtedly the Giant Kingfisher who we watched for the most part of the morning while it hunted and then proceeded to finish off a tasty breakfast of Tilapia in front of us! The morning ended with an exciting visit from a Coqui Franklin as it popped its head out of the foliage. All in all it was a great morning of birding and proves once again that a little patience in the bush goes a long way. I hope you enjoy this selection of shots I managed to snap from the mornings endeavour.
Written and photographed by: Andrea Campbell