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James Tyrrell


James had hardly touched a camera when he came to Londolozi, but his writing skills that complemented his Honours degree in Zoology meant that he was quickly snapped up by the Londolozi blog team. An environment rich in photographers helped him develop the ...

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Hi James, So little to work with! The general jizz suggests a swallow or a martin, but I must concede that in the field, assuming this was the best view on offer, I would have to “pass” on a positive ID. However after considering many swallows and a few martins I am going with immature Wire-tailed Swallow based of the touch of rufous on the back of the head, wings (I think) protruding beyond the all white tail and the warmer shade of white in the neck region. I am assuming that the dark vent-band is obscured by the bird’s perch. Not a confident stab! Ian

The first two birds that came to my mind were the black-crowned tchagra and the brubru. It’s a pure guess, but I’m going with the brubru.

This was really difficult for a non birder like me. I went to the internet and a bird guide and can only guess some type of swallow? The image omits the face…. ? more challenging!!

Pin-tailed whydah (male), I’m guessing.

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