We’re getting into rather dangerous territory here, but more for ourselves than anything else.
Every so often a bird surfaces on Londolozi that we haven’t recorded here, or at least not for a long time. Last year we started noticing Yellow-bellied Greenbuls around the camp. Easily mistaken at a glance for a Sombre Greenbul (which we see plenty of), it got us wondering how many times they’d been overlooked or just written off as the more common species.
An Olive Bushshrike was seen a few years ago, and although we’re officially just outside their distribution range, it is certainly possible that there are more around than we think, and we make the assumption that they are the more common Orange-Breasted variety when we see a flash of colour in the undergrowth.
Which brings us to today’s bird…
We’re putting in two pictures so that you have a bit more evidence to go on, but we’ll come right out with it and say we aren’t 100% sure what it is.
We think we know – we certainly know the family – but have yet to confirm it with the birding authorities. Our arguments centred around two species – neither of which get recorded here often – but we’re convinced by now that it’s one not the other.
There are two other of species from this same family that we see regularly at Londolozi, but the one we suspect these photos are of we don’t see here. At least we can’t remember it being recorded. Looking it up in the books, we should see them here, as we are inside its range and we have sections of the reserve that match its habitat choice, so if it is what we think it is (and we may well be wrong), then chances are we’ve actually been seeing them all the time but writing them off as the more common members of the family.
Have a crack, we’ll tell you what we think it is in the Week in Pictures on Friday, and we’ll run a post next week going into a bit more detail as to why we came to our conclusions.