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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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on What Bird is This? #31

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James, I think it hawk

Amur Falcon or a Kestrel?

Nice one. Amur…

I don’t know James! You couldn’t show us their heads? Ha! Some sort of hawk with a fan tail…but w/o cheating, no idea! We have beautiful ospreys around here (SoCal) we love to watch on our walks.

Our lesser stripped swallows left yesterday, but they left two little ones behind. The nest is right here under the roof by my kitchen. So I talk all day to these little ones and even rescued one by putting her back in the nest 3 times when she was still learning to fly. She is strong now and flies well, but in the begining her little feet could not grab onto something, so she could not sit. But now she is much better and sits on the electrical cord outside and talks to me. So I am going to say swallows as my ID challenge.

Taita Falcon?

Hi Christiaan. We wish! Taita falcons don’t occur here; their habitat is generally around cliffs and gorges (they nest on high cliffs)…

peregrine falcon

Lanner Falcon

Black headed tern

Amur falcons?


Hi James, Given that there are three birds and they look like raptors wings shapes I will go with Amur Falcon as they should still be around. Darker wing tips suggest possibly Eurasian Hobby but as Londos has had only one previous sighting that seems unlikely

Hi Ian, correct!
(we’ve actually had a couple of Eurasian Hobby sightings; usually one or two per season, especially if the bird in question hangs around for a few days…)

European Roler

Are they Amur falcons? Red-footed falcons? Long pointy wings, gathering to migrate about this time of year. We saw a flock of them at Londolozi in 2019…

Hi Holly, correct!

Very late to this, and haven’t yet gotten to the later blogs, but I’m saying hawk as well!

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