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Nick Tennick

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Nick has always loved the outdoors and never turns down an opportunity for an adventure. After finishing high school in Johannesburg, where he grew up, Nick spent a gap year in the Zimbabwean bushveld which truly sparked his love for wildlife and conservation ...

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on Bird Behaviour: Rousing Courtship Rituals

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In many respects, not too different from humans!

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Good stuff as usual. Thanks and keep it up

Thank you, Jim.

Great article, Nick, on the different ways to attract females of those birds. I have seen the “suicide” bird in action several times. It’s stunning. The photos of this blog are great.

Thank you, Christa. I’m glad you enjoyed the photographs. The Red Crested Korhaan has a really interesting style of attracting the females.

The male birds in their beautiful colour feathers are stunning. We have a pair of woodland kingfishers here in front of our garden. Such beautiful birds and the male brings food for the female. The violent backed starlings are also here with their stunning dark pinkish feathers . Bird attire is very rewarding to see.

How instinctive is the weaving process by Weavers. Do they know inherently or do they learn by observation or are they taught by the parent … has that been determined?

Each specie of weaver has a unique design to their own nest and follow distinctive steps when building their nests, therefore I believe its a combination. of instinct as well as learning while observing. Males will try and fail to build what would be the perfect nest many times a season and it can take a number of tries before the female finally chooses an appropriate nest.

As one who is quite weak as a birder, I enjoy reading all of the blogs produced by the Londolozi team that are related to birds, their migration patterns, breeding habits, prey vs predator and so on. My main experience with courtship behavior is observing the weavers building their nests and then balancing on the completed domain, hoping to attract a female. around my house I’ve never observed the mating ritual between the mourning doves, but have been fortunate enough to watch both the male and female sit on the resulting eggs, ultimately producing two chicks. I think if I lived in an area with so many interesting species like Londolozi , my interest and knowledge of birds would improve immensely…..

Thanks for the comment Denise. It appears you have a great interest in birds and you”ll find that you are not as much of ‘a weak birder’ as you think. Continue to ask questions and read the blogs about the birds and you will be ahead of the rest.

Nick, what beautiful pictures and sounds you have put together. Great presentation on the birds and their mating rituals.

My absolute favourite is the Red Crested Korhaan! I absolutely love their style!

I Agree, Gawie! They have a really unique call and act of courtship.

Nick, Thanks for your insights into birding courtships! It really quite interesting. The photos have us wanting to focus more on getting great shots of the different bird species on our next visit!

I’m thrilled you enjoyed the blog, Michael and Terri. Summer is a fantastic time of the year to come to Londolozi to get some great shots of the bird life on the reserve. The team is looking forward to having you back !

Super interesting Nick, thank you!

Birds and their fascinating behaviour – incredible. If you weren’t a birder before – you will be after this blog.

Hi Kara. Yes birding is so fascinating and can enhance the safari experience so much.

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