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Nature Explored

Photography
by Chris Dunford

 

 

 

 

 

 





 

Ruaha Birds I (September)

Ruaha red-billed hornbill025 The Ruaha red-billed hornbill is a recently discovered subspecies, indigenous to this area only

A superb starling stood around looking - well, superb!026 A superb starling stood around looking - well, superb!

A white-backed vulture picking over the last remains of a kill. A hooded vulture looks on027 A white-backed vulture picking over the last remains of a kill. A hooded vulture looks on

The fish eagle's call is known as the 'voice of Africa'028 The fsh eagle's call is known as the 'voice of Africa'

The strikingly coloured grey crowned crane029 The strikingly coloured grey crowned crane

Saddle-billed stork standing on the bank of the Great Ruaha river030 Saddle-billed stork standing on the bank of the Great Ruaha river

The Hammerkop was a common bird along the Great Ruaha river031 The Hammerkop was a common bird along the Great Ruaha river

Saddle-billed stork in flight032 Saddle-billed stork in flight

One of the most beautiful birds in the World, the lilac-breasted roller. They were very common throughout the Park033 One of the most beautiful birds in the World, the lilac-breasted roller. They were very common throughout the Park

The stunning coloured wings of the lilac-breasted roller caught as it is about to land034 The stunning coloured wings of the lilac-breasted roller caught as it is about to land

A male Von Der Decken's hornbill. They were generally seen in pairs as they mate for life035 A male Von Der Decken's hornbill. They were generally seen in pairs as they mate for life

I think the laughing dove is the prettiest species036 I think the laughing dove is the prettiest species

Namaqua Dove037 Male Namaqua dove

Southern ground hornbills are the size of turkeys and they can fly too038 Southern ground hornbills are the size of turkeys and they can fly too

Hooded vulures are the smallest species and so have to wait last in line at a kill039 Hooded vulures are the smallest species and so have to wait last in line at a kill

Red-necked spurfowl040 Red-necked spurfowl

Ruaha red-billed hornbills are a recently discovered subspecies and are strikingly attractive residents of the National Park041 Ruaha red-billed hornbills are a recently discovered subspecies and are strikingly attractive residents of the National Park

African Golden Breasted  Bunting042 The African golden-breasted bunting came to the bird bath in front of our tent

A lone female ostrich043 A lone female ostrich

Red-billed oxpeckers at work on a giraffe's neck044 Red-billed oxpeckers at work on a giraffe's neck

Guineafowl were common all over the Park but were also quite wary and so made difficult subjects to photograph045 Guineafowl were common all over the Park but were also quite wary and so made difficult subjects to photograph

This bright eyed bird has the unusual name of water thick-knee and is a relative of the seagull046 This bright eyed bird has the unusual name of water thick-knee and is a relative of the seagull

Hildebrandt's francolins have a very noisy and raucous call and are one of the sounds of the Ruaha bush047 Hildebrandt's francolins have a very noisy and raucous call and are one of the sounds of the Ruaha bush

The rufous red crown and nape, and black and white barring identified this bird as a red-necked falcon048 The rufous red crown and nape, and black and white barring identified this bird as a red-necked falcon