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Fledgeling Kingfishers

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Fledgeling Kingfishers

I had the pleasure of being at the right place, at the right time today, of watching 3 Kingfisher fledgelings (they fledged only yesterday according to a local expert) trying out their new aerobatic skills, whilst walking my dog in the local park.

Unfortunately I did not have a camera with me - but in any case it would have been difficult to capture them in flight.

My local park is a very small, narrow and dense woodland/riverine park located close to busy roads and it is difficult to see any birds other than the usual (tame) collared doves, wood pigeons, blackbirds, blue tits, robins, magpies and the (non-endemic) parakeets but I also spotted a Kestrel flying through the woodland area, which made my day complete!

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It is true that we start taking for granted the various "common" local birds,and I do enjoy the ones Tabs mentions on Stoaty cam when I view it,and indeed SA's most common birds as well. I guess I am lucky that I go to a small park here,and daily,many walkers stop to chat about what Ive seen or am looking at. Many take great joy in what Id consider painfully common birds,but when I see this,and spend time chatting about whatever birds are around at the time,I appreciate each and every sighting. We are moving into our "slow time" in the city,where we are between migration seasons. Only a limited number of species nest within the city,so while I wait for fall migration to get started again in August,I enjoy "our" nesting Redtails,help out with fledging Peregrine Falcons and view young of almost any species. Its all great to watch. Seeing the care various parent birds take of their young,is a great source of entertainment.

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"Lynne/VA" wrote:
Thanks Tabs, for sharing your birding report and the view into your local park.. I enjoyed reading it. Your common birds there are not allways common here. Hope to see more of your post in the future. Smiling

Funny isn't it Lynne? I met a lovely couple in this tiny park a few weeks ago who were peering intensely through their bino's (and trying to take photos) at a very common bird here.... I stopped to talk to them about what they were looking at and they turned out to be South Africans visiting their children and grandkids, who had moved here two years ago. The couple were avid birders in their home country and were very excited to see the various tits, blackbirds, magpies etc in the local park - most of which species I take for granted of course - that they don't see in SA.

I have to admit that talking to them made me much more appreciative of the 'common' birds in my area as I get excited at hearing the calls, and having sightings of, the 'common' Cape Turtle Doves, Hornbills, Starlings, waxbills etc, etc whenever I am in Africa!

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Nice sighting Tabs....The smallest lagoon in the world can offer nice sighting .... Laughing out loud

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Thanks Tabs, for sharing your birding report and the view into your local park.. I enjoyed reading it. Your common birds there are not allways common here. Hope to see more of your post in the future. Smiling

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