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Pygmy takes Dwarf

African Pygmy Kingfisher (Ispidina picta) with Cape Dwarf Gecko (Lygodactylus capensis), Schagen, South Africa. January 2013. Like all kingfishers, the African Pygmy lays its eggs in a hole rather than build a nest. For some kingfisher species this hole is a tree cavity, but for this little gem of a bird it is a burrow. … Read more Pygmy takes Dwarf

Flufftail Frustration

Buff-spotted Flufftail (Sarothrura elegans) juvenile and female. The Artist’s Press, Brondal, South Africa. January 2013. It was always going to be a long shot. Tamar Mason had let me know  – once again, and for the third year in a row – that her resident Buff-spotted Flufftails had produced young in the damp shrubberies alongside … Read more Flufftail Frustration

Twig Alert

Bar-throated Apalis (Apalis thoracica) pair and Collared Sunbird (Hedydipna collaris) mobbing Southern Vine Snake (Thelotornis capensis), Turaco Wood, Nelspruit, January 2013. ‘tjick . . tjick . .tjick . . tjick . .tjick . . tjick . .tjick . . tjick . .tjick . . tjick’. Okay, it’s been found again. Without leaving my desk, the … Read more Twig Alert

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