I continue to draw off my library of photographs.
Waxbills, Buntings, Pytillias, Twinspots, Finches and Mannikins
Often when driving along the roads of Kruger, small birds will pop up from the roadside ahead and dart off into the shelter of nearby vegetation. So small are they, that one can easily be unaware of this beautiful world lying at one’s feet. It pays to travel slowly and scan the roadside ahead for these little jewels. Only through a pair of good binoculars can one appreciate them. Take note as well of the little birds feeding on the floor in the camps.
Once, during the dry season, at the Matjulu waterhole near Bergendal, I made a small puddle of water in the vehicle turning circle by bringing along cannisters of water from camp. What entertainment I then had from the array of exquisite birds that arrived to drink. I make note of which of the following photographs were taken at this very puddle.
Green-winged Pytillia (Melba Finch)