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Winter light

10 May 2023 - Glen Austin Pan

Early morning winter sun at Glen Austin Pan is magical, as long as the birds cooperate a little. I spent an hour on the eastern side of the pan and managed a few of the resident waterfowl - Cape Shoveler

Cape Shoveler (Spatula smithii)

Male Cape Shoveler (Spatula smithii)

Female Cape Shoveler (Spatula smithii)




and Red-billed Teal were the only species cooperating this morning

Red-billed Teal (Anas erythrorhyncha)




I had a Wattled Lapwing flyby

African Wattled Lapwing (Vanellus senegallus)


and managed to get the resident Malachite Kingfisher as it was hunting on the fringes

Malachite Kingfisher (Corythornis cristata)


Overhead, there were many Brown-throated Martin, but always difficult to photograph, as their flight is so unpredictable, especially when swinging the heavy 600mm prime

Brown-throated Martin (Riparia paludicola)


And a surprise White-rumped Swift

White-rumped Swift (Apus caffer)






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