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  1. Surfing Little Egret

    Surfing Little Egret

    This bird was fishing in rock pools when it was chased by wave - taken from the southern wall of the tidal pool at Salt Rock, Dolphin Coast, KwaZulu-Natal.
  2. Alan Manson

    South Africa ID Please

    I'm new to this game, but I would say: Orthetrum caffrum TWO-STRIPED SKIMMER Nesciothemis farinosa EASTERN BLACKTAIL Trithemis stictica JAUNTY DROPWING Ischnura senegalensis AFRICAN BLUETAIL
  3. Alan Manson

    Shimba Hills NP Dragonflies 5 Dec 12

    Dragons are a new challenge for me, and I have no experience outside South Africa, but here goes: 1. Tramea limbata FERRUGINOUS GLIDER 2. Palpopleura portia PORTIA WIDOW 3. Trithemis arteriosa RED-VEINED DROPWING 4. Orthetrum sp. - There are several Skimmers that look similar 5. Tetrathemis...
  4. Alan Manson

    Clowning crows

    I did get a few poor shots - posted at http://vmus.adu.org.za/vm_view_record.php?vm=BirdPix-1195
  5. Alan Manson

    Clowning crows

    Hi Les, Vic Roberts, my wife and and I once saw similar behaviour by a White-necked Raven (one of a group of at least 10) at the Giants Castle Hide (KZN, South Africa). We watched the bird hang from the branch of a tree growing out of the cliff face. I must check with Vic to see if he got any...
  6. Alan Manson

    Rufous-collared Sparrow subspecies

    See also HBW/IBC: http://ibc.lynxeds.com/species/rufous-collared-sparrow-zonotrichia-capensis
  7. Alan Manson

    Verreaux's Eagle, Johannesburg, South Africa

    http://www.africam.com/wildlife/black_eagle_webcam HATCH WATCH ALERT: Emoyeni (The Verreaux's Eagle) is currently sitting on her 2 eggs which are expected to hatch sometime in the next 7 days.
  8. Alan Manson


    That's been done already (sort of) - google "Pastafarianism"
  9. Cool


    The first time I've seen a Squacco on Cedara.
  10. Alan Manson

    3 more for Opus from 3 continents and a question on gallery and Opus rules

    Hi Delia, I download the photos, and open them in Irfanview and then look in properties (Image - information); or in Windows photo viewer (File - Properties - Details). I remember a thread that mentioned a browser add-on that could do it from the browser, but never followed it up. Alan
  11. Alan Manson

    Southern African Forum

    Short-tailed Pipit, Cedara See this thread for photos from Saturday's twitch at Cedara, near Pietermaritzburg. Happy New Year to you all! Alan
  12. Horus Swift

    Horus Swift

  13. Alan Manson

    Comment by 'Alan Manson' in media 'Black-headed Gonolek'

    Super shot of a cracking bird!
  14. Alan Manson

    Comment by 'Alan Manson' in media 'Lanner Flacon'

    Cracking shot of a beautiful bird; I don't think that the bright corner detracts too much - it gives the background some variation without drawing attention away from the bird.
  15. Alan Manson

    Comment by 'Alan Manson' in media 'Brown-headed Parrots'

    Great shot Niels - the background gives the shot a lovely mood!
  16. Alan Manson

    Gecko, South Africa

    Hi Niels, I'm no expert, but this is probably Lygodactylus capensis capensis Common Dwarf Gecko (Gekkonidae). It is the most commonly recorded gecko in the Virtual Museum of the Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment (SARCA; http://adu.org.za/). Regards Alan
  17. Alan Manson

    Report images in the Gallery with the wrong scientific name

    This Fiscal Flycatcher should be Sigelus silens.
  18. Alan Manson

    Comment by 'Alan Manson' in media 'Fairy Flycatcher'

    Stunning little birds, aren't they! Good shot, considering their hyperactivity.
  19. Secretarybird


    While I was surveying for the SA Bird Atlas Project, this chap circled over me as it crossed the road.
  20. Alan Manson

    Comment by 'Alan Manson' in media 'Chorister Robin-Chat'

    Beautiful! - and certainly unusual to get a shot like this. I am fortunate to get these in my garden, but have never had an opportunity to take a photo like this - well done! We do, however, often have the pleasure of experiencing their considerable vocal talent.
  21. Purple Heron

    Purple Heron

    On Tuesday we had one of those crisp, clear mornings ...
  22. Alan Manson

    Comment by 'Alan Manson' in media 'Chestnut-banded Plover'

    Great shot of a bird I have yet to see.