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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:20 PM   #1
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A few shots taken last week. The weather was rather poor [overcast] for photography, however, some species arrived for the show.

The first two are of a Green Pigeon, rather a pretty bird. their food consists mainly of fruit,hence the wild fig tree he/she is feeding in. They act and look a little likeparrots.


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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:21 PM   #2
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The second shot, showing his yellow "socks"


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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:25 PM   #3
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A Goliath Heron having his hair blow-dried


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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:28 PM   #4
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A Puff-Adder lying in the road. They are responsible for many deaths in Africa, [bettered by the hippo and mosquito, I think]


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This Red-billed Horn-Bill took this sign quite seriously :G


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A Marabou Stork gracefully bows to accept the Mr. Handsome award :O


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Then the REAL Mr. handsome steps forward - The Saddle-Billed Stork [named after the yellow "saddle" on top of his bill,] is one of SA's 'Big Six' rare birds. I was fortunate enough to get close to this chap, the shot not cropped at all.




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Old Mar 14, 2006, 12:46 PM   #8
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JakeTPegg - Great pictures. I hope you weren't too close to that Puff Adder, or were you? Very clear shots.

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Old Mar 14, 2006, 1:16 PM   #9
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I hope you weren't too close to that Puff Adder, or were you?

Hi LT7. thanks for looking in and commenting, I was about 2 meters from the snake, they are rather lazy snakes, although they do strike pretty fast.
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All these shots look like you hand painted the birds. The last is expecially nifty, and I notice you left few if any dabs of paint on the ground.

That Goliath really looks very much like a fancy version of our Great Blue. I'll bet their close relatives.'

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