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Paradise birds of Kilome

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Af Paradise Flycatcher РFerreti ©muoki kioko 2016

i had to literally drop my pants to capture this! ūüôā

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Terpsiphone Viridis (white Morph) Р©muoki kioko 2016

6 Years in the waiting to get image of this one! Just when i’ve given up looking out for it and put away my camera it lands a mere one metre infront of me completly ignoring my presence flapping it’s fabulously long white tail (some 30cm or so) and takes it’s time preening itself turning its body back and forth!

Off for my camera and its gone..

Love the way it’s tail follows it, flowing in a wave like manner.

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Proop, proop, prooop

With their distinct light blue underbellies

Making loads of proop, proop sounds as they swarm an area

These annually migrating birds move in flocks from Europe and asia and are here on their way down to southern Africa and are known as ‘Eurasian Bee Eaters’.

Looking at their size and thinking of the journey they make annually gets me asking – if this small creation has the courage to cross oceans, desert’s and seas on its small wings ‘What does that say about a people that have Never visited the village next door’?

Birding Paradise?

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As I write this these are some of my daily visitors most of whom are barely 10 metres from me right now. With a pocket camera you will easily get these images while bird lovers will enjoy the constant daily drama without getting off their seat!
Above is the Somali golden breasted bunting that’s always on the ground somewhere in the compound occasionally peeping at the door.

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Then there’s this family of red cheeked coudon bleu who’s young one’s come within a metre and wonder why the adults fly away when there is movement.

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The emerald spotted wood (you can see the emerald spots on the side of the wings). These never cease to amaze me as you’ll even find them taking a nap near the ground infront of my door at 8:00 in the morning. Leaves you wondering where they were last night.

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Then there’s this paradise fly catcher with his cousin who has beautiful long white tail feathers who’s day is not complete with an unmistakable chatter in front of the house for a few minutes.

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The drongo’s are unmistakable in the compound constantly hunting from lower branches.

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While the bare eyed thrush has it’s distinct call when it¬† checks in. looking like the common olive thrush but with black streaks under its white chin and a bare orange skin around it’s eye which gives it it’s name.
Are there specials, yes!

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The green winged pytilia’s occasionally check in… and with the Eurasian migrant season having started it’s not unusual to get a visitor like this one

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not forgetting raptor’s some resident, others passersby.
*a checklist of some of other birds observed here is on the ‘Flora & Fauna’ page on this site.

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©Muoki Kioko 2009-2013
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