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Olive-headed Weaver - In search of the

Text and photographs by Dan Nuttall 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding February 1998 Vol.3, No.1)

A first sighting is a rare pleasure, something that lingers in the minds of most birders. Today is no exception. What makes this particular sighting so indelible is my awareness that very few people have seen this species. But here, literally in hand, are 12 Olive-headed Weavers - an intriguing and rarely seen species. Courtesy of Robert Prys-Jones, I am sitting amidst the vast avifaunal collection of the Rothschild Zoological Museum in Tring, England. The collection forms a part of the larger faunal collection of the British Natural History Museum.  

Last Updated ( Sunday, 24 October 2010 11:44 ) Read more...
 

Olive-headed Weaver revealed

Text and photographs by Johann Grobbelaar 
(taken from Africa Birds and Birding April 2003 Vol.8, No.2)

WeaversI'm staring at a nest 12 meters up a tree. The scary part is that I am at eye-level with it … not very comforting unless you're used to being at a height equivalent to that of a four-storey building. Sweat is running into my eyes as I peer through the viewfinder. It's hot outside, but that's nothing compared to the heat trapped within my small hide. Not even the honey bee that has just crawled down my sock into my right boot can distract me.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 October 2008 12:18 ) Read more...
 

Mooiloop Tydskrif praat oor ons en die Olyfkopwewer

Ek en 'n paar vriende het in Junie 2008 naby Inhambane, Mosambiek, gaan skubaduik, maar gure weer het ons uit die water gehou. Net daar en dan het ek my vriende oorreed om saam met my die binneland in te vaar op soek na een van Suider-Afrika se seldsaamste voëls: die olyfkopwewer (Ploceus olivaceiceps). Lees die res van die berig hier...
Last Updated ( Friday, 03 October 2008 00:25 )
 

Great Knots found on the Mozambique Coast

While leading a birding trip to Southern Mozambique, Maans Booysen located and photographed no less than 3 Great Knots (Calidris tenuirostris) at the Barra Peninsula, near Inhambane, Southern Mozambique. There is one previous record of Great Knot for the Barra Peninsula by Faansie Peacock in December 2004, but given these birds propensity to return to the same area, it is conceivable that one might be the same bird that Faansie recorded in 2004.

Last Updated ( Monday, 10 January 2011 12:44 ) Read more...
 

European Blackcap At Bishopbird Park Centurion

 

 

Maans Booysen photographed a European Blackcap at Bishop Bird Park in Centurion back in 2008. Here’s a portion of his original email from SA Birdnet and one of the photos he took: On the 27th December 2008 I had seen and photographed a pair of European Blackcaps at Bishop Bird Park in Rooihuiskraal Centurion. I was looking to photograph Common Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, which I managed to do . In this process I managed to take 8 pics. of the European Blackcaps the quality not the best.A week ago I sorted some photographs when I came across them again, and realizing that I was ignorant about what I had seen and photographed and did not pay attention in what I was doing then. These birds where very relaxed and they were in a bird party feeding on berries and insects. I did not expect to see them there, and mistaken for Whitethroat or Garden Warbler.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 27 March 2013 07:16 )
 


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Maans Booysen photographed a European Blackcap at Bishop Bird Park in Centurion back in 2008. Here’s a portion of his original email from SA Birdnet and one of the photos he took:

On the 27th December 2008 I had seen and photographed a pair of European Blackcaps at Bishop Bird Park in Rooihuiskraal Centurion. I was looking to photograph Common Whitethroat & Garden Warbler, which I managed to do . In this process I managed to take 8 pics. of the European Blackcaps the quality not the best . A week ago I sorted some photographs when I came across them again, and realizing that I was ignorant about what I had seen and photographed and did not pay attention in what I was doing then. These birds where very relaxed and they were in a bird partyfeeding on berries and insects. I did not expect to see them there, and mistaken for Whitethroat or Garden Warbler

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