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Beautiful Bird Photos from Prince Albert

We spent five months house-sitting South Africa’s during Covid -19 lockdown in a tiny town on the edge of the Karoo Desert. And it was here, that we had the opportunity to capture some beautiful bird photos in Prince Albert, South Africa. Having many of these feathered friends visit us on a daily basis sure made time fly by.

Coming from Australia, these bird species were completely new to us and we found ourselves absolutely enthralled in their beauty and day to day activities. All of these images were captured with my Sony a7III coupled with the Sony 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens. It was a near impossible task to shoot them mid-flight, and even when they were flitting around the flowers I had to be quick to acquire a shot.

Little did we know that this small town, on the edge of the southern Karoo, would provide us with so many photographic moments. Although we took thousands of images, here are a few special ones. All were taken within the confines of the backyard.

Malachite Sunbird amongst the orange Cape Honeysuckle flowers

Malachite Sunbird amongst the flowering Cape Honeysuckle

two White Eyes at a bird bath

Two White Eyes distracted by their reflections in a bird bath

Southern Double Collared Sunbird feasting on the Cape Honeysuckle

Southern Double Collared Sunbird gorges on Cape Honeysuckle nectar

Cape Robin Chat takes a break in the shade

Cape Robin Chat takes a break in the shade

Malachite Sunbird at rest

Malachite Sunbird at rest

An inquisitive White Eye

An inquisitive White Eye

Malachite Sunbird on final entry to a Cape Honeysuckle

Malachite Sunbird on final entry to a Cape Honeysuckle

A watchful Southern Double Collared Sunbird

A watchful Southern Double Collared Sunbird

a Speckled Mousebird offers a photogenic pose

A Speckled Mousebird offers a photogenic pose

Malachite Sunbird tests his camouflage

A Malachite Sunbird tests his camouflage

Malachite Sunbird captured at sunset on an Aloe bush

A Malachite Sunbird captured at sunset on an Aloe bush

A female Malachite Sunbird

A female Malachite Sunbird

A busy Karoo Chat on the move

A busy Karoo Chat on the move

Delicate feeding by the Malachite Sunbird

Delicate feeding by the Malachite Sunbird

Two roof dwelling Speckled Pigeons

Grandstand dwelling Speckled Pigeons

Southern Double Collared Sunbird at work

Southern Double Collared Sunbird at work

This White Eye has posed before I think

This White Eye has posed before I think

Female Malachite Sunbird

Female Malachite Sunbird digs deep for the nectar

Something has caught the attention of this Southern Double Collared Sunbird

Something has caught the attention of this Southern Double Collared Sunbird

Hey you! SOuthern Double Collared Sunbird.

Hey you! .. Southern Double Collared Sunbird

This Fiscal Shrike seems to want to say hi

This Fiscal Shrike seems to be trying to say hi

Beautiful Bird Photos, Prince Albert, South Africa

Capturing bird images has taught me that you need to be patient, be still, listen to your surrounds and wait for the moment. Repeat and repeat again. It’s a winning formula. No doubt about it, there are sure to be many more opportunities ahead of us to capture some beautiful bird photos and I look forward to being able to share these too.

If you enjoy birds then I hope you’ve enjoyed looking at these photos as much as I had taking them. Do you have a favourite bird species? Is there a particular or unique bird I should keep my eye out for during our Africa travels? Thanks for dropping by.

Lars

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