Pied kingfishers hover a few seconds, then dive vertically in water for fish. It took me a while but finally I had a great day last week and got a few of them in action, like this diver here just emerging from the river. (alcyon pie ou martin-pêcheur pie)
African spoonbill (spatule africaine), a rare bird with a flat beak.
African pied wagtails, 2 young females and one young male haha (bergeronnette pie)
Rare beauty, a northern carmine bee-eater (guêpier écartalate)
More common tough hard to get a picture in flight, they’re so quick so I’m reasonably happy with this picture. Little bee-eater (guêpier nain)
Yellow-throated longclaw (sentinelle à gorge jaune)
Red-billed oxpeckers (piqueboeuf à bec rouge) singing on what appears to be a rock. Well I guess I was victim of target obsession as described in the air force because that rock was just a sleepy hippo and placid, lucky for me since I was on foot only 20m away...dumb me. With my spine tingling big time I humbly moved back. Too much focus on the birds and voilà.
Another picture I’m really pleased with. This African skimmer (bec-en-ciseaux d’Afrique) does that fishing exercise on a few dozens meters with a stunning stability all the time but never too close, at least on that river. Except that time, it did its impressive feat 20m in front of me! The muscles on the neck must so strong. I couldn’t do that with my aircraft (nose wheel type that is, tail wheel aircraft can skim with their main wheels).
The same skimmer at a usual distance. I didn’t notice the crocodile till I opened the picture on the computer! Target obsession again.